As I have no proof I do not expect this thread to go far. This is merely for a record purpose in case other reports are submitted today.
For the record I had my cellphone in my hand as I'd just turned it on. It has a 1mp camera. I had no chance to record it, too fast and simply too
mind blowing, astonishing, amazing to see/react to! I now understand so many people who do not record these events.. it's very easy to watch and not
take your eyes off it.
Location: Saint Kentigern College, Pakuranga, Auckland, New Zealand.
Whilst at work, walking to the toilet about 10 minutes ago I saw a streak of light, a white/silver colour approximately a hand span at arms length,
possibly 0.3-0.4radians in length, from left to right across the sky. Angle was about 20 to 30 degrees above the horizon. The streak then ended (clear
air) and about 0.1-0.05 radians (approx 2 fingers at arms length) from the end of the streak, a grey/silver circular object appeared and did a U
shaped turn (pretty much drew a U in midair) with dimensions of approx a finger width (0.05 rad or a little less). At the top right of the U it
disappeared with a flash/puff as such.
This streak and U maneuver took place in less than a second!
Sky conditions are perfectly clear with a tiny puff of cloud.
Here is the current aviation weather report for anyone who can read it.
METAR NZAA 012300Z 16004KT 120V200 CAVOK 17/06 Q1033 NOSIG=
TAF NZAA 012259Z 0200/0224
16008KT 9999 FEW040
2000FT WIND 12010KT =
A small amount of cloud reported at 4000ft - I'd estimate the patchy cloud to be a little less than that currently.
here is the ARFOR report.
TAMAKI ARFOR (TA):
ARFOR TA VALID 2200 TO 1100 UTC
5000 12010 PS05
7000 14010 PS04
10000 16015 ZERO
CLD NIL SIG.
WX NIL SIG. =
30KM visibility indicates pretty good viewing conditions.
I am training to be a commerical pilot and have around 70 hours of flying experience. I can identify planes and other objects from far away and are
always looking for them as I am trained to do so. It keeps me alive
I have never seen a conventional aircraft capable of this maneuver (s47
berkut/f22/etc with thrust vectoring has no chance to possibly do it), neither does any known aerobatic plane. The speeds and G forces involved with
the U maneuver are simply impossible for a human to sustain.
So another unexplainable sighting to chalk up on my board... hehe.
I have my high definition handycam with a telephoto lense strapped on plus a mini tripod and ready to go in case there is any other shenanigans in the