Lights, jets, aliens?

The Manning Valley is in RAAF Base Williamtown's eastern airspace region. Our night sky in recent days has been used for numerous basic low-flying training exercises and will be used until May 1.

The Manning Valley is in RAAF Base Williamtown's eastern airspace region. Our night sky in recent days has been used for numerous basic low-flying training exercises and will be used until May 1.

FACEBOOK flooded with comments about our Manning Valley night sky being dotted with lights and the sound of jets.

Today we asked a question of our Facebook community after Theresa Watts sent a message to us reporting orange lights and the sound of jets in the night sky.

Theresa said that on April 29 at 8.24pm the sound of a jet was heard followed by three orange lights coming on, going off and moving north west at different intervals. She described them as being bigger than any star or planet in the sky and then disappeared.

We then asked the question on Facebook: Did anyone else see and hear the same thing? And the answer was a resounding 'Yes!' from people throughout the Manning Valley.

Rachel Paterson of Old Bar wrote: "Last night hubby and I saw up to four large orange lights hovering over Crowdy Head way, and then in the direction of Taree. They would come with the jet rumbling sound. It was very eerie. They wound come on, then slowly dim, then bright again, and then disappear. Up to four lights at a time, some times just the one. We watched for over an hour. The noise was also heard by family in Hallidays Point but the lights weren't seen."

Teneille Williams said that in Cundletown on Saturday and Sunday night there was a weird light in the vicinity of the Dumaresq Island Highway Bridge.

"It came on for 10 seconds then went out and about three minutes later did the same and that was it. I heard jets over Cundletown last night as well."

However, Heath Nowlan had a different take on the reported activities, stating that "Na, it was a UFO. They picked me up and took me for a cruise then dropped me back home."

According to the Royal Australian Airforce website, basic low-flying training exercises were being conducted in the eastern low flying area which is bounded by Myall Lakes, Stroud, Wards River and Taree. The exercises were scheduled for morning and afternoon on April 23 and 24, and then from April 28 to May 1.

So our night skies will sound of jets and may have flashing lights for a few more days.

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