- After reading the Arizona New Times report
about amateur astronomer Mitch's Stanley's sighting, in which Mitch says
that in his telescope each of the first three lights of the V-shaped formation
was actually two individual lights which seemed to be attached to an airplane,
I recalled that that the original report by Peter Davenport of the National
UFO Reporting Center also mentioned a sighting by an amateur astronomer.
Here is the relevant paragraph from the NUFORC site at http://www.nwlink.com/~ufocntr/CB970313.html
- "Many people called from those areas,
far too many to describe in detail. One of the most interesting reports,
however, was from a young man, who identified himself as an "amateur
astronomer," who resides in west Phoenix. His description of the
object, which he saw to the west of his home, appeared to be a cluster
of solid, unblinking lights, which moved in an unwavering procession from
the north to south. He could discern, he thought, that each of the individual
lights in fact was two smaller lights. Also, he reported that he observed
two aircraft in the vicinity of the object, one of which appeared to turn
away from the object to the west, and the other which turned to the east."
- I wrote to Peter and asked him if this
report came from Mitch Stanley or from someone else. Here is Peter's reply,
in which he provides other information as well:
- Dear George,
- Thanks for your message!!
- The astronomer I alluded to in my report
is not Mitch. I just looked at the web page you cited, and I found his
description intriguing in some narrow regards, but I am QUITE confident
that the object(s) that went over AZ on that night were not conventional
- Mitch is correct that each of the larger
lights was, by at least two good observers, reported to consist of two
or three individual lights.
- However,... They apparently traveled
from Henderson, NV, to Paulden, AZ, in approximately 21 minutes--translating
to supersonic speed, probably. The lights were totally silent, with only
one person dissenting with this view. They hovered in at least four locations
for up to approximately 2-5 minutes. The lights were distinctly red over
Paulden, AZ, but only the lead light in the cluster was red, or "pinkish,"
by the time they had gotten down to Prescott Valley.
- Also, the object is reported to have
"blotted out" the lights of Prescott Valley airport, as viewed
from the cockpit of a twin Cessna approaching the airport from the northeast.
- Moreover, the object(s) passed through
the airspace of at least 3 commercial airports--Prescott, Phoenix, and
Tucson--even though the air traffic controllers knew nothing about them.
- Does the military either fly, or release
3000 degree flares, over commercial airliners on the tarmac of a major
- I would like to see Mitch's statement
- I could contact the astronomer who contacted
us, but I would feel uncomfortable releasing his name without his permission.
We did receive a fine written report from him, and he apparently did get
a good look at the objects.
- Also, his statement seems to confirm
that there may have been military aircraft in the vicinity of the lights
directly over Phoenix. We have sources in Luke AFB, who have given us
a second-by-second account of the intercept by F-15c fighters, each with
a LANTIRN II imaging pod on its wing. The lead pilot needed a bit of help
to get out of the cockpit of his fighter, upon landing...
- All for now. Please let us know what
Peter B. Davenport,
Director National UFO Reporting Center