Praise for The Phoenix
“Phoenix Lights is a
compelling and thoroughly documented account of the most bizarre and widely
observed UFO event in modern times.”
—Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D.,
Capt USN (ret), Apollo astronaut
A review of
“The Phoenix Lights”
Richardson (Author – The WHY? Files)
8 P.M. on the evening of the
6th February, 1995, Dr. Lynne Kitei [right] had
just settled into a bath when her relaxation was suddenly brought to a halt by
her husband, Frank, calling from the bedroom. Dr. Lynne, knowing her husband,
a family physician, was not easily alarmed, wrapped a towel around herself and
rushed to his side to find him standing transfixed at the bedroom window,
overlooking the distant skyline of the city of Phoenix,
Frank’s frantic calls were
well justified for, less that a hundred yards from the window, three
sphere-shaped objects hovered approximately 50 to 75 feet above ground level.
Each of these “spheres” emanated a soft, inner light and it was obvious that
they were not resultant of some laser beam or light show.
Realising instinctively that
something very special was happening, Dr. Lynne grabbed her 35m.m. camera and
managed to capture evidence of the strange objects on film. Little could she
have known that this would prove to be the first of a whole series of events
that would unfold over the coming months and years, peaking but not
culminating on the evening of March 13th, 1997 when a number of
craft and orbs, all unidentified, would cross the Arizona skies, an incident
which became known as “The Phoenix Lights”.
The phenomenon of The Phoenix
Lights commenced at approximately 7-50p.m., when a "V-shaped" formation of
bright yellow-orange orbs was observed leaving the
area (Nevada) and flying at speed over the border into
The object was observed to travel over the
Phoenix area and then on to
Tucson, via a 300 mile
corridor. The "V-shaped" formation was observed by thousands of people - from
lorry drivers to physicians and children to lawyers. A whole cross section of
society witnessed the object as it made its way across the Arizona skies and
as the formation passed over
Phoenix, the city stood still and traffic on the freeway stopped
whilst the vehicles’ occupants stared in awe.
However, Dr. Lynne was
prepared. After two years of capturing the “spheres” on 35m.m. film and on
video tape, she was ready with cameras at hand and succeeded in obtaining
photographic and video evidence that would be broadcast locally, nationally
and eventually across the World. Whilst avoiding all personal publicity and
acknowledgement, Dr. Lynne fed her evidence gradually and anonymously to the
Despite the magnitude of The Phoenix
Lights incident, the eyewitnesses to the events became increasingly concerned
over the lack of explanation or even proper response from the authorities,
whose attitude, at times, was one of derision. The authorities, however, did
not appreciate the determination and expertise of the members of the public
who were committed to seeking an explanation for the events which had occurred
on the evening of March 13th.
Dr. Lynne’s contributions to this “search
for the truth” were of critical value. With expert scientific analysis of the
photographic and video evidence by Jim Dilettoso and Mike Tanner, the unique
optical properties of the “Lights” proved without doubt that the “military
flares theory” had as much substance as flares themselves, expiring very
quickly when subjected to proper scrutiny. Also, the contributions made by
Ufologists Bill Hamilton and Peter Davenport and Councillor Francis Barwood as
well as the other eyewitnesses who provided vital evidence and testimony
should be acknowledged.
To describe The Phoenix Lights as an important
incident would be an understatement and this applies to Dr. Lynne’s book,
which is also truly unique. For the first time a series of current, major UFO
events has been captured on film and video by someone who readily admits to
initially being a skeptic. Let us not forget that Dr. Lynne had little
knowledge of or interest in UFOs prior to the evening in early February, 1995,
when she first saw the mysterious pyramid-formation of spheres in the skies
Perhaps in that fact there lays the incredible value of this book.
For in her book, The Phoenix Lights,
Dr. Lynne describes a personal journey, a journey which involved not just a
change of opinion but a change of belief; a journey that resulted not just in
a change of attitude but a spiritual change as well.
Dr. Lynne’s book provides a
detailed account of a momentous incident which will not only be of inestimable
value to Ufologists but also provide comfort to those who have had a
convincing UFO sighting themselves and have questions they need to answer.
This is not just a book for “UFO buffs” though, being authored with such
clarity of thought and expression, it is a book that should be a fascinating
read for everyone. In fact, it probably should be read by everyone!