breal101 wrote in post #16313727
Sandpiper, thank you for your contribution to this thread. I don't disagree with anything you said. Interesting that you mentioned Black Triangles. I actually had one fly right over my car back in 1997. I have no idea who was flying it or where it came from. All I know was that is was huge, the size of a football field at least. I had to stick my head out the window to see the entire thing. It was slow,low and also perfectly silent, it was hidden for a few moments until it cleared the trees and broke into the open. I had been watching it for a few minutes and thought it was a police helicopter, all I could see was a single light at the angle I was viewing it. Once it cleared the trees I could see nine lights, five that formed a perfect triangle and four that formed a square centered on the trailing edge. It was just at twilight so I could make out the shape of the triangle but the square was a bit indistinct, possibly because the lights were closer together.
It could have been a secret project of some kind, just a little odd that it was flying so close to a well travelled highway with lights blazing. The lights were a little odd too, as low as it was they didn't light up the tops of the trees or the road.
The triangles that were frequently reported around here came in two sizes, the most common one was around 9-10 feet long and the other around 50 feet. They weren't always black, metallic silver ones were reported but as most were seen at night they could possibly have been silver as well, although black ones were reported in daylight too. It was the little ones that tended to get spotted over Southport itself, the larger ones usually being seen over the water along the coast, typically in or around Morecambe Bay and once coming in over the River Mersey (presumably the estuary end). They were usually accompanied by a conventional fighter or helicopter, presumably making observations.
The common belief is that these were both flying from Warton, there is even a picture shot from a passing aircraft (Warton isn't a no fly zone the way area 51 is) which captured a black triangle on the ground, although it might possibly be an F-117 and the light just makes it look more of a triangle. Warton is the base for all UK development of military aviation technology and BAe. They are currently working on the Taranis UCAV, a conventionally sized unmanned fighter, of flying wing design (very similar to the Boeing Phantom Ray, the MiG Skat and several other equivalent unmanned fighters). They say Taranis is based on many years of research and development, but whether some of that includes the flying triangles is unknown.
It is odd that they were / are so tight-lipped about the triangles, yet they were sometimes very obvious when flying (hovering low over houses in Southport once, which caused some interesting speculation in the local press).