July 19, 2012 6:30AM
I was walking through the French Quarter at about 6:30am, I looked up saw/heard a passenger jet fly over. I recognized its shape and saw it's blinking navigation lights immediately as I have seen many hundreds of air craft before it. I've always been able to identify every single craft I have ever witnessed in the air.
I am a Air Force brat, born and raised spent my life studying jets, planes and all things in the air. Plus always known about UFOs, seen pictures, heard stories been a fan of Science Fiction since I was old enough to read & about the universe at large. What happened yesterday morning was nothing like I have ever seen or even thought I would ever see. It was like something out of Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind, accept real and in person.
I was confused at first because I did not recognize the color of the bright lights, heard no sound and could not actually see the shape of the craft. Is is as tho the lights were deliberately being shined at me.
It looked like very, very bright orange headlights at first on a slow moving helicopter that hovered to a stop in the middle of my point of view. It was in the middle of the street about 1 mile away and about 500-1000 feet up. It came to a stop when I stopped in the middle of the street.
I looked at it and thought what is that? The shape of the air craft was obscured due to the practically blinding brightness of the orange lights. Now, it reminded me of the feeling of being under a spotlight. The same light in your eyes as a person on stage might feel. It was briefly a blinding light. After a couple seconds of trying to see the shape of the craft, it looked like it was fading and going up into the sky so I grabbed my camera took the photo and it was gone. The craft was low enough to look like some kind of big hovering mass I could not even tell what shape it was due to the brightness of the light.