A Kansas witness at Lawrence reported watching a military helicopter following a fast-moving orange orb, according to testimony in Case 83535 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The witness was inside and heard the sound of a helicopter at 11:15 p.m. on May 4, 2017.
“It sounded very low and powerful, so I figured it had to be military, and I, being a total nerd, had to run out to the parking lot to get a look,” the witness stated. “By the time I was out my door and in the parking lot, I had just enough time to watch a small orange ball of light being chased by what I assume to be a Blackhawk helicopter (because of size and sound) disappear behind the rooftops of the buildings east of me.”
The witness thought the scene was “bizarre” because he had a similar sighting a few months earlier in the same general area – south of Lawrence not far from Baker Wetlands.
“The light was small and orange in color and was about 50-100 yards ahead of the helicopter. It made no erratic movements, but was travelling at a fair clip as the helicopter was tracking it at almost the exact speed and it was moving pretty quickly.”
The witness was doubtful the object could have been a paper lantern while the color and intensity of the light were similar to one.
“The distance ahead of the helicopter rules out a refueling boom. I'd give the altitude of the two objects to be between 500-1,000 feet AGL and the speed of both to be about 100 knots at the time I saw them.”