posted on Mar, 3 2006 @ 12:55 PM
At first blush, the motion of the object reminded me of an RC model. What moved me away from the RC plane idea is from my experience flying them.
You have to be able to see them to control them properly, no way around that. In daylight, about 300 yds is considered maximum distance for
flyability, vision and radio range wise. A gas powered RC plane can stay aloft for a remarkably long time. Also, I don't know how a bright enough
light could be carried and powered on a model; altering a flying model's center of gravity or weight significantly can make it nearly unflyable in
the daytime. I won't completely discount a model, but I wouldn't bet on it.
I've read about, (have no confirmation right now) of meteors at very shallow angles of attack, 'skipping' off of the atmosphere, like a bullet can
skip off of standing water.
I thought the flare seen at the top of its arc was a lens artifact. Can that happen in a night shot?