ArkLaTex UFO witnesses step forward

Published: May. 3, 2012 at 11:10 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2016 at 12:58 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A number of Americans say they're convinced the government isn't telling us everything they know about UFOs. Several people say they've spotted UFOs right here in the ArkLaTex.

According to the Gallup poll, nearly half of us think alien UFOs have visited earth. UFO sightings from across the world in recent years are not the only events catching the public's eye.  In UFO folklore, for example, a radio program from Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell is still a hot topic, nearly 15 years after it first aired on September 11th, 1997.

It involved a caller who claimed to be a former employee of the infamous Area 51.  In various stages of tears and panic, the caller claimed to know the true nature of the UFO phenomenon.  "Uh, they're extra-dimensional beings," said the caller to Art Bell.

The caller also claimed, "They are not what they claim to be," and then added, "They want the major population centers wiped out."  Moments later something knocked the nationally-syndicated broadcast off the air.  Art Bell came back on air thirty seconds later and explained the back-up generator had kicked-in and he had no idea what happened.

UFOs are also no stranger to people living right here in the Ark-La-Tex.  "It was just a tear drop shape, stationary in the sky, " says a Shreveport-Bossier businesswoman, who wanted to be identified only as "Renee."

Renee says she wanted to remain anonymous, fearing ridicule for going public with her UFO sighting.  "I believe people think you're seeing things or you drink too much."

Renee says what she saw in the skies above Shreveport back in June 2011 looked 'otherworldly.'  "It looked like a tear in the atmosphere."  And she's not alone.

"The west side of that tower, you just see several lights hovering," pointed Tina Marie, as she gave us a drive in her car.  This Haughton woman retraced her night from a few months back, when she spotted those lights while driving on Interstate-220.

She had been heading to work as a law enforcement dispatcher.  Marie described what she did next.  "Grabbed my phone, turned my camera on, stuck it up here and just took a picture, and sent it to KSLA."

Marie demonstrated how she held her cell phone above her sunroof to take the picture.  Despite the blurry image, several lights could be seen in a row, just as she had described.  "To me it seemed like it was separate things, just you know close together.  They weren't exactly spaced perfectly."  Her theory:  Possibly helicopters from Barksdale Air Force Base.

Easily visible from the north gate of Barksdale AFB these days you might say there is a one-time UFO sitting in plain sight, right outside the 8th Air Force Museum.  It is a retired SR-71 Blackbird.  The supersonic jet went into duty back in 1966, with at least a few of the jets kept operational until 1998.  Its de-classified top speed:  At least 22-hundred miles an hour, or Mach 3.3.

Funny thing is the U.S. Air Force never did say what, if anything, replaced it.  One potential candidate:  A reportedly top secret military aircraft known as the TR-3b, or flying triangle.  "If that thing is real then that's a lot of misidentified (aircraft) right there," said Reggie Buck.

Buck heads the Mutual UFO network, or MUFON, in Louisiana.  He recalls a sighting from Natchitoches by a former NASA engineer.  "Instead of most triangles that you see will be, you know flat, these were flying like shark fins up like this.  And they were like one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three in an order."

Buck told us that the engineer waited a full ten years to report the sighting, only calling Buck to report what he'd seen because he began drawing those mysterious squares wherever he'd go.

Some believe UFO disclosure by the U.S. Government is imminent sometime in the months or years to come.  If, or until, that day arrives we wait and keep our eyes on the skies.

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