By John Carpenter
I was watching on the night of October 17, 1996 to observe the unique stars of the Southern Hemisphere sky over the ocean. With me were [conference speaker] Dr. Joe Lewels and [conference coordinators] Glennys Mackay and husband George Mackay.
We saw one bright object which we first assumed was another airplane coming in for a landing. However, this object was slightly brighter and appeared to have extra lights -- and no blinking ones. After several other planes went by and this one had not yet moved, Joe and I commented that this was unusual. Dr. Lewels is an ex-Viet Nam military pilot and knows planes well. At this point he claimed, "That is NOT an airplane."
We both glanced at each other for a moment while George Mackay was still staring at it, approximately 15 degrees above the horizon at a distance of at least 5 miles or more. George saw it drop to the water within a split second -- which is quite a speed at that distance! He shouted. Joe and I both looked and were shocked to see the object gone from its position in the sky without any time to have moved out of it... Then we all watched as it hovered just above the water, then lowered slowly into the water and out of sight.
Wow. The speed and drop from its position at that distance elevated that sighting from all known categories of known aircraft behavior! Another unknown over Brisbane....
Original file name: .CNI - Aussie siting.John C
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