Description: I am a retired Federal employee and I have always had a fascination with aviation, military aircraft, the space program and the heavenly bodies above. I have always got a eye on the sky (day or night). For health purposes, I walk at night in my small town neighborhood. Tonight, 3 Aug 2014, at approximately 9:15 PM Central time, I saw what I can only describe as a silent, stationary beacon in the night sky (like a lighthouse at sea). It would make a single revolution and disappear with no further sight or sound. I pulled my cellphone and checked my “Plane Finder” app, and as I expected, there was nothing there. The truly amazing aspect of this event is that it occurred once before while I was walking at night, at roughly the same time in August of 2004. This was almost exactly ten years ago.
I live in northwest Mississippi, 30 miles south of Memphis International. We get a lot of FedEx traffic in the evenings so I’m quite familiar with their aircraft, their lighting and their sounds. And helicopters are extremely audible. Nothing that I know of in aviation, silently turns in place with an extremely bright search light that points downward.
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