'This was UFOs - I saw them': Mystery surrounds strange contrails that appeared over Grimsby
MYSTERY surrounds the origin of unusual contrail patterns spotted in the skies over Grimsby yesterday – after both the RAF and US Air Force say they were not caused by their planes.
As reported at www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk – where you can view pictures and video footage of the trails being made – the newsroom was flooded with calls about the unusual display.
Philip Greenfield, of Waltham, was first off the mark, saying he had been "delighted" to see "heart-shaped" patterns appearing in the skies over Waltham Windmill.
But, as quickly as they were formed, the wind dispersed them, leaving more circular shapes to linger overhead.
Mr Greenfield's call was quickly followed by a call from our picture editor Jon Corken, to tell us he had captured the whole thing on video and later tweeted (@joncorkenphoto) "This was UFOs. I saw them. #area51"
Others, including Mr Greenfield, thought the unusual aerial activity may have originated closer to home.
Mr Greenfield said he spotted an RAF Eurofighter craft dipping below the clouds – an opinion shared with others commenting on www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk.
Another reader, havntone posted: "F-15s from Lakenheath flashing Mode S codes AE0740, AE0743, AE070B and 000000"
However, calls to confirm this to both the US Airforce's base Lakenheath and RAF Coningsby from our news team were met with denials.
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