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Old December 06, 2012, 22:10   #1
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Strange Aircraft Flew Over Last Night....

While out with the dog last night around 10:00Pm, I had a strange sounding aircraft fly over from east to west. It was rather slow, reminiscent of a helicopter flying at general aviation altitude, say 1500-2500 ft. It had a low level jet sound, not like a true jet, quieter, but not like a blimp and no rotor or prop sounds. It had two large red strobes that blinked in unison, thinking one under the belly and one near the tail. Had one dim tail marker light. I live in close proximity to the helicopter base at Ft. Indiantown Gap. This thing continued on a due west course, parellel and north of US 422 towards Lebanon, PA. After about 10-15 minutes it made a 90 degree turn to the north on a course that would have taken it towards Ft. Indiantown Gap. It was rather far off, but you could see those large red strobes very clearly. Any ideas??

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Old December 06, 2012, 22:13   #2
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Old December 06, 2012, 22:21   #3
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Unfortunately, couldn't see anything except for the lights. Was hoping to see it again tonite, but no such luck.

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Old December 06, 2012, 22:25   #4
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Sounds like one of the newer drones on a test flight. My boss saw a Chinook flying low and very quiet, for a Chinook anyways, and he said it was carring a large light undernieth it. When it flew over his house he said it lit up three lots at a time. He couldn't believe how quite it was, he's a VietNam Vet, and knows what a Chinook sounds and looks like, had him right troubled.
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Old December 06, 2012, 22:57   #5
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Funny you mention quiet aircraft, om monday the third, I was coming home and noticed a chopper hovering over my turn off, as I approached it just sat there, when I turned onto my road, it started to move with me, iI pulled over and shut off my engine and could hardly hear it, only 600ft high, I think it was an military drone as we have a couple top secret bases in the area.

Today, I heard a plane flying that sounded like a pulse Jet, it flew a strange pattern, then darted off with a piston engine sound, Must have had the carb heat on and messing around with the mixture?, The plane could have been a drone, looked a bit like a piper tomahawk or an lancair 320.
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Old December 07, 2012, 01:40   #6
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the CG's helo has a french jet motor on it and makes a low sound. i can tell when the CG is playing over the river, and when the navy is playing over the river in there helo's.
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Old December 07, 2012, 08:29   #7
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Coulda been anything...you have a number of airfields in that AO, Harrisburg International, Capital City, The Gap itself, not to mention any number of other facilities (Prison, PSP Barracks, Hospitals) that could be hosting rotary wing aircraft - or a slow jet. It is mystifying though, isn't it?
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Possably an Osprey?
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Old December 07, 2012, 13:27   #9
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While out with the dog last night around 10:00Pm, I had a strange sounding aircraft fly over from east to west. It was rather slow, reminiscent of a helicopter flying at general aviation altitude, say 1500-2500 ft. It had a low level jet sound, not like a true jet, quieter, but not like a blimp and no rotor or prop sounds. It had two large red strobes that blinked in unison, thinking one under the belly and one near the tail. Had one dim tail marker light. I live in close proximity to the helicopter base at Ft. Indiantown Gap. This thing continued on a due west course, parellel and north of US 422 towards Lebanon, PA. After about 10-15 minutes it made a 90 degree turn to the north on a course that would have taken it towards Ft. Indiantown Gap. It was rather far off, but you could see those large red strobes very clearly. Any ideas??

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Funny you should say this.
Some evenings back, I was doing some late night grocery shopping in Fishers, Indiana, which borders Indianapolis' North East side.

I heard a strange noise in the sky and to the South was some type of aircraft hovering in the air.
All I could see were it's lights.

It's shape and sound was unlike any helicopters I've seen.
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They are drones collecting intelligence on all of you mo fo's...

or aliens, I'm not sure which.
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Take a rifle and let them have a couple of rounds of .223, .308 or .30-06. After it crashes, you'll find out what type of aircraft it was.

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OK...I took your advice. What do I do with this smoking hunk of metal in my yard? Why is the house shaking? What the...............
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Old December 07, 2012, 20:03   #13
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Take a rifle and let them have a couple of rounds of .223, .308 or .30-06.
a c'mon... give it a sporting chance and use a .380. He11, that is what James Bond used years ago.
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Hmm, wonder if it might have been a test flight for one of the new CHAMPs.

http://www.boeing.com/Features/2012/..._10_22_12.html
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Hmm, wonder if it might have been a test flight for one of the new CHAMPs.

http://www.boeing.com/Features/2012/..._10_22_12.html
Would suck to have a pacemaker and have that zip overhead!
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The Gap does UAV training, probably something-bigger-than-a-Raven

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/50097/n...s#.UMOBsNe-XJY

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I thought The Gap sold over priced jeans and duds to hipster doofus types. Now they have UAVs? Good for them!
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