Published: 5:56 PM 4/8/2013
I got a fairly interesting shot of a "UFO" this weekend. It looks just like the "Foo Fighters" of WWII, sitting right on the wingtip of a large 60-year-old show aircraft in flight overhead.
The legendary Memphis Belle aircraft, a B17F flying fortress of WWII fame, flies around the country promoting awareness of the sacrifices made by the armed forces during wartime.
It flew over much of the San Fernando Valley and some of Ventura County this weekend. The plane passed almost directly overhead at least four times a day here in my neighborhood on the weekend of April 6 and 7.
It is so loud that we can hear it indoors and run outside to get photos.
I used a powerful new 500mm telephoto lens and got close-up shots. On two photos I captured a strange object following the aircraft right off the left wing.
I kept one of these, thinking it was only a bird. The other photo was blurry so I deleted it. It basically just showed the same object with a blurry tail from high-speed forward movement ahead or slightly to the side of the aircraft itself (the plane was in focus).
I now regret deleting the second picture! In retrospect, birds don't match speeds with aircraft!
I thought perhaps your readers might enjoy this picture. Could this be a modern day "foo fighter?"
I will use an "undelete" program to search for the 2nd UFO picture. In the meantime, I enclose the best ones I have, taken a few seconds apart, the UFO picture last.
Both pictures have been slightly color enhanced, as original images from this telephoto lens tend to be rather brown and grey due to the atmosphere.
Note that I was located 2 miles above Rinaldi Street on Sesnon Blvd at Porter Ranch Drive. There is a small park here with a circular pathway, you can see it on Google Maps.
The aircraft appears to have been following Rinaldi Street East or the 118 Freeway East. I verified this by taking observations on both North and South sides of the 118 Freeway during both days.
My home is South of the freeway; the park is North.
I have other pictures, but they show nothing much interesting, just the aircraft in retreat or flying another direction, and less detail since a wider angle lens was used at my home than at the park.
Yours truly, all the best, and thank you,
Robert Van den Heuvel