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“I live 4.6 miles out on Hwy. 67. About 6:15 p.m. I saw something as I was turning in my driveway. I won't say it was a UFO but I will say it was UFL, meaning it was unidentified flying lights. They were real bright yellow and I thought I must be seeing the sun reflecting off a plane. I'm guessing they were five miles away from me. But, they were unusually bright like a welding arc being struck - it was that bright. I don't discount UFOs but I don't necessarily believe in them either. I got a call this morning saying there was story about a UFO in today's paper and it was out where I live. I immediately said, ‘Yeah, I saw it.' I was looking west/southwest.”
It had two large headlights, like on a car. These headlights were about 35 feet in diameter. The brightness coming off of them was similar to a xenon headlight. Those lights were a couple hundred feet apart. The whole craft from the left to the right – I would call ‘wingtip to wingtip’ – was about 600 feet across. And it looked like it was longer back than that.....
... I proceeded up to Graham Street and made a left. At Graham Street, when I turned, I’m looking directly at this craft and it starts pivoting upward at a 35 to 40 degree angle off the left ‘wingtip.’ It rises there for about three seconds and then it goes completely 90 degrees and starts moving away from me, all without sound!.......
....then the craft starts pulling away. I reach up and grab my radar, swivel it up into the sky, turned it on and I got a hit. It showed 27 mph and accelerating. It got to about 33 mph and I lost my lock, which meant it was moving so far away I can’t get a good lock on it anymore. At this point, it accelerated very fast. It went all the way across town within two to three seconds. Then it veered to the left in the 90-degree angle, it just veered a little to the left and kept going. It got out of range where I could not see it anymore.
Source : www.ufo-blogger.com...
"I'm 90 percent sure this was an airliner…..With the sun's angle, it can play tricks on you ."
USAF Major Karl Lewis - 301st Fighter Wing Public Affairs, NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base (Jan 14th 2008)
“Ten F-16s from the 457th Fighter Squadron were performing training operations from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday January 8, 2008 in the Brownwood Military Operating Area (MOA), which includes the air space above Erath County ."
USAF Major Karl Lewis – (Jan 27th 2008)
“What we do down there falls under operational procedures that cannot be released because of operations security for our mission”.
“This object had no transponder and was tracked on radar for over an hour. Most of the time, the object was either stationary, or moving at speeds of less than 60 mph. At 7:32 pm, the object was tracked accelerating to 532 mph in 30 seconds and then slowing to 49 mph only 10 seconds later.”
There was an unknown object without any transponder beacon travelling along a path that began south of Dublin and that proceeded on a direct path to Crawford Ranch. This object was tracked by the FTW radar for over an hour. Military jets flew within a mile of this object on their way to the Brownwood MOA.
The F-16s had to have seen this object on their radar and the suspected AWACS that was circling this area must have detected and recorded this object on its state-of-the-art radar. This must have raised concerns, yet the radar tracks of the military jets, indicates that there was no reaction by them to this object during the hour of time in question..........
Source : MUFON Radar Report
“...MUFON’s radar analysis is nothing more than cherry picking the 187 targets out of 2.5 million points of noise and scatter to make a track moving forty-nine mph for over one hour .This analysis is absurd!”
Source : www.csicop.org...
"To summarize the MUFON radar data, they found three events that they decided to make a big deal about. The first had to do with a target flying at least 2100 mph near Stephenville at the time of the 6-7PM sightings. The other had to do with non-transponding targets that were ignored by the USAF aircraft as they proceeded in their paths across Texas at very slow speeds.
These targets really had little to do with the sightings described around 6:00-7:00 PM. The jets ignored them and that indicates to me that the USAF radar knew what the targets were and simply ignored them as non-threatening.....
Looking at the initial plot that was arrived at from the witness data on page 7 in the MUFON Stephenville-Dublin report, the radar contacts do not agree with it. The radar report attempts to make them fit in their image 3 on page 36 of their report by redrawing this visual plot as a curved line and, apparently, not redrawing the radar targets path correctly....."
Full details : www.astronomyufo.com...
"I didn't call them flying saucers or extraterrestrials. All I said was that it was unidentified flying objects, and I'm sticking to that. I couldn't identify them. People in Erath County aren't nuts or hicks. We are just ordinary people who happened to look up."
"Considering the distance from the radar to the target and the probable size of the target (if it were a small civilian aircraft), it seems likely the answer has to do more with data error than the target actually speeding up to 532 mph. Therefore, it is still possible, and likely, that the target was a small civilian aircraft."
It's interesting to note how the official response changes once the media coverage picks up steam....
originally posted by: mirageman
Tim Printy has offered up some good sceptical arguments on other cases. I am not sure he does with Stephenville as you point out. Its all rather conclusion led from the mass of data presented.
I also think McGaha's argument about flares is peculiar. Why does he come up with that? Did he leak information that he shouldn't have done? Is he confused? Or is he just making up stuff to debunk the case.