MILITARY ACTIVITY AND OTHER ANOMALIES OF FEBRUARY, 2007
"Something big is happening in Suffolk, Virginia!...I wonder if it's the triangle?"
- SUFFOLk, VA NUFORC report, 2-22-07
"Two round objects and they flashed. They WERE CHASED by MILITARY PLANES!!!"
- JUNEAU, WISCONSIN NUFORC report, 2-22-07
"Green, white and red mix of lights...The lights looked like they where spinning so fast it made the form of a diamond shape."
- WINCHESTER, TENNESSEE NUFORC report, 2-21-07
"Bright Orange sphere shape object Hovering slowly down behind the Voorhees Flyers Skate Zone."
- VOORHEES, NEW JERSEY NUFORC report, 2-20-07
"...When we reached our destination, It was almost right over us...the yellow light went away, and all I could see was a small black greyish round object..."
- CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY NUFORC report, 2-20-07
"......My dad saw it, but he doesnt belive in UFO's."
- CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY NUFORC report, 2-20-07
Artists depiction of a Black Triangle Sighting, courtesy of APRA. Black and opaque craft are reported to blend in with the night sky,. Many sightings focus more on movement and lights, and less on the camoflouged craft itself.
Over the States of Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, black triangles and rectangular shaped craft were seen in close, vivid detail. From up in Dorval Quebec, Canada to the north, on Feburary, 19th, 2007, then down through the south, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on February 22nd, 2007: Black, silent, hovering craft were witnesssed and reported by very normal people, doing very normal things.
They saw them through binoculars, and over apartment buildings. They experienced them alone while out walking the dog, or together with daughters, brothers, and friends. They reported them to NUFORC, they drafted diagrams of their encounters, they videotaped these strange craft in the sky, reacting to the surrealism of the moment, much the same way that you and I probably would.
But it doeesn't end there. Alongside those ten principle reports, eighteen other individuals contacted NUFORC with UFO sightings during this time frame. These UFO's were generally farther away, more obscure, and less remarkable. Most of them, could likely be explained away as fireballs, meteors, misunderstandings, or other unusual, but otherwise quite natural anomalies.
But some elements of these UFOs were consistent with the events unfolding. They were also reported between 7:00pm and 12:00am. They were also witnessed between 2-19-07 and 2-22-07. They were also seen over the skies of the midwestern United States.
Nathan Bederdick captured video footage of orange or amber glowing lights, in slow decent, over the skies of Nufork, Virginia, in 2005. Later analysis revealed that there might be a "triangular shaped craft" behind the light. Picture courtesy of Bill Tiernan and The Virginian Pilot. Read the article "UFOs: Seeing is Believing" by Joanne Kimberlin of The Virginian-Pilot HERE. View the complete video of Nathan Bederdick's news story courtesy of HamptonRoads.TV and Pilotonline.Com HERE.
On any other evening, it might be easy to dismiss these witnesses, strictly because their reports may seem more run of the mill, and less exotic. Juxtaposed against the black triangles, however, there might be more to these sightings than just fireballs, lights in the sky, and misidentified F-22A Raptors.
With that said, let's turn our attention to the last night of this event, February 22nd, 2007:
A: THE MILITARY COMPONENT
As the Suffolk, Virigina NUFORC witness states: "Something big is happening in Suffolk, Virginia!"
Image and subtext, courtesy of Langley Air Force Base: "Lt. Col. Dirk Smith, 94th Fighter Squadron commander, and Maj. Kevin Dolata, 94th FS assistant director of operations, turn in on final approach to Langley Air Force Base, Va., Friday, March 3, 2006, to deliver the first F-22A Raptors assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker) "
Three key sightings were reported to NUFORC on Thursday, February 22nd, 2007, from 7:55pm to 11:30pm.
Two of the three sightings in question, from Virginia and Wisconsin, took place within 5 minutes of each other. Both reports described one to two objects consisting of amber, orange, and blue lights. Both reports described these lights as "orbs" or "round objects". Both reports described military aircraft either circling or chasing these unknown objects. And, both sightings described the unknown object or objects as having "zoomed away fast" or "zipped away".
Several hours later, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, NUFORC received another sighting. This sighting involved a "hazy light ball", at times "glowing", slowing down, speeding up, making 90 degree turns, fading in, fading out, fading back in, until eventually, it just "went out". Several minutes later, planes approached from the north and southwest. They followed the direction of the light, and then returned.
And let's not forget that on this very same evening, thursday night, February 22nd, 2007, A possible black triangle was videotaped in Kentucky; A black triangle was witnessed at 7:45pm in Hermitage, Tennessee; A black Axe-head shaped craft was seen at about 7:50pm over the skies of Arlington Heights, Illinois. All of this, while some kind of military activity was seen around orange, hovering, orb-shaped UFOs in Suffolk Virginia and Junea, Wisconsin, between the hours of 7:55pm and 8:00pm, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, at 11:30pm.
Eastward direction: The Orange to Amber lights from Suffolk, Virginia, moved in an eastward direction being chased by 2 military jets; The "hazy light ball" UFO in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was seen over the ocean as the witness was facing "due east". He described the object as moving in a horizontal path across the earth. Later, he saw 2 jets coming from the north. Could they have been the same jets seen earlier in Suffolk, Virginia? The "axe-head" craft seen over Arlington Heights, Illinois, was also described as heading in an eastward direction. This graph represents all UFO activity on the evening of 2-22-07. Orange tags represent orange-colored UFO reports; The red lines serve to illustrate the possible connection between some of these events.
What were these people seeing? What were the military doing that evening? Are these connected events, or is it a coincidence? As our witness in Suffolk, Virginia asks: "I wonder if it's the triangle?"
THE MILITARY COMPONENT: NUFORC REPORTS
1) Suffolk, Virginia
2-22-07 at 7:55PM
"Something big is happening in Suffolk, Virginia!
"Deja Vu. That's the only phrase i can describe at this point. Tonight was a repeat of events that took place in Suffolk, VA back in October of 2005. Those events, along with other peoples accounts captured the attention of the statewide newspaper. Tonight was a repeat. I still cant believe it. Somethings going on. Around 7:50 pm leaving my mother's home, I immediately noticed the presence of two low flying fighter jets. Fighter jets in my area are not uncommon, but the way they manuevered reminded me of fall 2005; and sure enough when I looked toward the direction they were travelling, I saw it again.
"A huge orb of light, amber maybe yellowish in color. There were about 3-4 jets doing circular maneuvers over the object before the other two joined in. I ran inside to get my mother to witness the events and she saw everything. The object, the jets overhead, everything. We watch the hovering orb for about 2 minutes before she ran inside to grab the binoculars. I continued to watch. After a couple of minutes the object started violently changing colors from red to white to blue and maybe yellow. It then started to move horizontally in a eastern direction before it either disappeared or zipped away. After it left jets followed in that direction while 2 stayed behind continuing a circular type manuever. Crazy night, I wonder if it's the triangle? "
2) Juneau, Wisconsin
"Two round objects and they flashed. They WERE CHASED by MILITARY PLANES!!!
"I watch them for about 10 seconds. One was orange and looked like a ball. The other one was blue and the same shape. They blinked several times and zoomed away fast. I also saw two military planes following it. It was outside on a farm."
3) Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Sidenote: I've edited this testimony due to its length. You can view the entire transcript at NUFORC's website.
"I saw something that was definitely not an airplane...It was just a hazy light ball and it was definitely airborne...
"It's path, from when I first noticed it started out parallel to the earth and traveled like this for maybe 5 seconds. Then almost a 90 degree turn at what seemed to be straight up, then another sharp degree of turn up and away at an angle, then another turn at a downward angle, and yet another at a down and backwards angle, then once it reached about where it's original path was, it resumed. Half of these turns were in a span of maybe 1-2 seconds, but no more than 3 at the absolute most and the other two were really short.
"Once it resumed it's "original" path it faded out after about 3 seconds. Like a lightbulb slowly going out, then instantly it began glowing again...it faded out for about a second...and then came back to full glow before it "passed" behind the light pole and remained glowing...it faded out again for the second time and that's when I never saw it again.
"About 5-7 minutes later I saw two planes coming from the north along the coastline or there abouts and heading that direction. About the time they got where it was, I noticed another plane that must've come from the southwest or that general direction. The two planes from the north went further south..., while the other plane continued north for a few minutes and returned. I wasn’t sure what I was seeing, so I just stared in disbelief. "
B: UNUSUAL LIGHTS IN THE SKY
New Jersey UFO sightings were reported to NUFORC on the same evening as the black triangle close encounters in Gridley, Illinois and Mequon, Wisconsin, on February 20th, 2007.
Sometimes, seeing is not believing.
Such was the example of a young boy and his father, driving at 7:00pm in Cape May, New Jersey, on February 20th, 2007. The young boy witnessed unusual lights in the sky. He saw bright yellow lights slowing down, and speeding up faster than "any plane he had ever seen".
More strange behavior was observed: The object extinguished its lights, and the young boy witnessed a "small, black, greyish round object", until 10 seconds later, the light reappeared, and the object then "dissappeared into the sky".
He was so compelled by this sighting, that he called NUFORC and reported his experience. He doesn't leave out that his father also witnessed the event, "but he doesn't believe in UFO's".
I wonder how his father might feel now, if he knew that just one hour later that evening, right over his own home state of New Jersey, another witness contacted NUFORC, and reported a "bright orange sphere Hovering slowly down behind the Voorhees Flyers Skate Zone".
Would it make any difference to his father, if he was aware of the fact that close encounters with black trianglular craft were being reported to NUFORC, over the skies of Illinois and Wisconsin, westward of the Great Lakes, that very same evening.
A bright, orange "sphere" hovered below the Voorhees Flyers Skate Zone, in Voorhees, New Jersey.
UNUSUAL LIGHTS IN THE SKY: NUFORC REPORTS
1) Cape May, New Jersey
"Me and my dad were driving in our car, when I was looking at the stars. It was a very clear night. I saw a bright yellowish light moving in the sky.
"I thought it was a plane, untill I realized it was changing speeds dramatically. When we came to a stop I really noticed it. It would go slow, almost come to a stop, and then speed up. And it was moving faster than any plane I have ever seen.
"When we reached our destination, It was almost right over us. All of a sudden, the yellow light went away, and all I could see was a small black greyish round object moving through the sky. And it was way to far up for a plane to give off light like it did. Then after about 10 seconds, the light turned back on, and dissapeard into the sky. "
My dad saw it, but he doesnt belive in UFO's .
2) Voorhees, New Jersey
"Bright Orange sphere shape object Hovering slowly down behind the Voorhees Flyers Skate Zone. Looked like the Phoenix lights but more solemly."
This is an IDENTIFIED Flying Object. It is one of the best recorded Bolide Fireballs in history, captured during a small-town football game, over Halifax, Virginia, on October 9th, 1992. Bolide Fireballs are dramatic, rare, unusual, and frightening. They are typically reported in the news, and almost always viewed, measured, analyzed and reported into organized scientific databases by astronomers. Video courtesy of the website, METEORITE ACTION!
A fireball, otherwise known as a "bolide", is a very large meteor that explodes upon impact with the earth's atmosphere. This explosion causes a large, bright light to appear. This light is generally brighter than the planet Venus, with a -5 magnitude. It can leave very large trails, sometimes known as "glow-worms", and its impact and subsequent explosion can sometimes produce an audible sound which can be heard from stargazers on earth. It's no wonder, that the sight of this dramatic light in the sky, can cause UFO reports to be filed at NUFORC, by people like you and me, who may not have the scientific expertise to understand and identify a fireball when we see it.
CLICK HERE: EXPLODING FIREBALL OVER NEW ZEALAND IN 1999 CAUSED THIS SONIC BOOM.
The International Meteor Organization, aka: IMO, indicates that only one in 1200 observable meteors reach the magnitude necessary for a typical bolide-like fireball, -5 magnitude. Only one in 12000 observed meteors ever reach the truly bright fireball of -8 magnitude. So, these events are fairly rare, and definitely dramatic. One would expect that if a fireball was seen by non-experts, and reported as UFOs to NUFORC, than experts would have also seen them too, and would have also reported them to various meteor astronomy societies, especially in and around the midwestern United States area.
The American Meteor Society is located in Geneseo, New York. They have been in existence for over 90 years. One of their principle objectives is "To observe, monitor, collect information, plot and report on meteors, meteoric fireballs, meteoric trains, and related meteoric phenomena.". The AMS has an online database of all fireballs reported to them during the year of 2007. This database of fireballs is extensive. From 1-1-07 through 3-24-07, 109 fireball sightings, from across the United States, had been cataloged by the AMS.
Between 2-13-07 and 3-1-07, zero fireballs have been cataloged (as of the date of this article.) This is odd, since fireballs have been seen and reported to the AMS on almost every other evening during the year. This means, that there were no fireballs reported to the AMS by expert and amateur astronomers and star-gazers, on February 21st, 2007. Yet, that is the very evening that 4 witnesses saw dramatic fireball-like UFO's in the skies, and reported them to NUFORC.
In addition, along with the typical fireball-like characteristics being reported, note some of the more unusual descriptions here as well: Alternating colors from red to white; Object descending over a period of 45 minutes. The Tennessee report is quite unusual, describing a fast, rotating diamond ascending slowly, and with alternating red and green lights.
It might strike you as coincidental, that NUFORC received reports from these 5 witnesses just prior to receiving a close encounter report of a large, unusual rectangular craft, tilted on its side, with rows of smaller rectangular fast blinking lights, travelling over the town of Somerset, Pennsylvania , at 10:45pm.
That's 5 fireball-like reports to NUFORC between 8:00pm and 10:15pm, a rectangular craft reported to NUFORC at 10:45pm, and no apparent fireballs or bolides reported to the AMS, on February, 21st, 2007.
Fireball? Coincidence? Anomalous Black, Rectangular Craft? Nothing should be ruled out.
FIREBALLS: NUFORC REPORTS
1) Terra Haute, Indiana
"Decending bright white light in the sky lasting for 45 minutes visible from the midwest USA in the PM.
"Bright Light visible...between the hours of 20:00 and 20:45 descending steadily from 145 degrees elevation with respect to the earth’s horizon down to the horizon.
"Bright white light alternating sporadically from white to red then back to white. 1/20th as bright as an eighth moon and 5 times brighter than an air plane landing lights. Similar in nature to a satellite in motion which are normally barely visible to the naked eye if visible at all.
"The main difference between a satellite and this is the amplitude of brightness and the alternating color. One other similarity to a satellite is the cyclical nature in which it appears. One way or another, this is an extra terrestrial object.
"I have spent a reasonable amount of time tracking satellites which are tracked and publicized as visible from these coordinates. Having been unable to identify a man made object in this orbit which emits this type of light I have no choice but to classify this as a UFO sighting. "
2) Rome, Georgia
"My wife and I were coming home from church, and we were driving up the street/hill to our house, when we noticed a blue-green light in the sky that was very bright and large and moved very quickly from left to right above the tree line. And, it had a trail of sparks. It looked somewhat like a meteor. "
3) Spruce Pine, North Carolina
"I was lying in bed talking with my boyfriend when I happened to glance outside. When I looked outside I suddenly saw a very large neon green ball shooting across the sky. It looked outside I suddenly saw a very large neon green ball shooting across the sky.
"It had an extended green and white tail. It was much larger than any meteor I have ever seen and seemed to be about or below cloud level. It was awesome!!! I immediately yelled at my boyfriend "look, look!" but by the time he turned around it was gone, so it only lasted about 3-5 seconds. The window looks out to the north and the object went across the sky from approximately west to east.
"I am guessing this was a similar object to the sightings that were reported back on January 24th. I am an avid sky watcher and make a point of sky watching during any major predicted event such as meteor showers etc. This was unlike anything I have seen before. "
4) Winchester, Tennessee
"Green, white and red mix of lights started out just above tree line about 22:15 and we observed it as it moved upward without moving east or west up to around 23:00 before we went to bed. After about 45 min. it had elavated to the point of having to look almost straight up.
"The lights looked like they where spinning so fast it made the form of a diamond shape. We observed many planes during that time and compared them,no chance of a plane or helicopter or any kind of aircraft like I had ever seen before. We used Nikon spotting scope and High powered Nikon Bino...
"I'm going to look for the object again to night it should be another clear night.
Send feed back if anybody may have some on what me and my wife where watching. Thanks"
TOMS PART 3 COMMENTARY
UNUSUAL LIGHTS IN THE SKY: SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT
It's easy to classify an experience as a UFO, when seen from up close. But, what if this very same object was seen farther away, above the city lights of New Jersey, or miles into the upper atmosphere? Would you know for certain what you were looking at? Would you be able to make out features, characteristics, and details? What about everybody else around you? Would other people be able to spot what was taking place, or would it only be the few people who happened to be looking at the right place, at the right time, without prejudice and preconception?
Instead of exotic craft, would you see unusual lights in the sky? Would you describe what you were seeing as orange to amber orbs or spheres, or perhaps a descending or ascending light? perhaps initially, you would attempt to relate what you were seeing to something common, such as the planet Venus, a helicopter, or an aircraft.
But, upon further scrutiny, instinct kicks in. Something is missing. It is not obeying the rules. It is not conforming to what you know. It is misbehaving.
Perhaps you soon recognize that there, staring you in the face, is something that should not be there, something that should not exist. Something is not right.
THE SHAPE OF THE BLACK TRIANGLES PUZZLE:
Fireballs, unusual lights in the sky, and unexplainable military activity does not, on its own, present any compelling evidence of a phenomenal event. But like a jigsaw puzzle, the pieces do, in fact, fit together. We might not be able to see the final solution, but the puzzle begins to take shape.
The shape of this puzzle, looks something like this:
People were reporting close encounters with black triangles, at the same time that other people were reporting close encounters with rectangular shaped craft, at the same time that other people were reporting military activity around orange and amber lights in the sky, at the same time that other people were reporting strange descending orange orbs, at the same time that other people were reporting fireball-like sightings with no reported fireballs having descended to the earth.
The shape of this puzzle has a date, a time, and a location. It has principle players, and key elements:
The date is from 2-19-07 through 2-22-07. The time is between approximately 7:00pm and 12:00am. The location is the general midwestern United States. The principle players are normal people having close-encounters with unexplainable craft. The key elements, as you now know, are black triangles and rectangular shaped craft of unknown origin, and of unknown intent.
NEXT, IN PART 4:
Since the launch of this report, I've been truly overwhelmed by the amazing responses I've received all across the nation. Hundreds of you have emailed me with your thoughts, ideas, and experiences. Thousands of people have visited Black Triangles, and have chimed in on this investigative journey I started less than a month ago.
I had no idea that so many people would join in and partake in this conversation. I'm humbled by your emails, your participation in the forum, your subscriptions to the RSS feed, your sign-ups to the Black Triangles Newsletter, and of course, your emails.
The experiences, wisdom, theory, and concerns raised by you, are far more fascinating than anything I could have come up with on my own. So, join me in the 4th part of this report, where YOU will be heard, and together, we will do our best to try and put some understanding on this phenomenon, in Part 4, Understanding the Black Triangles of February, 2007, here at http://black-triangles.blogspot.com/ .
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Links and Thank yous:
Google Earth: http://earth.google.com/
You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/
Bill Tiernan at The Virginian-Pilot: http://welcome.hamptonroads.com/vpstaff/bio.cfm?s_id=211
Joanne Kimberlin at The Virginian-Pilot: http://welcome.hamptonroads.com/vpstaff/bio.cfm?s_id=118
Langley Air Force Base: http://www.langley.af.mil/
METEORITE ACTION!: http://fireball.meteorite.free.fr/index_en.html
International Meteor Organization: http://www.imo.net/
American Meteor Society: http://www.amsmeteors.org/
Thank you to all the witnesses who have reported their sightings to NUFORC and MUFON on this case, especially Gridley, Illinois. I appreciate your input on this report.
Some of the testimony was edited strictly for syntax. You can review the testimonials in their entirety, by conducting a simple search at the NUFORC and MUFON websites.