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I attended an airshow at the New Garden Flying Field on Saturday, August 24, 2013. A friend, his wife, and I had set up lawn chairs at the far southwest area of the field to watch the show. My camera is a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Autofocus lens.


At exactly 1 p.m. I was photographing an aerobatic biplane doing his routine. After 2 or 3 shots, while looking through the viewfinder, I thought I saw an object in the smoke trail of the plane. I thought perhaps something had fallen from the plane. I figured it hadnt come from inside the plane as it had an enclosed cockpit. As the plane moved off to the side I took several more shots of the smoke trail just to be sure I caught whatever it was I originally saw. I then turned to ask my friend if he was seeing this too but he was talking to his wife so I turned back to take some more pictures but I could no longer find the object.


Since the screen is too small on my camera to see properly, I waited until I got home to review my pictures. It was then that I noticed a sphere at the very bottom of the first picture almost directly in a line beneath the plane and rising a bit higher in the second picture. In the third picture, the sphere can be seen now above the biplane. This was all in a matter of about 5 or 6 seconds.


The remaining shots of just the smoke trail appear to show the object begin to flatten out into more of a disk shape. It was at that point that I lost sight of the object.


I showed the emailed the pictures to my friend and he replied that he also thought he saw a glimpse of something during the routine but he wasnt sure what it was.


When I first looked at the pictures I thought it might be some sort of weather balloon but that air space was restricted during the show and it would be more than foolish to release a balloon during that kind of event.


Also, I felt that the object ascended much faster than I would suspect a balloon might and when it reached an altitude above the biplane it seemed to stop rising. Thats when it appeared to become disk shaped and move to the left.


The above case was submitted to MUFON.

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The Black Vault Owner/Operator
Starts: August 24th, 2013 3:16 PM
Ends: August 24th, 2013 3:16 PM
New Garden Flying Field
New Garden Flying Field
Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania
United States
Where did this happen?New Garden Flying Field
CountryUnited States
StreetNew Garden Flying Field
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