Posts Tagged ‘Little Bit’
RALEIGH — This is a report of a sighting that happened on October 3 or 5, 1992, while flying a Boeing 727 for a major airline. We were approaching Raleigh RDU airport in North Carolina at 1:37 PM, from the northeast, when I observed what I thought was a flight of two F-16’s within thirty five miles of the airport, below 10,000 feet and going 250 KIAS.
The First Officer was flying the airplane, and I was looking out ahead of us and saw the sun glinting off them. Raleigh Approach controller didn’t call them as traffic, and the next thing I see is a chevron shaped vehicle within an eighth of a mile of us. It is now right outside of my window, just forward off the left wing, traveling the opposite direction at our altitude. The chevron shaped thing must have been in a turn earlier, and with the sun glinting off it was a very flashy flyer. It was standing on the tip of what you might consider to be its left wing; with the wing being parallel to the surface of the earth. It was perpendicular to us. I watched it for about five seconds before it passed behind our left wing.
I asked the Raleigh Approach controller, “What just passed us. I was specific when I asked him. I stated that it was just to our south, and at our altitude, flying from a generally southwest direction to the northeast”. The controller took a little longer than normal to reply. He said, “I don’t have anything on radar.” Then he waited a little bit longer, and asked if I had seen anything. I knew it was better, at the time, to keep my mouth shut, so my reply was along the lines of: no, I guess not. The controller didn’t press, and I didn’t offer anything else. This vehicle was unusual in a couple of ways. It flew on the tip of a wing, level (as it were) and didn’t seem to have any problem maintaining altitude. There was no, visible, means of propulsion. It didn’t leave any type of trail. It was fifty feet (plus or minus ten feet) from tip to tip, and from its nose to the trailing edge of its wing was no more than maybe twenty to twenty five feet. It was a dull grey, and no lights. There were no markings. After it passed behind the left wing, I asked to FO and FE if they had seen it. They had not. ((NUFORC Note: The witness who is a retired senior captain for a major U. S. airline. PD)) Thanks to Peter Davenport Editor’s Note: Controllers are instructed not to acknowledge UFOs to aircrews.
WINSTON SALEM — I was taking random pictures of stunt planes during an air show in North Carolina on September 12, 2009. I then downloaded the digital pictures and noticed an orb directly above the stunt plane. I was unable to see the orb at the time of taking the picture. Frankly I’m not surprised. This isn’t the first picture I’ve taken with orbs in the photos. Thanks to MUFON CMS