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Sighting Reports 2008

2 Witness Jet Fighters Chasing Large Lights in Night Sky

The Photo of Objects (Lights) Captured by Witness.
The Photo of Objects (Lights) Captured by Witness.

Map Showing Location of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Near Tuscon.
The Jet Fighters Were Seen Pursuing Lights Towards Phoenix.

Date of Sighting: May 12, 2008
Time of Sighting: Began at About 8:45 PM MST
Date Sighting Reported: May 12, 2008
Duration of Sighting: About 90 Minutes
Location of Sighting: South of Tucson Near Monthan Air Force Base (See Map)
Latitude: 32.13 Degrees North
Longitude: 110.98 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Two
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Skies Were Clear. Visibility Was 10 Miles. Winds Were From the West-Southwest at the Beginning of the Sighting and Shifted to Southerly After the First Hour. Speeds Were Less Than 10 MPH.

Description: Listen to Clip of Audio of Report (MP3)
The witness reported the sighting while still in progress. He stated that he first heard jet fighters at about 8:45 PM and then immediately saw large bright lights with jets in pursuit. The lights and jets were moving northward towards the Phoenix area. He thought that the jets were F18 fighters from nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. (See map above.) He said at one point that he saw jets make a "U-Turn" in pursuit of the lights. He added that the lights would streak away and disappear. He originally reported the sighting to the county sheriff. The sheriff department forwarded him to the "UFO Department." He said that the phone rang, but no one answered.

Report From Witness Regarding Above Photo: Here it is. This was taken directly forward, the main middle light split into three others before zooming off. The fourth light on the left split from the main group, split seconds before the shot was taken. I am not sure what the connecting line is. I could not see that visibly. My camera is ready tonight.

Comments: I have made an inquiry to the community relations officer at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to see what aircraft activities were occurring on May 12. I received the following response: Davis-Monthan AFB does not have any F18s at the current time. At this time the base has A10s, British Tyhoons, and British Tornados. F16s are flown out of Luke AFB and Tucson International Airport by the Air National Guard. In order to fully respond to what activities were occurring on the night of the sighting the community relations officer said that an address or cross street where the activity was observed is needed. The witness does not want to reveal his address. I wonder why the Air Force needs this information? Certainly they should be able to say if aircraft were flying in a given area without needing a specific address. Why this deception?

The witness was able to capture one photo of the lights despite having a low battery. He stated in his comments that at the time of the photo that he saw four lights. The photo shows a significant "mass of light" with time exposure. The witness used a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT camera (8.0 Megapixel resolution) to take the photo.

Any updates to this case will be posted. Anyone witnessing these lights along with military aircraft is urged to file a report.