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the mass sighting that occurred on March 13th 1997 and similar mysterious
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While we are compiling hundreds of "Phoenix Lights" sightings reports, we are pleased to share several impressive communications from witnesses in Arizona & worldwide!
NEW 3.13.97 MASS SIGHTING WITNESS Report received on 4.4.13!
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2013 21:44:14 -0700
Subject: Phoenix Lights
We met at the showing of the "Phoenix Lights" (at the Scottsdale Harkins Shea Cinema on March 17, 2013) and I said I'd let you know my personal experience with the March 13, 1997 "UP" (Unexplained Phenomena).
I've been a board-certified Family Practice AZ doctor since 1966 and except for a couple years as the Grand Canyon doctor, practiced here in Wickenburg where I was Chief of Staff for 16 yrs at Wickenburg Community Hospital and ran my own Wickenburg Medical Center Clinic even longer. Went to Med school back in Indiana University School of Medicine.
I also am an attorney... graduated from U of AZ Law School and passed the AZ Bar in 1978... I taught at the Medical School while I was in Tucson going to Law School...
I've only seen other glowing "orbs" once before and it was at the bottom of the Canyon on the River... can't explain them either.
I live north of Wickenburg on a 300 acre ranch I've owned since 1977. My two story house is on the highest hill 600 feet off the Hassayampa River. My 13 year old daughter, Jaimie, and I were standing on the back upper porch looking for the Hale-Bopp comet in the sky around 7:45pm with a video camera on March 13, 1997.
All at once Jaimie says "Is that it?" We were stunned to see this VERY large "V" shaped dark black object with 7 orange glowing lights no more than a 1000 ft above us and it was heading southeast towards the Phoenix area. It passed directly overhead and blocked out the stars and sky. There was no sound at all and it was moving SLOW... no more than 30mph.
I estimate the width of the UP at over 3 kilometers and depth of 1 kilometer. Yes, we could still see the lights even directly underneath. There were definitely 7 lights equidistant from each other with the sharp angle back from the leading one at approximately 37.5 degrees in a flying "V". The "lights" on the UP were the most significant part of the whole experience. They did not shine outward or illuminate... but instead were like glowing orange balls of energy... large, probably 60 meters in diameter each...definitely joined together as part of the large "V" shaped craft...traveling slowly and noiselessly. It was a massive structure that blacked out the stars as it passed overhead traveling SE towards Phoenix.
It took 15 to 20 minutes to pass all the way out of our sight.
I, nor Jaimie, felt any fear, but instead sort of a wonderment and excitement.
I was sure there would be some explanation the next day. I called Luke AFB because I was sure they were informed, but I got the "flares over Goldwater Gunnery Range" bs and I told them it was NOT flares, but it fell on deaf ears.
...I have flown 6000 hrs since 1959 and owned 6 airplanes while holding an instrument-rated pilot's license all these years. I actually thought it might be some experimental secret aircraft that our government developed using some new anti-gravity device. I talked to some friends in the military... but they have heard of nothing being developed and were astonished to hear my account. I know some very strange folks and no one has had a clue.
I used to fly back and forth to Tucson every other day for Law School/Med School teaching from Wickenburg so I know damn well what flares, Helios, etc. look like ...and the UP was nothing like that...it was NOT of this dimension/time/reality.
We got all of it on VHS tape and showed it to other family members for months.(The video recording) was remarkably clear and all my family saw the tape and no one had an explanation...and there are 7 attorneys and 8 doctors in my extended family...including in-laws...an over educated bunch!
I think the" UP" brought my daughter and I closer for some weird reason... and I felt compelled to paint pictures of the "V" soon after the encounter.... and I'm not a good painter. It was real and impressed both myself and my 13yr old daughter ... neither of us believed in UFOs before then. We do now.
Thanks for bringing back special memories ....
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 22:05:50 -0800
Subject: Phoenix Lights March 1997
Hello Dr. Lynne,
I came across the Phoenix Lights website and wanted to share my story to add to the many who have documented this phenomenon. I am a wife and mother. I have worked as a secretary, massage therapist, and now in management at a school. I am not a wierdo. I am a normal productive citizen. I can no longer find my calendar where I documented this when it happened, but as many said in the video documentary The Phoenix Lights, I will never forget it.
My story is very similar to the many already told, except that I was not in Phoenix. I was in Pinole, CA and the lights were over my house, heading in the direction of Phoenix. It was early March, the week of the 13th, around 7:15pm PST. I remember this because I just finished seeing a client and had 15 min before my 7:30 client. I asked her if she had seen the comet yet. She had not, so I got out my binoculars and we went in my front yard to see the comet. Mars was also very visible that night, but in the opposite direction in the sky from the comet. We were watching the comet, and stopped to talk.
Suddenly the lights appeared above us. They were huge glowing globes of light in a triangular formation. At first I thought they were the underbelly of a flock of geese with the moonlight reflecting off of them. But then we realized that was not the case. They were too big, too circular, and stayed in one place. They just hovered above us. No movement, no noise, no sound what-so-ever. They were perfect circles of light. I remember thinking they looked like fake harvest moons pinned up in the sky. There were 5 or maybe 7 in a V shape. First 3 of them appeared, and then the others appeared until it was a V shape. I remember that they were very low in the sky. Definitely in earth's atmosphere. I also remember having a sense of peace, as if they were there to make sure the comet did not hit the earth, as if they were watching out for us. But then, that was just a feeling.
My client and I watched them for what seemed like 5 minutes or more. No need for the binoculars. They were huge, and close, and a brightly glowing light, but no glare, no dispersed edges. As I said, perfect circles as if pinned up in the sky. Suddenly, while we were watching them, they disappeared instantly. They did not fade out, they did not fly off. They were there, and then not there, right in front of our eyes. It was exciting. I felt gratitude for having the experience.
Later that night I called a friend of mine (former law enforcement) to tell him what happened and to ask what to do, who to notify. He listened, astonished, and then told me that what I described was exactly what was being reported over Phoenix. Once I saw the pictures, and tonight came across the video, I know that I saw the same lights. I will never forget the experience. It will always be with me. Thank you for listening to my story. I am just one more who has witnessed these lights and will never forget it.
UP: Witness confirms that her CA sighting occurred on March 13, 1997, the
same date as the AZ mass event! Note that her description of the Unexplained
Aerial Phenomena (UAP) is identical to many throughout Arizona.
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 18:41:37 -0800
Subject: RE: Phoenix Lights March 1997
Hello again Dr. Lynne,
I looked up the date of my sighting. It was on March 13th.........hmmmmmmmmmmm. I remember that because the client that I was with came on thursday evenings at 6pm. I just had to look up what the date was, and it turned out it was on March 13th!
I remember the experience very clearly. I did not notice the lights attached to a craft. However, when the lights first appeared there were two or three, then 4, then 5 that lined up in a curved line. At first I thought it was windows of a round craft. As the additional lights appeared they were then in the V shape, with the tip of the V headed in the direction of Phoenix from where I live. I knew nothing of the Phoenix lights at that time. When the lights were in a V shape, I noticed whispy clouds move in front and behind the lights. I did not notice a black craft. The whispy clouds allowed me to estimate that the lights, which I felt were separate crafts at that time, were close and within our atmosphere.
As far as size, it was enormous. The lights themselves were each like a large silvery harvest moon. About the size of a full moon that is close to the earth. Their length as a group, if I hold my arms at full length, my hands would be about 30 inches apart, end to end. FYI - I am 5'- 7" tall, if that helps you to calculate the distance.
I am so glad to have someone with whom I can finally share this experience. Someone who can understand and does not think I am nuts.
Wed, 6 Jul 2011 14:04:43 -0400
Subject: Greetings! and sincerest thanks for jump-starting our awareness
From: Jason Dale Blackford
...I had the most amazing experience with my son, we saw these lights without a doubt, and I wanted to share that with you so we can add our testimony to the group of those coming forward, Our Sighting
My son (11) is visiting us for the summer like he always has. We were visiting my wife's family in Sea Isle City, NJ, last weekend for our normal 4th of July get-together (2011). When the town fireworks were beginning on the evening of the 4th, my son and I grabbed our beach chairs and went out to the beach and sat next to the water to watch the fireworks. The entire Jersey shoreline is literally packed with thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people every year for the fireworks. In hindsight I found this fact very intriguing once I started to relate what we saw with the "Phoenix Lights" documentary. (I had already seen the show before our sighting.)
About half way through the fireworks show, my son and I noticed (at the same time) that there were a series of very orange lights, ten total, all lined up, over the horizon in front of us. They didn't show up one by one, but rather all appeared at the same time. At first we thought they were just joy-riders in helicopters or airplanes, watching the fireworks from the air. But we very quickly realized that these lights weren't independent of each other. They moved in a very intentional direction, seemingly all together (in two groups of 5), left to right, each light keeping the exact distance with the others. They all moved together for about ~45 degrees in our field of vision (in the span of about 10 minutes), and then we saw the first light slowly fade and disappear. The remaining lights kept their direction and speed, and one by one each light disappeared in the exact same location that the first one did, almost like they were disappearing behind something static, like a cloud. But there were no clouds that we could see. We were speechless as we watched, and I immediately thought of the "Phoenix Lights" documentary.
I find it fascinating that if these were indeed our visitors, that they chose a location absolutely packed with people (much like the '97 sightings were over the most densely populated areas of Arizona.) We could hear everyone around us commenting and talking about them, so I'm positive we weren't just losing our minds and the only ones to witness them.
I am, admittedly, a skeptic at heart, very scientific, mathematical, and logical in my thoughts... always finding the logical explanation in things. But this very obviously was not explanable, and I cannot deny that I (very physically and tangibly) felt something while they were there. They were probably one of the most beautiful hues/shades of orange I have ever seen; almost as if there was a subconscious undertone of purple hidden in them. They were bright but absolutely did not glare or twinkle.
This was easy to notice given that there were plenty of aircraft in the area (white, red, green, blinking, glaring). A few of the orange lights seemed to subtly pulsate, brighter to dimmer to brighter, in a very steady and non-random cadence. Then, after watching for a few minutes, my son said the most profound thing that I will never forget about this experience.
Like I mentioned, I was feeling a VERY strong pull, very peaceful, almost felt very wise. I kept it to myself, thinking my son would think me a nutcase if I mentioned it. But then he said, "Daddy? Do you feel really good right now?" I was a little shocked and asked him what he meant by 'good'. "You know," he said, "that little tingle you get in your chest right before you laugh at something funny? It just feels like that but it's not going away like a laugh would." No matter how hard I may try, I don't think I could ever explain that feeling better than he did at that moment. He was spot on.
Date: Sat, 7 May 2011 22:20:28 -0700
Subject: Re: The Phoenix Lights... 03/13/1997... Approx 9pm Tucson time...
Hello Again Dr. Lynne,
I am so excited to finally share my story with someone else that believes publicly. I have told my story many times in the past to my friends and co-worker's, etc... but I have never shared it with a professional. I hope that you take the following words to heart... because this experience has been very close to me for a very long time.
On the night of 3/13/97, I was 13 years old. My address where I lived with
my mother (49 at the time) and brother (16 at the time) at the time was
4880 N Sabino Canyon Rd Tucson, AZ 85750-7006... called Quail and Thistle
Apartments (at the time.) My mom wanted to go to Basha's before the grocery
sales ended for the week. We left my brother at the house and drove west
across Snyder Rd, between Sabino Canyon Rd and Kolb Rd at sometime between
8pm-10pm. After all this time I don't remember the exact time... just that
my mom was trippin' about getting her grocery sales... hence the late night
trip to the market. All of a sudden my mom stopped the car in the middle
of the road, westbound on Snyder, halfway between the two North/South bound
roads. When I say the middle of the road... I literally mean the middle
of her lane... not pulled off to the side at all. She got out of her drivers
side door and turned around to be facing east. I asked her what the heck
she was doing and she just continued to stare into the night sky. I proceeded
to get out of the passenger side door and turn to look at what she was looking
Overhead was an enormous craft. My mom was like a deer in headlights (like in shock) and I was overwhelmed with awe and couldn't believe that this thing was traveling overhead. It was COMPLETELY SILENT. It was large enough to cover the neighborhoods on both sides of Snyder Rd. It was traveling very slow... it took about 60-90 second total to pass overhead... but that short amount of time felt like a lot longer because of the shock I was in. There were 3 distinct lights (or better described by you as "Orbs") on the front and rear... one on the front of the V shaped craft and two on the back corners. I remember that down the sides of the V was like an iridescent glow that was not bright, but rather foggy. The 3 distinct lights also were not bright... almost foggy like too. The craft itself was not visible to the naked eye but you could tell it was there, dark and blocking out the stars in the sky, and outlined by iridescence. It passed over us and disappeared behind the hill that is at the intersection of Kolb and Snyder in Tucson.
We both got back into the car, went shopping and went home. We didn't say a word the whole time in the market and I remember the Twilight Zone feel.... not from what I had just experienced by itself, but also from the late night store vibe. When we got back home we proceeded to tell my brother about EVERYTHING that had happened. He was laughing at us and thought that we were making up stories to be dumb. He soon would be eating his words.
I went to school the next day and told all my teachers and friends about what I saw the night before. Everyone laughed at me and thought that I was making things up... I guess for attention... and no one took me (or my mom) seriously. I was in 7th grade at Esperero Canyon Middle School and the new kid. I had transferred from Utterback Middle School and was having issues already with the new environment. I realized very quickly that openly telling people about this type of experience was a bad idea.. especially when you are the new girl.
Then the following night (I believe-- I know that it was VERY shortly after... but this WAS 14 years ago) on the local news (Kgun9 maybe?) there was stories all over about the sightings all over Arizona. My brother sat and watched in shock. FINALLY somebody knew that I wasn't being crazy or making things up for the hell of it. He apologized for not believing us. It was teenager talk for a while that no one paid attention to... and then it was something that I just stopped talking about because of the reaction I would get. It has always stayed with me though.
About 2 years ago I looked up the story from AZ back in the late 90's and started to find the vast network that is available online now... 14 years later. I didn't have the exact details until I looked it up... because I was a kid and never wrote stuff like that down and did not remember it (that's for sure.) After I watched the documentary and saw you talk about what you saw and saw in your heart how you felt about what you saw... I knew that I must contact you and share my story. I have never met you but I saw your eyes light up as you told your story. I am 27 now and live back in Tucson with my 8 year old son, Nicholas. I appreciate you taking the time to read my brief story and I look forward to hearing back from you.
Sarah N. Clark
MOST WITNESSES REPORTED SEEING STRANGE AERIAL OBJECTS [MILE WIDE CRAFT & ORB ARRAYS] BETWEEN 5:30 PM ON 3.13.97 & 5:30 AM ON 3.14.97, WHEN A BOEING CREW OBSERVED THE HUGE V PHENOMENON HOVERING ABOVE THE TARMAC AT SKY HARBOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THIS COMMUNICATION, RECEIVED MAY 6 2011, IS THE EARLIEST REPORT TO DATE OF A "PHOENIX LIGHTS" CRAFT WITNESSED DURING THE AZ MASS SIGHTING ON 3.13.97.
Fri, 6 May 2011 19:03:08 -0700
Subject: 3/13/97 sighting
On March 13, 1997 at about 3pm my brother and I saw a HUGE boomerang shaped object floating really high in the sky over our campsite. I did not see any lights on it but it was still daylight out so maybe that’s why I could not see any. It was the silvery color of a blob of mercury and just as featureless. It made no sound and was bigger than any plane in production. We were camped on the Verde River, about 90 miles NE Phoenix. Neither of us had a camera. My binoculars were fogged up and useless from being submerged in the river that day. We kept looking at it then at each other then back at it and saying “what the hell is that?” We watched it float over us for maybe ten minutes then lost sight of it. Three days later my girlfriend picked us up and we told her we saw what looked like a HUGE, featureless, boomerang shaped, blob of Mercury floating high in the sky over our camp. It wasn’t a plane or a balloon. She then told us there was stuff on the news about strange lights over Phoenix. We never reported what we saw because we didn’t have any photos of it and all the press was about “lights” and we didn’t see any lights at all. I have not read of anyone seeing what we saw that day. I would be interested to know if anyone emails you about a sighting like mine.
Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:45:34 +0000
Subject: Phoenix Lights Viewing in 1996
I am writing to you after I saw a program on National Geographic yesterday regarding the phoenix lights people had witnessed in 1997.
I am residing in UK now. I have witnessed the same pattern, but it was back in the year Nov 1996. I was in India that time, I was 14 years old that time. It was school holidays, and me, my elder sis and friends always loved going to our building terrace and look into sky for some shooting stars and make a wish. Our building terrace is quite on 9th floor and the viewing is really great.
One night around 7:30 or 8 pm, we were just observing the clear skies and we saw the same pattern appear suddenly. There were about 4 golden balls of light that appeared in a pattern and they were arranged in a step like pattern, it was a V synchronous pattern and movement. The lights were steady for some time, and by little they were moving upwards, but when one golden ball moved the others moved at the same time.
It was the most amazing experience of our life. Unfortunately I did not have any camera handy to take a picture. I hoped I could have done that. In about 15 minutes that pattern disappeared in the air, there was no sudden movement, but just became invisible. We ran the building premises to see if we could get another glimpse of it, but nothing was visible.
I saw this program of Phoenix Lights on National Geographic and video taken was exactly the same of what we had seen, but it was not in year 1997, it was in the year 1996 at night 8 pm in Nov.
Would like to get on to the Network and know more.
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