From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul> Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2007 11:02:12 -0500 Fwd Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2007 11:02:12 -0500 Subject: Pilot Debunks Old UFO Report Source: The Detroit Free Press - Michigan, USA http://tinyurl.com/2ryfqy March 1, 2007 A Pilot Debunks Old UFO Report 1997 lights were flares, he insists By Scott Craven The Arizona Republic On a mild springlike evening, the string of amber orbs appeared as if by magic, a celestial sleight of hand that would in the coming weeks make headlines across the nation. Although little more than an atmospheric curiosity at the time, the hovering balls of light soon would become known as the Phoenix Lights, an event that 10 years later continues to spark debate over just what was seen that night. In the ensuing decade, the Phoenix Lights would change outlooks, minds and even a few lives. What hasn't changed is this: the mystery that still hovers above March 13, 1997. It is agreed that at about 10 p.m. on that date, under a clear sky with no breeze, a string of lights appeared in the southwest sky. Officials at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., would report that no military maneuvers were taking place that night at the Barry M. Goldwater Range to the west. (Air Force officials would change their story two months later, saying the person on duty that night failed to look at the proper logbook.) The lights were flares, said the Air National Guard, dropped during nighttime exercises at the Barry M. Goldwater Range. That's what they were, insists Lt. Col. Ed Jones, who piloted one of the four A10s in the squadron that he says launched the flares. Jones, in his first interview with the news media concerning the night 10 years ago, says he can't believe a decision to eject a few leftover flares turned into a UFO furor that continues to this day. He now is assistant director of operations for the 104th Fighter Squadron of the Maryland National Guard. On the way back to Tucson, not far from Gila Bend, Jones says, he reminded pilots to eject their leftover parachute flares. Jones and the crew returned to Maryland. Several weeks later, Jones says, "All this stuff just blew up."
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