March 18th 2005

Hidalgo County, Texas V Shaped Trail In The Sky

Date: March 18, 2005
Time: Approx: 5:30 p.m.

This 'object' was taped using a 700x digital zoom camcorder on March 18th, 2005 in Hidalgo County, Texas at around 5:30 PM CST. It flew(?) in a straight line, due north and left no residual trail of any kind. I was able to tape it for about 45 seconds before it was out of range of the camera. The pictures are frames taken from the video.

I'm an US Air Force veteran and was raised a Navy dependent and have seen all kinds of aircraft but nothing that creates a plume quite like this.

I would appreciate any explanation you may be able to provide me with.

Thank you.

Additional Information:

Hello Brian,

Thanks for getting back to me! I've sent you some more frames taken from the video you may post on the site, if you'd like them bigger that is not a problem, I sized these down to 72 dpi but can send them full resolution, 150 dpi, if you'd like. They have not been altered or enhanced in any way other than lowering the resolution.

You can see from the first photo how far away the object is, I was across the street from the house in the foreground. The actual video time was 39 seconds, then it was out of range of the camera so whatever it was, it was moving pretty fast.

After reading your account I re-checked the time index and the time of the sighting was actually 6:38 PM CST, which was a little while before dusk. This object didn't do anything though, it just traveled in a straight line dead north.

From the video it looks like the cloud material is streaming off of something rather than coming from behind, as in a jet engine, and the angle the 'tail' is coming off the object is a few degrees to the west from the line it was traveling. There's an airport about 14 miles west of here and I see jets leaving contrails all the time but never an object like this.

Still image from video

That's about it for the sighting. As I mentioned I have a great deal of experience around aircraft and have to say I have never seen a forked discharge like this one before and also thought perhaps this was a re-entry of some sort, given the way the tail is angling off.

Thank you for putting this up on the web site, hopefully some one can identify what this is or has seen this type of 'trail' before. I agree with you, who knows what the military has these days. My father was stationed at Point Magu missile base in California in the early 70's when they were first testing the F-14. Even during that time folks unfamiliar with the aircraft didn't know what to make of it, especially when they flew at night.

Have a great weekend!

Thank you to the person for sending in the photos and report.

Brian Vike, Director
HBCC UFO Research


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