National Geographic Channel - Original Air Date: Unknown (Viewed 9/2010)
While this show claims to be the "truth" about this well-known UFO incident, the vast amount of the show is taken up with eyewitness accounts and speculation about what it would take to create and fly a craft like the one reported by those witnesses. Normal propulsion and craft and pilots are ruled out, and there's plenty of talk about what it could "not" be. "The fact is, no earthly explanations can account for the sightings," the show concludes about halfway through. They do mention the military flares being dropped that night, but they quickly rule them out as an explanation for any of the sightings. Clearly, none of these people have seen the first-class debunking in UFOs Over Phoenix, nor would they probably care if they had. All of the "scientist/experts" in this show are actually UFO researchers; they all have a horse in this race. There is very little, if any time, given to the possibility that the witnesses are merely wrong -- mistaken or unwittingly exaggerating what they've seen. Thus does science die the death of a thousand cuts at the hands of "believers." And make no mistake, despite its title, this show is for believers, not skeptics. I expect better from National Geographic; sadly, this time, I did not get it. I cannot tell if this is another in the "The Truth Behind..." series I've reported on before. If it is, it falls considerably short of the standards of the others. If you're looking for the truth for the Phoenix sightings, look elsewhere.