Perhaps of all UFO sightings in recorded history so far, the incidents that occurred on March 13, 1997, in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. stand out as the most credible. This is one of the rare cases, possibly the only case, where credible footage of the UFO sighting was not only available, but was also broadcast on CNN, the world's leading news network.
What makes the video footage even more credible is that there is footage taken by different people in different parts of town. Most of this footage shows eight orbs over the Phoenix sky. Seven of these orbs floated together, while an eighth was alone at a distance (the lone orb can be seen at the middle left of the photo at the left). This event was reported on CNN, USA Today and also the Discovery Channel. Many people in the world now know about the "Phoenix Lights" sighting. But what many may not know is that this was only one piece of a much larger puzzle, because on that night in March 1997, there were several UFO sightings reported over this area, including a large boomerang shaped craft, a top-shaped spinning craft, and a mammoth 3.2 kilometer wide triangle-shaped craft. There are also several witnesses.
At around 6:55 P.M. (Pacific Time), a young man in Henderson, Nevada reportedly witnessed a V-shaped object, with six large lights on its leading edge. He described the object as coming from the northwest and described it as being the size of a "Boeing 747", it generated a sound like a "gushing wind" and as it continued towards the southeast, it soon disappeared over the horizon.
The next reported sighting was from a former police officer in Paulden, Arizona. He had just left his home at 8:15 P.M. (Mountain Time), and was driving with his family. He described what he saw as "a very strange cluster of distinctly red-orange lights, which consisted of 4-5 lights in the lead, followed by a single light which appeared to be standing back from the others. The lights in the lead gave the impression of being in a 'V' formation, somewhat like a wedge or boomerang in shape." Each individual light in the formation seemed to the witness to consist of two separate sources of orange light.
Within minutes of these sightings, there were a barrage of phone calls coming in to the National UFO center, the police, local news media and the nearby Luke Air Force Base (LAFB) about similar sightings from nearby towns.
All this pointed to the fact that several objects, all markedly different in appearance, and most of them almost unbelievably large, passed over Arizona that night.
One group of three witnesses, located just north of Phoenix, reported seeing a huge, V- shaped craft with five lights on its ventral surface, eerily glide over them. The witnesses emphasized how gigantic the object was, as it blocked out up to 70-90 degrees of the sky. This craft was also photographed and the picture published in USA Today.
Another group of witnesses reported the largest craft of all, which was reportedly to be over 3 kilometers wide. This massive craft is known as the "Big Black Triangle".
This gigantic craft was first seen at close range over north Phoenix between 8:30 and 8:45 P.M. where the key witnesses (real estate people who subdivided the area) estimated its size to be as much as 3.2 kilometers wide as its wingtip lights fell over streets that are 2.8 kilometers apart. Its flight path brought it low to the ground (about 2,000 feet) where it was seen to not only have dozens of lights along its leading edges, but also a row of windows wherein the silhouettes of "people" were observed! At some point further south, other witnesses reported that they saw nothing but the row of windows with silhouetted beings as all the other lights were turned off at this point. Soon after the craft was seen by a family travelling on Interstate-10 freeway from Tucson to Phoenix.
To estimate the size of this object, consider the following testimony from this family. The witnesses, who were travelling in their car on I- 10 near Casa Grande said the object was so large that they could see one "wing tip" of the object from the left window of their car, and the other "wing tip" from the right. They estimated they were driving at approximately 130 kilometers per hour, and they remained under the object for between one and two minutes as it moved in the OPPOSITE direction! They emphasized how large the object was as it blocked out the sky over their car. They say that the ship was large enough for a C5-A Galaxy or "Condor" troop transport plane (the largest conventional aircraft known) to land upon it! The craft had definite structure to it, and a flat-blue black color like that of a shotgun barrel. They also reported seeing rectangular "panel-like" structures on the underside of the craft.
There were also reports of a large circular saucer shaped object that was an estimated 1.6 kilometers in diameter. This was first witnessed by a retired airline pilot, his sons and a friend, and seen coming down Scottsdale Road at about 10:20 P.M. This craft made a turn towards Sky Harbor where it intersected air traffic before disappearing from view over South Mountain. The corroborating central Phoenix witness, also a former pilot during the Vietnam War and retired U.S. Marshal, described how the craft both reflected the city lights on its underbelly and blocked out the stars with its upper half, attesting to its being a single craft of spectacular "mile-wide" proportions. This witness also claims that he videotaped the entire episode, but the videotape mysteriously disappeared in what may be a real life case of MIB (Men In Black).
Bill Greiner, a truck driver who never believed in UFOs till that night saw two large top-shaped spinning objects with a pulsating ring of red-light around it. Bill said that 3 fighters from LAFB tried to intercept the objects, but they suddenly shot off vertically into the sky, leaving the F-15s far below.
An another interesting aspect to the Phoenix Lights case is that despite several witnesses who say at least 6-8 pairs of F-15 fighters from the nearby LAFB were scrambled to intercept these gigantic UFOs, the Air Force denies it. LAFB public relations people have attributed the strange lights in the video to be "flares" dropped by an Air Force aircraft. However, all experts agree that the characteristics of flares are very different from what was seen on that night. No flares can last for as long as the lights over Phoenix did. Also, flares emit smoke trails as they drop, and they do not stay at a stationary altitude. This announcement clearly indicates an attempt to block the truth. The LAFB also denies that they received calls that night of strange occurrences over the Phoenix skies. But telephone records of scores of people clearly indicate otherwise. They called LAFB and reported these sightings.
Despite thousands of witnesses, videotape aired on CNN and the clear cover-up by authorities, this case was virtually blocked out from the print media, until USA Today did a front page article on this on June 18, 1997.
What really happened that night? Why is there a cover-up? Why is the media not helping in getting to the bottom of this case?
One thing is for certain, the Phoenix Lights sightings are humanity's clearest indication, so far, that we are not alone.
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