In 1988 , I was taking my 10th flying lesson at Tullahoma Airport in Tenn. After 30 minutes of completing the flying lesson the instructor told me I could fly around for the next 30 minutes. As I was flying around practing a turn I noticed a object that was rectangler in shape , dull black , 60-70 feet long , altitude around 5,000 feet flying towards Normandy Lake. I asked the instructor what was it and he said he did not know. I asked him since I had some time left in my flight could I get closer. He said yes go ahead. So I did.
I was slightly above it in Altitude and slightly faster than the craft. Each minute I would get closer to the object. The whole time rather my instructor or I was asking each other, ---WHAT IS THAT --- .
It glided a straight course and stayed the same altitude the whole time.
After 20 minutes of flight the instructor said we had to go back to the airport because our time was running out and their was someone else that might take a lesson after I did.
Before I turned around I noticed we were about a 1/4 mile from it and about 500 feet above it in altitude. It made no sound , no exhaust , no markings , no change in flight. It was an a absorvent type of black. Dull , no reflection at all, which got my attention.
I was flying slightly faster than it was , as I gradualy was catching up with it.
When I turned around the last thing I say was it was over Normandy lake still heading North. I saw a referense close to there were the creek going by the Lake has-or had a horseshoe bend in the creek.
The flight back to the airport was quit except for the Instructor or I asking each other in a puzzling tone, What was that.
After we landed we were securing the plane and again we keep asking the same question . When he was filling in my student pilot log book we talked about it again .
It has been over 25 years since it happened. What was it ? I had no ideal. I still don't. I have told the story over and over for the last 25 years , and yes I still wonder if I would have had 10 more minutes flying to observe it because all things being equal I would have been flying next to it.
It was as big or bigger than a tractor trailier rig , and flying in a horizonal position. It stayed the same path the whole time. It had no wings , rudder , lights , cockpit , engine exhaust from my view point. The sun was bright and there was no clouds in the sky But there was no reflection of any kind at any time.
If I had just flown for another 10 minutes.