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MessagePosté le: 26/01/2008 13:19:39    Sujet du message: Texas Ufos sightings Répondre en citant

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Officials: UFO sightings were military jets

But residents of Texas town say they saw jets chasing unidentified object


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By Angela K. Brown

updated 7:28 p.m. ET Jan. 23, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas - U.S. military officials said Wednesday that fighter jets were training in a rural area the night of Jan. 8 when dozens of people reported seeing a UFO.

Although officials at the Naval Air Station Reserve Base in Fort Worth initially said none of their planes were in the area of the UFO reports, they changed their story Wednesday, saying that 10 F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp. were training near Stephenville, about 70 miles (112 kilometers) southwest of Fort Worth, about the time of the sightings.

But, some residents say the military's revelation actually bolsters their claims because several reported seeing at least two fighter jets chasing an object.

"This supports our story that there was UFO activity in that area," said Kenneth Cherry, the Texas director of the Mutual UFO Network, which took more than 50 reports from locals at a meeting last weekend. "I find it curious that it took them two weeks to 'fess up. I think they're feeling the heat from the publicity."

Several dozen people swear that what they saw was larger, quieter, faster and lower to the ground than an airplane. They also said the object's lights changed configuration, unlike those of a plane.

"I guarantee that what we saw was not a civilian aircraft," Steve Allen, a pilot and freight company owner, said Wednesday.

Allen said that the fighter jets' training area in the Brownwood Military Operating Area, which includes Stephenville's Erath County, is not in the airspace where he saw the object. Also, Jan. 8 was not the only day sightings were reported.

Anne Frazor, who owns a fabric store in Stephenville said many in town have seen military aircraft zoom overhead from time to time as part of training operations. But she said that is different than what she saw Jan. 8.

"I couldn't begin to say what it was, but to me it wasn't planes," Frazor said.


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Discussions are going on about the origins of the sightings in Texas :

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Pilots dispute military statement

 
By ANGELIA JOINER Staff WriterSunday, January 27, 2008  

 










 
   
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At least three pilots in Stephenville disagree with the military’s press release issued Wednesday.Steve Allen, Don “Doc” Stewart and Todd Downs all say if Stephenville and the Selden area are in the Brownwood Military Operating Area, it’s news to them.
A press release issued by Major Karl Lewis of the 301st Fighter Wing Public Affairs at the NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, stated, “Ten F-16s from the 457th Fighter Squadron were performing training operations from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday January 8, 2008 in the Brownwood Military Operating Area (MOA), which includes the air space above Erath County.”

All three pilots say that space does not include all of Erath County. It only includes a small portion of Dublin and does not include Stephenville or the Selden area at all.

“Stephenville is 11 miles from the MOA,” Stewart said, as he pointed out the area on an aeronautical sectional map.

Downs, who is an employee at Clark Field in Stephenville, said there is a GPS fixed point located on the airport grounds that the military uses and while it’s not unusual for the jets to be in the area, he believes the press release leads people to believe that all of Erath County air space is included in the MOA and that’s incorrect. He said jets fly through on the way to the MOA.

Downs said he does not understand why the military would issue such a release two weeks after repeatedly denying the base had any planes in the area.

“I don’t understand why they would do that at all,” Downs said. “They’re not hard to know that they are there. It doesn’t make sense. I’ve seen them come by me before. They are real loud and it’s not hard to know that they are there.”

Ken Cherry, state director of Mutual UFO Network, said he thinks the military “came clean for several reasons.”

Allen and friends reported early on that F-16s were “chasing” the mysterious lights when they saw them for the second time at Selden on the evening of Jan. 8.

“We have filed freedom of information acts and that may have prompted them to make the statement,” Cherry said. “This only proves our witnesses are more reliable than the Air Force.”

Another witness, Leroy Gaitan said what he saw that night could not have been jets.

“There’s no way F-16s can maneuver like that,” Gaitan said. “I really think it’s some kind of military project or experiment. Too many people have seen things.

“I have spoken to at least one person (witness) the military has contacted,” Gaitan said.

On Thursday evening’s Larry King Live episode, James Fox, documentary filmmaker, seemed to confirm Gaitan’s information with his statement. Fox said when visiting Stephenville he spoke to one man “who, unfortunately, was not willing to go on the record,” and who claimed he was being harassed by the military.

Allen has said videos and photos are pouring in from everywhere and Cherry said his organization is analyzing many of them.

“We’ve seen a lot of pictures but they have been lens flares or odd cloud formations,” Cherry said.

When asked about the recent footage in Allen’s possession aired by Channel 11 News he said, “The video is interesting and merits further analysis. All others have been eliminated that have come to us so far.”

Steve Hudgeons, senior field investigator with MUFON, met with Allen Saturday to view the entire 14-minute video captured by a person not wishing to be identified.

Allen said a Japanese source is interested in purchasing the video.





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Mike Conley's Tales of the Weird: More on the Texas UFOs 
 
 
By Mike Conley 
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008 





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A couple of weeks ago, this column took a look at the strange UFO sightings in Stephenville, Texas. At first, a military spokesman said that the weird objects in the sky people in Stephenville were seeing could just be an optical illusion. He added that no fighter jets were in the area on Tuesday, Jan. 8, when most of the sightings occurred.
Now, it seems the military is telling a different story.
Earlier this month, folks in Stephenville reported seeing a massive silent object with bright lights flying low and fast in the sky. Many of the sightings happened on the night of Tuesday, Jan. 8, according to the story by the Associated Press.
One person who reported seeing the UFO was Steve Allen, a freight company owner and pilot in Stephenville. He said the object he saw was a mile long and half a mile wide. "It was positively, absolutely nothing from these parts," he said in the AP story.
Others reported that the object's lights changed configuration, unlike those on an airplane. Several reported seeing at least two fighter jets chasing the UFO.
A spokesman for the 301st Fighter Wing at the Joint Reserve Base Naval Air Station in Fort Worth at first said what these people were seeing could have been an illusion caused by two commercial airplanes. He also said no F-16s or other aircraft were in that area the night of Tuesday, Jan. 8.
But last week, Air Force Reserve officials backtracked from their earlier statements and said fighter jets were training nearby after all that night.
Meanwhile, members of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) traveled to Stephenville to look into the situation. MUFON is a non-profit organization dedicated to the scientific study of UFOs. It has chapters all over the United States, including North Carolina.
The director of the Texas chapter of MUFON took more than 50 reports from folks in Stephenville. He said the Air Force Reserve's latest statement supports the theory that there was indeed some strange activity in that area.
"I find it curious that it took them two weeks to fess up," said Kenneth Cherry, director of the Texas MUFON chapter. "I think they're feeling the heat from the publicity."
Officials at the Joint Reserve Base Naval Air Station in Fort Worth first said none of their planes had been in the area. But later they said 10 F-16s were there that day. The officials stated they were mistaken and wanted to set the record straight "in the interest of public awareness," according to the AP story.
Maj. Karl Lewis, a spokesman for the 301st Fighter Wing, declined to comment further on the sightings.
But folks in Stephenville said they know what military aircraft looks like and what they saw on Jan. 8 was completely different.
"I couldn't begin to say what it was, but to me it wasn't planes," said Anne Frazor, who owns a fabric store in the city.
Since the sightings were first reported, residents of Stephenville have been making the most of the phenomenon. Some high school students created T-shirts depicting a flying saucer and the slogan "Stephenville: the new Roswell." Several stores put up messages on their marquees, including one that says "Aliens welcome," according to the AP story.
Members of the Mutual UFO Network simply want the government to quit making evasive statements and talk straight to the American public.
"What we want is the government to admit there are UFOs and what they know about them," Cherry said to the AP.




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UFO theories fly again
Recent 'sightings' raise questions
By Trish Choate
Monday, January 28, 2008


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WASHINGTON — Put the alien theories on hold and get the men in black a cup of coffee. You know how they like it.

Instead of beings from outer space visiting Big Country skies, the Air Force could be secretly working out the kinks in the next U-2 spy plane or B-2 stealth bomber in the skies over the Big Country.

U.S. military pilots might have been at the helm of Unidentified Flying Objects decked out with secret technology, accounting for reports from Erath, Brown and Comanche counties the past two months.

After all, the military possesses experimental technologies the public might not know about until decades after development.

“For national security reasons, of course, they’re disinclined to tell us about it,” Michael Shermer, executive director of the Skeptics Society and editor of Skeptic magazine, said.

Besides Shermer, an author of more than 20 books on secret and stealth technology, a think-tank expert and a former “Skunk Works” chief weighed in.

Among the possibilities: The government is conducting a campaign of disinformation, spreading UFO stories to cover up the truth, which is out there.

Or eyewitnesses surprised by fast-moving spheres and a gigantic “mother ship” simply saw jets from a nearby military base.

That includes the UFO sighting Jan. 8 around Stephenville, Texas, the day the Air Force said it had jets on a training mission in the area.

Either way, Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, isn’t involved in black — classified — aircraft programs.

“We strictly deal with B-1s and C-130s here,” 1st Lt. William Powell, Dyess spokesman, said. “If it didn’t come from this base, which it didn’t, then I wouldn’t know what kind of aircraft was flying in that area on that date.”

John Pike, a defense and intelligence expert, said he believes the government has thrown up a smokescreen before, like with Area 51 in Nevada, to discredit witnesses.

“If they get people seeing lights all the time, and they don’t know what it is, one way of making the whole thing seem silly is to have people recall flying saucers,” Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, said. “And that way the whole story just kind of goes away.”

Area 51 has played a role in modern American mythology about everything from secret military technologies to alien spacecraft. Beliefs vary as to the truth about the southern Nevada location.

Back in the 1950s, the Air Force exploited the UFO scenario to divert attention from the U-2 being tested at a secret base in Nevada, said Bill Sweetman, who’s written extensively on stealth and black technology.

The U-2 was the only aircraft that could fly at such a high altitude for as long as it could, Sweetman, editor of Defense Technology International magazine, said.

“Airline pilots who didn’t know that a secret airplane was out there would see this object way up above them, and they would report it as a UFO,” he said.

Those sightings led to “Project Bluebook,” efforts to make people think they’d seen a natural phenomenon or something unexplainable — not a secret airplane, Sweetman said.

He didn’t want to hazard a guess about whether West Texans have spotted secret aircraft, but he was doubtful.

“Why would you fly it near a populated area at all?” he said.

And it’s impossible to speculate whether the Big Country UFOs were a sign of a secret program, said retired Air Force Col. Tom Ehrhardt, a former Pentagon chief of the “Skunk Works” or the Strategy, Concepts and Doctrine Division.

“That particular location for it seems improbable because, usually, we have more secure sites to do that sort of thing in than there,” said Ehrhardt, now of the nonprofit Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington.

Sites such as Area 51, he said.

“But you never want to say this isn’t one of those because I don’t have that knowledge,” Ehrhardt said.

Theories to the contrary, the UFO story hasn’t gone away yet.

“Our initial analysis is that we have at least two very promising pieces of evidence,” Ken Cherry, state director for the nonprofit Mutual UFO Network, said.

Video and still images show spheres in incredible maneuvers at high speed in the Big Country, Cherry said. Others have told MUFON of “a mother ship” a mile long and a half mile wide.

Eyewitnesses are ranchers, farmers, oilfield workers, shop owners, defense workers and others who talk of activity as far back as 30 years ago in the area, he said.

But could fast-moving spheres simply be the afterburners of 10 F-16s?

In an about face, the military said 10 F-16s from the 301st Fighter Wing at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base were on a training mission Jan. 8 in an area including Erath County.

Maj. Karl Lewis, a fighter wing spokesman, said it was just a mistake when he first told reporters the base had no planes in the sky that day.
“I did my best to correct it as soon as possible,” Lewis said.

But the story has wings.

Washington regional correspondent Trish Choate can be reached at (202) 408-2709 or choatet(at)shns.com.


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Others informations about Texas : witnesses came with photos :



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MessagePosté le: 02/02/2008 19:10:54    Sujet du message: Texas Ufos sightings Répondre en citant

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One of the MUFON investigator speaks about Texas here Arrow Dallas News

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Point of Contact: Ken Cherry

10:18 AM CST on Sunday, January 27, 2008

Our Q&A with Ken Cherry, state director of the Mutual UFO Network (mufon.com).


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What do you think of the military's explanation of the multiple UFO reports in Stephenville – that there were 10 F-16s training in the area?

Initially [when they denied any involvement], I think they were trying to discredit the witnesses by saying that what they had viewed was an optical illusion. We had witnesses who had accurately described F-16s in the area that were chasing a UFO. I think the new military explanation only reinforces the credibility of our witnesses, proved to be more reliable than the Air Force, frankly.

The idea that they forgot they had an exercise in the area just doesn't hold water. So it appears to have been a cover-up.

How much UFO activity does Texas have?

Normally, we get 15 to 20 reports a month, which puts us among the top two or three in the country. With the high number of reporting results we have had in the Stephenville-Brownsville area, this is very significant – over 150 reports. But these aren't all related to an individual sighting at a specific time. These took place at different hours of the day and night, and some even over the last several years.

What we've uncovered is a pattern of UFO sightings at the area. They appear to be related to the same phenomenon. But they're not all at the same time. We consider this to be even more significant because so many people have reported incidents.

What do you think it all means?

So far, it means that there is something that is taking place out there. We've eliminated a lot of the known possibilities. Early on in the investigation, we could see that something important was happening, or we wouldn't be devoting so many resources to this event.


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The witnesses of ufos in Stephenville definitively don't accept the explanation given by the army.

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Jet Story Doesn't Fly With Texas UFO Eyewitnesses
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Fort Worth, Texas (AP) -- U.S. military officials say fighter jets were training in a rural area the night of Jan. 8 when
dozens of people reported seeing a UFO.


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Although officials at the Naval Air Station Reserve Base in Fort Worth initially said none of their planes were in the area of
the UFO reports, they changed their story Jan 23, saying that 10 F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp. were training near Stephenville, about 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth, about the time of the sightings.

But, some residents say the military's revelation actually bolsters their claims because several reported seeing at least
two fighter jets chasing an object.

"This supports our story that there was UFO activity in that area," said Kenneth Cherry, the Texas director of the Mutual UFO
Network, which took more than 50 reports from locals at a weekend meeting. "I find it curious that it took them two weeks to 'fess up. I think they're feeling the heat from the publicity."

Several dozen people swear that what they saw was larger, quieter, faster and lower to the ground than an airplane. They
also said the object's lights changed configuration, unlike those of a plane.


"I guarantee that what we saw was not a civilian aircraft," Steve Allen, a pilot and freight company owner, said.

Mr. Allen said the fighter jets' training area in the Brownwood Military Operating Area, which includes Stephenville's Erath County, is not in the airspace where he saw the object. Also, Jan. 8 was not the only day sightings were reported.

Anne Frazor, who owns a fabric store in Stephenville said many in town have seen military aircraft zoom overhead from time to time as part of training operations. But she said that is different than what she saw Jan. 8.

"I couldn't begin to say what it was, but to me it wasn't planes," Ms. Frazor said.

Since the reported sightings, the 17,000-resident town has had some fun with the international publicity. Some high-schoolers made T-shirts that read "Stephenville: the new Roswell" on the front and "They're here for the milk!" on the back. A picture features flying saucer beaming up a cow.

The U.S. Air Force says it has not investigated UFO sightings since 1969 when it ended Project Blue Book, which examined more than 12,600 reported UFO sightings-including 700 that were never explained. That program started a few months after a 1947 crash near Roswell, N.M., which the government said involved a top-secret weather balloon but others involved later said was an alien spacecraft.

"What we want is the government to admit there are UFOs and what they know about them," Mr. Cherry said.


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Very Happy You'll hear here the interview of 2 Mufon investigators by one of my favorite Ufos investigator Wink , I mean G. Knapp.

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I like his humor about the "weather balloon" Mr. Green

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MessagePosté le: 08/02/2008 20:53:38    Sujet du message: Texas Ufos sightings Répondre en citant

Probably in March, the MUFON will make a public presentationt about the results of their investigation on UFOs sightings in Stephenville:


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Mutual UFO Network State Assistant Director to Present Stephenville Investigation Results

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Steve Hudgeons, Mutual UFO Network assistant state director for Texas, released a media brief yesterday that promised a formal news conference in March at the Dublin Rotary Club Building. The Dallas Fort Worth MUFON chapter and Hudgeons will present information Hudgeons gathered during a late January trip to Stephenville, Texas, after UFO sightings had been reported there earlier in the month.

“The media will be invited to hear the results of our investigations,” Hudgeons wrote.

Hudgeons also reported that the DFW chapter has reserved the Dublin Rotary Building on Feb. 23 for additional witnesses to the Jan. 8 UFO sighting. “We . . . hope to see those that didn’t attend [the Stephenville follow-up investigation] or were unable to attend the Jan. 19th meeting,” Hudgeons wrote.

“We further ask that the Media NOT attend this meeting. We appreciate the new -found sincerity of the Media of late, however, 50 or so years of media ridicule hasn't been forgotten and has caused many witnesses to shy away from our investigations.”

The Air Force Reserve released a statement on Jan. 23 claiming the bright lights and UFOs spotted in Stephenville had really been ten of their F-16 fighter jets on a nighttime training mission. This information contradicts their earlier denying of activity in the area.


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By Steve Hammons
February 09, 2008
The local newspaper reporter in Stephenville, Texas, who helped cover a UFO sighting case there is no longer working at the Stephenville Empire-Tribune newspaper, effective last Thursday, Feb. 7.

Journalist Angelia Joiner had been covering the UFO story which broke early in January and brought national and international news media representatives and researchers to Stephenville, other nearby small towns and the surrounding region.

Mainstream media such as the Associated Press, CNN and other major TV networks and newspapers covered the incident with great interest. The international press also paid special attention to the UFO sightings in Stephenville and towns in the area.

Media personalities such as CNN's Larry King and NBC's Today show host Matt Lauer explored the sightings on their shows.

In Stephenville, Joiner was a staff writer at the small-town newspaper there. She did an excellent job of researching and interviewing local residents who were surprised, curious and concerned about the very unusual objects they reportedly saw.

As national and international interest in the case grew in January, Joiner was contacted for information as the reporter on the scene with some of the best knowledge of the local community.

Her articles helped inform not only local residents who relied on professional reporting for their community, but also assisted other Americans and people internationally understand that Stephenville people and residents in the area were down-to-Earth, solid and of good character.

The factual and level-headed journalism Joiner provided helped the national news media understand and respect the citizens in these communities. This resulted in some of the most serious and credible reporting in the national media on such an incident in recent memory.

The AP article was carried in hundreds of papers and news outlets. People like Larry King and Matt Lauer talked about the subject with intelligence and open minds.

All these outcomes were related in part to the high level of credibility of local witnesses who were courageous enough to come forward and the professionalism of local reporter Joiner and her colleagues in the national and international news media.

However, some of these witnesses and Joiner seem to be paying a price for doing their civic duty and communicating about an incident that appeared to be very significant, and could even have affected the public safety of the communities in the area.

CENSORSHIP AND "NEED TO KNOW"

According to information obtained for this report, management at the Stephenville Empire-Tribune did not want further coverage in the paper of the sightings by local citizens of something that appeared to be highly unusual. Pressures may have been placed on newspaper management to discontinue articles on the subject.

According to the newspaper's Web site, "The Stephenville Empire-Tribune is a mid-morning paper published six days a week by Erath Publishers, Inc., a Consolidated Southwest Media company which is owned by American Consolidated Media. The Empire-Tribune is a member of the Associated Press, Texas Press Association, West Texas Press Association and the Inland Press Association."

Publisher Rochelle Stidham and Managing Editor Sara Vanden Berge were contacted for their comments for this report but did not immediately respond.

Did the paper's management face pressures to end coverage of the UFO sighting by a local peace officer, respected businessman and pilot and reportedly dozens of other local citizens? Did they back away from accounts of local citizens who said they were apparently being threatened for talking about what they saw?

Is this a case of media censorship or self-censorship and political correctness? Is it about professional courage and moral integrity? And, can the newspaper now be trusted by the community to cover important aspects of public health and safety, local political activities and other sometimes sensitive topics?

These seem to be questions for the citizens who read and subscribe to the paper and advertisers who use that newspaper.

The corporate owners of the Empire-Tribune (Consolidated Southwest Media, American Consolidated Media) and the professional news and journalism organizations with which the paper is affiliated (Associated Press, Texas Press Association, West Texas Press Association, Inland Press Association) might also want to review developments there.

As for the former reporter Joiner who had covered the concerns and accounts of local citizens so professionally, life goes on.

She appears to be confident that she did the best job she could have for her community as a responsible local journalist who realized something important had happened to her fellow citizens, neighbors and friends.

"I appreciate the opportunity I have had at the newspaper," Joiner said. "A story of this magnitude drained the limited resources a small newspaper has. I performed my other duties to the best of my ability."

Even as the national and international media interest calmed down somewhat, other ominous developments were occurring in the Stephenville area.

A local resident stated he had received threatening phone calls and threats of implied bodily harm or death for talking publicly about what he saw.

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MessagePosté le: 17/02/2008 20:51:09    Sujet du message: Texas Ufos sightings Répondre en citant

Another article here Arrow Angelia Joiner

If you visit this blog, take time to have a global on it. A lot of articles/news about ufos are available Okay

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MessagePosté le: 27/07/2017 04:49:36    Sujet du message: Texas Ufos sightings

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