Strange Lights Over Wisconsin
Source: Filer's Files #37; September 12, 2001
SHEBOYGAN -- Steve Oplatek on August 29, 2001, decided to step outside his house to smoke at 8:40 PM. I noticed six large aircraft flying west with strobe lights at a fair rate of speed. I heard jet engine noises and noticed that slightly ahead of the aircraft were another set of moving lights. The second set consisted of two lights that were orange in color and steady; they did not blink like a strobe. After further observation, it appeared to me as if the aircraft were pursuing the orange lights. I got this impression because the aircraft were maneuvering a lot compared to the orange lights. After 2 to 3 minutes the orange lights started to separate, one took a slight turn to the North, while the other one continued west. The aircraft then split up into two elements consisting of hree planes each. It looked like the aircraft were trying to surround the orange lights, perhaps in a dog fight. This sighting lasted about five minutes. Six aircraft in such close proximity to Sheboygan is unusual!