Form: 97 Initial Report
<>The fact that the corporate jet was directed to the north of Prescott
is consistent with information NUFORC received from a USAF Airman, just
after the events over Phoenix had begun.
<>The Airman telephoned NUFORC at 03:20 hrs. on Friday, March 14, 1997,
to report the events he had been personal witness to during the "Phoenix>
<>Lights" sequence. He reported that the two F-15 "C's," both
were part of the Air Force One and Two Protection Group, had been
"scrambled" out of Luke>
<>AFB, in response to a radio call Luke had received from a retire U.
S. Navy Admiral, who was flying to Prescott Valley Airport in a Cessna
Eagle, at approximately 20:00-20:15 hrs. on March 13.
<>The admiral contacted Luke because, as he descended into Prescott
Valley from the northeast, a dark, almost invisible, object passed in
front of his>
<>aircraft, and it was so large, it obscured his view of all the ground
lights in Prescott! He apparently realized that he was looking at
something >unusual...unusual enough for him to get in touch with the
Air Force at Luke in order to alert them to the event.
Given that the Cessna pilot must have been in radio contact with
<>Valley Airport at the time, it is not in the least surprising to me
that Prescott would have vectored aircraft to the north, rather than
<>them to land from the south. In fact, given what was taking
place over Arizona that night, some of which was witnessed by air
traffic controllers >at Sky Harbor Airport, I'm somewhat surprised
that any airport was still operating after 20:00 hrs. that night .
The report you cite does not indicate at what time the corporate jet
<>at Phoenix, but if it was close to 20:15-20:25 hrs., Prescott may
have known that two F-15's had been scrambled, and were approaching
Phoenix from the>
<>north. Hence, Prescott might have had the jet land from the
north, in order to avoid risking having their flight path encroach on
the airspace the >fighters were in at the time.
<>By the way, I took an immense amount of criticism from Luke AFB
personnel, who pointed out, rather heatedly on some occasions, that by
March 1997, Luke>
<>had become exclusively an F-16 training base. Hence, they
argued, there are no F-15's based there. However, when I started
talking about the Air Force>
<>1 Protection Group, and the fact that their aircraft might have been
in residence on a TDY basis, the USAF personnel would not comment
is an issue that simply is not discussed publicly.