October 20, 2011
An Arizona witness with a strong military background was unable to identify a "dark, boomerang object with about 15 to 20 white lights in front" and the "size of a standard size house" as it passed silently overhead under 1,500 feet at 8:37 p.m. on October 19, 2011, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The witness was outside on a back patio facing west.
"I am 46 years old and have served in the Navy back in the 80's ad 90's as an F-14 mechanic," the witness stated. "I have been exposed to just about every type of military aircraft and their general capabilities. I am also a Cessna private pilot. With that being said, what I observed tonight while sitting on my back patio went against every type of known aircraft I have been exposed to including any on TV."
The movement in the sky at first appeared to be a flock of birds "glowing pure white."
"I then realized what I was observing was some sort of aircraft that was in the shape of a boomerang that had on the front leading edges of the aircraft approximately 15-20 white lights from wing tip to wing tip including the center. At that time it was now directly in front of me traveling in a due south course following Highway 347 almost to the center of my town. I live in a small town. I estimate based on my military and private pilot experience it was traveling around 500 knots. It passed to my left and I was not able to observe any red or green anti-collision lights or the required white tail light."
The witness noticed that the object did not give off any emission.
"In my experience I knew a military type aircraft flying at this speed would have some telltale sign of emission from the tailpipes and none was observed. I was approximately 1/4 to no more then 1/2 mile from this object that appeared to be the size of a standard size house I estimate its altitude to have been around 1,000-1,500 feet. It made zero sound. When it was in my center field of vision, I could see clearly it was a boomerang-shaped aircraft that had a very dark skin color that caused it to contrast with the night sky and allow its shape to be easily seen as it flew by."
The object then made an abrupt course change.
"This aircraft traveled for another 4-5 seconds and then made a very abrupt course change to a westerly course from its southern course. This course change caused me at that time to lose any sight of the aircraft. It appeared to follow the Union Pacific Railroad line going west."
The witness called two area military bases and the local police department. Neither bases were flying in the area where the witness lives and the police had no other witness yet on record describing the same object.
"What I saw tonight was not anything I have ever seen before and the flight capabilities were not of anything I have seen in my F-14 experience or in other military jet aircraft I have been exposed to. Its ability to make such an abrupt course change defies Newton Law of an object in motion stays in motion. We currently don't have any known advance technology to affect that sort of abrupt course change. If this was in fact a secret military test aircraft, then I would say we have advanced significantly in our technology and have somehow been able to develop structural technology that is able to resist high G-force levels both positive and negative.
"What disproves this theory to me is it takes a lot of energy to make such a turn and it requires extremely strong flight controls to force such an abrupt course change and that would have caused the aircraft to emit some level of noise and this aircraft was extremely quite. It would have caused a significant amount of stress on the airframe and on the flight crew."
No town name was mentioned in the public portion of the MUFON report, which was filed on October 20, 2011. The events occurred on October 19, 2011. No images or videos were included with the report. The above quotes were edited for clarity.
Arizona is a current UFO ALERT 3 rating, with a high number of UFO sightings nationally. Arizona had 39 reports in September 2011 - the 4th highest reporting state - while California had 86 UFO reports - the highest reporting state in the nation.