Editor’s Note: With all the hubbub and erroneous reporting about John Greenewald’s new web-site (another) housing the Air Force’s Project Blue Files, it seems for the first time, the anniversary of what is now known as The Stephenville Lights has come and gone with nary a peep. In that vein we present some of the original reports that came out after the events of January 8, 2008 in and around the town of Stephenville, Texas–FW
By ANGELIA JOINER
Stephenville Empire Tribune
Steve Allen, Mike Odom and Lance Jones were out admiring a beautiful Texas sunset Tuesday evening when they saw something none of them can explain.
Allen called it an unidentified flying object. And, because he’s been a private pilot for more than 30 years, he has a little more experience judging air speeds and distances than most.
“We all flipped out,” Allen said. “I didn’t sleep a wink last night.”
Allen was at the home of Mike Odom in Selden about 6:15 p.m. when they suddenly noticed flashing lights about “3,500 feet above ground level,” he said.
“The ship wasn’t really visible and was totally silent, but the lights spanned about a mile long and a half mile wide,” Allen said. “The lights went from corner to corner. It was directly above Highway 67 traveling towards Stephenville at a high rate of speed – about 3,000 miles per hour is what I would estimate.”
Allen said the lights were not those of a normal aircraft. He said they were more like strobe lights, and while they were all watching, the lights reconfigured themselves from a single horizontal line into two sets of vertical lights.
“The two sets were approximately one-quarter of a mile apart,” Allen said. “Then they turned into dirty burning flames. The flames were not blue. They were white in color. About two seconds later it disappeared completely.”
Allen said they were all scratching their heads and talking about what it could have been, when approximately 10 minutes later, the object flew overhead again.
“This time it came from the west traveling east towards Glen Rose,” Allen said. “And it was about two or three miles south of 67, and two military jets, possibly F16s, were in pursuit.”
“I was asking, “Are you guys seeing that?” Allen said. . . .