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Occurred : 2/6/1997 16:45 (Entered as : 02/06/97 16:45)
Reported: 3/30/2008 8:10:10 AM 08:10
Posted: 3/31/2008
Location: Mesa, AZ
Shape: Triangle
Duration:3-4 seconds
In Mesa, AZ, I clearly saw a large triangular ship, flying slowly---it turned / flew away at terrific speed.

Below is my February 6, 1997 sighting detail, which I also reported to in November 2005.

Appearance / Description of Object(s): The craft was approximately 20 meters in lenth and 10 meters high. I believe it was triangular in shape, but I am not 100% sure. Because it was NOT dark yet, I could very clearly see that this was a flying vehicle, which accelerated at terrific speeds. It appeared lit as it moved south, after accelerating away from me.

Size of Object(s): Again, 20 meters long and 10 meters high. With my thumbs tucked behind, my other 8 fingers may have covered it had I held them up.

Distance to Object(s) & Altitude: Again, I believe the craft was about 60 meters away, and flying at an altitude of 100-130 meters.

Description of Area / Surroundings: Mesa is a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona. The complex I lived in lies near an open field, train track and silos (south), at the end of a road that leaves the main road through town.

Full Description & Details:

February 6, 1997 was my final day living in Mesa, Arizona. The next day I moved to San Francisco. Done packing late in the afternoon, I left my apartment and began walking east, on the southern edge of the southernmost parking lot in the complex. I was headed toward the mailboxes to retrieve my mail for the last time. To my right (south) was a concrete retaining wall that lines the complex. Behind me, to my right were the large silos, which sit next to the train tracks. There were no cars or trains passing by. Approximately 500 meters from the mailboxes, I began to hear a low humming noise behind me and to my right (south).

In my peripheral vision, I caught sight of a large triangular craft, the source of the low humming sound. The craft was flying very slowly, at an altitude of approximately 100-130 meters. It was flying over the train tracks, which lie about 60 meters from where I was walking. At the moment that I turned my head to the right and looked directly at the craft, it stopped, turned right and accelerated to a terrific speed and disappeared. The craft made NO noise above the low humming I initially heard. It emitted NO exhaust, fume, smell or fire. It was very much like watching a movie, in real life.

Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object? NO way. This was a craft that was being flown by somebody. ANYBODY who saw what I saw would instantly have known that. The only question I have is, who was flying or controlling the craft? Humans? Extra-terrestrials?

Witness Background: I'm a teacher in Brooklyn, New York having recently changed careers from advertising. I have a masters degree in education. My undergraduate studies focused on marketing and political science and Arizona State University (1990-94).

Views on UFOs, before and after sighting: BEFORE the sighting, I was very open to the possibility that some sightings could be attributed to military tests. However, I had seen some stories and movies that were compelling with respect to the notion that some UFO's could actually be extra-terrestrial. Beyond that, I paid no extraordinary attention to the question, mainly because I felt the odds of seeing something inexplicable were very, very low.

AFTER the sighting, I spent nearly a month in denial that it even happened. Then, on national news, I saw the "Phoenix Lights" sighting on mainstream national news. My first response was, "That's what I saw." Then, I was not in denial, but also did not speak much of what I saw except with very close friends.

Within the last year, my curiosity has risen again, though it is very frustrating to imagine that I may never know exactly what I saw. However, recently I have had very vivid dreams which strongly suggest that what I saw was extra-terrestrial in nature.