yvphx From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 261 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2536 times:
At about 8:30pm I was sitting outside on the patio enjoying a nice cold beverage when I looked up and noticed what I thought was someone pulling a prank again by attaching a flare to a balloon and releasing it. However when it came closer to me, I noticed that not only was this "Orange light" going about 300+ knots, but it was at around 4,000 feet climbing fast and increasing in speed. It was able to easily pass under a CRJ in the pattern for landing on the 25's.
I know people may think I'm strange, weird or other, but I know what I saw. I didn't see any strobes or beacon. I can relate it closely to afterburners on an F-16 but with no sound.
I checked flightaware and nothing showed up. Could this have been a prank or some sort of plane that may have had something burning off as it was leaving PHX. Any information may help. I took a 5 second video but was very bad and grainy. In total, it screeched across the PHX sky in about 30 seconds and it was gone.