I watched the video closely and here is what I got out of it:
Second aircraft (AC2) comes into view, it’s already on a left bank of probably 15 degrees, this is apparent as the right wing light is
higher then the left one.
The Second aircraft (AC2) continues its bank until level with aircraft 1 (AC1). At this point it is pointing toward the camera with its
landing lights, so they are much brighter. You have to consider that not only distance but also angle to camera is going to effect brightness.
AC2 still banking slightly to the left heading back to the right edge of the screen. The camera operator moves the camera.
AC2 lights continue to dim as the turn continues and the lights get further off the direct angle with the camera lens. At this point AC2
appears to be either making an S-turn or is heading to a different runway. S-turns are used to slow up the second aircraft in a stack so the first has
time to land and taxi off the runway. They can also be used to lose additional altitude. It is very common to see the second or third aircraft in a
landing stack do turns of this fashion.
Camera moves again.
As the aircraft are getting closer the angle between them is increasing and it’s showing up on the zoomed in film as what appears to be
a fast speed in movement. In reality they are moving at the same speed but on different trajectories thus multiplying their speed the same way two
cars going in different directions would.
The camera operator switches camera modes to low light or night vision. Upon doing this it appears to change the zoom level, thus making
the aircraft appear to shoot back together at high speed. There is something VERY interesting to note in the lower left corner of the screen at
this point. Right on the coast, is a bright spot, if you watch that bright spot closely you’ll notice what appears to be dim flickering lights, I am
going to guess landing lights from the end of a runway. It appears to be pretty far in the distance, but it clearly shows up on the night vision
Operator realizes that AC1 is getting close to landing at the bright spot in the distance, so he suddenly becomes quite interested in
only filming AC2. If AC2 had been moving on afterburners or at UFO warp speed it should be well out of sight by now. We stays on AC2 until the footage
Anyway, that is the way I see it.
After the first 'bank', when it turns back the way it came, the lights level out. Then very quickly the lights get very bright again (2:15).
His buddy said it looked like afterburners. Wouldn't a plane have to be turning incredibly fast and sharp for the lights to get bright that fast
without a noticeable change in angle and distance between the 2 lights?
You must remember that the lights not only get brighter or dimmer based on distance, but also on how directly they are facing the camera. So in a turn
the lights might only face directly at the camera for a few seconds thus your bright flash. So the answer is no, it would not have to be.
If someone would like to analyze something in this video I would like to see an analysis of the bright area ¾ of the way down on the left hand side
of the screen when the camera goes to night vision. Looks a bit too much like the end of a runway to me.
[edit on 2/9/2007 by defcon5]