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March 13th 1997 Phoenix Arizona: Formations of glowing orbs cause one of the world's largest mass sightings. UFO: Alien Invasion s1e2, National Geographic
The lights glide silently over two states ... What are the Phoenix lights? ibid.
Phoenix Lights: It’s one of the most well-documented UFO sightings ever. Paranatural: Alien Encounters, National Geographic 2013
March 13th 1997: On this one night hundreds of alarmed residents reported unexplained objects and lights in the night sky sparking fears of aliens. The Truth Behind s2e6: UFOs Over Phoenix, 2010
Larger than five football pitches … Close to fifteen hundred feet wide … Nobody reported flames, smoke or raging winds … It’s silent … Impossible to construct given Earthly aerodynamics and current materials. ibid.
1997 began like any other Thursday evening. But soon their city would be at the centre of a huge controversy ... At one point there were a total of nine distinguishable lights in the sky ... What could explain the strange lights and V-shaped objects seen by hundreds hovering in the sky over Phoenix that night? UFOs over Phoenix, 1997
The case of the Phoenix Lights began on an evening in Mary 1997. As reported, multiple UFOs were sighted throughout the Phoenix basin. Out of the Blue
8,119. Evidence points to March 13, 1997 as the onset of this extremely compelling account of various and sundry phenomenal lights which moved over the state of Arizona. These lights, though referred to as the ‘Phoenix Lights’, were actually witnessed in at least five other cities.
Phoenix has the distinction as the first Arizona city to report the unknown light sources, which were initially spotted over Superstition Mountains, east of the city, at about 7:30 p.m. The first reports indicated an object of six points of light, immediately followed by a report of eight connected lights, with a separate ninth, which moved in unison with the eight.
The formation was seen again over the Gila River just before 10:00 p.m. In a matter of minutes the enormous lighted structure had made its way over the southern part of the city of Phoenix. At this time literally thousands of people witnessed the object or objects. It was at this time that the first photographs and videos were taken.
The final sightings of the night were in Rainbow Valley. Witnesses there reported a very distinct V formation. This sighting occurred at about 2:00 a.m. on March 14. UFO Casebook online
On the 13th of March 1997 in Phoenix, Arizona, eye-witnesses reported strange sightings starting at around 7 p.m. Residents claim to have seen fantastic space-craft and incredible light shows in the night sky. What were they? And why were they here? Mystery 360: UFO Invasion, National Geographic 2011
That night the reports just kept coming describing craft and lights. All eerily similar. According to the US National UFO Reporting Centre hundreds of eye-witnesses reported lights and unidentified craft moving south along a 480-kilometer corridor from Nevada to Tucson. ibid.
The most famous case of collective sighting was certainly the Phoenix lights which took place in 1997 in Phoenix Arizona. Over ten thousand people saw a formation of powerful lights float silently over the skies before disappearing into the night. PSTV.tv – UFOs & The Military Elite
It may be the largest mass UFO sighting ever seen over America. March 13th 1997: The skies above Arizona lit up. Fiery globes watched by thousands. Reports of a silent aircraft apparently as large as a battleship. UFO Hunters s2e6: Arizona Lights, History 2009
But the ten o’clock lights were only part of a complex story: earlier that evening reports of more sightings flooded in from across Arizona. ibid.
The boomerang-shaped craft was allegedly spotted as early as 7.55 p.m. in Henderson, Nevada. ibid.
Lights in the sky over Phoenix are not new. Carved into these mountain rocks are enigmatic symbols. ibid.
The March 13th sightings in Arizona are complicated: they consist of several different events across the state. They include an immense boomerang-shaped aircraft and ... a series of red or orange orbs above the city of Phoenix. ibid.
We observed five to six very bright amber-colored equally spaced-apart lights ... The controller responded, ‘I don’t have anything on radar’ ... It was a total translucent effect. Bill Graver, Air Traffic Controller
Phoenix, Arizona, March 13th 1997 10.00 p.m. A man named Michael Krzyston shot this video tape. Michael Krzyston wasn’t alone. This video tape was shot around the same time fifteen miles away. In fact the bizarre lights were seen by thousands of Arizona residents that night ... For hundreds of eye-witnesses the question remains: if they are not flairs, what are they? Unsolved Mysteries
It was very clear in my mind that it was one solid craft. Ozma Linderman, interview Unsolved Mysteries
It looks like a big white V and it’s going behind this house. Tim Ley, witness
It all started when I closed the bedroom window ... Three white bright lights ... This plane was coming down and I immediately thought I was going to see a plane crash ... It was massive and it was heading right past us ... Mike Fortson
The Phoenix Lights UFO incident is a complex series of events that took place on March 13, 1997 over the states of Nevada, Arizona, and possibly New Mexico, and which would quickly become known as the ‘Phoenix Light’ sightings. It involved sightings by tens, or perhaps even hundreds, of thousands of witnesses on the ground, and it gave rise to a storm of controversy over what had caused the event. Most of the controversy that arose from the incident centers around a cluster of lights that was seen, and videotaped, to the south of Phoenix at between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m. on the same night as the sightings. UFO Evidence online
Phoenix, Arizona, March 13 1997: ‘This thing came right across north to south’ … ‘a kind of a boomerang shape’ … ‘My God, that’s a wingspan, I’ve never seen anything like that’ … ‘We could land all 40 of our B2 bombers on the wing of that craft’ … ‘One of the biggest things I’ve ever seen’ … ‘I know what I saw’. I Know What I Saw, witnesses, 2009
25 years ago in the night skies of Phoenix, Arizona, the most spectacular mass-UFO sighting ever recorded took place. 13th March 1977:Aa series of spectacular light formations silently crossed over densely populated cities. This remarkable event was witnessed by thousands of people making this mass UFO sighting one of the biggest unsolved mysteries of the modern age. Craig Charles: UFO Conspiracies s1e6: Phoenix Lights, History 2022
Issues like this go up the chain of command all the way to the Pentagon. ibid. Governor
And in a heartbeat thousands of witnesses were ridiculed and discredited. ibid.
A shocking event sends the city of Phoenix into a panic. Some believe it’s one of the largest-scale UFO sightings in history … What could possibly account for the mysterious Phoenix Lights? History’s Greatest Mysteries s4e5: The Phoenix Lights Mystery, History 2023
‘Massive craft right over people’s heads. It was silent.’ ibid. woman
‘The video shows those lights in a stationary position for about thirty minutes.’ ibid. man