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The purpose of this note i s to present observations of two phenomena that were clearly observed and photographed from an instrumented aircraft of the U.S. Air Force.

During the night of November 25–26, 1978, the Airborne Ionospheric Observatory (AIO), an NKC-135 flown by the Air Force Systems Command for the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory, was on a scientific mission to observe the effects of a major geomagnetic storm on the mid-latitude ionosphere and Air Force communication systems.