Skip to comments.UFOs flew over Phoenix in '97, Symington says
Posted on 03/23/2007 7:05:34 PM PDT by Pro-Bush
The Arizona Daily Star Published: 03.23.2007
UFOs flew over Phoenix in '97, Symington says By Tom Beal ARIZONA DAILY STAR
"The universe is a big place, and we're conceited to think we're alone." Fife Symington, former Ariz. governor Former Gov. Fife Symington says now that those strange lights that appeared over Phoenix a decade ago were from another world and that he had a close encounter with an alien craft on March 13, 1997.
"I'm a pilot and I know just about every machine that flies. It was bigger than anything that I've ever seen. It remains a great mystery. Other people saw it, responsible people," Symington said Thursday. "I don't know why people would ridicule it."
Symington, who was in his second term as governor of Arizona during the Phoenix Lights incident, recently told a UFO investigator making a documentary that he had kept quiet about his personal close encounter because he didn't want to panic the populace. He repeated his story Thursday on CNN, saying the craft he saw was "enormous. It just felt other-worldly. In your gut, you could just tell it was other-worldly."
(Excerpt) Read more at azstarnet.com ...
Fife is cracking. His father was cracked.
I'm pretty sure those lights were proven to be military parachute flares.
That's just what THEY want you to believe...
Tucson astronomer and retired Air Force pilot James McGaha said he investigated two separate sightings over Phoenix that March night and traced them both to A-10 aircraft flying in formation at high altitude.
McGaha said he talked to an amateur astronomer who observed the A-10s and to the National Guard unit that flew them.
"It was clearly aircraft in formation, flying at two different times and then dropping flares and it's clear to any rational person that's what it was," McGaha said Thursday.
McGaha said Symington "is not a trained observer and what he feels in his gut doesn't make any difference."
...I see you don't read DEBKA.
The world is ending! We're all gonna die! AAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!
For your amusement ping. :)
What the hey it was good enough for the peanut farmer.
I remember a documentary some years ago that had the usual video of the lights.
They overlayed a daylight pic of the mountain range. No question the lights were flares on the other side of the range.
OTOH, a lot of people claim to have seen lighted triangles or boomerang shaped objects overhead.
I'm a skeptic on the Phoenix lights.
I've never understood this panic thing. What exactly was he afraid folks would do?
So, if you don't believe McGaha your irrational.
...McGaha said Symington "is not a trained observer...
Exactly how does one become a "trained observer"? I never saw Observer 101 in my college course catalog.
You weren't yet born when UFO sightings and claims of rides in space crafts and abductions by aliens were the rage.
I'm a UFO buff, sorta.
There is a show on the History Channel (I think) called UFO Files.
I've seen many of them. One in particular has me going Hmmmmm.
It concerns airline and Air Force pilot's reports.
They play actual pilot to controller tapes.
People in Alabama see more Flying Rods than any other state. I have always found that odd.
A more crediable report was from a police helicopter who encountered a strange object on a night patrol over Phx. It would have to be awfully "strange" for a police helicopter pilot to report a object as something "strange."
I was, I was.
George Adamski... Read several of his books back in the '50s.
Then there is that nut in Switzerland (?), Billy Meyer. Although I think he is more contemporary.
Rides in spacecrafts? Hey, that sounds pretty cool. ;) Lol some things I'm really glad I missed...
I don't know what Symington saw. But the Phoenix lights was pretty obviously flares. I lived in Scottsdale at the time and the flares disappeared in a pattern that matched the mountains
You're GOOD. I don't remember any of their names. I do recall the one black guy and his wife making a claims of abduction.
Crackpots and attention seekers. They were laughable but they got a lot of media attention.
I have a college friend who is a AF pilot. He says that many experienced pilots have witnessed UFOs. However, these guys keep quiet about it almost universally because they don't want to be take off flight status (permanently).
The lights were not just seen in Phoenix that night, it was reported from the Nevada line, through Phoenix, to the edge of Tucson within about a 3 hour time frame.
Hasn't the flying rods been proved to be artifacts caused by insects flying fast enough to leave a streak on the tape?
I recall seeing a video of flying rods around the mouth of a cave, lots of rods. Strange place for alien craft.
Thinking we're probably not alone in the universe is one thing. ....a reasonable view.
Maintaining that a craft from one of these alien civilizations buzzed Phoenix in '97 is quite another.
He repeated his story Thursday on CNN, saying the craft he saw was "enormous."
Uh oh. The fabled Mothership?
I hear all these stories that sound compelling, but every time I check on an individual story, there's nothing to it.
Isn't it amazing that all of these people in important positions see these things but never do anything about it?
The United States Air Force identified them as flares dropped by A-10 Warthog aircraft which were on training exercises. A video illustrating this explanation was broadcast on a special on Fox Television stations about a year after the event (I saw it). A copy of the original video was used in coordination with a video shot in the daytime from the exact same location. The two videos were merged into one on a frame by frame basis, so that the landmarks (both in the foreground and background) were always perfectly aligned. This allowed analysis of the lights regarding their apparent height above the mountain, and it was easily seen that the lights vanished in line with the outline of the mountain. Military flares such as these can be seen from hundreds of miles with correct environmental conditions. This can explain why the flares were seen from the Nevada state line and Tucson. Later comparisons with known military flare drops were reported on local television stations, showing dramatic similarities between the known military flare drops and the Phoenix Lights
Airforce pilot, Lt. Col. Ed Jones, came forward in early 2007 claiming responsibility for the drop of leftover flares on the night in question, and claims to be a pilot of one of the four A10s in the squadron that he says launched the flares.
That pic has been photoshoped.
Rush would never shake with his left hand.
He's part of a loooong line of stellar AZ governors.
My brother was the controller on duty when of the tapes that was on Art Bell was recorded. Kinda interesting, altho I don't think my brother believes in UFOs even still.
That would be Betty and Barney Hill.
Actually I thought their story and ensuing investigation was pretty convincing.
I think they were the first of the modern abduction cases.
If you are interested, one of the cases that I find really convincing is the Alligash Incident.
Four or five college buddies ( two of them are twins)go night fishing on Alligash Lake in Maine.
It's a long story but the short version is they get abducted but have no memory of it.
Years later one of the twins starts having nightmares. He is so troubled he calls his brother to talk to him about it. The second brother is having similar dreams.
Both brothers are artists, and their paintings and sculptures take a turn to alien creatures.
Very fascinating case.
Betty and Barney Hill
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.