The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) Missouri announced October 7, 2011, that some of the objects reported earlier this month were identified as known aircraft - while other cases remain under investigation. The area has been flooded with UFO reports - more than 80 - as part of an intense two-day witness reporting frenzy on October 4 and 5.
The statement follows:
MUFON Star Team Investigator Stan Seba contacted the 509th Bomber Squadron in Warrensburg, MO. According to the Duty Sergeant, some of the sightings reported were likely B-2s flying during their training missions. The B-2s have the capability of flying for 36 - 52 hours per flight. They do fly in formations and solo during different aspects of their training missions.
Missouri MUFON State Director Debbie Ziegelmeyer contacted Bill Gill, who is the Chapter Team Leader of the EAA Flying Team that few out of the Lee's Summit Municipal Airport on October 4. The group was practicing to audition for "night formation flying" for the Kansas City Chiefs. The planes were RV6s thru RV9s, which are kit aircraft with normal required red/green wing lights and white strobe. No flight plan was required to be submitted to the airport prior to take-off due to the size of the aircraft. The flight went as follows:
- Six planes took off at 7:40 p.m.
- The planes grouped to a delta formation (triangle) and flew at a speed of 150 mph at an altitude of
1200 ft above ground (2200 ft above sea level)
- They circled Lees Summit for approx. 12-15 min.
- They headed NW towards Arrowhead Stadium, arrived approximately 8:00pm at Arrowhead
- The formation circled Arrowhead Stadium for approximately 5 min.
- The team landed at Lees Summit Municipal Airport at approximate 8:15-8:20 p.m. in pairs
- They did fly over Raytown
- The planes returned to the airport traveling over 1-70 highway East.
- They broke formation to land into groups of two
Missouri MUFON Assistant State Director Margie Kay spoke to John Ohrazda at the Lee's Summit airport, who said that they have been receiving calls about UFOs for the past two weeks, and that many of the sightings remain unexplained. Some callers reported hearing helicopters flying over at 1:30 a.m. but there were no flights out of the airport in Lee's Summit for that time. Some witnesses reported other objects that remain unidentified such as craft with no red or green lights as required by the FAA, craft with no tail or wings, and hovering craft, which are not standard aircraft. MUFON is investigating some of these reports.
John also said that the B-2's normally fly in stealth mode with no lights, but as they approach a metropolitan area with air traffic, they will turn their lights on to let other planes know where they are, then turn them off after air traffic is out of the area. This may explain why some of the craft reported to MUFON seemed to disappear. Ohrazda also stated that aircraft must fly at least 1,000 feet above the ground except for take-off and landing in a 3.5 mile radius of the Lee's Summit Airport.
Many of the reports filed recently can be explained by the B-2's and EAA Flying Team, however, there still remain many reports that are unexplained. Missouri MUFON has received reports about sightings on October 3, 4, and 5 that are particularly interesting, such as large orange fireballs over Lee's Summit and other areas, and hovering craft with multi-colored lights on the bottom only, or on the bottom and top only. Some have taken off at high speed. MUFON is investigating each case as quickly as possible.
Witnesses continue to file reports dating back to August, 2011 in the greater Kansas City area. In the past 90 days Missouri MUFON has received approximately 90-95 UFO reports, with most from the K.C. area. Normally, Missouri MUFON receives seven to ten reports per month.
Missouri MUFON volunteer investigators request that witnesses file sighting reports at www.mufon.com instead of calling the Missouri office because they have become overwhelmed with calls. An investigator will contact all witnesses as soon as possible. All contact information is confidential.
Note: There will be a flying team over the Chiefs Stadium in Kansas City on October 31, and the 509th Bomber Squadron will be running training missions throughout the month of October in the entire state of Missouri.