Worthing, Sussex, UK - September 17,
XXXXXX = Certain details witheld for security
Time: 21:40 &
Location: Findon Valley, Worthing, West Sussex
Message: Unidentified Flying Object Aviation Report
Firstly, I am not simply an uneducated member of the public with little understanding of aviation, I am a former Member of XXXXXX Aircrew and flew as a Flight Loadmaster and Flight Mechanic operating from the flight deck from 1989 to 1991 and briefly continued flying freelance as a Flight Loadmaster & Flight Mechanic. Additionally I trained as a pilot in 1990 at RAF XXXXXX USAF's XXXXXX.
I am also a former Flight Lieutenant in
VR(T) and was a
of XXXXXX Sqn at RAF
lastly commanded the
CCF XXXXXX College.
have gained a total of 3000 hours in the air in one
capacity or another.
On the evening of the seventeenth September 2009, I was standing on the patio of my back garden with two friends having a cigarette brake. The area I live in is on the edge of town and is semi rural and is not particularly affected by light pollution as I live in Findon Valley, Worthing, West Sussex XXXXXX
At around 21:40 I noticed an extremely bright star- like light in the sky; it looked like a bright star and was the brightest light in the sky. The single white light was travelling at the sort of speed I would expect a commercial aircraft travelling below FL100 and I estimated that its altitude was between 6000ft and FL100 but no higher than that.
The heading was
around 120 to
140 and it's speed was between 180 kts and
faster than 250knts;
at the time
it was flying straight and
The 'aircraft' made no
sound whatsoever; there were
bypass gas turbine jet engines or the sound of
helicopter blades turning which I would
hear from a
regularly get the
helicopter flying over the
at night time and it was
making the sound of a twin
local aircraft type used by Sussex police.
I am always sceptical about such things as 'UFOs', however, there was no anti collision beacon lights no strobe lights or navigation lights, just a single ball of brilliant white high candela, large ball of light; it was not any form of commercial aircraft or conventional military aircraft. Having established in my mind that this was not a normal type of aircraft whatsoever and did not display any normal forms of required navigation lighting or had an visible fuselage. All three of us then witnessed the following:
The aircraft continued to fly at about 180knts along the heading of about 120 and then started to climb vertically; there was no visible attitude change of the aircraft, it simply climbed upwards at a tremendous speed, way beyond any military aircraft, and within less than 10 seconds or so the white ball of light which had shone so brightly in the night sky was at an altitude well above that of any commercial aircraft or UK military aircraft, in fact it disappeared; at that point it was now a dim moving light which disappeared in to a faint light and was gone. I'm no astronaut but I am interested in space travel and I would have said that the light was leaving the atmosphere of our planet.
All three of us witnessed this first light and within the next three to five minutes at around 21:45, a second ball of light appeared again on a heading of around 130 degrees and behaved in a the same way as the first; again it had no navigation lights or anti collision beacon or strobes, just a single ball of white light; this seemed to be flying at around 6,000ft and was steadily climbing at a more conventional air speed one would expect from a commercial aircraft. A s it reached around FL100 the aircraft 'craft' made an abrupt turn which was completed much quicker than could be achieved in a commercial or military aircraft and seemed to be on a new heading of roughly 160 to 180 degrees; and then like the other craft it rapidly climbed tens of thousands of feet in around fifteen seconds.
The sky was cavok and the light
getting fainter and fainter
until it appeared to
I have seen a similar bright light before however the last time I saw such a light was in the summer of 2005; it travelled directly over my home and passed over my neighbours roof and when I looked up again realising that it made no sound and had no navigation lights, (which was seconds later), I looked for it expecting to see it as I placed myself in a clear view to view the craft, yet only seconds later it was gone.
Now I have no idea what you plan to do with this report if anything at all but I state for the records that the information I have provided is the truth.