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Pilot Debunks Old UFO Report

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


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

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

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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