A place to share any situation or event where you said to yourself "that was odd". If you looked up and saw a strange object in the sky or maybe saw a person that suddenly wasn't there. Maybe there was people asking you questions about something you witnessed. Maybe you'll find that it wasn't so odd and find stories others have had that validate what you experienced. This group is for all of us.
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- I'll give one of my own. Summer of 2012, I was on duty at work. This was in the position of flight medic on a rescue helicopter. At approximately 23:15, we got a launch order for a unconscious male patient located about 60 miles north/east of our location. As standard protocol, myself, the flight nurse and pilot were utilizing military grade night vision (the very model on my helmet in my profile pic). I'm sure some of you have experimented with night vision but I will say with as amazing they are on the ground, once you get up a couple thousand feet, the skys are even more amazing. About 10 minutes into our flight, our pilot (a 20 year Marine aviator with tours in Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom I would add) said "traffic, 12 high". It is SOP for all flight crew to call out any obstructions or airborne traffic as we fly. So the nurse and I looked up to visually account for the object. Now, Arizona has notoriously clear skies and that night was very, very clear. Being at basically the mid way point between Phoenix and Tucson, we had clear sight of the air traffic stacked up for Sky Harbor, Tucson International Airport, Luke and Davis Monthan AFBs. That and really after a few flights, you get to know what aircraft look like at night with the aid of NVDs. Out in front of us, 3-5 miles ahead and maybe 3-4 thousand feet above us was the traffic. The object looked to be diamond shaped but slightly warped. More like a spearhead. It was very difficult to judge a size but a dime at arms length covered the object. There was a exhaust coming from the rear of the object that looked like what the rockets from the 1940s "Buck Rogers" movies looked like. A trial of smoke with little round "puffs" about every 4 or 5 inches in the "contrail" as we saw it so maybe every couple hundred feet in actual flight. All of is had enough flight time to sit and basically stare at it. I know I had never seen anything like it. Judging by the nurses reaction, she hadn't either and actually seemed to be a little scared. The pilot just kept saying ..."um......ah.....". At this time, I swung my goggles in the up position so I could put my unaided eyes on it. There was nothing. I could not see the craft, exhaust trail or anything. I released my goggles back into operating mode and it was still there. I noted at this time there were no lights on it. No nav lights, no lights of any kind. I could also see above us normal high(er) altitude traffic: normal commercial or military aircraft at normal cruise. This object was very out of the ordinary in any characteristic. We continued to follow it for up to 5 minutes before we had to update our course for our mission. As we banked east for descent into our scene, the pilot finally said "um, we should all stay quiet about seeing this". Me being me said "seeing what? What is it we saw?". The pilot said "in all my years of flying, I've never seen anything like this and we need to stay quiet". While we don't have any non-disclosure agreement besides and HIPPA/patient privacy acts that govern any medical and public safety organization, we as a crew and unit pretty much let the pilot guide us in all areas of flight. We finished our mission and a couple hours later while working on our patient report, I asked the nurse what she thought. She looked and me and with an authentic spooked look said "I'm going to have nightmares about this". As part of our normal flight report, none of the 3 of us logged any abnormal or dangerous occurrences about the flight (again, a standard part of the mission report for every flight). To include this in any official or non official flight report would have caused a huge rift in the unit (4 pilots, 4 medics and 4 nursed for a base or air rescue unit). Never saw anything before or after that was remotely close to that object. Our aircraft has radar, we appear on all aviation radar (no military or civilian issued a warning to any aircraft about a unidentified radar return around us) and the object did not appear on our radar on our ship. I'm not trying to say what is was but I will say what it wasn't and that is any other conventional airborne object.5 0 3 0
- Welcome everyone! My hopes are that people can share their stories without any fears or concerns of judgement, ridicule or shaming. The world is full of strange things and because you've seen or encountered them doesn't make you crazy or alone. Again, welcome all.8 0 0 0