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Recap: Phoenix Lights Flying Triangle

UFO Updates Mailing List, Fri, 17 Oct

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Summary: What further analysis on this dramatic series of sightings has been published over the last 2.5 years?

What further analysis on this dramatic series of sightings has been published over the last 2.5 years?


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Here is the article summary from Bill Corliss' Science Frontiers newsletter: "The Arizona Object"

"... Whatever it was flew low from Paulden, 60 miles north of Phoenix, to at least as far as Tempe, southeast of Phoenix. The apparition cruised leisurely (perhaps only 30 miles/hour), remaining in the area for almost two hours. It consisted of a curious V-shaped formation of lights, usually five in number. ...

*The object, or formation of objects, was extremely large, perhaps a kilometer in length.

*Although the lights were easily discerned, the craft, if such there was, seemed only a vague outline that blocked out the stars.

*No sound was reported, which would seem to eliminate conventional aircraft.

*Air-traffic controllers could see the lights, but nothing appeared in their radars. One would think this fact would eliminate lighter-than-air craft.

*The lights themselves were not sharply defined like light bulbs. Rather, they appeared curiously distorted--like a gas flame. ...

"Comment [by Bill Corliss]: Given the large number of observers backed by videotapes, we have a phenomenon that should receive some official attention. Nothing seems to be in the works though. Some ufologists have wondered whether the whole show was staged by the government and will be explained later as an example of how people can be deluded by ordinary man-made devices!" ----------- Clare, I've heard nothing of holographic testing.** The only two explanations in the local papers have been military parachute flares and hoaxing by light aircraft pilots. One advantage in my former place of employment is that I worked with about one dozen retired Air Force and Navy pilots and crewmembers. These people had backgrounds ranging from pilot, navigator, radar specialist, airborne command and control, tactical digital information link (TADIL), and ABCCC/AWACS staff positions. None of them gave any credence to the flares or hoaxing explanations. **Thought I read a message on either the IUFO or UASR lists about new holographic technology. Do you remember this?

Science Frontiers is an academic review of new/fringe science in archeology, astronomy, biology, geology, geophysics, psychology, and unclassified. It is published every two months and at four pages is a quick read. Free the first year and $7 each year if you don't buy a book or two. Bill includes a four page book review supplement with each SF issue. Write to William R. Corliss; Sourcebook Project; P.O. Box 107; Glen Arm, Maryland 21057 U.S.A.

Did you see the UASR message that included an e-mail from an Arizona politician, Frances Emma Barwood? She lost the primary race as candidate for Arizona Secretary of State. I'm pondering whether or not to bother her with the SF analysis above.

Still looking for a copy of Vallee's _Passport to Magonia_. It was never returned when loaned or one of the neighborhood kids "borrowed" it. BTW, have you read Ivan T. Sanderson's _Uninvited Visitors_. He parallels Vallee and even discusses unknown lifeforms. Although this is farfetched I'm a little biased. Ivan was a mentor in forteana/paranormal in our brief correspondence (1969-1972). His death in 1973 was a great loss to study of the paranormal and UFOs. He published 'Pursuit' magazine and formed the Society for the Investigation of The Unexplained (SITU).

Best wishes, Terry --------------------------------------------- ----------------------- Version 2: Following on the heels of my recent posting in response to Brad's request for dramatic UFO cases, I share with the list a press release we circulated to a number of news outlets today. Interestingly, one of the wire services we contacted stated that they had never heard of the event! This IS the fourth rock from the Sun, is it not...??!



Saturday, March 13, 1999, marks the second anniversary of the dramatic UFO sighting event that occurred two years ago over both the states of Nevada and Arizona, an event generally referred to as the "Phoenix Lights" case. One unconfirmed sighting report was received from the State of New Mexico, as well.

Many aspects of the case still remain unexplained and controversial, but a considerable body of data and evidence has been collected by many capable investigators, which suggests that the event was extraordinarily dramatic and bizarre. Moreover, it went virtually unreported in the press, save for a handful of short articles printed in local Arizona newspapers. The story finally "broke" with a major, front-page article in USA TODAY on Wednesday, June 18, 1997, some three months after the incident had occurred.

Some of the salient features of the case are described below:

1) Perhaps thousands, or tens of thousands, of witnesses on the ground witnessed at least one object pass and/or hover overhead which they described as being huge, gigantic, or unimaginably large. Many of the witnesses reported that they had the impression that a Boeing 747 could land on the back of the object they had just witnessed pass overhead their location.

2) Most witnesses described the object as being generally triangular in shape, with anywhere from five, to "many, innumerable," lights on the leading edge of the object. Some observers reported that the pattern of lights consisted of three lights clustered near the "nose" of the object, with one light on each of the trailing tips of the triangle. Other individuals reported an object that appeared to have seven large lights equally spaced along its leading edge.

3) The object apparently was capable of very rapid flight, probably even supersonic flight, although few witnesses reported any sound emanating >from it. The object was reported heading generally to the southeast over Henderson, NV, at 1855 hrs. (Pacific), and was next reported heading to the south in the vicinity of Paulden, AZ, approximately 22 minutes later at 2017 hrs. (Mountain). Within approximately one minute of the sighting in Paulden, the object was reported from the vicinity of Prescott Valley, AZ, roughly 30 miles to the south. The object then appeared over Phoenix, where it is reported to have hovered for 4-5 minutes in the vicinity of the intersection of Indian School Road and 7th Avenue.

4) The object passed through the airspace of Sky Harbor Airport, where it was witnessed by air traffic controllers in the airport tower, and where it also was reported via radio by at least one commercial flight crew. They reported via radio that the object was passing directly overhead their aircraft, which was on the ground preparing to depart Sky Harbor. The object reportedly did not appear on radar, and it did not communicate via either radio or transponder.

5) From the Phoenix area, the object reportedly proceeded generally south toward South Mountain, continuing southeast toward Tucson, AZ, along Interstate 10. One family, driving northwest toward Phoenix on Interstate 10 near Casa Grande, AZ, reported that the object remained above them for an estimated 1- 2 minutes while they were driving at approximately 80 miles per hour. The object was so large above them that the family's two children in the back seat of their station wagon simultaneously could see the opposite "wing tips" of the object out both the left and right passenger windows.

6) The National UFO Reporting Center received a telephone call approximately seven hours after the incident from a person who identified himself as an airman stationed at Luke Air Force Base, located 20 miles to the west of Phoenix. The individual reported that the U. S. Air Force had launched two F-15c fighter aircraft from Luke AFB, and that one of the aircraft had "intercepted" a gigantic object over the intersection of Indian School Road and 7th Avenue. It was also reported by this individual that the onboard radar of the intercepting fighter had suddenly gone to a condition of "white noise," and that the lights on the anomalous object simultaneously had suddenly dimmed in unison and disappeared from the pilot's sight. (Please see text of conversation with the alleged airman at www.ufocenter.com.)

7) On March 14, 1997, senior officers from Luke Air Force Base stated that they knew nothing about the incident, and that the base had received no reports from the public regarding the event. Long distance telephone bills, which indicate calls to the base, contradict the statements made by these officers.

8) Some military personnel and UFO investigators have asserted that the entire event was caused by "military flares" that had been released at approximately 2130 hrs. (Mountain) by a flight of USAF A-10 aircraft in the general vicinity of the Gila Bend Bombing Range. The bombing facility is located approximately 60-80 miles to the southwest of Phoenix. This event, if in fact it did take place, occurred at approximately 2130 or 2200 hrs., some 45 minutes after the UFO sighting had already occurred over northern Arizona, Phoenix, and Tucson.

9) The witnesses who reported their sightings of the object over northern Arizona and Phoenix include architects, physicians, law enforcement officers, educators, attorneys, airline pilots, scientists, real estate brokers, and other seemingly reliable citizens. Many are qualified observers, and have reported their sightings in eloquent, written form.

Further questions may be directed to: The National UFO Reporting Center P. O. Box 45623 University Station Seattle, WA 98145 Hotline: (206) 722-3000 (0800 to 2400 hrs. Pacific)

Press release prepared by Peter B. Davenport, Director, National UFO Reporting Center at 1300 hrs. (Pacific) on March 09, 1999.

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