Saturday, October 27, 2007

DoD Air Force Veteran Chimes in on Phoenix 'Lights'

Flares Dropped
Reader Submitted Report

Editor's Note: The following missive was sent directly to friend and colleague (as well as one of our writer/investigator's), "Mike Fortson." Mike is a "direct" eyewitness to the enormous craft that made it's presence known in the skies of the southwestern United States in March of '97; the event has erroneously become known as the "Phoenix Lights."

Shortly after this huge craft "maneuvered" it's way over "central Arizona" the military did a high altitude "flare drop" near Phoenix at approximately 10:00 pm; the ensuing submission addresses "flares" in particular, and is from one most knowledgeable about these maneuvers--FW

     Hello Mike,

I just read your series of articles at Frank Warren's blogspot. I am a retired astro/aero/electronic engineer with 10 years active duty USAF and about 18 years with DoD (USAF, Army, Navy). I have experienced several unnatural aerial events starting when I was about 10 with the last one when I was about 60. When I was a USAF weapons mechanic early in my career we trained with illumination flares in preparation for deployment to Viet Nam. These flares were a magnesium compound which burned with a brilliant white light of several million candle power utilizing a parachute which obviously slowed their descent but also reflected more of the light Earthward.

With the US military's increased utilization of night vision equipment from the 1980s on I find it less than believable that the use of illumination flares is common within the US military. Use of big bright illumination flares would aid the enemy as much as it would our military plus it would raise hell with the night vision use.

A type of flare which is commonly still in use is illustrated in the photo of the F-16 deploying flares in one of your articles. These flares are small free falling deployed in multiples ignited very close to the aircraft. They are designed to provide protection to the aircraft from heat seeking guided missiles by providing a hot target for the guidance system to track away from the aircraft. If the USAF was dropping flares in 1997 they were certainly doing it to confound and confuse observers and provide a bogus explanation of what folks like you and your wife saw.



  1. Good comments from an experienced, serious vet, which helps put the two events on that night in Artizona in proper perspective.

    It should also be mentioned that the flares he discusses coming from jets like the F-16, can also be launched from other aircraft, such as helicopters.

    The difference with the Phoenix lights flare, however, is that they are ejected in bursts (as the vet mentioned). Also, the anti-missile flares don't use parachutes to slow their descent, and thus drop quite rapidly, and also burn out quite rapidly, in less than twenty seconds, sometimes as quickly as five seconds (depending on the type).

    In contrast, those in Arizona that night lasted for more than a minute, drifting very slowly down behind the mountains west of Phoenix. And since these were ground-illumination flares, they coudln't have been launched from jets, but most likely came from helos.

    The past Republican governor has already come forward and admitted he saw the giant triangle earlier that night. I firmly believe it's only a matter of time before personnel from the later flare event stand up and admit what their mission was that night.

    -- TemplarScribe

  2. I am a recent veteran, and I also live near a military base. I can tell you that the military does still use illumination flares with parachutes, I see them all the time. I have seen them dropped by jets and helos. Whether the Phoenix lights were illumination flares or not I don't know, but I have seen the flares 'fly' in 'formation'.

  3. Good report from the Vet of DoD and followups by the two other posters. What bothers me, and most likely others, is they never post their real names. We all know as well, the reason why they never post their real names: FEAR. Thanks to our USA government, we are a nation of fearful people who live in the shadow of what we want to believe as being 'liberty,' which in the 20th and 21st centuries, has become our desire; not our reality. We are too weak in numbers to stand tall against such a powerful tyranny that has body armour and such massive weapons, both known and unknown to us, that we trimble at the thought of fighting against it ourselves in even peaceful protesting, although our Declaration of Independence provides that if our government becomes corrupted, we are granted the now 'alleged' power to over-through it: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to 'alter or to abolish it,' and to institute new Government . . .' July 4th, 1776. Thus, too many of us really live within the gaze of 'the pursuit of happiness' being overwhelmed with entertainment technology. This is how the masses are 'controlled' by our prevailing government: within that dark shadow of entertainment, which keeps them contented and unmindful of what they have lost: LIBERTY. This is why we will never be told the truths about ETs and aka UFOs, and this is thereby why the FED spins its control against such people who are brave enough to speak out about what they witnessed as 'other-worldly' and are made to appear foolish and tagged in that manner by their blinded technocrat cronies who have such rambling babble that the masses become confused purposely by the comfort of living within another shadow of denial that the FEDs call, 'self-indulgence.' I love what my country the USA, is supposed to be and or should become; not its prevailing reality . . .


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