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By Angelia Joiner Staff Writer
Mysterious lights in the sky and what some believe was an
increased military air traffic in the past week has prompted the
Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) to schedule a meeting for 1 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19, at Erath County Dairy Sales & Livestock
Commission located on U.S. Highway 377/67 South.
MUFON Texas Senior Field Investigator and Assistant State
Director Steve Hudgeons said field investigators from Waco, Fort
Worth, and Dallas will be on hand to interview witnesses and
complete sighting reports. He said MUFON is interested in Steve
Allen’s first hand account of intensely bright lights and
military jets over the Selden community last Tuesday night as
well as other accounts.
“I have read the papers and have been sent several e-mails from
people that have heard of this sighting and it looks as if there
are a good many people that have either seen this or have heard
about it,” Hudgeons said. “I will bring down a team of
investigators and we will do a mass interview and then do a
later follow-up with a selected group.”
Hudgeons said it is the unusually high number of people that
claim to have witnessed the event as well as the credibility of
those involved that has prompted his organization to become
Founded in 1969, the Mutual UFO Network, Inc., is a nonprofit
corporation dedicated, through its volunteers, to resolving the
scientific enigma known collectively as unidentified flying
objects (UFOs), according to its Web site, www.mufon.com.
The world wide organization headquartered in Denver, Colorado
has two publications; the monthly MUFON UFO Journal addresses
all aspects of the subject, and The International UFO Symposium
Proceedings offers a yearly in-depth analysis of the UFO subject
by world-renowned researchers, according to their Web site. Each
is available to MUFON members and the public.
Allen said he has received a barrage of phone calls from others
witnessing the Tuesday night event as well as reports of
military air traffic but also received calls from individuals
describing similar accounts. The accounts include a woman that
said she saw the same thing in 1967 and worked to solve the
mystery with former Sheriff David Hale. But, she said no
conclusions were ever drawn.
Allen said he has been speaking with a Hillsboro resident who
wishes to remain anonymous but is offering a substantial reward
for authentic local pictures or videos to assist with validation
of the claim. Allen is the owner of L & S Enterprises and Texas
Freight in Glen Rose and can be reached at 254-898-1117.
Hudgeons said he encourages anyone with photos or film footage
to wait until he can view the material at the meeting before
turning it over to anyone else.
“Even if someone says they are from MUFON, don’t turn it over,”
Hudgeons said. “I feel that someone from a government entity
will pose as MUFON and try to take them.”
Major Karl Lewis of Naval Air Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth
(Carswell Field) reported Friday that no military aircraft from
his establishment were in the area Tuesday night. When
questioned about military air traffic in the Stephenville area
he said there could be a number of reasons for that and most
likely it’s because of training missions related to the Brady
“There were no F16s from this unit operating and no other pilots
from our unit reported a UFO,” Lewis said.
He also said the jets could have been in the area but from a
different base or they could have been F18s, which are similar
Lewis said after reading newspaper accounts of what area
residents saw he has a plausible explanation — something that he
has witnessed himself in his 32 years as a pilot.
“I think it was a consortium of lights. It sounds like sun
reflection of an aircraft traveling at high altitude,” Lewis
said. “That can cause an intensely bright light like that.
Sometimes you can’t look at it because it is so bright. As the
angle of the sun changes, the color dulls because the sun is
setting on the horizon and it’s hitting the aircraft at a
Lewis said intense orange, red or white lights as well as other
colors may be seen when this occurs. He also said it could have
been natural light phenomenon or a visual illusion caused by
natural atmospheric conditions.
Hypothetically, Lewis said, an object of the reported size
traveling through the atmosphere would leave a catastrophic
“sound signature or footprint.”
“An aircraft traveling that fast and at that low altitude would
leave an approximate path of four miles wide of damage,” Lewis
said. “Low and fast like what was described, would leave a path
similar to that of a tornado - it’s a pressure differentiation.”
Another point, he said, was something that fast and low to the
ground would create thermal heat, which would create a vapor
trail and none was reported.
Lewis said he knows of a plane traveling at mach one speed at an
altitude of 5,000 feet, which caused a cinderblock house to
collapse, so he doesn’t believe what witnesses spotted was
actually a craft of any kind.
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