Strange Craft Filmed Over Missouri

Posted by Xavier Ortega | May 30, 2012 17

YouTube user RaleighUFO has uploaded the video above just a few days ago, asking the public for assistance in identifying the strange lights.

Captured in Missouri, the video shows four bright orbs of light floating across the night sky. The craft glides silently as it pulsates a bright flash of light in different intervals. If any of you GT readers know what these lights could be, drop us a line.

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Hello Viewers:

For those skeptics, I will be glad to provide anyone a copy of the data file for analysis and review. Just email me a request. I’m actually wanting your help and experience with video editing so this object can be identified – or not.

Best viewed in 1080p..

This enhanced picture is from this video that was paused and zoomed. The contrast, hue and brightness were altered. No way this is a plane that we are aware exists.

Please excuse my comment in middle of this video, I was really excited.

This video was taken in Lebanon, MO on 5/26/12 at 4:49am using generation 3 pvs-7 night vision goggles with a 3x zoom recording onto a Sony Cybershot camera through the second eyepiece.

This craft appeared in the sky over Lebanon, MO approximately 3-4 miles in the air at 146 deg SE, traveling NW at 320 deg unknown rate of speed. Slight rumble of the

I immediately discounted this as a aircraft because of the strobe lights. However, once it got closer I realized that it had 4 very bright lights and 3 of the strobes were flashing in a pattern. I have never seen an aircraft lights look like this so I stayed with the object.

Around 1:53 – I turned to get a better view of the craft. The craft did not turn I did.

Appears to be some sort of aircraft (not sure if man made or not) that may be mimicking an airplane since it has strobe lights. Normal behavior would be to ignore a flashing light in the sky as a plane but if you saw a moving object with no flashing lights then that would certainly draw attention.

You can clearly see 4 very bright lights 3 of them pulsing. Once you blow this video up you can see that the object is connected by some sort of dense frame structure connecting to the 4 light corners. It also appears to connect through the middle of the craft from the front light to the back light.

After adjusting the contrast etc I was able to determine from the video that the tail light flashes, then the left light flashes, followed by the front forward light. It does not appear that the right light flashes at all for some reason.

Once it passed over me I turned towards the right with the goggles looking straight up. Once I did that the goggles became saturated with the bright lights and washed out the object prevented me from getting a sharp image and focus.

I honestly cannot remember hearing any noise from the object but I do know that I was standing about 20 feet from the ac condensing unit and that may have come on a few times…

The craft continued Northwest towards Eldridge and then I lost it behind the trees.

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17 Responses

  • Rmon

    First of all, it strobes at regular intervals, no strange frequency change. So, it is some craft, that is obvious. The four lights could be under a plane/helicopter, but because it is nightvision, you can’t realy see if it is there on not. The suggestive description from the youtube original poster is very annoying. Especially when he goes like this: “Appears to be some sort of aircraft (not sure if man made or not) that may be mimicking an airplane since it has strobe lights.” . Mimicking ey? hmmm.. 

  • Raleigh UFO

    Please check back to the original youtube video to see an enhanced video found under the “show more” section of my video then let me what you think.  

  • Rmon

    It’s not enhanced. It is inverted. I don’t see what extra benefit this has. You are not generating extra information. 
    I still stick to my original conclusion.

  • Dung Particle

    It’s moving in a very “plane-like” and deliberate flight pattern. Not that a UFO wouldn’t, but it doesn’t make any weird moves. Interesting.

    Maybe just teenaliens taking a joyride in their parental unit’s observation platform.

  • Raleigh UFO

    Please check back to the original youtube video to see an enhanced video found under the “show more” section of my video then let me what you think.  

  • Pruitt

    I don’t know about the origin or type of craft, but it seems to me this is exactly what I’d look for in a UFO report. The person who created the video goes out of his way to tells us details of the incident, doesn’t try to make outlandish claims, but simply asks for help identifying something that he doesn’t recognize, and presents a relatively clear and in-focus video of good quality for us to see – even making sure we know that an apparent change in direction is caused not by the craft, but his own movement.

    The first thing I thought of when I saw it was one of those toy helicopters with 4 rotors, but judging from the apparent zoom of the camera and the distance, it does seem larger than a toy. It’s interesting to me just how faint it is… note that apparent brightness of the lights isn’t much greater than the stars in the background. I think it’s interesting that only three of the four lights strobe, and also that it’s the same lights that seem to strobe and remain on all the time. On typical aircraft, some lights flash, and others remain steady, and they are generally spaced apart.

    I’d be interested in knowing the zoom of the camera itself. In the description of the video, he tells us that the night vision goggles were zoomed to 3x, but the way the image jerks with small movements indicates to me that the camera was probably zoomed in as well. If his estimate of 3-4 miles is ballpark, then it’s definitely a larger size aircraft of some sort. I’m curious to see what comes of it, if anything, and thrilled to have a well documented video to look at, even if it’s not as strange as some of the others we see…


  • Raleigh UFO

    Hello Stephen. Excellent comments..  

    The nvg has a snap on 3x zoom lens and the Sony camera was zoomed a bit so the aperture shows what appears in the nvg eyepiece. Please check back to the original youtube video to see an enhanced video found under the “show more” section of my video then let me what you think.  

  • Ophu

    Not that I’m an expert or anything, but I’d say it’s probably a Cessna or a Piper Cub.

  • Raleigh UFO

    Please check back to see the new enhanced video found in the “show more” section of my video then tell me what you think.

  • Ophu

    Dude, I live on a major flight-path and it looks just like the puddle-jumpers I see pass overhead almost every night. Maybe it would help if the video wan’t green.

  • RJ

    My first thought is that it was a conventional man-made aircraft

    It could be something along these lines:

    It would be nice if the person who posted this video could give more details, like were there any colors to the lights, that would be the anti-collision lights which are red and green.

    The one thing that really bugs me is the strobe light(s). As far as my little mind and eyes can tell, they seem to be going at different intervals at different parts of this film. In the beginning the lights are going on and off at one interval at around the 0:03-0:07 second mark, and around the 1:23 mark it has a different frequency of strobing.

  • Raleigh UFO

    Hello RJ.  I only looked at the object with my eyes for a split second because it was so far away.  I do not remember seeing any other colors except white with my own eyes.  Yes you are correct the strobes do look weird.  If you slow the vid down you can see that the light on the right wing (closest) to the ground never flashes like it should and all 4 corners have lights on at all times.  The strobes just over power the front, top left and rear lights and then strobe onto of the lights that are on.  Typical planes would appear to go off completely and then back on..

    Please check back to my videos to watch and enhanced version and let me know what you now think it may be..

  • Rmon

    You have filmed using a IR enhanced viewer. Infra Red is a totally different wavelength area compared to visual. The fact that light show up large and powerfull is just a consequence of this. I am very curious what you saw through the eyepiece WITHOUT the IR enhancer? I expect: very faint lights (if any).

  • Raleigh UFO

    It’s me RaleighUFO.   

    Please check back to see the new enhanced video found in the “show more” section of my video then tell me what you think.

  • Rmon

    Yes and that is the 5th time you mention that. :-)

  • Dude… it’s a plane.

  • Luxus93

    Jupp. Thats a plane, no doubt about it. It could also be a spaceship from a far away planet that looks exactly like a plane, but that’s unlikely. 

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