Bizarre lights in sky leave US Air Force absolutely baffled

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Bizarre lights in sky leave US Air Force absolutely baffled

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A US Air Force crew was left completely 'dumbfounded' after spotting an unusual set of lights in the sky recently, before finally discovering its cause.

On Saturday (24 September), Staff Sgt. Christian Magliocc said he and his crew saw a boom of light from their aircraft's deck.

While travelling, some of the crew managed to grab a few snaps of the bizarre sight.

Staff Sgt. Christian Magliocca said the crew were 'confused', adding: "These pictures were taken at 37,000ft from the flight deck of a C-17 Globemaster III somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean.

The light was identified as the SpaceX launch. Credit: SWNS
The light was identified as the SpaceX launch. Credit: SWNS

"We saw it coming over the horizon and we're really confused as to what it could be.

"At first we thought it was the Artemis Launch that keeps getting pushed back."

The bizarre lights were later identified as the SpaceX launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Staff Sgt. Magliocca continued: "For us, the event lasted around ten minutes from start to finish. Truly a spectacle.

"I’m a loadmaster on the C17 so my role is all things related to the cargo compartment of the aircraft.

"The pilots and my other load flying partner were absolutely dumbfounded.

"I think I speak for all of us when I say that we will never forget it for as long as we live."

Elon Musk's SpaceX launched 52 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit on Saturday (24 September).

The US Air Force crew grabbed a few snaps of the fascinating light. Credit: SWNS
The US Air Force crew grabbed a few snaps of the fascinating light. Credit: SWNS

This comes after a Nottinghamshire-born fighter thanked Musk and his Starlink project after he was freed by Russia.

Aiden Aslin had been fighting for Ukraine against Russia after living in the now war-torn country for four years, and has finally returned home after previously being sentenced to death by the Russians 'for mercenary activities and committing actions aimed at seizing power and overthrowing the constitutional order of the DPR.'

The fighter took to Twitter to talk about his horrors since being captured in April this year and thanked Musk for the Starlink project.

He said: "Before I surrendered, I made this video I was so scared at this moment but the fact I was able to get this out truly is down to @elonmusk & I want to take a moment to thank you because of your starlink satellite I could inform the world & managed to call my family one last time."

Aiden, along with fellow Brit Shaun Pinner, spoke about their experiences on ITV's Good Morning Britain on Monday (26 September).

Aiden said: "We were treated in some horrendous conditions there and I was expecting to either be killed or I'd be spending at least a minimum 10 years in Donetsk there so it still hasn't fully sunk in."

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Topics: News, Space, SpaceX, Elon Musk, US News

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