STEPHENVILLE, Texas - A decade ago, amid the popularity of the X Files television show on Sunday night on FOX 4, Richard Ray ran a periodic series of reports called the Tex Files which focused on legitimate Texas mysteries worthy of X Files' plots. This week Richard brings us a new case that's widely known as the Stephenville UFOs.
It was a story that attracted international attention. Dozens of credible people reported seeing unidentified flying objects over Stephenville, Texas. Erath County Constable Lee Roy Gaitain risked ridicule and abuse to publicly describe remarkable things they'd seen in the skies over Stephenville on January 8th, 2008.
The initial reports sparked a media frenzy and attracted the attention of the Mutual UFO Network, or MUFON, a group of UFO enthusiasts. The group organized an event for witnesses to come forward and tell their stories. Despite the circus-like atmosphere, more credible witnesses came forward including three police officers who wish to remain anonymous.
More than three years later MUFON's Steve Hudgeons says the reports keep coming in. The sightings are consistently west of Dublin, very near the Brownwood Military Operating Area, a place where aircraft from bases all over the southwest United States routinely conduct tests.
I now have a copy of the program that generated the animation. However, I am experiencing difficulty correlating the purported anomaly track with eye-witness time-stamps of the event. Either there is something wrong with the time-lne or the object was below the height mask. My interest in this matter is the verification of the RADAR track thought to be the triangle so that I can determine where the object transited after being observed in Stephenville and the surrounding areas with relation to the Microwave Towers anomaly event area, and where there were no eyewitnesses. That would be very useful information in my study of that aspect of the event.
As I more-or-less stated elsewhere, recently, RADAR is proving to be quite difficult. There are many reasons for this too, for one, 1) altitude, the triangle while it was operating around Stephenville was probably too low to be within the RADAR field of view, 2) speed, the triangle was 'clocked' by a policeman's Doppler RADAR gun as moving (at least near the Erath Courthouse) at 27 mph, which is way below aircraft stall speed, which means that the traffic RADAR probably (von Ludwiger's data) filtered any tracks below the stall speed of known ACFT, 3) clutter, there are so many tracks on the screen, I can't determine which is which? 4) reference, the RADAR is mapped (displayed) by azimuth and range, but not Geodetically, 5) location, the triangle sighting locations are actually not known, unless the ET object passed directly overhead, all of the eyewitnesses, observed the triangle at a slant, few knew the actual azimuth of the object.
And two, I am beginning to speculate, that the RADAR track data that was acquired is simply from the wrong RADAR type. But its the only RADAR data that was available. It seems that civilian traffic RADARs are not well configured for the type of tracking that was needed for the Stephenville event. Military RADAR is the closer to the proper configuration, but even then, its unclear if that type RADAR configuration would have worked well either?
I need a program to process the RADAR data (which was supplied with the RADARplot program) to pull out the geodetic information so that I can re-reference the RADAR tracks into a form useful for my Microwave-Tower Study that I've been working these past four years. So, (I'm working another study right now involving the 'Flying Abductee case' & using my recent EG&G GPS work), so, I'm a bit busy, but it looks like I'm going to have to write a program too.
I don't want to re-invent anything and I do not intend to put much time into the RADAR data matter either, I just want to know where the triangle vectored, the RADAR data is just a tool. If I can place the triangle anywhere within 300 meters it would be good. But..I think it will prove to be below the RADAR height mask. :0
Last Edit: Apr 21, 2012 2:01:50 GMT -6 by plutronus
The enormity and importance of the Texas UFO sightings of late 2007, and early 2008, cannot be over emphasized. Along with the recent Phoenix lights video, and the still unknown status of the O'Hare Airport sighting of 2007, the Texas event is one of the most intriguing, yet mystifying cases in the last 10 years.
When it became apparent that a major event was unfolding in and around Earth county, Texas, the Texas MUFON group put their investigative process into motion, under the direction of State Director Ken Cherry. The chief investigator was Steve Hudgeons. Eight certified field investigators were sent to the area, to interview witnesses, and to study photographic and video evidence. This would be the largest "mass sightings" investigation in MUFON's history.
Investigative reporter Angelia Joiner, who at that time was working for the Stephenville Tribune, was the first journalist to go public with reports from the Stephenville/Dublin area. She would also arrange a meeting place for the MUFON team. Donating space were the Dublin Dr. Pepper Company, and the Dublin Rotary Club. The first meeting of researchers and witnesses was held on January 19, with a follow-up meeting on February 23.
The meetings could only be described as being held in a "carnival atmosphere." The press was heavily represented, including many independent UFO investigators, which at that time only clogged the machine, with various reports and photographic evidence being begged, borrowed, and even purchased from different witnesses. It is not known how many of these were legitimate, and how many were hoaxed, or from unreliable witnesses.
MUFON's criteria for taking reports involves verifying the identity of the witness, even though this personal information is not released to the public. This is not the case with some UFO investigators. The witness list was extensive, with those submitting reports being of various occupational, and social status. The reports themselves were just as varied.
One witness who gained national publicity was Steve Allen. A businessman and a pilot, Allen would make one of the most sensational reports of all. I had an opportunity to interview Mr. Allen on a radio show, and he was very cordial, and forthcoming, with his attention to detail refreshing. Allen claimed that he, along with three other witnesses, saw an unknown craft a mile long, and 1/2 mile wide. The UFO moved at great speeds, made no sound, and was being chased by jet planes.
A military spokesman first denied reports of planes in the area, but later corrected this statement. The MUFON team, in addition to taking many eyewitness reports, also studied photographic and video evidence. A number of the movies and photographs were easily dismissed as known objects, or camera lens flares. A well publicized photograph taken by Kentucky truck driver Sean Kiel was dismissed as a "sun dog." This anomaly occurs when the sun glows through holes in the clouds.
One very interesting aspect of the case is still unresolved. Videos of "unknown" objects taken from police vehicles were not viewed by MUFON personnel because of legal issues. Almost all of the photographic and video evidence looked at could be explained by conventional objects or photographic anomalies.
Another point of interest was a Doppler radar image which showed a radar hit of an unknown object on January 8. This information was gained via a Freedom of Information request by retired meteorologist, William Pucket.
Pucket stated that: "At 6:34 CST, Doppler radar showed one return about 10 miles to the northeast of Stephenville. However, the return does not indicate a "radar hit."
Radar maps taken 10 minutes before and after this time, do not show the return.
Pucket added, "I found one fast-moving target moving on an eastward vector of about 700 MPH. This was clearly not a passenger jet. It could have been a military jet or an unknown object. The object was not transponding."
Some statistics of the MUFON investigation include the following: Of the 19 reports in Stephenville, 4 are (IFOs), Identified Flying Objects, 1 was a hoax, 11 were undetermined, and 3 are still being investigated.
The Dublin investigation yielded the following results: Of the 10 reports, 1 was an IFO, 1 was a hoax, 6 were unknown objects, and 2 are still under investigation.
The Texas sightings rank high, mainly because of the character and credibility of its reporters, like policemen. Three police constables witnessed the large unknown object over Stephenville. Each of them was at a separate location at the time of their sighting. However, none of the three would file officially, or allow their identity to be made public. They did make oral reports and illustrations of their sightings, but fear of public ridicule, and possible job-related problems kept them from going public.
The three officers reported a large, gray craft, with red strobe lights on the top. Two of the officers stated that the large UFO was silent, but the third was in a vehicle with the windows rolled up, and could not be sure whether or not the object made a sound as it flew over.
An intriguing 15 minute video taken by David Caron with his JVC camcorder was another point of interest. The film was taken on January 19, 2008. This video was shown on on the April 19, 2008, episode of the "UFO Hunters." After some analysis, and experimentation, photographic expert Bruce Maccabee, Ph.D., concluded that the object in Caron's film was produced by "atmospheric conditions... while fixed on an out-of-focus star."
It is very important to note that the MUFON report is not complete. Chief investigator Steve Hudgeons stated that the Texas team is still actively investigating a whopping 100 reports from Erath County. Possibly more information will be released that will effect the ultimate outcome of this case. There are also a number of photographs and videos in the hands of independent researchers that may eventually prove of importance, if certain copyright problems can be worked out.
State Director Cherry has stated that these first reports will not satisfy those looking for definitive proof of UFOs. However, the spectacular reports of a large UFO flying over Erath County in January, 2008, have not been explained by any "conventional" means.
It's interesting how much has changed for the people involved with this story over the past several years. Ken Cherry is no longer with MUFON largely because of the Stephenville incident. Angelia Joyner is no longer a reporter also largely because of what happened in Stephenville. And Steve Hudgeons is now the Texas State Director...also possibly because of Stephenville. And after all this time we still don't know what really happened.
There are times when there simply is no inspiration for writing this blog and other times when inspiration fills the air. I’ve been in something of a drought lately, but as I was looking at some of the information I had gathered on the Stephenville, Texas sightings of 2008, I found something interesting. Ricky Sorrells, who told the media including the Associated Press and CNN that he’d seen a huge, solid object during one of those sightings, also said that he had been intimidated by the military.
According to newspaper reports, including one of those filed by Angelia Joiner that was published in the Stephenville Empire-Tribune, Sorrells said that a man identifying himself as an Air Force lieutenant colonel had called and practically demanded that Sorrells allow him to come out to interview him (Sorrells, in case the various pronouns have become confusing).
Sorrells, according to what he told Joiner, was less than enthusiastic about that and that’s when the discussion became heated. The caller, whoever he was, said, “Son, we have the same caliber weapons as you do but a lot more of them.”
Then, according to the newspaper and Joiner, Sorrells said, “So, I said if he was who he said he was, why didn’t he stop flying over my air space with all those helicopters. And he informed me that it was not my airspace – it was his. He told me if I’d quit talking about what I saw he would stop the helicopters.”
While I’m skeptical that the man who called was, in fact, an Air Force officer, and I found his overblown rhetoric somewhat offensive, I don’t know what to make of the next incident. Sorrells said that he had been in bed, asleep, when his dogs began to bark, which they didn’t do unless someone entered Sorrells’ property. Looking out his bedroom window, he saw a man standing at the top of his driveway.
Sorrells told the newspaper (meaning, I will assume here, Joiner) that he could see the man clearly, that he was in his late twenties or early thirties and he was wearing a heavy, “parka-like coat.”
By Billy Cox, Herald-Tribune / Friday, August 14, 2015
Late last year, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, through its in-house Spectra magazine, revealed a drone program designed to convert a flying machine into a submersible platform, along with a look at the beta version of a real-life comic book fantasy. This unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) is called the Flimmer, and the Flimmer was the last best hope an independent six-man research team considered as an explanation for what happened two years ago over Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. But under withering scrutiny, it doesn't look like the Flimmer has the chops to qualify.
So this leaves us with an extraordinary mystery at the heart of one of the most rigorous scientific inquiries into a single UFO event since the Stephenville case in 2008. And not coincidentally, one of the co-authors of the new report is former semiconductor engineer and Mutual UFO Network Research Director Robert Powell. Powell’s FOIA work with Glenn Schultze on the Stephenville radar records forced the U.S. Air Force to reverse itself back in ’08 and admit that it did, indeed, have jet fighters in the Texas skies at the same time and general location of the UFO, just as eyewitnesses on the ground had insisted.
Assembled by an ad hoc multidisciplinary panel calling itself the Scientific Coalition for Ufology, its focus is a 3-minute 54-second long video clip, and the analysis – which runs 162 pages – is called “2013 Aguadilla Puerto Rico UAP.”A number of things jump out immediately, chief of which is the provenance of the footage. With the assistance of a whistleblower whose name remains confidential, investigators have confirmed the sequence was recorded by a DHC-8 Turboprop under the Command of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. CBP is a branch of the Department of Homeland Security.
In a nutshell: On April 25, 2013, beginning around 9:20 p.m., the Dash-8 crew informed the air traffic control tower at Rafael Hernandez Airport it had spotted a pinkish-red light coming in off the ocean. ATC saw the bogey as well, but couldn’t get an ID because the sucker lacked a transponder. Things got more suspicious when the bogey evidently killed its lights, and that’s when the Dash-8 went into surveillance mode. It switched on a thermal camera with the sort of HD technology that easily paints airborne dope smugglers at night. And then it got weird. Some two minutes into the video, after cruising at treetop level, above oblivious highway traffic, this rascal hit the ocean and continued to surge forward without slowing down, averaging more than 80 mph. The Dash-8 kept tracking the object, its heat signature still visible beneath the water. And that’s when it got really weird.
The thing broke the surface and skimmed it several times, and there’s a flash as the camera operator adjusted the magnification. About 30 seconds into the water sequence, after yet another flashing squint of the optics, the object zipped out of the ocean again. Only, this time it had a twin, tooling along at the same speed. De Void screeched to a halt at this passage:
“A careful frame by frame analysis indicates that the object split in half. In less than one second, the object’s thermal image doubled in size; its center of heat then became bimodal; the object then split into two halves. The process appeared similar to mitosis observed during cell division with the splitting of the nucleus, the expansion of the cell, and the final separation into two cells.”
“Cell division – that was my gut feeling,” says Powell. “As I was color-coding the (pixel intensity) numbers, this heat zone separated, just like what we see in cell division. Then two separate objects came out of the water.” There’s possibly even more info one might wring from the images, which the Dash-8 acquired via its Wescam MX-15D camera. “But,” Powell adds, “we could not get them to give us any operational documents on their system.”
Even so, the framing in the camera’s video output provided a data bonanza, including latitude and longitude, altitude, distance, and azimuth heading. The investigative team, which included researchers with degrees in physics and statistics, concluded the somewhat shapeshifting UFO was anywhere from 3 to 5 feet long. Though the mystery traveled at varying speeds, between 40 and 120 mph, and changed directions multiple times – virtually eliminating birds and balloons as candidates – the team could detect no source of propulsion.
The whistleblower also provided enough info to independently verify the plane’s location on said date through FOIA documentation. And here’s what’s interesting about that: Powell says the Aguadilla records were the last ones released through the 84th Radar Evaluation Squadron before the transparency window slammed shut. Located at Hill AFB in Utah, 84 RADES had long been an invaluable resource for UFO researchers requesting raw unsanitized radar data in order to study new cases. But in 2014, the Pentagon came up with a new censorship policy to drive yet another nail into the coffin of President Obama’s executive orders for more government accountability. But that’s another issue altogether. De Void has sent a link and a query to the Naval Research Lab about a possible UUV connection to Aguadilla, but I’ll stroke out and eat my shoes if they reply.
Anyhow, the takeaway is a richly detailed detective story, of which De Void has barely scratched the surface here. Alejandro Rojas provides a more complete summary at Open Minds, but you really need to read the original report, which is criss-crossed with the sort of trigonometry, graph charts and 3-D modeling that De Void is unqualified to evaluate. In fact, the target audience isn’t armchair quarterbacks like De Void.
“We want to open the door for continued analysis,” says Morgan Beall, the Florida MUFON State Director and environmental consultant who worked with the federal whistleblower and recruited the research team. “We’re inviting people to review our work and repeat what we’ve done. Or maybe find the flaws in it and show us where we’re wrong. That’s how science is supposed to operate.”
Somewhere else, maybe. In America, institutional science doesn't have the stomach for honest inquiry into The Great Taboo.
Just a few days from now we will be marking the 10th anniversary of the Stephenville, Texas wave of UFO activity and encounters. It was a wave which caught the attention of not just UFO researchers, but also much of the world’s media – and the U.S. military, too. There is no doubt that the case was – and still is – steeped in intrigue and mystery. And, as the tenth anniversary looms large on the horizon, there’s also no doubt that there are still enough weird leads and strange aspects to the story to allow for a new investigation of the case. Let’s take a look at the timeline and how things went down.
It was on January 7 that matters really kicked off in Stephenville – and in big-time fashion, too. Consider the following, from Associated Press, on January 14: www.ufosightingsdaily.com/p/police-sightings.html “…In this farming community where nightfall usually brings clear, starry skies, residents are abuzz over reported sightings of what many believe is a UFO. Several dozen people – including a pilot, county constable and business owners – insist they have seen a large silent object with bright lights flying low and fast. Some reported seeing fighter jets chasing it.”
Steve Allen, the owner of a freight company was quoted as saying: “People wonder what in the world it is because this is the Bible Belt, and everyone is afraid it’s the end of times.” No wonder Allen was so vocal: he said he saw a massive craft in the skies above, somewhere in the region of one-mile in length and half-a-mile in width. He said that the object was “positively, absolutely nothing from these parts.”
Intriguingly, witnesses claimed to have seen military F-16 aircraft pursuing the gigantic aerial vehicle. This, however, was denied by staff at the 301st Fighter Wing at the Joint Reserve Base Naval Air Station in Fort Worth, Texas. Major Karl Lewis stated with respect to this issue, on January 15, that no F-16 aircraft were in the skies of Stephenville on the night of the 7th. The military suggested that they were “90 percent sure this was an airliner. With the sun’s angle, it can play tricks on you.”
Needless to say, the local media were quick to report on the matter. The Fort Worth-based Star Telegram newspaper told its readers the following, also on January 15: “Stephenville’s latest close encounter is weirder than any light in the sky. Stephenville is under assault – not by Martians, but by people hunting them. The phones haven’t stopped ringing at Steve Allen’s trucking company in nearby Glen Rose. He’s the guy who was out Jan. 7 watching the sunset at a friend’s house near Selden when they all saw some weird flashing lights. Now he can’t work for all the calls from London and around the world. Some of the callers are scarier than space aliens.’I’ll be OK,’ he joked Tuesday, ‘as long as I don’t get abducted.'”
Also on the 15th, The Raw Story had its say on the mysterious matter: “Dozens of eyewitnesses have reported seeing a mile-long UFO being pursued by fighter jets last week in the small town of Stephenville, Texas. ‘It was very intense bright lights…and they spanned a wide area,’ said one woman. NBC News spoke with County Constable Lee Roy Gaitan, who offered a somewhat different description. ‘I saw two red glows,’ he said. ‘I never seen anything like that, never.'”
Just over a week later, specifically on January 24, things turned both intriguing and strange. Staff at the Dallas Morning News explained exactly why: “The U.S. military has owned up to having F-16 fighters in the air near Stephenville on the night that several residents reported unusual lights in the sky. But the correction issued Wednesday doesn’t exactly turn UFOs into Identified Flying Objects. Several dozen witnesses reported that they had seen unusual lights in the sky near Stephenville shortly after dusk Jan. 8. One sighting included a report that the lights were pursued by military jets. Military officials had repeatedly denied that they had any flights in the area that night.”
The Air Force stated of this new and eye-opening development: “In the interest of public awareness, Air Force Reserve Command Public Affair realized an error was made regarding the reported training activity of military aircraft. Ten F-16s from the 457th Fighter Squadron were performing training operations from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday January 8, 2008, in the Brownwood Military Operating Area (MOA), which includes the airspace above Erath County.” It had all been down to an “internal communications error.”
Even more controversial were the claims that (a) the United Nations had gotten involved in the investigation and (b) the Stephenville affair was secretly orchestrated by New World Order-types to give the impression of an alien invasion – and for those behind the ruse to then sit back and watch the reaction. In other words, the people of Earth were being deceived into thinking that we were being invaded, when, in reality, it was a sinister program designed to allow for a further erosion of our rights and freedoms – and to achieve this by claiming that an alien attack was imminent. Of course, no-one should be surprised to learn that these two issues were never proved to be true.
As all of the above shows, there is enough data – including conflicting data and controversial claims – to warrant a new investigation, now that the 10th anniversary is upon us.
skywalker: Very funny, ghost boy
Jun 3, 2018 14:58:58 GMT -6
lois: Casper he should come fix mine. Mine is doomed
Jun 26, 2018 21:54:27 GMT -6
spotless38: Iam back after a long break . What a couple of years I had . After what had happened I lost my brother and had to bury him and then I had caught that type A flue and I was a very sick puppy I also needed blood for the loss of it .
Jul 7, 2018 13:30:41 GMT -6
lois: Very Happy to see you Ron. Missed you. Glad you are doing better now. Sorry for your lost. I did not know your brother had passed. hugs lois
Jul 10, 2018 0:52:45 GMT -6
paulette: Ron - hope you've hit a quiet spot. Sorry for your loss.
Aug 3, 2018 10:49:30 GMT -6
lois: I picked up my phone a few days ago and I looked at the name of the caller. Boy was I surprise. It has been a couple of years. So good to hear your voice Ron. Hope you make it a habit again. love and hugs .
Aug 15, 2018 23:21:38 GMT -6
leia77: Spotless, I am glad that you are feeling better and welcome back! I too am back from a long time away...
Aug 31, 2018 2:08:32 GMT -6
jcurio: I am much relieved to see that you have been on here, Spotless! I hope that things are going much better for you now
Sept 19, 2018 16:46:42 GMT -6
jcurio: And Lois, And Lorelei!
Sept 19, 2018 16:47:07 GMT -6
casper: And Meeeeeee!!
Oct 16, 2018 18:41:31 GMT -6
lois: Sorry guys I cannot see the print. On is tiny hand computer
Oct 21, 2018 20:42:09 GMT -6
lois: Casper your page stops at page five in 2016
Nov 15, 2018 23:54:01 GMT -6
lois: How did your Halloween night go this year?
Nov 15, 2018 23:54:58 GMT -6
skywalker: He posted on the Halloween thread this year.
Nov 25, 2018 18:33:36 GMT -6
lois: Oh ok Sky I will check it out. Thanks.
Dec 21, 2018 21:45:31 GMT -6
lois: What topic was it under.
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