UFO Sighting Report - United Kingdom
August 31st 2009 : Rugby, Warwickshire, England
UFOINFO Sighting Form Report
Location: Rugby, Warwickshire, UK
Date: August 31 2009
Number of witnesses: 2
Number of objects: 2
Shape of objects: Circular / Disc
Weather Conditions: 3/8 cloud at 2000 ft, very light wind westerly 3/4 knots if that, clear visibility.
Description: I was a qualified private pilot and am still a regular flier on commercial aircraft. I trained at Coventry airport which is 10 miles away and so am very familiar with normal traffic using Coventry and Birmingham.
On 31st Aug 2009 at 20.20pm I was in my partners garden looking at the stars when a circular object came into view from behind a cloud. I called my partner into the garden straight way to witness what I was seeing and she viewed the entire sighting along with me. I had no reference data but would estimate an altitude of 1500 - 2000 ft, the speed of a light aircraft, probably 80-100 mph, heading 040 degrees. The object was very clearly visible and was neither a traditional aircraft nor a balloon.
It was circular in shape but had a structure which resembled flower petals extending outwards from the centre and the petals where very strongly illuminated and appeared to be glowing as if they were on fire. Then overlaid at the centre of the craft was a similar array of petals contained within the radius of the wider array. These too were very bright and similarly appeared to be almost on fire, with a shimmering yellow / orange glow. The craft was heading steadily to the NE on 040 degrees which I accurately determined later from Google Earth. It was a quiet and still evening but there was absolutely no sound. The direction/heading was steady, although I did get the impression of very very small variations in direction, although this might well have been caused by atmospheric distortion.
Having watched this totally bewildered for about 40 seconds, a second identical craft came into view on exactly the same track, heading and altitude as the first, with a horizontal separation of about a mile. We watched the two travel steadily across the sky until one by one they went behind clouds and faded from view. I would estimate that we watched them for a least a minute and that they probably traveled within our site for about 3 miles. I've never seen anything like this before and searched the web this morning (Sept 1st) to see if anyone else had reported this sighting. I found your website and was surprised to see something vaguely similar reported a couple of years ago, but at much greater altitude. If you have any other information on what we witnessed, I'd be very interested.