Re: [NTLK] [OT - surprise, surprise]Aurora.

From: Eric L. Strobel (
Date: Tue Jun 18 2002 - 12:55:54 EDT

on 6/18/02 12:19 PM, Thomas Hofts at wrote:

> on 6/18/02 8:45 AM, Eric L. Strobel at wrote:
>>> About 7 years ago I was walking out my front door carrying a pair of
>>> binoculars. Suddenly, boom, boom, boom, boom...4 sonic booms in a row. I
>>> looked west and saw a very high altitude dot that rapidly went over the
>>> horizon. Following it was a faint, odd looking contrail looking like this:
>>> ....0......0.....0......0.....0.....0...... Big puffs separated by thin
>>> wisps. I believe I saw what you're talking about.
>>> --
>>> Tom
>> Ah. The 'donuts-on-a-rope' contrail. Very cool. Where do you live?
>> Nevada or California?
>> - Eric.
> At the time I was in Topeka KS. The aircraft was headed WSW towards Nevada.
> The sighting was around 2pm on a Saturday or Sunday.

Interesting. I've heard of West Coast sightings, Eastern Seaboard sightings
and even sightings from Scotland out over the North Sea. First I've heard
of one smack over the center of the country. But then I don't pay as much
attention to this as the folks who see the black helicopters. :-)

(By now, many of our non-US readers are probably scratching their heads...)

BTW, as an aside, if that thing was in the 60-100 kft altitude range (pretty
much a necessity to go hypersonic, or nearly so), then it was out over the
Colorado-Kansas border area (500-600 km west of Topeka) when it passed over
the horizon.

And by the time you called folks out to see, the pilots were sitting down to
a relaxing cup of coffee at an undisclosed location in Nevada... :-)


Eric Strobel (fyzycyst_at_NOSPAM^

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