Last night, residents of Amherst, MA reported seeing a diamond-shaped UFO, roughly the size of two or three cars, that flew more slowly than do planes. It was illuminated by dim white lights. (Story.)
What are our options here? Alien invasion (which would explain John Kerry)? Secret military plane, singular? Hoverboards? Small group of planes that appeared to be a single object?
Commercial aircraft usually move at several hundred miles per hour. Cessnas and other light aircraft can get airborne around 55 knots (63 mph); commercial aircraft take off around 150 mph. You can definitely get a plane to be airborne when it travels at the speed of a car on a highway; it’s just not the planes that people fly on to get to California, nor the speed that those planes move in order to get people to their destinations in a timely manner.
If the thing is visible because of its own lights, it could have lights that are in an odd pattern but do not necessarily illuminate the entire aircraft. Likewise, it could be a group of Cessnas or Pipers, each of which had illumination, grouped together; in such a configuration, they may look like a single, oddly-shaped plane.
Other possibility: test flight of advanced military aircraft. Sorry, conspiracy theorists, alien loves, and Holocaust-deniers, but the military likes having American pilots in highly-advanced aircraft, and likes Americans to be protected with the most advanced technology around. It also likes people to not know that they are being protected with this stuff, because then our enemies don’t know about it. If you think it’s aliens, you aren’t going to spill to the Chinese, Russians, North Koreans, or whomever about our fancy new toys that can kick the butts of their not-so-fancy toys.
Yeah, I’m a killjoy. There’s aircraft out there – called Cessnas or Pipers – that can fly close to the ground at a relatively slow rate of speed. Planes flying together can give the illusion of one big plane. Unless E.T. drops out of the cockpit, it’s nothing special.