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2 sheds
1st Jan 2009, 17:37
Now that I have your attention - I mean UFOs in the strict meaning, not suggesting any little green men etc.

Family is giving me grief because I don't know the answer! Can anybody identify the flying objects over Westbury, Wiltshire in the early hours today, New Year's Day, at about 20 minutes after midnight? Seemed to come out of D123, tracking west - a pair, then four in loose formation, then two, then a singleton. No discernable noise, white lights (landing lights?) only, no nav lights visible.

Barnaby the Bear
1st Jan 2009, 17:53
At a guess probably large paper hot air lanterns. There have been many sightings attributed to these this year.
They can appear to move prettry quickly too once they start getting higher.
:}

BDiONU
1st Jan 2009, 18:30
Similar thread (http://www.pprune.org/military-aircrew/356433-who-exercises-31st-december.html)in the military forum.

BD

2 sheds
1st Jan 2009, 18:59
I am sure you are right. One did not realise that some people evidently gain some sort of entertainment value from such things. Thanks.

2 s

BDiONU
1st Jan 2009, 19:05
One did not realise that some people evidently gain some sort of entertainment value from such things.
Entertainment? The manufacturers of tin foil hats do it to boost sales! :}

Traditional Chinese Flying Lanterns (http://www.flying-lanterns.co.uk/Lantern-online-store/chinese-flying-lantern-details-face-book.html)

BD

non iron
4th Jan 2009, 01:44
As an aside, and no thread drift intended, it wasn`t paper lanterns over Edi in `94 that caused Atc to go very quiet, and Leuchars to loose two Tornado`s.
Were any of you guys present ?

tbavprof
4th Jan 2009, 07:48
A pretty frequent ocurrence here during festivals (http://www.bangkokpost.com/271008_News/27Oct2008_news07.php).

Formerly used as protest vehicles (http://www.allbusiness.com/crime-law-enforcement-corrections/law-arrests/10199206-1.html) at the local airfield, too.

Heading 365
4th Jan 2009, 14:42
Have you not heard of the 'Warminster Thing':eek:, the local area was a hot spot for UFO sightings in years gone by, Cradle Hill between Westbury and Warminster was a favourite location for UFO spotters.

rogervisual
4th Jan 2009, 20:25
A colegue of mine was at a wedding in wiltshire on new years eve which ended with the guests setting off some lanterns at midnight.:)

2 sheds
4th Jan 2009, 20:54
Chacun a son gout, I suppose!

2 s