January 8, 2008
Location: Stephenville, Texas, United States
dozen people including a pilot, county constable
and business owners insist they have seen a large
silent object with bright lights flying low and fast.
Some reported seeing fighter jets chasing it. Locals swear
that it was larger, quieter, faster and lower to the ground
than an airplane. They also said the object's lights changed
configuration, unlike those of a plane. People in several
towns who reported seeing it over several weeks have offered
similar descriptions of the object.
near the area where he saw a large silent object in the
sky, Ricky Sorrells talks
about the sighting, Monday, Jan.14, 2008 in Dublin, Texas.
(AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)
Sorrells drew for Earthfiles his perspective looking up
through the trees on his
property at a tin barn grey metal emitting
mirage heat waves and embedded with
cone-shaped holes he thought were equally separated by
forty feet over the entire
surface of the aerial craft above him. Ricky judged that
the aerial craft was 300 feet
above him and the trees. He also estimated the surface
diameter of the cones was about
six feet, tapering another six to eight feet down into
a cone-shaped hole that ended in a
three-foot-diameter circle. Below is a drawing focused
on one of the cone-shaped holes.
Drawings © 2008 by Ricky Sorrells for Earthfiles.com.
(Credit and Copyright: Earthfiles.com
and Linda Moulton Howe.)
Sorrells saw the sky replaced by a "barn tin grey"
and flat metal embedded with
cone-shaped holes as far as he could see - "at least
three football field lengths (1,000
feet)." Each cone-shaped hole was separated from
the others by an estimated 40 feet;
each cone-shaped hole was about 6 feet in diameter and
6 to 8 feet deep. Computer
illustration based on Ricky Sorrells' sketches ©
2008 by Gregory Watters (Credit and copyright:
earthfiles.com and Linda Moulton Howe)
was positively, absolutely nothing from these parts,"
Steve Allen, left, says during an
interview with Mike Von Fremd of ABC News. Allen described
the unidentified object as
being an enormous aircraft with flashing strobe lights
and it was totally silent. He said
the UFO sped away at more than 3,000 mph, followed by
two fighter jets that were
hopelessly outmaneuvered. Allen said it took the aircraft
just a few seconds to cross a
section of sky that it takes him 20 minutes to fly in
his Cessna. The veteran pilot said the
UFO, an estimated half-mile wide and a mile long, was
"bigger than a Wal-Mart." (Photo:
JESSICA HORTON/Stephenville Empire-Tribune via AP)
Press picked up Angelia Joiner's story from the Stephenville
January 15, 2008, featuring a photograph of Ricky Sorrells
at his Dublin, Texas, residence.
(Credit and Copyright: Earthfiles.com and Linda Moulton
Lee Roy Gaitan in Dublin, Texas. (Image Credit and Copyright
2008 by Linda Moulton Howe.)
Lee Roy Gaitan reported that another police officer had
seen a huge cigar-
shaped aerial craft with two antennas topped
by red lights moving slowly about 300 to 400
feet in the air near the Stephenville, Texas, courthouse.
He described it as approximately
two to three football fields long. Computer illustration(s)
based on documented reports.
© 2008 by Gregory Watters (This is an artistic rendition
of the object at dusk for clarity.
The police officer said he saw the object as a silhouette
against the night sky.)
Associated Press, January 15, 2008
Report UFO Over Texas Town
Including Pilot, Constable Describe Similar Huge Craft
Flying Low Over Stephenville
ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press Writer
Jan. 15, 2008
In this farming community where nightfall usually brings
clear, starry skies, residents are abuzz over reported
sightings of what many believe is a UFO.
dozen people - including a pilot, county constable and
business owners - insist they have seen a large silent
object with bright lights flying low and fast. Some reported
seeing fighter jets chasing it.
wonder what in the world it is because this is the Bible
Belt, and everyone is afraid it's the end of times,"
said Steve Allen, a freight company owner and pilot who
said the object he saw last week was a mile long and half
a mile wide. "It was positively, absolutely nothing
from these parts."
federal officials insist there's a logical explanation,
locals swear that it was larger, quieter, faster and lower
to the ground than an airplane. They also said the object's
lights changed configuration, unlike those of a plane.
People in several towns who reported seeing it over several
weeks have offered similar descriptions of the object.
Ricky Sorrells said friends made fun of him when he told
them he saw a flat, metallic object hovering about 300
feet over a pasture behind his Dublin home. But he decided
to come forward after reading similar accounts in the
hear about big bass or big buck in the area, but this
is a different deal," Sorrells said. "It feels
good to hear that other people saw something, because
that means I'm not crazy."
said he's seen the object several times. He said he watched
it through his rifle's telescopic lens and described it
as very large and without seams, nuts or bolts.
Karl Lewis, a spokesman for the 301st Fighter Wing at
the Joint Reserve Base Naval Air Station in Fort Worth,
said no F-16s or other aircraft from his base were in
the area the night of Jan. 8, when many sightings were
said the object may have been an illusion caused by two
commercial airplanes. Lights from the aircraft would seem
unusually bright and may appear orange due to the setting
90 percent sure this was an airliner," Lewis said.
"With the sun's angle, it can play tricks on you."
at the region's two Air Force bases - Dyess in Abilene
and Sheppard in Wichita Falls - also said none of their
aircraft were in the area last week. The Air Force no
longer investigates UFOs.
200 UFO sightings are reported each month, mostly in California,
Colorado and Texas, according to the Mutual UFO Network,
which plans to go to the 17,000-resident town of Stephenville
percent of Americans polled last year by The Associated
Press and Ipsos say they have seen a UFO.
sightings have been reported all over the world for centuries,
including the infamous 1897 crash of a cigar-shaped object
near the tiny Texas town of Aurora. While some thought
it was a hoax, decades later investigators from UFO groups
said evidence suggests the disfigured pilot's body buried
that day was an alien.
Chicago in late 2006, some United Airlines pilots and
other employees reported seeing a saucer-shaped craft
hovering over O'Hare Airport before shooting up through
the clouds. But federal officials said nothing showed
up on the radar and explained it as some type of weather
1997, dozens of people saw lights in a V-formation over
Phoenix, a mystery that was captured on videotape and
spurred calls for a government investigation. A few months
later people reported a similar sight over Las Vegas.
of the most famous cases was the 1947 crash on a ranch
near Roswell, N.M. Although the government said it was
a top-secret weather balloon, an Army officer who helped
recover the debris came forward 30 years later claiming
a cover-up, asserting that an alien spacecraft had crashed.
Reports later surfaced that a base nurse told someone
that autopsies were performed on aliens from the wreckage.
few months after the New Mexico incident the U.S. Air
Force started Project Blue Book, which investigated more
than 12,600 reported UFO sightings - including 700 that
were never explained - before the program ended in 1969.
County Constable Lee Roy Gaitan, who said he isn't sure
about the existence of UFOs, said one night last week
he first saw red glowing lights and then white flashing
lights moving rapidly across the sky.
didn't see a flying saucer and I don't know what it was,
but it wasn't an airplane and I've never seen anything
like it," Gaitan said. "I think it must be some
kind of military craft - at least I hope it was."