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  • Bobbie Felder
    The following was posted to the black triangle list by Bill Hamilton. There is a lot of information in here regarding the Phoenix Lights of March 1997. A lot
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1 7:44 AM
      The following was posted to the black triangle list by Bill Hamilton. There
      is a lot of information in here regarding the Phoenix Lights of March 1997.
      A lot of it I had not heard before.


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      From: William Hamilton <skywatcher22@...>
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      Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2000 19:13:58 -0700
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      Subject: Re: [black-triangle] Phoenix Lights/Bill Hamilton

      I will begin by bringing everyone up to date on the Phoenix Lights and
      repeat the Event Analysis that we conducted during the ongoing
      investigation. Video frame analysis was done on the so-called flare footage
      by Jim Diletosso and myself.

      Now that the National Guard in Arizona alerted the media that
      Operation Snowbird would drop flares during the week of March 13th as they
      did in 1997 and several cameras were out to catch the action, we can now
      eliminate the Operation Snowbird flare scenario for the lights captured on
      video in 1997
      - they do not match the Snowbird flares!

      I have been saying this all along and witnesses have asked
      the Guard to repeat the exercise so they could see if it looked like what
      they had witnessed in 1997. According to UFOLAWYER Peter Gersten who saw
      the latest videos on television, they do not match the witness sightings of
      March 13, 1997 or the videos taken that night.

      Our research team had come to this conclusion by May 1997 but
      it took a repeat performance to convince others. And, so far, we have not
      heard any reports of UFOs seen over Phoenix on March 13, 2000.

      The story on these events was in the March issue of UFO
      magazine and was aired on The Learning Channel March 5th, 2000.

      For clarification on what happened on March 13, 1997 over
      Phoenix and Arizona I made the following event analysis after initial

      Event 1 of a Type 1 object is the sighting of the boomerang
      formation. However, the number of lights in the boomerang seemed to vary
      along the path of the object from 5 to 7 according to the witnesses. Some of
      the witnesses described this formation or object as huge, even up to 1 mile in
      span. It traveled, according to all witnesses, on a trajectory from Northwest
      to Southeast. It traveled at slow velocity along most of its course with one
      exception where it seemed to accelerate quickly. Its altitude was estimated
      to be below 5,000 feet. We know this is simply an estimate as it is
      difficult to determine the altitude of a flying object in the night sky. The
      agreed they could hear no sound emanating from the boomerang. The color of
      the lights changed between white and red.

      Event 2 of a Type 2 object was the big black triangular form
      that was estimated by some witnesses to be as large as 2 miles in span! The
      lights on this object varied from none to as many as 9 amber lights. Some
      saw white lights, but they did not glow brightly. This object was seen to
      apparently deploy one of the lights to the west as it was moving on its
      trajectory. The independent light-object has been described as a small orb
      or sphere that glows, but does not cast a corona, glare, or reflection from

      Event 3 - lights were the formation of amber-gold-orange
      lights seen arrayed near the Estrella Mountains and videotaped at around
      10:00 p.m. It turns out by actual count that 8 lights formed part of an arc
      and 1 light was separated from this arc by a downward 10-degree angle from an
      imaginary coordinate system. This separated light from a closer perspective
      was actually two lights extremely close together. These lights looked to be
      perfectly round when seen through a telescope and had no corona or glare
      emanating from them.

      Event 4 of a Type 3 object were the 2 large top-shaped object
      with engirdling pulsing rings of red light seen by Bill Greiner near Luke
      AFB. These lights were also seen traveling North to South on the west side
      of the valley. Bill reported seeing 3 jets take off from Luke AFB to
      intercept the
      nearest object. That object then performed a rapid vertical ascent leaving
      the planes far behind.

      Event 5 - Globes were reported seen in the vicinity of the
      triangle described as Event 2. These were large white luminescent globes
      that hovered silently over Fountain Hills, east of Scottsdale. These were
      somewhat similar to the objects seen by Bill Greiner, but no pulsing ring
      was seen.

      At this point in the analysis we knew that these objects were
      unconventional; they did not behave like a conventional aircraft or natural
      objects. They were unidentified; they were not identifiable as a known class
      of objects or aircraft according to the descriptions given by witnesses. They
      were unknown; the origin and nature of the objects are not generally known.

      As we probed further my co-investigator Michael Tanner came
      up with a further analysis:

      1. FORMATION OF HOVERING ORBS - First observed in a hexagram
      pattern at about 7:30 p.m. over the Superstition Mountains area east of
      Phoenix in the characteristic 8+1(or 2) formation of amber orbs and was next
      seen in two separate arc patterns with "trailing lights" over Gila River
      area at about 9:50 and again at 10:00 at the southern edge of Phoenix where
      they were seen by thousands and videotaped by a handful who had camcorders
      close enough at
      hand to catch the fleeting minutes of their displays. These amateur videos
      have immortalized the orb formations, becoming known around the world as The
      Phoenix Lights. These are the very same lights that started the controversy
      over "flares" and that will be taken up in the next chapter.
      The last appearance of the hovering orbs of the night was
      made over a now recognized "hot-spot" of Rainbow Valley arrayed in a "V"
      formation at about 2:00 a.m. on March 14th (and again appeared on January
      14, 1998).

      2. "V" FORMATION OF FLYING ORBS - First seen leaving the
      Henderson-Las Vegas area and entering Arizona at high speed, a V-formation
      of five to seven orbs, variously seen as bright blue-white to a
      yellow-white, came through the Prescott Valley area at low altitude by 7:50
      p.m., turning south, where by 8:28, were videotaped (displaying their
      characteristic movement within
      the formation) at the north end of the valley that comprises the Phoenix
      metro area. In an apparent slower mode of flight, the orbs appeared at that
      point as amber in color as the formation moved along Interstate 10 angling
      toward Tucson after having been visually seen (not on radar) to intersect
      air traffic coming in on approach to Sky Harbor International Airport. After
      hovering for several minutes over a car full of witnesses driving north on
      I-10 at 65 mph, the formation was then picked up by observers in the Oracle area
      who reported the orbs' color as red to red-orange before the formation split
      up, going in separate directions while skirting the edges of the Tucson
      metropolitan area. At various points independent of this very specific
      formation, individual orbs were seen to shoot across the metro Phoenix
      valley with some moving
      away from and then re-docking with one or more of the Very Large Objects
      (VLOs) which came through later in the night.

      3. CHEVRON VLO (narrow angle) - Observed first as a "V"
      formation of five white lights moving slowly and silently toward Prescott
      Valley from the northwest at about 8:15 p.m., the "chevron" was soon clearly
      seen as a single object. The huge craft made a pivot turn over the
      witnesses' home there while the lights shifted into an arc formation while
      the lights turned red and then it shot off at blinding speed toward Phoenix.
      At that time the next
      set of witnesses in central Phoenix saw the object coming directly toward
      them (estimated at Mach 2 or 3) while still in the "turbo" mode arc
      configuration, and then, as if to slow back down again, was seen to change
      back into a
      "V" whereupon it cruised silently and slowly right over their heads (only
      100 to 200 feet above at 10 or 15 mph). The craft was later seen to zigzag
      through the
      valley, even changing altitude at various points and hovering for five
      minutes at the edge of Sky Harbor before proceeding south (right over the
      Village Lab building) to Interstate-10. After following I-10 several miles
      to Picacho
      Peak, the enormous craft (estimated at 900 feet or more on each leading edge
      and more than a mile in length to its "taillights") hovered once again for 10
      to 15 minutes until there was no further track of it. According to Michael,
      this is a possible docking point for this craft and the giant triangle that
      followed it down I-10 some fifteen minutes later. This same "chevron" or
      similar craft was seen traveling east to west over north Phoenix at about
      10:50 p.m.

      4. BOOMERANG VLO (wide angle) - This "V" formation, consisting of
      five groups of three lights, was confirmed to be a single huge object by various
      Prescott-area witnesses, being equivalent to a formation of five 747s flying
      absolutely lock-step in formation toward Phoenix. The craft was seen to make
      a southerly turn at about 8:25, once again, in the Prescott Valley area,
      after first approaching from the northwest. This VLO was later seen
      (although not clearly enough to identify) by an America West pilot who
      called Sky Harbor
      tower wondering what "those nine lights were", and an amateur astronomer in
      Phoenix who wrote it off as a formation of conventional airplanes. It is
      possible that this craft was the same as the giant triangle(wide angle)
      described below.

      5. TRIANGULAR VLO (narrow angle) - This is the one seen by
      the family in Chandler. It may be the same Triangle or Deltoid craft seen by
      others as a wide angle craft. It had definite structure complete with panels
      in a grid along with lights at each of the three corners and a larger center
      light. Multiple witnesses confirm its northwest to southeast flight path
      through the eastern part of the valley with some observers seeing one or
      more orbs
      leaving and then re-docking with this VLO at various points. This particular
      craft was seen to "split in two" by a resident in Gilbert, south of Chandler.

      6. BIG BLACK TRIANGLE (wide angle) - By all accounts the largest
      of the VLOs in the March 13th parade of craft, this gigantic craft was first
      seen at close range over north Phoenix between 8:30 and 8:45 where the key
      witnesses (real estate people who subdivided the area) estimated its size to
      be as much
      as two miles wide as its wingtip lights fell over two parallel streets that are
      1.8 miles apart. Its flight path brought it low to the ground at this point
      (less than 2,000 feet) where it was seen to not only have dozens of lights
      along its leading edges, but also a row of windows wherein the silhouettes
      of "people" were observed! At some point further south, other witnesses
      reported that they saw nothing but the row of windows with beings (also in
      silhouette) as all of the lights were turned off at that point. By the time
      the VLO was seen over
      I-10 south of Casa Grande, however, three large lights were seen to be turned
      on, one at each corner, with smaller lights on along with the leading
      headlight. The witnesses here reported that it took them one to two minutes
      to drive under this immense ship while they were driving at 80 mph! They
      estimated the width of this VLO to be at least two, possibly three miles
      wide and big enough for a C5-A
      Galaxy or "Condor" troop transport (the largest conventional aircraft known)
      to land upon it! The craft had definite structure to it and the family of
      witnesses described its color as a flat blue-black like the color of a
      shotgun barrel. They also reported seeing rectangular "panel-like" structures on
      the underside of this craft.

      Another large triangle was seen moving just north of Thunderbird
      Road at around 10:45 p.m., but the configuration of the triangle was
      different. That triangle had a V-cut into its trailing edge to give it a
      very distinctive look.

      7. GIANT DISCOID VLO - Witnessed first by a retired airline
      pilot, his sons and a friend, and seen coming down Scottsdale Road at about
      10:20 p.m., this huge circular craft, featuring amber lights around its
      perimeter (at an estimated one mile in diameter) was seen to make a
      purposeful turn toward Sky Harbor at about Camelback Road where it also
      intersected air traffic before disappearing from view over South Mountain. The
      corroborating central Phoenix witness, also a former pilot (Vietnam) and
      retired U.S. Marshal, described how the craft both reflected the city lights
      on its underbelly and blocked out the stars with its upper half, attesting
      to its being a single craft of spectacular "mile-wide" proportions. This
      witness also claimed to have videotaped what he saw from the roof of his
      apartment building, but his
      tapes mysteriously disappeared in what may amount to a genuine "men-in-black
      (MIB)" episode. This craft may also have docked with the "chevron" craft
      and cloaked in "visual stealth" mode in its earlier pass through Phoenix at
      about 8:20 to 8:30, but this is purest speculation. The two craft reappeared
      (or two similar ones) in June and were photographed together at high
      altitude over Phoenix by the same witnesses with a 35mm camera while also
      viewing them with binoculars. A separate set of unconnected witnesses also
      reported the sighting of a huge discoid craft (bigger than Sun Devil Stadium
      at ASU)
      hovering at treetop level right off of the west end of the Sky Harbor runways
      at between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. one morning about two weeks before March 13th.

      identified four such events (there may be more) that clearly point to the
      conclusion that the Phoenix Lights UFO incident of March 13, 1997 was
      certainly no secret "black ops" or classified military exercise as many
      people would like to believe. A woman who lives next to Luke Air Force Base
      in the west part of the valley surfaced to report that at least 6 pairs of
      jets and as many as 8 were "scrambled" out of the base on the night of March
      13th, something she could never recall witnessing before. One researcher
      called Luke AFB and asked
      someone who was out on the flight line if anything was seen by base
      personnel, and, unofficially, he answered that "they" were all over the
      place. The response from Luke spokesmen and their response to FOIA requests
      indicate that they were receiving phone calls about the lights, but never
      scrambled any jets to
      pursue them. Witnesses say different. Here are the witness reports:

      A) Crown King at 5:30 p.m. - A formation of 3 huge "Vs" were
      seen hovering over this pine-topped mountain and were soon joined by a
      diamond-shaped or triangular craft which appeared "out of thin air" (at
      first seen as an amber light). As the four objects were hovering together,
      two jets were seen to come low from the south (from the direction of Luke
      AFB) at
      which point the UFOs went into a "stack", collapsed upon each other while
      going "into a ball", then totally disappeared! This would be called a case
      of high
      strangeness. Finding nothing there, the two jets circled the Crown King area
      and returned in the direction of the base. Similar disappearing acts of
      formations of "Vs", one over Lake Mead that afternoon and on March 27th
      over Elmont, New York were reported to Village Labs after seeing the article
      published in USA

      B) Central Phoenix at 8:15 p.m. - A pair of F-15s were
      dispatched from Luke AFB to attempt an interception of one or more of the Vs
      approaching or entering the valley at that time. This was reported to NUFORC
      by a ground crewman at Luke who stated that the aircraft were equipped with
      gun cameras and that one of the pilots had to be helped out of his plane
      because he was so shaken by his encounter. A cursory check revealed that
      Luke AFB no longer has F-15s in its inventory and only has the F-16
      aircraft. However, at one
      time both were maintained at Luke. Could these F-15s have been visiting
      aircraft? There is still some attempt to locate the civilian witness who
      corroborated this story.

      C) North Phoenix at 9:30 p.m. - One of the witnesses who had
      earlier witnesses with his wife the giant wide-angle triangle reported that
      when he was later at home, he saw in the distance what appeared to be the
      return of the triangle, this time with only three lights on, one at each
      corner. As the UFO hovered near the Deer Valley Airport in northwest
      Phoenix, he saw two military jets approach the triangle, with one jet seen
      to pass one side of
      it and the other seen to fly up under it, veering down at the last moment to
      avoid midair collision.

      D) Luke AFB at 10:00 p.m. - (The original Event 4 - the first
      aircraft/UFO encounter to be reported). A truck driver who had been watching
      two unusual amber lights move ahead of him to the south for fully two hours
      as he drove down I-17 from Camp Verde, reported that as he neared his
      destination, a materials plant near Luke AFB, the two UFOs seemed to have
      stopped their
      movement and were hovering. Once at the plant, while waiting for his truck
      to be unloaded, he stood on a pile of materials to watch what were now seen as
      two identical, toy-top like amber orbs (like hot air balloons without
      hanging baskets) having a white iridescent sheen and a band of red pulsating
      light, with the nearest to him being one to two miles distant right near the
      runway at Luke. Suddenly, two F-16s, followed by a third, "blasted out of
      Luke with their afterburners on full", made a steep bank directly over the
      witness and headed
      straight for the nearest UFO. At the moment the lead jets were about to
      close on the UFO, it shot straight up and disappeared "in an instant" as the
      jets passed right through the very spot where the object had been hovering.
      The second UFO also vanished, as it was no longer hovering in the northwest.

      As you can see by Michael Tanner's event analysis and my own
      event analysis, there was a lot of activity on March 13th, yet the media
      chose to cover only 2 of these events. The Big Black Triangle has been
      virtually ignored by the journalists and is considered significant since these
      triangles have been reported more frequently throughout most of the world.

      Bill Hamilton
      Executive Director
      Skywatch International, Inc.
      Website: home.earthlink.net/~skywatcher22

      **coming to you live from deep in the backwoods of Mississippi**

      ICQ #7524076

      ~~~Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
      Life is but an empty dream!
      For the soul is dead that slumbers,
      And things are not what they seem.~~~
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