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Sighting Reports 2009

U.S. Serviceman Sees Unusual Light in Sky Near Army Base

Fort Bragg is in East-Central North Carolina.
Fort Bragg is in East-Central North Carolina.

Date of Sighting: October 1, 2009
Time of Sighting: 8:25 PM EDT
Location of Sighting: Fort Bragg Base (Near Fayetteville, NC - See Map)

Description: Listen to Taping of Witness Report (MP3)
The witness called and reported his sighting only a few minutes after it occurred. He stated that he saw bright light flying high in a clear sky. The light was visible for only about 5 to 10 seconds. The light was in a southerly direction. No strobes or markings on the light were observed. The light flashed a couple of times and then disappeared. The witness called Air Traffic Control at Fayetteville Airport and nearby Pope Air Force Base. It is not known if information was provided, but it is doubtful whether either agency would respond to a public request of this nature.

Note: I don't know what the witness observed. A check of satellite charts showed no visible satellites in the area on the evening of October 1, 2009.

Update - October 1, 2009: I spoke at length with the witness. He is an Army Specialist stationed at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. He was at his home (about 5 miles from the base) at the time of the sighting. He was outside having a cigarette. He noticed a very bright light (brighter than Jupiter in the Southeast sky). The light moved slowly with a "zig-zag" motion, flashed a couple of times and then streaked away. The witness called nearby Pope Air Force Base and was told that they would "put the word out" warning pilots of unusual aerial activity. He called FAA at Fayetteville Airport and was told that no aircraft were airborne at the time of sighting. He also checked the online radar map which shows aircraft positions in real-time. Their were no aircraft in the vicinity at the time of the sighting.