Since the military isn’t likely going to tell us anything, I asked Marty Piette, manager of the Muskegon County Airport, if he knew anything about what Ray’s hearing. Sometimes military planes use his airport.
“That is interesting,” Piette replied. “I wish I could help, but I can’t imagine what the reader is hearing. We really don’t have many military flights that come through the area anymore.
“I talked with the manager of the Muskegon Air Traffic Control Tower, and he doesn’t know either,” Piette continued. “The tower would be in contact with anyone flying in the area at that time (they close at 11 p.m.) and there is nothing that occurs on a scheduled basis that would create such a sound.”
So, what Ray’s hearing (but not seeing) is a mystery. Has anyone else heard it?
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