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The plotted path is interesting because it appears to stay close to the treeline/away from the open area (of canyons? mountains? fields?). But that could simply be because that's where the towns are, where people who witnessed it live.
very similar to the Phoenix lights descriptions of a large object, claims that it blocked out the stars (which it may have appeared to do for physiological reasons) were also made in that case, but there was no large object, it was only a formation of planes creating an illusion of a large object.
I always wonder how people can give size estimates like "easily a half mile long"
On the contrary I admit no such thing, in fact I can find numerous examples to contradict that assertion, and we also have a good idea why this can happen based on the physiology of the human eye:
originally posted by: beetee
I have been pondering if it can have been a fleet of very large transport aircraft moving in a group at night, but you have to admit that such a formation won't normally create the illusion of something blocking out the stars between them.
originally posted by: ManBehindTheMask
a reply to: Arbitrageur
"very similar to the Phoenix lights descriptions of a large object, claims that it blocked out the stars (which it may have appeared to do for physiological reasons) were also made in that case, but there was no large object, it was only a formation of planes creating an illusion of a large object."
I dunno where you got that information from, but I have never ever heard that as an explanation, and two , even if it was theres no way it fits.......unless they were flying and sometimes hovering in perfect formation for over two hours.......
Sorry man, but youre way off mark on this one
The witnesses included New Times writers. David Holthouse and Michael Kiefer both saw the pattern of five lights move slowly overhead. Holthouse says he perceived that something connected the lights in a boomerang shape; Kiefer disagrees, saying they didn't seem connected. Like other witnesses, both reported that the vee made no sound, and each saw slightly different colors in the lights. Both watched as the lights gradually made their way south and faded from view.
The many eyewitnesses have elaborated on this basic model: Some saw that the lights were not connected, others swear they saw a giant triangular craft joining them, some felt it was at high altitude, others claim it was barely over their heads and moving very slowly. All seem to be describing the same lights at the same time: About 8:15 the lights passed over the Prescott area, about 15 minutes later the vee moved over Phoenix, and at 8:45 it passed south of Tucson.
That's about 200 miles in 30 minutes, which indicates that the lights were traveling about 400 miles per hour.
Profound Importance of This Report
-- A significant subset of world UFO reports consist of LARGE quiet slow-moving craft mounted with lights and emitting trails
-- More than merely statistical, they are among the most spectacular “unsolved cases”
-- Speculative prosaic explanations that involve formation-flying bright objects [aircraft or meteor fragments] require a significant degree of eyewitness mental misperception, defying common sense
-- This report persuasively bridges that gap in a broad and visually compelling manner
Do people know how HUGE a half-mile long craft would be?? That's CRAZY. how do these witnesses get to that conclusion???
I was watching Hulu on the tv with my mom. My step dad cam inside from the porch and said "honey come check out this crazy noise." To my mom. I stayed inside because I didn't think it would be anything important by the way my step dad reacted. Then my mom burst in the door from the porch and said "Madeline come here as fast as you can." I go out side and there is this really loud deep humming sound. So loud it felt like maybe there were fine vibrations going through my body. Looking back it sounded what I would imagine a three mile long wine glass to sound like if you used a giant wet finger to continuously rub the rim. When I step on the porch my eyes are instantly drawn to the long and very close string of white lights. My heard feels like it's sinking and I ask my mom to pray. There could have been one hundred lights that were pulsing or blinking in a sequence on this string that could have been a dish or ring but I could not see anything but the lights. I'm surprised the lights were so clear to see because it was so smokey out today. I am loosing my train of thought because this just happens tonight. I could never be more sure about anything that this is an unknown craft flying right over lake rosevelt , right past my moms house. I would be able to explain this better in person.
Early in the exercise, the contingency response airmen helped control multiple flights from USAF and Royal Australian Air Force C-17s, along with a UK Royal Air Force A400M......
Mobility Guardian was the largest exercise to date for the Airbus A400s and marked the first time an RAF squadron had deployed the aircraft for an exercise.