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March 13, 1997 Research Timeline

March 13, 1997 Research Timeline

The Chronicles of the Phoenix Lights

  • November 27, 1992 10:11 PM

    Five years before the 'Phoenix Lights' the same thing happened and was recorded on video but it barely made a blip on the news. It wasn't until after 1997 the people who recorded this video contacted Village Labs about what they knew.
    Two huge UFOs described as Triangle of 7-9 lights are recorded by a husband and wife in Ahwatukee, Arizona. It was heading from North to South and seems to be what everyone described at 8:30 on March 13, 1997 that wasn't documented well enough.

  • March 12, 1997

    Orange Orbs are recorded south of Ahwatukee, Arizona by Steve Blonder from 8-10 PM. The gets on the internet and starts looking for UFO researchers

  • March 13, 1997 8:15PM

    This is the testimoney of the 911 operator who tells us what happened that night when calls poured in just after 8 PM.

  • March 13, 1997 8:25 PM

    Terry Proctor in Carefree, Arizona records the only footage of the large Boomerang flying from North to South near I-17. What most people are unaware of is he has been recording the Orange orbs behind South Mountain for months. Terry would stay out and later recorded the 2nd event at 10 PM also.

  • March 13, 1997 9:15 - 10:05 PM

    Terry Proctor in Carefree, Arizona who just recorded the Vee fly over goes back to recording amber orbs he's been recording for several months. Terry documents what happens looking towards the south of Phoenix valley for the next hour. More amber orbs before the famous 9 lights in an arch would be recorded later at 10 PM.

  • March 13, 1997 10:00 PM

    There said to be 5th video shot at 10 PM by Dr. Lynne Kitei. However this footage has never been authenticated to be really from that night. It has never been shown in it's entirety on the internet and it's copyrighted, even after 2 decades. I've never seen it.

  • March 13, 1997 8:30 PM

    Actor Kurt Russel was flying his son Oliver on a small aircraft he was piloting and landing at Skyharbor when he saw the Phoenix Lights.

  • March 13, 1997 10:00 PM

    Mike Krzyston in Moon Valley, Arizona had seend these lights on and off for a while. He spotted and amber orb earlier that many saw between 8-9 PM. He got his camera out and was ready when the famous 9 lights powered on and off while he captured it all on tape.

  • March 13, 1997 10:02 PM

    Chuck Rairden walks out side and sees the string of lights in the sky and records it in Apache Junction, Arizona.

  • March 13, 1997 10:02 PM

    Tom King and Bill Hamilton arrive at Steve Blonders house. They record 2 events, one orange orb south of them at 9:45 and the main event of the string of lights appearing and disappearing.

  • March 14, 1997 4-10 PM

    The next day the local news hears about the sighting and scrambles to find facts and videos. Mass confusion about what and exactly how big was the UFO sighting, or sightings that night.

  • March 14, 1997 12:00 AM

    Peter Davenport calls into Art Bell's Coast to Coast show and says he's taking UFO reports of the likes he's never seen before!

  • March 14, 1997

    Art Bell Coast to Coast - Peter Davenport goes plays a recording he got from an Air Force witness who tells what happened at Luke Air Force Base that night.

  • March 20, 1997 10 PM

    Erskine Payton was probably the only local radio personality at the time even covering the story. After a few days it died down on the local news and there was no national coverage at all.

  • March 27, 1997 10 PM

    Erskine Payton had more calls and knew this story needed more facts and coverage and continued to talk about it where the media wasn't interested.

  • March 28, 1997 6 PM

    Erskine Payton was probably the only local radio personality at the time even covering the story. After a few days it died down on the local news and there was no national coverage at all. Arizona was lucky to have Ted Loman and his weekly UFO talkshow. So Tom King and Bill Hamilton headed down to Tucson to talk about it.

  • March 28, 1997 6 PM

    The local news still kept the story alive. They report the MIB stole a video from Richard Curtis who recorded the large Vee.

  • May 1997

    Paranormal TV News show "Strange Universe" on the UPN network is the to broadcast the Phoenix Lights story to a national audience. To locals Phoenix witnesses of this sighting it seemed like a national news blackout that refused to talk about the biggest UFO case in US history.

  • May 21, 1997 1 AM

    Art Bell has on former City Councilwoman France Barwood on Coast to Coast AM to discuss the Phoenix lights.

  • May 24, 1997 1 AM

    KTAR does a call in radio show about the Phoenix Lights. With guests Peter Davenport, Jim Dilettoso, Michael Tanner and Bill Hamilton.

  • May 30, 1997 3:26 AM

    A string of 8 orange lights giving off smoke is recorded in NY showing the exact samething that happened during the Phoenix Lights 10 PM Event.

  • June 18, 1997 5 PM

    Local news Fox 10 does a story about Tim Ley and his family who probably seen the boomerang the closest describe what they saw that night in vivid details.

  • June 19, 1997 5 PM

    Peter Jennings also decided to cover Tim Ley family the sametime Fox 10 did, despite the fact Peter is on the ABC network and it competes with Fox. Somehow they found out about the Ley's at the same time??? Media coordinate or lack there of became very apparent to the investigators on this case.

  • May 30, 1997 8 PM

    Radio Host Jeff Rense has on UFO researcher Bill Hamilton to discuss the Phoenix Lights and other topics.

  • June 18, 1997 5 PM

    Dan Rather plays the Phoenix Lights video as a top story 6 months after it happened. For some reason our independent free press all decided on the same day to run a UFO story nationally. Then waves of TV shows started to cover the Phoenix Lights.

  • June 18, 1997 5 PM

    What must be a coincidence on a separate competing network suddenly at the same time they also covered the same UFO story nationally for the first time 6 months later just seconds apart nationally via Tom Brokaw.

  • June 19, 1997 7:45 AM

    Good Morning America has on Phoenix Lights eyewitnesses, some how there is a media blitz of this story everywhere. Its as if somebody gave the national press the green light to run the story and they all did.

  • June 19, 1997 12 PM

    Art Bell's Coast to Coast show he welcomes guests Bill Hamilton and France Emma Barwood to talk about the Phoenix Lights and Richard Hoaglang on how he knew about the national media blitz the day before it happened.

  • June 20, 1997

    Art Bell's Coast to Coast show he has on the two prinicple Phoenix Lights investigators Jim Dilettoso and Richard Motzer. Richard now changes his theory and says it's a flare drop and Dr. Lynne Kitei never recorded anything at all during the Phoenix Lights 10 PM event.

  • October 15, 1997

    The Discovery Channel airs its 1 hour special. An Anomity of a Sighting and its some of the first national coverage of the events.

  • December, 1997 7 PM

    Ted Loman ends does his last UFO AZ Talks public access show on the Phoenix Lights case.


The Chronicle continues

  • January, 1998

    Most of the same people who recorded the 10 PM Phoenix Lights record another comparable event in January of 1998.

  • March 13, 1998 6:03 PM

    Nearly everyone who saw the lights where out looking to see if they'd would come back.


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