I have been watching the skies my whole life. I have seen everything from Apaches, C-5s, Blimps, 747s, Jolly Greens, F-4s, Concordes, to weather balloons. You name it, I've probably seen it, just like many of you.
Recently, I was looking out my east-facing bedroom window at 11:00pm, I can see for miles, I can see Buckley operations, and DIA operations as well, including flight paths.
I don't know what I saw a few nights ago.
It flew over my house with a heli/jet noise, but traveling about as fast as a regular F-16 or similar aircraft at low level flying speeds. It flew east for about five miles at 1-1,500ft, lining itself up directly with Buckley's Northerly approach pattern. It virtually stopped heading east and started climbing at a 90 degree angle from the ground, yes, straight up! It climbed for about five minutes at a rate a helicopter would. It must have reached 20-25,000ft before it just disappeared. I stayed for another ten minutes and it never reappeared.
Okay, so here is what I noted:
1. The lights were standard navigational lights, just not in any configuration that I have ever seen.
2. It was too big to be a helicopter. And the lights too far apart width-wise as well.
3. Why did it turn its lights out at altitude?
4. Why was it traveling so fast at such a low altitude over a residential neighborhood at 11:00pm?
5. Jet noise with a large blade sound?
6. Could it have been an Osprey or a Harrier?
7. Have I witnessed something that I was not supposed to pay attention to?
8. Yes, I was sober and awake.
9. Does anyone have any guesses or knowledge of this manuever or possible aircraft.
10. I see F-16s and F-18s takeoff and go straight up to altitude all the time. . .this wasn't the same.
11. I've never seen the helicopters out here fly that fast and then go up to that type of altitude. Especially that large.
Anything you know helps, maybe one of you know exactly what this was. Any ideas?