"I believe these lights were not of this world, and I feel a duty and responsibility to come forward."
This is a refreshing attitude today, with most pilots choosing not to report such a strange occurrence for fear of ridicule and pressure from the press. The sixty-one-year old man was actually cooking chicken at his home in Van Buren on January 9, 2007, when he saw two extremely bright lights moving in the distance not far above the horizon.
At first, the retired pilot thought he was seeing landing lights from conventional aircraft, but as he continued to diligently watch the lights, they seemed to fade from view in their present location. The number of lights also changed... two, then three, and at last four or five. The mysterious lights would appear for as long as 10 minutes.
Fields also called his wife to see the unusual lights. She thought the objects/lights were ground-based, but the retired pilot with 32 years of military experience disagreed.
"I'm certain it wasn't an aircraft[from Earth]," said Fields, who also ruled out the possibility of flares, saying they didn't descend like flares typically do. "It's not anything I ever had any experience with... They were some kind of energy or something."
Fields grabbed his Cannon digital camera, and took numerous shots of the objects. The phenomenon continued for over an hour, as he took his photographs. Oddly enough, no other witnesses corroborated the sightings of Fields and his wife. Fields' report received a great deal of press coverage, and the case is an important one with photograph evidence, and reputable eyewitness testimony.
There is an important addendum to the Fields report. I contacted him a few months after the sighting, and it seems that someone has made a very definitive, negative impression upon him. Although no further press releases were made regarding the case, he told me that he now believes he made a mistake, and the objects were not UFOs, but simply conventional craft that he misidentified. I told him that I felt he was under pressure from someone or some agency to debunk the entire account. He made no reply, and I have not heard from him since.
(Image copyright Fields)