my original message
just saw this right now from edwards afb site
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2010 10:59 PM
To: Edwards Public Inquiries
Subject: Feedback: odd airplane sighting
On Tuesday evening here in Rancho Cucamonga I looked up around 10pm and noticed what at first appeared to be a white light beam or something at
I realized it was a contrail back lit by the full moon. I could see where it had begun and where it appeared to be generated from.
However there was no visible lighting, it appeared to be flying at quite a high altitude and at considerable speed though I don't imagine quite
supersonic as I didn't hear any sound. And it was making a direct line over the mountains behind me towards Edwards it seemed.
Very quickly the contrail was gone and it got me thinking so I looked up any possible explanations and I found a newspaper article announcing UAV
tests that seem consistent with my observation.
Normally I would not expect any explanation considering what I thought I was seeing. However, since the testing is publicly mentioned on this site and
other outlets I was wondering if this is perhaps what I was seeing.
Again I realize this might not be something Edwards cares to comment on but there's always the chance I guess.
I'm not sure what it was you saw. Nearly all of the flying our aircraft do is in our restricted airspace. For a description of that go to
Our airspace isn't visible from your location.
The only way to know for sure who was flying where you saw someone flying at the time you saw them is to check with the FAA. Your best bet is to
track down a good number for the Los Angeles Air Route Air Traffic Control Center. Try this person:
Kathryn Hughes, Air Traffic Manager
Los Angeles ARTCC
2555 East Ave. P
Palmdale, CA 93550
Good luck with your search.
Dennis G. Shoffner, 95 ABW/PA
Chief, Civic Outreach
305 E Popson Ave, Room 400
Edwards AFB, CA 93524
and what I think it was
95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs 5/29/2009 - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An Edwards RQ-4A UAS made an emergency landing just after midnight
here May 28 on Rogers Dry Lake bed, adjacent to the airfield. The block 20 Global Hawk, AF-9, experienced flight control problems while on a local
flight test sortie. Pilots performed a unique series of flight control maneuvers and managed to land the aircraft on the lakebed. The RQ-4A
sustained damage to its right wing and main landing gear but pilots were able to maintain the UAS's structural integrity and spare its ISR mission
systems. Edwards officials are assessing the damage and have appointed a board of officers to formally investigate the incident.
[edit on 1-6-2010 by circuitsports]