Forth of May 1989, I was asleep in bed. Her indoors wasn't! She was in hospital in labor. Home was a semi isolated house 5 miles from Tiverton, Devon, UK.
Woke up about midnight by a tremendous noise which was so loud it was shaking the house violently. It wasn't an earthquake. Whatever it was going overhead but looking out of the window I could see nothing.
As a lot of military activity takes place in Devon, my first thoughts were that an aircraft was in trouble but as there were no lights (or even sign of an aircraft) this obviously wasn't the cause. Scratched my head and went back to bed.
Sometime during the night, (it's really impossible for me to remember exactly when), I woke to a repeat performance but this time the shaking of the house really was horrendous as was the noise. I estimate that it lasted two minutes or so. If this was military aircraft, they were sure having a lot of problems that night!
I wouldn't have told anyone but I didn't need to as whatever it was affected a pretty big area and was reported for miles around Tiverton.
A few weeks later, I saw a red ball of light float over the house. I made it about 50 feet across and this time it WAS silent. The same week, a little old lady in Taunton claims that an identical sight made her fall off the toilet as she thought it was coming through the window! I checked with a friend who is interested in aircraft and he informed me - and this I stand to be corrected on - that all aircraft use FLASHING red lights. I.e. if the light is strident, it isn't an aircraft.
I telephone the MOD and the conversation went as follows....
Me, "Do you know anything about either incident?"
Me, "Would you tell me if you did?"
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