posted on Jun, 17 2010 @ 04:10 PM
Having watched a number of mock high-altitude dogfights from the ground, I can say that you can't tell where the sound is coming from - the sounds
will change in frequency and their origin shift through the skies.
Though I can't say that has ever been accompanied by hovering aircraft. They can appear to hover for a few moments during maneuvers (and due to
various illusions) - but I'm not really capable of seeing what you all saw from your description... so I can't really compare it to my experiences
As for the object in your picture, there...
It would, at first, appear to be some kind of flying-wing design... but, at only a few pixels, it's likely a compression artifact.
There appears to be a blur trailing off of the object in both pictures - which would suggest motion blur, or some form of exhaust.
Motion blur would suggest your idea of hovering and my own are substantially different - an that form of exhaust would be consistent with a
maneuvering aircraft, likely with supersonic exhaust (which creates the deep, thunderous roar that seems to dart across the sky).
Not to sound dismissive or to discredit your own observations - but it would seem that the aircraft were likely F-15s. It's possible they were F-18s
or F-16s, but it's a statistical likelihood that they were F-15s given the mission and standard drills of the F-15s in proximity to populated areas,
as well as the number of them in operation near those areas.
It seems you are implying they are something out of the ordinary - but, I know from personal experience how alien the maneuvers of aircraft can look
from the ground to someone who is not very familiar with it, as well as the sounds and other things that go along with standard aircraft.
So, without having seen it myself, or having a clearer depiction of something out of the ordinary - I have to go with my own experiences and presume
what I consider normal is not what others would expect to be normal of standard aircraft.