Charleston, SC (WLTX) - It looks like the mystery of the planes over Lexington has been solved.
Last night, WLTX got dozens of calls and e-mails and video about strange lights over Lexington and Calhoun Counties. In the videos, you could hear and see multiple planes apparently flying in formation at low-speed.
All the local military bases and airports said it wasn't them. Well, it turns out we now have what apparently is the answer.
A spokesperson for Joint Base Charleston told WLTX Sunday morning that a group of 12 C-17 cargo jets took off from their base around 7 p.m. Saturday.
The large aircraft went cross-country to Nevada for a training exercise involving HALO drops--high altitude military parachuting. The exercise was done in coordination with multiple air military installations and groups, including the 82nd Airborne. As the group moved westward, more C-17s and other aircraft joined the effort.
It's part of a joint forcible entry exercise that's routinely done. The spokesperson said it would have been a large formation.
The planes returned to Charleston around 6 a.m. Sunday.
All this matches up with other reports, including one that the same pattern of lights was seen near Denver, Colorado about 11 p.m. our time. There were also similar sightings in Missouri.
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