It was flying a straight flight path and could see the contrail behind a small white dot without the "bigeyes".
80k feet altitude is an estimate just based on the size that i guessed it would be and how small it looked with and without the bigeyes.
It was definately not a Black Bird, the wings were definately backwards or in the case of an airplane swept forward not like backwards which theyre
normaly swept, i typed it wrong in my first post.. so to clarify this again, the wings were angled forward, torward the cockpit, rather than torwards
the rear of the plane.
Contacts werent written up or logged, just reported at initial contact and then again to when changing lookouts.
Remember this was 1989 or so and I was only 18 or 19, this was before the internet and we had very little information on things like that compared to
todays times. Also, back then I was not as conspiricy minded as I am today so although I thought it was unusual I really did not make a big deal about
I just assumed it was a new recon plane for our Govt, that would eventually be made public (10 or so years)
I dont remember its direction, i just know that we were in the Pacific, probably about 250 miles off of the Canadian (BC) or Washington Statecoast,
which is where my boat was stationed (210' cutter).
Thats all the information i can give because that is all i could see due to its high altitude and the time that has passed since it occured..
Just an odd plane and have never seen anything else about it, even on the internet, which i find even more strange.
forgive the poor sentence structure, im in a hurry right now.
Originally posted by ignorant_ape
a few questions if you will indulge me ,
Q1) - "it was @ 80k feet "
how do you know it was @ that altitude ?
Q2) " swept wings " - did you have a clear enough view to estimate angle of wing rake ?
also - in the same vein :
could you estimate ratio of wingspan to fuselage lengh ?
could you discern engine configuration and type ?
could you discern tail configuration / sixe
were there contails associate with the craft
the aircraft experts will have a lot better chance of giving you a credible explaination for what type of aircraft it could have been - if you can
furnish those answers
Q3 ) - an estimate of airspeed ? , and in the same vien
location - was in following , or avoiding a charted air corridor [ if knpwn ]
manovers - was it flying a dead course ?
thats all i can think off for now