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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/15/1999 20:30 (Entered as : 08/15/99 3020)
Reported: 4/15/2001 22:12
Posted: 7/1/2002
Location: Gila Bend/Yuma (between), AZ
Shape: Fireball
Duration: 2 minutes
I saw an intense orange ball of fire that was probably a flare, over military airspace

I was piloting a single-engine light aircraft from the Phoenix area to Yuma, AZ. The flight instructor gestured toward something he was seeing to the south, off the left wingtip. This was approximately 8:30 pm mountain standard time. I kept looking, but I ws not seeing anything.

Then I saw an intense orange ball of fire, that appeared to be stationary. Then it would fade and reappear. Since this occurred over the Barry Goldwater Air Force range, I passed this off as a military flare, or experimental craft. But then I remember reading that military flares emit a white light. I didn't really think much of it, and I am not ready to call it a UFO. but I admit that I did see something that I have not seen before.

((NUFORC Note: Witness is anonymous; date is approximate. Witness, who elects to remain totally anonymous, reports time of incident as "30:20 hrs.." Please see other reports for this date, Sunday, 15AU99, regarding two events that occurred over NM and NV at 2318 hrs. and approximately 2340 hrs. (Mountain), respectively, on this night. They were very dramatic, and the Sandia National Laboratories' "Sky Camera" recorded at least one of the two events. PD))

((NUFORC Note: For video footage of the event, captured by the Sandia National Laboratory sky camera in Albuquerque, please see the following URL: