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The Phoenix Lights - update from Peter Davenport

From: fergus@ukraine.corp.mot.com [George Fergus]
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 12:29:12 -0600 (CST)
Fwd Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 21:44:20 -0500
Subject: The Phoenix Lights - update from Peter Davenport

After reading the Arizona New Times report about amateur
astronomer Mitch's Stanley's sighting, in which Mitch says that
in his telescope each of the first three lights of the V-shaped
formation was actually two individual lights which seemed to be
attached to an airplane, I recalled that that the original report
by Peter Davenport of the National UFO Reporting Center also
mentioned a sighting by an amateur astronomer.  Here is the
relevant paragraph from the NUFORC site at
http://www.nwlink.com/~ufocntr/CB970313.html :

"Many people called from those areas, far too many to describe in
detail.  One of the most interesting reports, however, was from a
young man, who identified himself as an "amateur astronomer," who
resides in west Phoenix.  His description of the object, which he
saw to the west of his home, appeared to be a cluster of solid,
unblinking lights, which moved in an unwavering procession from
the north to south. He could discern, he thought, that each of
the individual lights in fact was two smaller lights.  Also, he
reported that he observed two aircraft in the vicinity of the
object, one of which appeared to turn away from the object to the
west, and the other which turned to the east."

I wrote to Peter and asked him if this report came from Mitch
Stanley or from someone else.  Here is Peter's reply, in which he
provides other information as well:

From: National UFO Reporting Center <director@ufocenter.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 18:16:12 -0800
To: George Fergus <fergus@ukraine.corp.mot.com>
Subject: Re: UFO Events Over Arizona,  March 13, l997

Dear George,

Thanks for your message!!

The astronomer I alluded to in my report is not Mitch.  I just
looked at the web page you cited, and I found his description
intriguing in some narrow regards, but I am QUITE confident that
the object(s) that went over AZ on that night were not
conventional aircraft.

Mitch is correct that each of the larger lights was, by at least
two good observers, reported to consist of two or three
individual lights.

However,...  They apparently traveled from Henderson, NV, to
Paulden, AZ, in approximately 21 minutes--translating to
supersonic speed, probably.  The lights were totally silent, with
only one person dissenting with this view.  They hovered in at
least four locations for up to approximately 2-5 minutes.  The
lights were distinctly red over Paulden, AZ, but only the lead
light in the cluster was red, or "pinkish," by the time they had
gotten down to Prescott Valley.

Also, the object is reported to have "blotted out" the lights of
Prescott Valley airport, as viewed from the cockpit of a twin
Cessna approaching the airport from the northeast.

Moreover, the object(s) passed through the airspace of at least 3
commercial airports--Prescott, Phoenix, and Tucson--even though
the air traffic controllers knew nothing about them.

Does the military either fly, or release 3000 degree flares, over
commercial airliners on the tarmac of a major international

I would like to see Mitch's statement in writing.

I could contact the astronomer who contacted us, but I would feel
uncomfortable releasing his name without his permission.  We did
receive a fine written report from him, and he apparently did get
a good look at the objects.

Also, his statement seems to confirm that there may have been
military aircraft in the vicinity of the lights directly over
Phoenix.  We have sources in Luke AFB, who have given us a
second-by-second account of the intercept by F-15c fighters, each
with a LANTIRN II imaging pod on its wing.  The lead pilot needed
a bit of help to get out of the cockpit of his fighter, upon

All for now.  Please let us know what you find.

Peter B. Davenport,
National UFO Reporting Center

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