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Have You Seen Anything Strange Lately In The Skies Over Maidstone?
Increasing reports coming in of UFO's in the Maidstone area, some documented in the local press, some not. Have you seen anything? More unusual phenomena in Kent linked from the Kent51 Archive - If have anything 'unexplained' you'd like to share please email us email@example.com.
20/06/03 " Can't be sure pop pickers, but the nighttime heli flights started about the same time as the much reported bright orange lights in the sky (if you've ever seen them they are not anything like the lanterns). They could I suppose be lights on helicopters but there isn't any noise when the lighte were around."
20/06/13 "The helicopter thing is a complete red herring, UFO investigators have been coming to maidstone for the last ten years, it's now one of the UK's leading ET hotspots."
19/06/13 "There's a lot more going on over Maidstone than the odd night time chopper flight, I can't believe I'm the only one who has seen it and I'm amazed the local media hasn't made more of it. If you see anything put the pics on social media...."
18/07/12 "Are the low flying helicopters military? I don't there is any connection with little green men, it's a human intrusion not alien invasion. All the time since it's been happening I've never heard any official explanation. If the authorities don't make any comment I suppose all this madcap speculation is to be expected.
C S H "
"Can I also raise the issue of the nigh time helicopter flights around Leeds, only after dark! What the devil is it? Does anyone have any ideas? BT"
"Almost certainly what all of these people are reporting are Chinese
lanterns. There seems to be a fad currently for releasing these paper
lanterns lit by candles during parties.
"What about these massive low flying helicopters?"
"I'm much more concerned about the military aircraft in the area than UFOs. In recent weeks I've seen military helicopters and quite large military aircraft flying over Hollingbourne. Why?
"Following my earlier posting of having seen about a dozen large fast moving lights, I contacted SETI and was directed to a site called 'UFO Balloons'. It seems that one can buy large balloons for release and this may account for some sightings. I am still not sure what I saw, though.
"Just walking home from Maidstone town centre to Barming and stopped to stare for several minutes at about 9 objects, fairly close, bright orange, glowing like flares but not getting any dimmer.
I could see various normal aircraft in the sky complete with the usual flashing lights, aviation lights ahead and following sound.
The orange objects made no sound at all, they all travelled in the same direction and all at some height, sometimes across clouds then into clear patches still with no lights at all.
They all into the distance appearing to come down in the distance.
All I could think of was flares but remaining the same brightness and orange instead of red plus not losing height and staying bright for several minutes while travelling silently across the sky.
Weirdest thing I’ve ever seen!!!
Didn’t look like your traditional flying saucers as no real definition to their shapes and travelling in a very steady line, no rapid movement or deflection etc.
I have no idea what they were."
Herewith copy of message sent to BBC - no reply ! Similar message sent to M o D. Will be interested in any other similar reports or resolution of what caused these "objects".
We were driving on the A249 from Maidstone to our home on the top of Detling Hill at approx 2340hrs when at top of hill by Kent County Showground we saw 4no orange objects travelling fast from the south west to north east appearing over the communication masts at Coldblow. Continuing home we saw more of these objects which continued until approx midnight - the total number of 19 being counted [after the first batch of 4no they came in twos and threes].
Coincidentally during this time NO civil flights came over the Detling A T Control Beacon [adjacent to the Showground], but resumed just after midnight.
These objects emitted a solid orange glow and did not have any flashing lights as per civil aircraft. Were these orange objects military craft, hot air balloons [not fast enough] or UFO's. Their was NO apparent noise from these objects. Have you had any other similar reports as we would like to know what these objects were ? Although we had been out for the evening neither of us had been drinking !
Wendy and Lyle"
"My partner and I on Sat @ about 9.30pm sat outside and noticed a red/orange what looked like a fireball on its own moving towards us, It was getting bigger so I ran indoors to get my telescope hoping to see the best view of it possible. I couldn't get focused on it in time as it stopped and moved to the left then it travelled up and faded away into the clouds. We both have never seen something so bright in the sky which is obviously not plane like as there where no flashing lights. Totally gobsmakced!
"Is there a military airfield in the Maidstone area, in recent weeks we have seen a number of military style aircraft including an AWACs!
"I am so glad that others saw these strange lights last Saturday night! I was up in Chislehurst with a friend and my 8 year old daughter. We had just got home (it was midnight) and, looking south, we saw about a dozen lights, yellow, clear and unflickering, moving steaduily and quite fast from west to east in an irregular arc. They seemed to be 10000 to 15 000 feet up. They appeared to be self-powered.
"Driving home about 10 pm towards Maidstone town centre we sighted 8 balls of light in a diagonal line in the sky, they moved out of alignment and then faded after a few mins. UFOs or is there a logical explaination. Flares ? New type of firework? or some prankster taking crop circles to the next level."
"Whilst moving cars about at my Parents in Allington, late on Saturday 2/6, my wife & I saw some strange lights over Maidstone. It looked like 5 or so 'stars' moving slowly across the sky from the SW?. They were twinkling red, and Initially it looked a bit like a W or M constellation (I can't remember), but they got further apart, and eventually faded before they got overhead. Would be interested to hear if anyone else saw anything that night.