I know little about aircraft, FAA or FARS, but I've tried to research something I saw one evening without much success. I was hoping an expert could chime in.
One evening, while watching for satellites, I saw a black blob cross the sky, and thought that was really strange. A few minutes later, it happened again, in nearly the exact same position, and in the exact same direction, but this time I realized it was accompanied by the sound of a prop plane. This went on a few times, each time the sound of the prop plane and then a black blob going south to north with no lights. Eventually, the 4th or 5th time, an SWA 737 was coming in for a landing at a nearby airport, MAF if it's relevant, perpendicular and in the path of the dark prop aircraft, when suddenly the dark aircraft lit up it's navigation lights. I could only assume it did that because of its vicinity to the commercial flight
From what I've read, all aircraft abide by FAA regulations, even the military in general. Does anyone have any idea of who would be allowed to operate an aircraft, with no navigation lights, over a populated area? My only guess is that maybe federal law enforcement would be able to do so?