Sometimes, the most awe-inspiring moments are of the unexplained variety — strange lights in the sky, unidentified flying objects, apparitions of planes, ships, and other objects.
But other times, they are created through the dedication of people who simply want to put on a great show for others, while pooling their talents together to create something seemingly not of this Earth.
Visitors to the Nanchang Flight Convention in China were among those to witness one such event recently, as the night sky lit up with over eight hundred drones that all came together in a display reminiscent of Gandalf’s fireworks from the movie “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."
Check out the scene below from the movie for a quick refresher.
“Ghostly" airliner dazzles audience in China
The convention, held last November just prior to the coronavirus outbreak in December, was designed to show off China’s latest developments in aviation, space travel and drone technology.
Not wanting to be outdone, 800 drones came together to create a “ghost plane" in the sky.
Viewers were treated to a spectacular display of choreography, creating what appeared to be a propeller plane, an airliner, and a fighter jet.
The main jetliner even has its identifying number on its vertical stabilizer, aka the fin, with the numbers “919" spelled out in drones.
Shortly into the video seen below, a remarkably detailed helicopter joins the show, much to the joy of the children and adults on the ground below, who smile in delight as the show continues.
The goal of the convention was to promote the development of the area’s aviation industry, according to the report from The Daily Star.
While China has taken a lot of heat across the world for its handling of the coronavirus crisis, the video shows how life in the world’s most populous country is actually a pretty special thing when people come together for a common cause.
Real Life Ghost Planes and Sightings
Ghost planes are not just the creation of hobbyists and airshow coordinators, they’ve also been sighted in real life for decades.
Perhaps one of the most well known hotspots for sightings is The Peak District in the United Kingdom, where people routinely report sightings of “ghost planes" reminiscent of the Royal Air Force dating back to World War II.
The Peak District is known as the UK’s Bermuda Triangle because of the high number of crashes reported in the region each year.
“Suddenly in front of us was an aircraft flying very low towards us, so low we thought it would crash into us, but then it banked sideways and disappeared," said Pam Orridge, who reported one such sighting according to the New York Post.
In the 1930s, 40s and 50s, the mysterious area was the scene of more than 130 deaths from plane crashes.
Whether real or imagined, ghost planes are a phenomenon that cannot be simply written off as a figment of our imaginations, especially in cases such as these.
Something strange happening, and it may take a lot of investigation before we know the truth of what is taking place in the skies above areas like The Peak District where there is simply too much evidence to ignore.