Place: Ysterplaat AFB
Time and Date: 4th March 2013: 2105B
Submitted by: Mark
Interesting, I am an ACT at Ysterplaat and I was on duty until 2200B that evening. Operations had me focused on the western side of the airfield, at exactly 2105, (because I attempted to take a video of it on my phone) I noticed an orange sort of light, which I at first thought was an aircraft joining for Capetown Int runway 19, because the light was pulsating the way an oncoming aircraft sometimes appears when looking at it head on.
But something told me this was not an aircraft. It was roughly 15 degrees above the horizon, abeam the smoke stack in Brooklyn from my vantage point. I immediately checked the radar feed to see if it was an aircraft, but it wasn’t because there was no Squawk or plot anywhere to the west of the coast. I ran outside to get a better look and realized it was no longer flying toward the coast but now climbing. I watched it rise to about 30 degrees on the horizon, slowly rising, and then it simply faded out. or a better term, was pinched out.
It was not an aircraft, nor a star because the stars on the west side are moving down into the horizon not away. It was not a satellite as I checked movements, nor was it the space station. I at one stage thought it may have been a Chinese lantern, but the wind was southerly 15kts, and had someone let it go in town or Brooklyn, it would have drifted northwards. Oh and I have a video of it, but you can not see anything because our floodlights are probably too bright. Perhaps digital imaging could filter it. Stumped…