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Sighting Report
Occurred : 10/19/1999 22:00 (Entered as : 10/19/99 22:00)
Reported: 2/22/2001 13:26
Posted: 2/24/2001
Location: Apache Junction (east of), AZ
Shape: Other
Duration:5-8 hours
A group of three encounter a formation of 10-12 ships that interacted with the group, and made close visual inspection possible.

We were east of Phoenix, AZ in a place near the Superstition Mountains called Canyon Lake. We arrived at an observation point that included a small parking lot and a roofed scenic looking area. It oversaw Canyon Lake and its surrounding mountains. We all proceeded to leave the vehicle and stepped out to the railing that protected one from a fall down the observation point's steep rocky terrain. It was a very clear night with no wind. It was warm enough where you would not need a jacket. We then began looking towards the horizon line above the mountains where we noticed a formation of lights that encircled the canyon area. Some of them were actually inside of the canyon. We didn't say much at first because they were about a 1/2 mile to a mile away and shape and dimension were lost especially at night time. We then pointed them out to each other speculating as to the nature of these lights. Helicopters? Airplanes? There is after all an airport due west in Phoenix about 30-50 miles away. We slowly began to realize that these UFOs were not moving in any conventional manner. we counted from between 10 to 12 of these objects. And they began moving in a westerly direction right towards us. The closer they got the more detail we could interpret. Some of the craft appeared to be "scanning" the ground below with a white light beam and thats when we realized exactly what we were looking at. There appeared to be about 10-11 "disc/saucer" type craft and one or two "flagship" type craft. One ship appeared to our right and we could make out its very large size and the fact that it did not make ANY noise whatsoever. This was one of the flagship type. It was large, football field size, octogonal with a series of lights (white, blue and red) that went at differing patterns on the bottom and sides of the ship. The craft underneath was whitish/tanish and the foreward area was very dark and shaped like a "boomerang". (My speculation is that it protects the ship through high radiation activities and is! dark be cause it is thick lead plating.) It had several compartments underneath and a "command" area of some sort. It had no markings of insignias. It moved 20-35 MPH and soon disappeared behind some mountains. We became shocked into a half fear half awe state. Another ship may have noticed this and came up from behind a "Prudential" looking mountain and emitted a blue light beam at us. It then generated a great wind or force of some sort that coupled with the blue light had a very calming effect on us. It seemed to energize us and we could feel our "chi-energy" accelerate. We began doing "tai-chi" type physical movements while they seemed to communicate with us telepathically. The images and messages to seemed to be sharing with us we later verified the same experiences. It then stopped after about perhaps 5-10 minutes. Then another ship that appeared to be "scanning" to the left of us stopped its strobing light beam, elevated and turned towards us very deliberately. It began moving at us and we proceeded to reenter our car. It slowly came right over our car. We rolled down our windows and studied it while it went past. This description matches the flagship from above. Definitely octogonal with a series of lights and ducts or compartment passageways evident underneath with a "command" center complete with "boomerang" shaped forward area. And again it made absolutely no sound. Somesort of anti-gravity drive to be sure. Our car was not on and we had no other electronical devices so performance interference was not monitored. It then went behind us and disappeared behind some mountains in the east. The other remaining craft all slowly disappeared before sunrise. We explored the areas that we could access and found no traces of their visit. Perhaps they were searching for a mineral or have a base nearby. Maybe they were sightseeing. We KNOW they were NOT any terrestrial technologies responsible for these ships. We returned every weekend after and experienced many more UFO encounters but have ! never th ought to bring a camera and two of us no longer live in the area.

((NUFORC Note: Report seems to be serious-minded. Witness identifies himself. PD))