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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
“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
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 area.
“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 in
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 different angle.”
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
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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