The witness was on a roof stargazing on a clear night at 10:30 p.m. on April 19, 2018.
“I'd been up there maybe 20 minutes when suddenly I noticed a black triangle moving slowly across the sky, southwest, in a straight line,” the witness stated. “It was travelling at a steady pace, no faster or slower than you'd expect from a commercial aircraft. I stargaze frequently in the summer, and I am familiar with planes, satellites, blimps, etc. This was unlike anything I have ever seen in the sky.”
The witness described the object.
“The craft was clearly a solid and a complete triangle, or at least very close to being complete as it blocked out the stars. It had six white lights around the edge, evenly spaced. The lights were very dim and stayed solid the whole time. There were no flashing lights, only the six solid, white lights. Other than this, I couldn't see any other detail on the craft.”
The witness tried to get a closer look with binoculars but had trouble focusing.
“Or the lenses were misted up - either way, the event only lasted approximately 30 seconds, so I didn't have time to figure out the problem. I can't say for sure if it was making noise or not. I live near a relatively busy road so there was car noise, which made it harder to determine. Also, I was so excited by what I was seeing that I was just trying to focus my binoculars to get a closer look and wasn't concentrating on sound. I'm a keen stargazer, but it's hard for me to say exactly what the altitude was - if I had to guess I would say somewhere between 8,000-15,000 feet. But as the event was so quick and because I couldn't make out details on the craft to give me a sense of scale, it was difficult to gauge.”
The craft kept moving at the same pace until it went beyond the witness’s view.
“My initial thought was that it must be a B-2 from RAF Fairford. The next day I contacted a friend who is one of the founders of RAF Fairford Air Day - a very popular aircraft show held at RAF Fairford. RAF Fairford is the closest military base that has a variety of aircraft, and I believe the only one that might have aircraft that could offer a possible explanation. I explained what I saw to my friend and he couldn't tell me what it was. He said that RAF Fairford was at that time closed and didn't think any aircraft would be flying in or out of there. Also, it seemed unusual as the lights were unlike ones I've seen on a B-2 (however, I am not an aviation expert or even an aviation enthusiast so there may well be other light configurations that I am not aware of). He couldn't give me an explanation, so I am trying to seek out others who might have seen it that night.”
United Kingdom MUFON Field Investigator Lee George Strydom closed this case as Information Only.