From AP REPORTS
DUBLIN, Texas (AP) — Interviewers with the Mutual UFO Network met with about 200 people who said they saw something mysterious in the night skies over Stephenville in late December and early January.
“We believe there is some sort of phenomenon in action here,” said Kenneth Cherry, director of the network’s Texas chapter. “We see a pattern. But it will take months to investigate.”
The network is dedicated to “scientific study of UFOs for the benefit of humanity,” according to its Web site.
While members of the organization met Saturday with the witnesses, at least a couple hundred onlookers gathered as well, some wearing aluminum-foil hats.
Several dozen people — including a pilot, county constable and business owners — insist they have seen a large silent object with bright lights flying low and fast. Some reported seeing fighter jets chasing it.
Maj. Karl Lewis, a spokesman for the 301st Fighter Wing at the Joint Reserve Base Naval Air Station in Fort Worth, has said no F-16s or other aircraft from his base were in the area the night of Jan. 8, when many sightings were reported.
James Huse, a retired electronics technician, said what he saw on Jan. 8 was neither a helicopter nor a plane.
Steve Allen of Glen Rose, who said he was a pilot, said the lights he saw while sitting around a campfire were brighter than the glare from welding.
“The first time we saw it, the duration was three minutes; then it started slowing down and passed us, and the lights in the back re-formed into an arc shape, and they would flash on and off with no particular pattern,” he said. “Then those changed into two vertical lines. It was totally silent.”
Network investigators asked the witnesses to sketch what they saw and to answer questions about the direction, distance and flight of the object they saw.
Cherry said the organization will study the material and release its findings on whether what happened in Stephenville can be explained.
“We do not promote the existence of alien ships,” Cherry said. “All we are trying to do is figure out if we can explain it or not, and then we’ll let the chips fall where they may.”
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