By Roger Marsh
A private pilot flying westbound at 3,000 feet south of Phoenix, AZ, reports unidentified objects moving northbound on May 5, 2012, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The pilot took the first of two pictures looking forward out of the cockpit.
"At approximately 45 degrees up noticed three objects north bound."
The pilot then took a second photo.
"Took another picture out the co-pilot side windshield and zooming could see 5-6 objects considerable higher headed toward Phoenix in different formation than earlier picture."
The pilot later examined the second photo.
"On closer examination noticed the objects were brilliant, silver metallic looking reflecting sunlight in the second picture. Zoomed they were just bright white, no reflection, as they gained altitude and changed formation."
Phoenix is the capital and largest city in Arizona, population 1,445,632.
Arizona is a current UFO ALERT 4 rating, with a higher than average number of UFO sightings nationally. Arizona had 18 reports in April 2012 - the 7th highest reporting state while California had 77 reports - the highest reporting state in the nation.
You can read more details about other recently reported cases at the UFO Examiner home page.
The following is the unedited and as yet uninvestigated report filed with MUFON. Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be explained as something natural or manmade. If Texas MUFON State Director Steve Hudgeons investigates and reports back on this case, I will release an update. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.
AZ, May 5, 2012 - flying my airplane at 3000 ft west bound, took two pictures could see 5-6 objects. MUFON Case 37994.
Flying westbound at 3000 feet south of Phoenix, took forward picture out of the cockpit, at approx 45 degrees up noticed 3 objects north bound. Took another picture out the copilot side windsheild and zooming could see 5-6 objects considerable higher headed toward Phoenix in different formation than earlier picture. On closer examination noticed the objects were brillant silver metalic looking reflecting sunlight in the second picture zoomed they were just bright white no reflection as they gained altitude and changed formation. This took place at 10:03 am Saturday May 5th 2012 Altitude is MSL