Pilots dispute military statement.
Steve Allen, a freight company owner and pilot in Stephenville has found himself thrust into the public eye and since the Stephenville UFO sightings which occurred on the 8 th January (2008). As well as being interviewed extensively by world media he has also become something of a middle man between the Stephenville community and the media. Several witnesses have exclusively contacted him, some of whom have evidence in the form of video or photographs.
Below you can see a recent CBS report which shows some of this evidence.
Yet again the US military are being reduced to little more than a joke with their inconsistent and contradictory statements. Initially Maj. Karl Lewis, a spokesman for the 301st Fighter Wing at the Joint Reserve Base Naval Air Station in Fort Worth , said no F-16s or other aircraft from his base were in the area the night of Jan. 8, when most people reported the sighting.
Lewis said the object may have been an illusion caused by two commercial airplanes. Lights from the aircraft would seem unusually bright and may appear orange from the setting sun.
"I'm 90 percent sure this was an airliner…..With the sun's angle, it can play tricks on you ."
Officials at the region's two Air Force bases — Dyess in Abilene and Sheppard in Wichita Falls — also said none of their aircraft were in the area last week. The Air Force no longer investigates UFOs.
These statements were first published on the 14 th January by the Associated Press who broke the story in the world media, all of the statements leave no room for ambiguity or misinterpretation and are stated as fact by the Air Force representatives.
However, after having a couple of weeks to think about it and as the story quickly propagated through the internet they witnessed a snowball effect, the longer the story went unchecked the more momentum it gathered.
On January 27 th the same Major Karl Lewis (of the 301st Fighter Wing Public Affairs at the NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base) stated that, “Ten F-16s from the 457th Fighter Squadron were performing training operations from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday January 8, 2008 in the Brownwood Military Operating Area (MOA), which includes the air space above Erath County ."
All three pilots say that space does not include all of Erath County , but only a small portion of Dublin and does not include Stephenville or the Selden area at all.
“Stephenville is 11 miles from the MOA,” Stewart said, as he pointed out the area on an aeronautical sectional map.
Downs , who is an employee at Clark Field in Stephenville, said:
“I don't understand why they would do that at all…..They're not hard to know that they are there. It doesn't make sense. I've seen them come by me before. They are real loud and it's not hard to know that they are there.”
Ken Cherry, state director of Mutual UFO Network, said he thinks the military have admitted their involvement purely due to Freedom Of Information requests that have since been filed. Cherry took more than 50 reports from folks in Stephenville. He said the Air Force Reserve's latest statement supports the theory that there was indeed some strange activity in that area.
Maj. Karl Lewis, a spokesman for the 301st Fighter Wing, declined to comment further on the sightings, but to be fair he's probably done enough already…..
Don Ledger also wrote about the proximity of the UFO sighting to the Bush ranch:
“The edge of the restricted zone designated as Class D airspace is only about 16 miles southeast of the center of Stephenville. Pilot Davis 's sighting was about halfway between Stephenville and the northwestern arc of the Class D airspace in Selden . In the center of that circular airspace is a 4-5 nautical mile circle designated prohibited airspace. The outer circle is 60 nautical miles [69 statute miles] in diameter centered on the ranch.
In effect this prohibited area is scant minutes away from the sightings areas.
The launching of F-16s into the areas outside the MOA Military Operational Area] southwest of Stephenville now makes sense as do the hamfisted attempts to cover up the presence of F-16s in the area. I would be surprised if military assets were not tasked to that area if they suddenly had unknowns showing up on their radar and near such a sensitive area. This need not be because of a UFO event but some unknown "aircraft" suspected of - and being treated as - terrorist in nature.
What puzzles me is this. It is no secret that the Bush ranch is close-by, how come the press never picked up on this? I had no idea that this was the case until I saw it on Joel's scan of the air chart. I can be excused living 4,000 miles away in Nova Scotia but where are the local newspapers in this from Dallas for example.
Dallas-Fort Worth Air Traffic Control (Dallas TRACON) would have been well aware of the F-16s since they came from that field and which should have been squawking military Transponder Codes southwest of their field for safety's sake.
Anyway It has me wondering if the reason for the fibbing about the F-16 presence wasn't more to do about concerns about the anomalies violating the airspaces I mentioned above.”
Source: Frank Warren Blogspot