It’s been almost 14 years since Phoenix became the center of the UFO-sighters’ universe, thanks to a phenomenon known as the Phoenix Lights.
“Greg” is a commercial airline pilot who asked not to be identified. On that night- March 13, 1997- he and his wife were driving home in the West Valley after a date night.”All of a sudden, with some urgency, my wife said, ‘What are those lights?'” Greg said.
They pulled over to get a closer look. Greg had spent years flying choppers in Vietnam and fighter jets at Luke Air Force Base, so he brushed off the odd sighting – at first.
“Then I noticed, ‘Wow, no anti-collision lights, no navigation lights,'” said Greg. “I kind of just stood there, watching the lights go overhead. And then I realized, ‘Wow, I don’t really know what these are!'”
Greg and his wife are not alone. Thousands in Phoenix, Nevada, Tucson, even in northern Mexico have testified to the same close encounter: a V-shaped formation of five lights, moving silently, slowly, at a low altitude.
“I was asking myself, ‘Well, what is this?’ because I’ve spent years of my life looking into the sky,” said Greg.
Explanations for the so-called Phoenix Lights are as numerous as the sightings themselves. The U.S. military admitted to dropping flares that night southwest of the city, but that doesn’t explain the numerous sightings of an actual black craft with up to seven lights moving silently overhead.
“I’ve actually dropped flares from the air in Vietnam,” said Greg. “What I saw wasn’t flares.”
Conspiracy theorists and extraterrestrialists jumped on the event, insisting this is proof that we earthlings are not alone. Then-Gov. Fife Symington would admit 10 years later that he saw them, too, calling the lights “otherworldly.”
As a commercial airline pilot, Greg won’t necessarily go there.
“I do wish that I could see them again,” Greg said. “When I fly at night now, I kind of keep an eye out, because I’d really like to see that V of lights again someday.”
“I don’t have an explanation. I don’t know what it was,” Greg said.
I thought of NASAs solar powered flying wing. Wrong shape and much much smaller:
The Helios Prototype is an enlarged version of the Centurion flying wing that flew a series of test flights at Dryden in late 1998. The craft has a wingspan of 247 feet, 41 feet greater than the Centurion, 2 1/2 times that of the Pathfinder flying wing, and longer than the wingspans of either the Boeing 747 jetliner or Lockheed C-5 transport aircraft. …
Helios HP01 on its record setting flight on September 8, 1999 when it flew to an altitude of 96,863 ft
Given that witnesses saw the craft go directly over them and saw the sharp dark shape, it wasn’t flares.
Senator McCain said they were magnesium flares fired at 15,000 feet from A10s by the Arizona National Guard.
The lights were flares, said the Air National Guard, dropped during nighttime exercises at the Barry M. Goldwater Range.
That’s what they were, insists Lt. Col. Ed Jones, who piloted one of the four A-10s in the squadron that he says launched the flares.
Jones, in his first interview with the news media concerning the night 10 years ago, says he can’t believe a decision to eject a few leftover flares turned into a UFO furor that continues to this day.
He now is assistant director of operations for the 104th Fighter Squadron of the Maryland National Guard.
On the way back to Tucson, not far from Gila Bend, Jones says, he reminded pilots to eject their leftover parachute flares.
Jones and the crew returned to Maryland. Several weeks later, Jones says, “All this stuff just blew up.”
There may have been flares that night…smoke free magnesium flares that hovered?
Here are some military flares at night, July 8, 2008:
Flares don’t stay up that long and they move and have tails, usually. These are military flares. They only stayed this way for seconds and you could see the tails.
The aircraft with the largest wingspan ever constructed is the Hughes H4 Hercules flying boat, more commonly known as the Spruce Goose. The eight-engined 193-tonne aircraft has a wing span of 97.51 m (319 ft 11 in) and a length of 66.65 m (218 ft 8 in). It was raised 21.3 m (70 ft) into the air in a test run of 914 m (3,000 ft) , piloted by Howard Hughes (1905-76), off Long Beach Harbor, California, USA on 2 November 1947, but never flew again.