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New information alleged in 1997 'Phoenix Lights' UFO case
by Steve Hammons

Posted: 18:47 February 17, 2009

Interesting new information has surfaced in an online discussion forum about the March 13, 1997, events in Phoenix, Arizona, that has come to be known as the Phoenix Lights incident.

Whether the information reported in the online posts is accurate, or has some elements of truth or inaccuracies combined, is unclear at this time.

On the site, a person using the log-in identifier name "Topol-M" and signing with the letters "AL" states that he was in the Air Force and stationed in Arizona at the time of the Phoenix Lights incident.

He states that through his own direct knowledge and accounts from trusted Air Force associates, he has information about the situation that is not widely known.

His statements, if accurate, provide significantly more insight into the incident. His first post on the discussion forum was Jan. 18, 2009, and his last, so far, appears to have been Jan. 29, 2009.


"Topol-M" or "AL" posted is original comments post on Jan. 18 in his discussion thread called "Phoenix Lights... My Story..."

He wrote, "Greetings. It has been nearly 12 years since the incident known as the 'Phoenix Lights' was shown around the world, nearly 12 years that something has been burning inside of me. When the official explanations of the incident were released (mainly the story about Maryland ANG [Air National Guard] A-10 'Flares' story), myself and everyone else that had anything to do with the incident itself were deflated, as we knew it was false."

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He continued, "In short, on the night of March 13, 1997, USAF personnel stationed at both Luke AFB in Glendale and Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson were a bit scared, as something was occurring over the skies of central and southern Arizona that night, and the on-duty personnel at both bases had no idea what it was."

For those not familiar with Arizona, Luke Air Force Base is located on the far western side of the metropolitan Phoenix "Valley of the Sun." It is primarily a training base for F-16 fighter planes. The based is named after Frank Luke, a daring combat pilot in World War I.

"Topol-M"/"AL" explained further: "That night, Luke AFB scrambled two F-16Cs from the 56th Fighter Wing, however, these aircraft were not vectored southwest of Phoenix towards the source of the lights, but directly south towards Tucson. What is known further, is that less than 10 minutes later, a second set of F-16Cs from the 56th were also scrambled and sent southeast."

He added, "Radio reports from the first flight of aircraft indicated something 'odd' was occurring, however the pilots never gave any indication or specifics (in the open at any rate), as to what that was. Both flights were kept away intentionally from the lights being seen near the Estrella range."

The Sierra Estrella (Star Mountains) Range is located in generally the southwestern corner of the Valley of the Sun.

"It was obvious to all with access that there were other aircraft in the area, with orders to drop flares (whether this was the Maryland ANG is unknown)," wrote Topol-M/AL. "It was felt that this was indeed a 'deception' measure to keep curiosity focused on one space in the sky, as flares were never used that far north of the Goldwater training range (as any Luke personnel can tell you, if they were, there would be weekly 'Phoenix Lights' incidents)."

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