From the Air Midwest Facebook page:
The has been a lot of interest in the fact that our pilots observed ‘UFO’s’ last night during night flying exercises… so here is a brief summary of the situation.
Event – unidentified airborne nocturnal lights.
Location – south of Gloucester.
Timings – 20:15 – 20:45 ZULU
Event outline –
2 of our aircraft were conducting night navigation exercises to the south and south east of our home airfield.
At approximately 20:15 one of our aircraft was tracking south towards Gloucester at 7000ft after leaving the the Birmingham air traffic zone. At the same time one of our other aircraft was also tracking south towards Gloucester at 4000ft when both aircraft observed one red and one orange lights in the the sky south of Gloucester. Our aircraft approached the lights on an interception track but were unable to gain on the objects as they appeared to move further south of Gloucester as our aircraft approached. We were unable to identify the lights.
One of our pilots filed the following report on the event –
“I observed Initially 2 large square orange lights. One on top of each but slightly off set however there was a gap in height between them.
The top ‘orb’ was constantly orange. The lower one occasionally flicked white but majority of time was orange. In addition to that on 2 occasions I observed 5 orange lights but that was momentary.
I initially observed them when leaving Birmingham control zone. I thought they were just south of Gloucester and definitely a lot higher then us. We then climbed 5000 ft and they seemed level at that height and stationary.
As we approached Gloucester came apparent they were now further south maybe beyond Bristol even as far as Weston super-mare but directly south of Gloucester airport.
On our return leg up to EGBO (our home base) by Worcester we climbed 7000 ft and commenced a turn to observe the lights. At this point they seemed lower than us in the same place and stationary.
I have no idea what these objects were”
That is all we can say on the matter.
Night glow balloons? But unlikely as these do not move very fast at all.
So what they were?
We have no idea.
An interesting event.
As always, we don’t know if this was a legitimate UFO or something conventional, but it is very interesting. I’ll post any updates here as they happen.
An interview with one of the pilots: