On March 13, 1997, the city of Phoenix located in the southwestern United States, state capital of Arizona and the sixth-largest city, became the location of one of the most important UFO sightings in history. Since the afternoon of March the 13th, people start seeing strange unidentified flying objects in the skies above the city. That night, thousands of people were witnesses to a huge triangular-shaped object that apparently was levitating in the sky. People were able to identify between 7 and 9 intense bright lights and the mysterious object traveled more than 480 kilometers, from Nevada to Tucson.
While some accused the Luke Air Force Base of withholding information regarding the UFO sighting, others believed that Aircraft from the Luke Air Force Base were the cause.
According to a statement from the Department of the Air Force, the Phoenix lights weren’t military crafts
The mission of the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base (AYB) is to train F-16 fighter pilots. We are not an air defense base which maintains aircraft on “scramble” status. Instead, our pilots are instructors and trainees learning to fly the F-16 and employ It in the ground attack and aerial combat missions. While we routinely have aircraft airborne at night. Their mission is not to investigate unusual aerial sightings, nor would they be asked to do so. On the night of 13 Mar 97, our aircraft were involved in normal training missions and had no involvement whatsoever with the Lights observed over Phoenix.
On the evening of 13 Mar 97, our command post and other base agencies received telephone calls about the lights that many saw in the sky over Arizona. In the days that followed, our public affairs office also handled calls about the same subject. When queried by the staff of the Strange Universe television program, our public affairs people acknowledged that callers reported seeing lights in the sky, but our staff did not state that the cause was aerial flares. In fact,we don’t know where the question of aerial flares come from. There have been a number of accounts of the 13 Mar 97 incident that alleged Air Force involvement, and we have made every effort to ensure that callers understood that we were not involved in that incident. However, despite our best efforts to the contrary, we have been accused of withholding or covering up information. This is not the case–ln fact, we have honestly answered every query made about the 13 Mar 97 incident.
In summary, there are no records to available, and we assure that Luke AFB aircraft were not involved in any way with the phenomena reported on the night of 13 Mar 97.
Source and reference: The Black Vault