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UFO Frenzy Ignited By Air Force Officer

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 08:05:53 -0500
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Subject: UFO Frenzy Ignited By Air Force Officer

Source: WorldNetDaily.Com - Catharpin, Virginia, USA


January 19, 2007

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UFO Frenzy Ignited By Air Force Officer

Others report strange phenomenon, digital expert views possible

By Joe Kovacs
c. 2007 WorldNetDaily.com

A retired Air Force colonel who photographed mysterious,
colorful lights hovering over western Arkansas last week has
ignited a frenzy of interest in unexplained airborne phenomena,
as WND has received numerous reports of similar sightings across
the U.S., while a digital expert has filtered the pictures to
reveal startling images of what he says could be the "pilot" of
the unidentified craft.

"I believe these lights were not of this world, and I feel a
duty and responsibility to come forward", said Col. Brian
Fields, who spent nearly 32 years in the military piloting F-16
fighter jets. "I have no idea what they were."

As WND exclusively reported, Fields, 61, was at his Van Buren,
Ark., home Jan. 9 when just before 7 p.m., he observed two
intensely bright lights as he looked to the southeast close to
the horizon.

"At first I thought they were landing lights from an aircraft",
he said. "As I continued to observe them they began to slowly
disappear, then suddenly one reappeared, followed by two, then
three. On at least one occasion four or five appeared. Each time
they would slowly fade and eventually disappear. This occurred
several times and when they would reappear they might do so in
differing numbers and in different positions, sometimes in a
triangular shape, sometimes stacked on top of each other,
sometimes line abreast, etc. When the objects appeared they
might stay illuminated 10 or more minutes."

Fields' wife thought the lights may have been ground-based, but
Fields says he's certain they were airborne.

"I'm certain it wasn't an aircraft [from Earth]", said Fields,
who also ruled out the possibility of flares, saying they didn't
descend like flares typically do. "It's not anything I ever had
any experience with... They were some kind of energy or

Fields snapped numerous images of the white, yellow and orange
lights using a Canon digital camera with 6 megapixel resolution.

The story received heightened exposure after being posted on the
Drudge Report yesterday, and became one of the most-viewed news
reports in WND history. That prompted many others to contact
WND, saying they witnessed the same or similar phenomenon.

"When I read this story, I literally got chill bumps all over my
body, because it was exactly as I remember it also", said Will
Childers of Camden, Ark., who says he saw the same lights Jan.
10 at approximately 7:15 p.m. in southern Arkansas.

A pilot from Lancaster, Pa., says he witnessed the mystery
lights two years ago over northwestern Arkansas.

"I contacted Air Traffic Control and asked if they were handling
or painting any aircraft off my left, and they informed me there
no aircraft visible on radar in that direction for a couple of
hundred miles", Rick Armellino told WND. "About 15 or 20 minutes
after first noticing these two lights, both began changing
position relative to one another, and then multiplied into about
five or six smaller lights which began orbiting each another
fairly briskly, and then simply just disappeared, leaving me
very perplexed."

Richard Mobley, a software developer who commutes from
Scottsdale, Ariz., to his home in Tucson, says he witnessed "the
same exact thing" Fields described, noting his incident took
place Nov. 15, 2006.

Mobley registered the following characteristics about the
behavior of the objetcs:

 - They appeared over the Gila Indian Reservation and moved

 - I saw one, then two, then three, then four and five of these
objects light up;

 - Each lit up at a different time and went out at different

 - Sometimes they would be in a row, and at other times they
would appear stacked close to each other (bunched up or on top
of each other);

 - They were about 6,000 to 10,000 feet off the ground moving,
high enough to flying over the mountain range;

 - The light (when lit) was a round, super intense amber light
which seemed to illuminate the ground below them;

 - They would light up for about five to seven minutes and then
dim down and go out;

 - After about three minutes of being out, they would light back
up, going from dim to intense amber light (not clear color like
airplane landing lights);

 - There was an aircraft in the area which had landing lights on
as well a beacon light (red and green on the wings and tail) so
to distinguish between these object and a plane was easy;

 - At the height they were flying at and the amount of light
given off, it showed that these objects were quite large.

In Belton, Texas, Jim Martin, a national sales manager for Clear
Channel Radio says he, too, "observed a bright, white round
light looking exactly like Col. Fields' pictures", but his
sighting was Dec. 22, 2006.

Martin speculated it might have been a meteor headed directly
toward him since "it did not vary in location in the sky" and
that "it slowly dissipated without losing altitude."

And Jeff Pement of Pensacola, Fla., says he saw the same
phenomenon as well.

"Except for the duration of time the lights stay visible, the
description of the lights is exactly as I have seen it. Some of
my friends think I am crazy. A few have witnessed them as I have
taken them to the spot where I would typically see them. When I
read Col. Fields' words describing what he saw, it was as if I
was relating the event to someone."

A spokesman for the Air Force Space Command headquarters at
Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado told WND he had not heard
anything like what was reported, but he would check into it.

In Fields' hometown of Van Buren, comet-watcher Mike Holloway
was photographing Comet McNaught in the sky the same night of
the colonel's sighting, and he said what Fields had witnessed
was apparently something quite different from the comet.

"I do not think this has anything to do with the comet that was
visible in the west sky just after sunset", Holloway told WND.
"I imaged the comet on the 8th and 9th of January, and these
lights look nothing like the comet."

Meanwhile, a digital-production expert in Columbia, S.C.,
analyzed the photographs taken by Fields, processing both the
yellow-light image and the orange-light image through various
filters using computer software.

"I was kind of surprised", said Mark Kirby, president and CEO of
EIC Research, Inc.

When Kirby did a black-and-white analysis of the yellow light
image, he noted "it looks like a clean silhouette of someone
sitting behind a console or flight control."

When he examined the orange light, he said the result was "a bit
scary", as he perceived what seemed like a face looking directly

"You could literally see two eyes and a mouth", Kirby said. "It
looked like someone looking at you."

Kirby, who says he doesn't really believe in extraterrestrial
life from elsewhere in the universe, wondered, "Could this be
the first actual photo of visitors from another planet?"

He also proffered a more earthly explanation, saying, "It's not
far-fetched to believe it's something our military has

Nearly a decade ago, in March 1997, hundreds of Arizona
residents witnessed strange illuminations in the sky, which have
come to be known as "the Phoenix Lights", a mystery which has
yet to be resolved.

Some readers have suggested the possibility of "earthquake
lights", which are believed to be flashes or glows of light
associated with strong seismic activity.

Still others maintain the "not of this world" lights were
definitely nothing supernatural.

"I get a little annoyed by 'prior military people' talking about
'strange lights in the sky,'" said James Whitesell of Greenwood,
Ind. "Tell the former Air Force officer to step back and take a
deep breath... It was likely an illumination round of some

Stephen Richard Armour, an American missionary working as a
video producer in Brazil since 1977, thinks the event could
likely be a hoax similar to one he witnessed.

"Some clever kids had taken a clear [2 liter] Coke bottle,
inverted it and cut little breathing holes in the top and one in
the exact center of the inverted bottom", he said. "They had
then put a lit candle in the cap, stuck a toothpick tied to a
string in the center hole and had then hung the string down
about 50 feet or so from [a] black kite, hanging from the dark
string they used. When they flew the kite up high, it was big
enough to pull the candlelit Coke bottle up, which then very
convincingly, bobbed up and down (like a yo-yo) with the kite."

Armour suggests Fields, who is honestly reporting what he saw,
was simply "suckered".

"No aliens, no demons", he said, "only kids or malicious adults
with some multiple kite variation of this trick."

[Thanks to Chaz Stuart for the lead]

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