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UFO. Russia

ID #1716384364
Added Wed, 22/05/2024
Author July N.

Initial data

Initial information from sources or from an eyewitness
Incident date: 
05.1981 01:20
Пулково, Авиагородок, Петрозаводск
Leningradskaya oblast

Yuri Vasilyevich Tomilov (28 years old, flight director of the Kharkov Joint Stock Company) writes to the AIA Commission:

Leningrad, May 1981, approximately 1-20 a.m., observation time 5-8 minutes. Clear. There is 1 point of cloud cover on the horizon in the northeast.

An unfamiliar listener and I were returning from the city to the Aviagorodok, to Pulkovo, and noticed that an inversion trail appeared above the city, i.e. approximately in the northeast, ahead of which a light source was observed, the glow was white, matte. Our interest arose because we were in the airport area - 2 km from the runway, the planes did not descend or land at that time, and this trace was like an inversion, it seemed low over the city, i.e. where aircraft flights are prohibited and there was no noise from the engines.

The object was at an angle of 15-20 degrees from us. After walking for about 3 minutes with a course of 330 degrees, he turned sharply at 90 degrees and came at us, because the viewing angle began to increase. After the turn, the trace took the form of a pipe, and 3 beams radiated from the object at 120 degrees from each other, which pushed this pipe from the inside. The light is matte. After increasing the angle to about 45 degrees, the trace began to take the shape of an inflatable ball, and it was not from the pipe, but from the head of the object.

After reaching an angle of about 60 degrees, the glow of the object stopped, and the "ball" swelled to a large size. then it seemed to burst, i.e. its upper shell did not become visible, and the lower one in the form of smoke of a matte color sank to the ground. The inversion layer was disappearing.

At that time, we both felt a brief moment of fear. We exchanged impressions that it seems like the gas is sinking to the ground. There were no ordinary lines of the object, only a point of matte color, which makes it possible to assume that the object was very high and flying at low speed. If the altitude was 15 km, then the linear velocity is about 1000-1200 km/h

After that, the next day I started telling a friend who was on duty at the airport that night about it, to which he told me the same thing. several of them in the shift observed this phenomenon. moreover, there were no planes in the air at the moment. There were no targets on the radar, and the Petrozavodsk dispatcher replied to their request that he was observing this phenomenon directly above him, i.e. at the zenith.


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Booster, the rocket and tracks

For UFOs often take stages of rockets, parts of space ships burning in the atmosphere, the launches of various missile technology for military purposes, etc., and traces from them. They attract attention mostly in the dark, but in the day time have a greater aura of mystery.

Formation of the track of the launch vehicle occurs in the tropopause (the layer between the troposphere and stratosphere), which sharply reduced the vertical temperature gradient. The emergence of the so-called "jellyfish" influenced by water vapor, which are subject to enhanced condensation.


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