Location of Sighting: Alto, New Mexico
Date of Sighting: June 10, 2015
Time of Sighting: 11:40 PM MDT
Description: The witness called the morning after his sighting. He was outside and heard a loud sound. He saw jets coming from the west. The jets were pursuing erratic flying lights. More lights appeared and the witness estimated the number at 15 to 30. More jets joined the pursuit. The activity continued for 30 to 40 minutes. The activity was eventually lost in the Northeastern sky. The witness called 911, but was not given any information about his experience. The witness also added that he was in Roswell earlier in the day and skies were mostly cloudy. He saw what he thought were military helicopters moving in and out of clouds as if they were looking for something. The witness is a pastor for a local church and a Marine Corps veteran. He has lived in the area for about five years and has never seen anything like this.
Summary Report Sent by Witness: What I saw last night has convinced me beyond any doubt that we are not alone and have much reason to be concerned: June 10th 11:40 PM, Alto, NM Military Confronts Massive UFO Flap.
Note: A check of maps show that Alto is not in a military operations area. However, the White Sands Military Operations area is around 20 miles to the West. The closest Air Force Base is Holloman which is about 30 miles to the Southwest. It would seem unlikely that the military would conduct maneuvers late at night outside of a military operations area.
Update – July 26, 2015: The radar data received from the FAA have been found to have been “redacted” in the sighting area.
Update – August 27, 2015: Kudos for the FAA. I contacted the FAA and they provided the missing data that I had thought they redacted. The FAA is to commended for their prompt response. There are many military operation areas (MOA’s) in this area where classified military activities are conducted so I was somewhat surprised that I received the data.
Update – Oct 10, 2015: The radar report has been completed. Radar shows a concentrated area of returns to the Northeast of the witness location. This is where the witness said that the UFO activity “moved to.” The area also shows presence of several military aircraft that were later observed returning to Holloman AFB. Click here to read the radar report.
Update – Dec 5, 2015: We have received a response to our FOIA from Holloman AFB inquiring about aircraft that were in the air at the time of the above sighting. Click here to view the report documenting F16 activity in the UFO sighting area
Update – Dec 9, 2015: I had a second interview with the witness. The witness said that the jets returned the following night (June 11, 2015). The log obtained from Holloman AFB confirms that jets were in the skies about the same time and for the same length of time as on June 10. The witness stated that the jet and UFO activity continued nightly for two months and abruptly ended on August 10, 2015. This new information suggests that the Air Force may have been performing routine operations, but it is still mysterious on why they would do this outside of a MOA. A search of UFO databases for MUFON and the National UFO Reporting Center did not reveal any additional reports in the area. The witness stated in his second interview that other locals had seen UFO’s, but none have reported them.Note to Commenters: If you are reporting a sighting, be sure to include the location (city, state, country), date and time of your sighting. Be detailed in your description. You may also use our report form to report your sighting. Comments will be published if they are in "good taste" and not inflammatory.