Originally posted by MrStealth
I'm probably 70-80 miles from Wright-Patterson AFB
maybe a little farther
even if this was just a test of some new technology, why would the chase planes be flying without lights?
thats the one thing that makes this seem so odd to me
As you probably realize, it is prudent as well as policy to have chase planes accompany tech demonstrators/test vehicles; whether they are monitoring
flight characteristics or simply observing the vehicle(s) in case they take a plunge.
However, around areas where there are large populations such as Wright Patterson it is also not a good idea to further confirm the general public's
suspicions by allowing F-16's to be seen flying with vehicles that exhibit unconventional speed, acceleration or handling characteristics.
Therefore the F-16's in this case would probably have orders to go dark - [no, the USAF/DARPA does not have to abide by FAA rules & regulations when
conducting tests of "black" projects] You may ask why does the test vehicle not go dark instead? Visual observation of flight characteristics...
especially if it's not showing up on a radar screen.
I'm certainly not making a blanket statement that this is definitely what you saw but I've heard of this happening before and I know that WP field
has occasional "black" visitors from Nellis and Edwards.