posted on Jan, 18 2009 @ 11:25 PM
It has been nearly 12 years since the incident known as the "Phoenix Lights" was shown around the world, nearly 12 years that something has been
burning inside of me. When the official explanations of the incident were released (mainly the story about Maryland ANG A-10 "Flares" story), myself
and everyone else that had anything to do with the incident itself were deflated, as we knew it was false.
In short, on the night of March 13, 1997, USAF personnel stationed at both Luke AFB in Glendale and Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson were a bit scared, as
something was occurring over the skies of central and southern Arizona that night, and the on-duty personnel at both bases had no idea what it was.
That night, Luke AFB scrambled two F-16C's from the 56th Fighter Wing, however, these aircraft were not vectored southwest of Phoenix towards the
source of the lights, but directly south towards Tucson. What is known further, is that less than 10 minutes later, a second set of F-16C's from the
56th were also scrambled and sent south-east.
Radio reports from the first flight of aircraft indicated something "odd" was occurring, however the pilots never gave any indication or specifics
(in the open at any rate), as to what that was. Both flights were kept away intentionally from the lights being seen near the Estrella range. It was
obvious to all with access that there were other aircraft in the area, with orders to drop flares (whether this was the Maryland ANG is unknown). It
was felt that this was indeed a "deception" measure to keep curiosity focused on one space in the sky, as flares were never used that far north of
the Goldwater training range (as any Luke personnel can tell you, if they were, there would be weekly "Phoenix Lights" incidents).
The next morning, wing intelligence units at both Luke and Davis-Monthan were scrambling to compile information. No one knew what had occurred the
night before, but for some top officers that were summoned in during or just after the incident, there was an element of anxiety (I would not say
fear, though many were disconcerted). The "hush" order took a few days to trickle down, but it was not a complete wash-up. Because of the sheer
amount of public scrutiny, focusing on the "flares" video and photos allowed for a convenient and plausible explanation. Few in the mainstream press
talked about the "other" sightings that night, focusing on the large triangular craft that had passed over the Phoenix metro area, the outskirts of
Tucson, and over Fort Huachuca before slipping in to Mexico.
Neither did anyone mention the F-16's at all. Even though we KNOW there were numerous civilian witnesses to the scrambles (and even a few mentions
here and there), NO ONE in the media asked what we all hoped they would, if this entire incident was just "flares" dropped from ANG aircraft, why
then were four F-16's in the air that night, with one pair flying all the way to the Mexican border before turning back to Luke?
The incident has quietly fallen down the memory hole for most, but not for many USAF personnel close to the incident that night. There is a
considerable amount of information that was never leaked, and for an incident of this magnitude, the mind boggles as to why.........
[edit on 18-1-2009 by Topol-M]