from Seattle. I remember the reverberations in my lungs
from the formations of WW II bombers flying over the city
as a boy. I watched the B-47 & the B-52 fly out of Boeing
Field when they were brand new. I learned the parts of airplanes
by building models. I learned aerodynamics from gliders.
I read about airplanes, and loved to watch the Beavers lift
off of Lake Union trailing spray, with the sound of their
Pratt & Whitney R-985 echoing off of Queen Ann Hill.
I still do.
began flying in late 1962, as soon as I could reach the
rudder pedals and hitchhike to the closest airport which
by then was Portland International. I earned my licenses
& ratings at the minimum age. I washed/waxed airplanes,
cleaned toilets, scrubbed hangar floors, flew skydivers,
charters, dead bodies, radioactive pharmaceuticals anything
to log more time to get the airline career that was my
destiny. Flying is not what I do, its who I am.
Airline Transport License bears type ratings in Convair
580, DC-9 and B-727. I have flown the DC-10 and B-747
as First Officer. I have logged over 12,000 hours of flying
time. I know what flares dont look like.
pilots are accustomed to noting the time. Time off the
blocks, time off the ground, the time over navigational
fixes particularly over the ocean. Then there is the all
important estimated time of arrival, the time on the ground
and the time on the blocks where we turn off the seat
belt sign. And the time the crew bus leaves in relation
to those times. Son Logan was making a racket outside
in our drive way. When I stepped outside to investigate,
the time in Scottsdale Arizona on March 13th, 1997 was
friends, Ryan and Jenny, were helping with the project
that consisted of constructing massive, rustic gates for
our acre horse property. He was using a sledge hammer
to force timbers onto steel rods. Ryan asked, What
the hell is that? Ryan had to be the only person
on earth who hadnt known of the Hale Bop comet.
turned, prepared to deliver a lecture on comets,
but stopped short. Uh, were in for an air
show. I said. My initial impression was that of
a formation of C-130s displaying some new type of
tactical lighting. But you feel a C-130s powerful
Alison engines before you hear it or see it. We felt nothing.
It was quiet. Real quiet, and it stayed that way.
huge mass at least a mile wide approached
from the North West. I could land on it with my 727. We
began to eliminate possibilities. What ever it was seemed
to be following the Tonto One arrival, the standard jet
arrival routing for instrument traffic into PHX on an
approximate heading of 120°. I estimated its altitude
to be 10,000 feet.
C-130s, it wasnt a formation of jets
too slow for either of them. Helicopters? Not that either
no wop-wop, no sound. None. Cessnas
wired with weird lights? Its happened, but that wasnt
the case on March 13th.
a few minutes of observation we concluded that this was
one object. There was zero movement between its massive
forward-facing amber lights. I should have counted the
lights, should have run for a camera and called my friend
Bob Mohan, a local talk radio guy. The craft had intercepted
Scottsdale Road, and made a right turn to approximately
180º following it south. It was headed right for
didnt I call Mohan, run for a camera or any of those
other questions people always ask? Because I expected
it to disappear at any moment. None of us were frightened,
excited or otherwise disturbed. But we couldnt take
our eyes off of it. What I saw bears little relation to
the video of the Phoenix Lights. And yes,
there are a couple of fruit loops associated with March
13th. Anyone who can tell you what the little green men
wish for us can probably also tell you where God wants
you to send your checks. But, thats just my opinion.
estimate it passed 90º to our position, roughly at
the intersection of Scottsdale road and Shea Boulevard,
a couple of miles away, at 22:30. We could no longer see
the top of it the lights we had been watching were
blocked out by the structure. As it passed the 90º
position, I thought I perceived a rounded, almost gondola
shaped what? what DO you call a semi-transparent
thing on the bottom of a craft whose top might have been
10,000 feet in height? What ever you call it, it was nearly
dragging the ground. Keep in mind there was nothing available
to compare with and from our position it was quite
dark. Ive heard it said that it was like looking
through water. Yeah. Like a thin curtain of water. Lights
on the other side, some city, mostly stars lost some of
their brilliance and appeared mildly wavy as the craft
passed between us and them. To me, the machine seemed
to be an array of amber lights suspended in floating ink
surrounded by the dark of night.
you make a UFO report, you must expect people to think
youre crazy. So heres where you will think
Im crazy. It had passed approximately two miles
west of our location at Pima & Shea when I received
what I have subsequently been told is an empathic
are not a threat.
watched the craft float silently, majestically down Scottsdale
road at about 30 MPH like a float in the Rose Bowl parade.
This craft wanted to be seen.
why didnt more people see it?
question. My guess is that due to its silence, and the
lack of a beam from the lights no beam, no corona,
youve heard all of that that unless you happened
to be looking up anyway, youd never have known it
the craft reached Indian School Road, it made a turn to
proceed directly over Sky Harbor Airport, making good
a course that would take it to the Antenna Farm on South
Mountain. Thats where the TV towers and all of those
blinking red lights are. . . we lost sight of it there.
The kitchen clock read 22:40 hours. 20 minutes of UFO
the Goldwater range is on the far side of south mountain.
Flares can be seen there from various locations throughout
the Valley of the Sun.
made no effort to report the sighting until I read Phoenix
City Council member Francis Barwoods plea in the
Arizona Republic. She wanted to know what this was. The
cost was her career in politics. You see they dont
want you to know what we saw on March 13th. They went
to a great deal of trouble with disinformation, character
assignation and just plain old lies to try to. . . keep
us from thinking?
government would have you believe that military pyrotechnic
flares were ejected over a major metropolitan area by
a visiting Canadian military unit. Thats a violation
of one of the most basic Federal Air Regulations. Yet
not one word about that or which tree they would hang
those pilots from had that happened. It is an absurd suggestion.
And there was no physical evidence. No fires, no spent
munitions, no parachutes, no nothing but hot, Federal
anyone believe that a flare might maintain speed and altitude
while tracking a precision course, making turns and covering
vast distances? I dont think anyone is that stupid,
yet they continue to stick to their story and insist you
believe it. And they have allies within the UFO
at about that time they put out a story that Capt. Craig
Button broke formation in an armed A-10 at the Goldwater
firing range. They allowed this airplane to fly over a
major metropolitan area and many smaller towns, buzz a
few people and not one single airplane was dispatched
to see what was going on?
tell you that Capt. Button intentionally flew his A-10
into the side of Eagle Mountain in Colorado. They tell
you that they identified his remains with DNA samples
the day following the discovery of the crash site. How
long did it take to get a DNA identification in those
days? Seems to me that it was about two weeks. Is there
a connection between March 13th and this as well as several
other incidents? They seem to have the same press agent.
line, what was it? I dont know. If it landed on
the White House lawn this morning and E.T. stepped out,
I would not be surprised. Jim Delotoso speaks eloquently
about Occums Razor the simplest answer to
a question is usually the right one. Hes right.
SR-71 flew in 1958 before they had any real money to play
When did the Stealth Bomber fly? Remember,
they shot JFK in front of God and everyone and got away
with it. Fried some folks at Waco, but deny it to this
day. Do you believe that TWA 800 was brought down by a
faulty boost pump? Do you really believe the 9-11
it possible that they, the flight crew of the March 13th
UFO are in the service of them? Your tax dollars at work?
That would be my guess. But then I have to ask myself
why they would parade their new toy down Scottsdale Road,
and then deny it?
up. They will be back.