On February 21st, 2017 at approximately 10:00 p.m. near a city in Georgia called Ty Ty a witness claims to have seen a red-orange sphere escorted by six fighter jets flying at an altitude of around 500 feet. The witness states that the object and jets flew directly over the top of him and were visible for just a few moments as they flew South before becoming obscured by the tree line.
The witness states that the six jets all had strobe lights on each tip of their wing which made them very easy to view and track. The object was the center of the formation with two jets on either side approximately 100 feet from the object. Behind the object were another four jets with approximately 30 feet between one another.
The object is described as being around 15 to 20 feet across and only 2 feet thick and had a red-orange glow that made it clearly visible, although dim. The witness in a later interview said “What was so strange about it was how low and slow they were all flying and flew directly over the top of me.” The witness claims they were flying an estimated 60-80 mph as they passed overhead.
As the formation passed overhead and began travelling away the jet on the west side of the sphere backed off and turned left which put it nearly directly behind the object. It was at this point that the witness lost sight of the object and formation due to how low they were travelling and the tree line.
The witness did not get a photograph of the formation but did draw the images above to help explain what he saw. The drawings are relatively detailed and has some additional notes left by the witness.
I have no doubt that the witness did see something in the sky on February 21st although I do not believe it to be a UFO as we normally think of them. Considering that just 50 miles south is Moody Air Force Base I believe this to be a military craft of some sort out on routine maneuvers.
I come to this belief for several reasons. Firstly, the air force base within such a close distance. Secondly, the fact that the object was so close to the ground and in perfect formation with our military jets leads me to believe we were in communication with the craft. Our jets would not fly within 100 feet of an object if they felt it could deviate from course or potentially cause them harm.
Lastly, 60-80 mph for a military jet is well below the stall speed for any jet I know of. The F-16 for example stalls at around 120 mph, and the most nimble of our jets, the F-22 Raptor, has a stall speed of around 80 mph under perfect conditions. Looking at the compliment of aircraft at Moody Air Force Base they seem to only have the A-10C Thunderbolt II that even closely resembles what the witness described. The A-10C stalls around 120 mph.
Ultimately, this may have been unidentified to the witness, however I am not sure I trust the details for the story. There are too many elements that simply do not make sense or match up with known facts.