Friday, October 9, 2009

Oh no! There are lights in the Sky! Run for the Hills!

Every time the military conducts an exercise involving the use of flares, the local crazies come out of the woodwork. This is not the work of little green guys, or even Bigfoot. It’s our tax dollars supposedly at work. Prior to watching these flares, multiple aircraft were clearly visible from my back porch.

Not one person said anything the other day when explosions were heard and the ground shook enough to make my office window rattle. Put a few flares or a balloon up in the sky and it gets full press coverage.

Phoenix residents have a strange obsession with lights in the sky. The heat must have fried their brains. A warning to those black helicopter pilots: My dogs are trained to chase and attack low flying aircraft. You have been warned.

I went out last night and tried some night photography during a military training exercise on the Goldwater Range. I was really disappointed with last night's exercise. The military has put on better shows on the nights they didn't advertise. I live far enough out of town for it to be dark. My back yard faces the Goldwater Range. The flares were of a much shorter duration than normal. On other occasions, they lasted several seconds. These were visible for only a couple of seconds.

I took this photo shortly before 8:30PM. Having an inexpensive camera and limited night time experience didn’t help. This is probably one of the worst pictures I’ve taken. Despite this, my photo did manage to get a few seconds of air time on the 10:00PM Channel 12 News. I was probably the only one out in the dark with my camera waiting for the “show”. Channel 12 sent a helicopter to film the spectacle.

Not UFOs! Bright lights expected in Arizona sky tonight

Air Force officials say the exercise will train pilots in night operations; Arizona civic leaders and elected officials have been invited to view the training."We do not want the flare activity to frighten and alarm citizens," said State Representative Jerry Weiers, chair of Military Affairs and Public Safety. "This exercise is part of a routine training exercise and shouldn't concern citizens because this type of training is a regular occurrence at The Barry M. Goldwater Range."
Lights in Ariz. night sky are flares, not UFOs

Arizona officials are warning people not to be alarmed if they see some mysterious lights in the night sky.
Flares are scheduled to be dropped Thursday night from attack aircraft onto targets as part of a U.S. Air Force training exercise.
Sci-fi movie offers new theory for 'Phoenix Lights' mystery

Residents in Phoenix and across the state said they saw a triangular formation pass over their homes. Others saw a series of stationary lights in a long line.The United States Air Force later identified the lights as flares from the Barry Goldwater Range, but many continue to believe differently.
Well, there you have it. These are the lights that get people so excited. I was able to duck out during the commercials while watching C.S.I. Las Vegas and write this blog in less than 45 minutes.

Now that it has cooled off, I’ll be conducting more illegal immigration patrols and other more radical activities and adventures.

"A friend is nothing but an unknown enemy."
--Kurt Cobain

"Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbour. It makes you shoot at your landlord and it makes you miss him." --Irish proverb

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