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Old 10-24-2014, 09:54 PM
 
Location: somewhere in Texas
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Today me and my husband were outside prepping our above ground pool for a winter cover. It was a beautiful, clear blue sky day. Matter of fact, not a cloud in the sky.

Ever since I was young I've had an obsession with planes. When my son - now 26 - was young I use to take him to the airport so he could see the planes take off and land.

Ironically, he now works in the airline industry.

So, while we were out prepping the pool I heard a plane flying overhead so I looked up to look at it. Although I could hear it flying directly above us I couldn't see it anywhere.

It sounded like one of those older, small planes. I kept looking for it as I could hear it flying over but still couldn't see it. I asked my husband to look up and see if he could see it and he couldn't find it either even though we both were hearing it clear as a bell.

We both stood out there watching above and around the sky as we heard the plane flying over but neither one of us ever saw it. My husband called it the "invisible plane".

I just thought it was weird. The plane sounded like it was low flying so I know we should have been able to see it easily. Even if it were high above we should have been able to see it on such a clear day.

It was just weird. Any thoughts?
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Old 10-24-2014, 10:27 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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Wonder woman. She always does that. It freaks people out.
One day, I want to catch her when she's wearing her invisible clothes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJX5IMu63qQ
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Old 10-24-2014, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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Could you have assumed it was directly overhead when in fact it was past your roof so as to sound overhead but was past your sight line?
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Old 10-25-2014, 12:06 AM
 
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We have a museum nearby that has a number WW2 era planes that routinely fly around and they are quite distinct to hear at a distance and determining the exact location is not always easy. I've been left wondering where the plane(s) were on a number of occasions. But it's impossible for me to know what you experienced so I really can't comment.
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Old 10-25-2014, 08:11 AM
 
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Wonder woman. She always does that. It freaks people out.
One day, I want to catch her when she's wearing her invisible clothes.
You and my husband both!

His crush on her started at age eight and is still going strong.
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Old 10-25-2014, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Under a bridge
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The airplane was out of your site. I live near the Ontario Inter'l Airport and Rialto Municipal Airport (CA) and this happens all of the time. There are days when the sky is 100% clear with no clouds and sunny and I can hear airplanes overhead and for the life in me and I cannot see them. This is mainly smaller aircraft. The commercial jetliners are easy to spot (Southwest, Alaska Airlines and even UPS cargo aircraft).

-Cheers.
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Old 10-25-2014, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Today me and my husband were outside prepping our above ground pool for a winter cover. It was a beautiful, clear blue sky day. Matter of fact, not a cloud in the sky.

Ever since I was young I've had an obsession with planes. When my son - now 26 - was young I use to take him to the airport so he could see the planes take off and land.

Ironically, he now works in the airline industry.

So, while we were out prepping the pool I heard a plane flying overhead so I looked up to look at it. Although I could hear it flying directly above us I couldn't see it anywhere.

It sounded like one of those older, small planes. I kept looking for it as I could hear it flying over but still couldn't see it. I asked my husband to look up and see if he could see it and he couldn't find it either even though we both were hearing it clear as a bell.

We both stood out there watching above and around the sky as we heard the plane flying over but neither one of us ever saw it. My husband called it the "invisible plane".

I just thought it was weird. The plane sounded like it was low flying so I know we should have been able to see it easily. Even if it were high above we should have been able to see it on such a clear day.

It was just weird. Any thoughts?
Could be a low flying crop-duster that was off in the distance below the treeline of the horizon and out of view.
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Old 10-25-2014, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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How well sound carries depends on a lot of factors. I live about a mile from the train tracks but there are times when it sounds like they're in the next block.
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Old 10-25-2014, 04:26 PM
 
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Weather phenomena can do strange things to sound. I was riding a bicycle cross-country one Sunday morning a few years back, when I noticed a row of dark clouds off to the NW. This was in Oklahoma, and I was fearful I would be hit by one of the area's dreaded Blue Northerners. I turned on my Sonic Walkman radio. Not a station came in, even though there was a strong FM station less than 20 miles away. I turned to AM with the same result. Finally, a station blared through my earphones so loud I almost crashed! It was from a station in a tiny Missouri town almost 400 miles away. I'll never forget the song they were playing: Jesus Loved Grandmaw 'Cause She Sang Off Key. After the front passed, the sky cleared and I could get all kinds of stations on the radio
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Old 10-25-2014, 05:51 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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This happens frequently where I live, because we are within easy flying distance of an airport that regularly hosts vintage planes. They have very distinctive engine noise, but it doesn't seem to carry well, and they are far off by the time it is heard. Have seen B-29's, P-38's, biplanes, etc., but they are hard to see; they don't fly nearly as high as planes today, and get lost in the trees on the horizon.
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