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Saucer scouts - group that hunts for UFOs near Las Vegas, Nevada

Stories about a secret flying-saucer base at the Nellis Air Force Range located 130 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada, first began circulating within the UFO community in 1987. And by 1989, wild tales of discs over the same site the Air Force had used to test the U2 were commonplace indeed.

One interested individual was 45-year-old Santa Monica, California, businessman Gary Schultz. In fact, Schultz was so intrigued that he ended up launching a camping group devoted to observing and tracking the mystery craft.

It all began for Schultz on January 6, 1990, when he joined a caravan of UFO buffs headed for Nevada to watch the night skies. Nothing happened--except that Schultz met Jeffrey Spivey, 31, a Mojave Desert smog mechanic who described an "amazing close encounter" that had occurred just three months before. Spivey and his roommate were sitting in a pickup truck, the mechanic claimed, "when a light shot over the Groom Mountains and into the valley. Its silhouette revealed a thirty-foot-diameter disc."

Spivey's story inspired Schultz to return the following month when, says Schultz, he and his wife saw "six alien craft suspects." Finally, by May of 1990, Schultz was so inspired, he decided to launch Secret Saucer Base Expeditions, featuring a regular tour to the Nellis field of lights. For a modest additional fee, he'll drive individual saucer seekers to the best observation locales in the Bureau of Land Management area that borders the Nellis range.

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According to Schultz, recent sightings have ranged from known airplanes and helicopters to distant, strangely moving points of light. "They seem to be keeping their distance for the moment," says Schultz, who adds that "they often seem almost indifferent to our presence."

The same is not so, however, for locals around Nellis, who have come to view the saucer tours as happenings in and of themselves. There's the Little A'LE INN, a diner in nearby Rachel, Nevada, for instance, that caters to the saucer seekers brought by Schultz. Owners Joe and Pat Travis experienced their own strange--and unexplained--encounter five years ago. "This bright beam of light shot right through our back door one night, lighting up the whole door jamb," recalls Joe Travis. "Then it just dissipated. I turned and said, 'You're welcome here.'"

As for speculations about the true meaning of the Nellis lights, they run the gamut. Schultz and others say the saucers are extraterrestrial craft now piloted by humans--"what I call Human Piloted Alien Craft, or HPACs," says Schultz. Meanwhile, Mark Rodeghier, director of the Center for UFO Studies in Chicago, says, "It's pretty well known that they develop secret aircraft and weaponry with black-project funds at Nellis, and probably the sightings are from those."

As for Nellis, "The Air Force comment is that we have no comment about anything that goes on at the ranges," emphasizes Tech Sergeant J. C. Marcom. Schultz, however, is optimistic that thanks to his constant observations, the mystery of the lights will be revealed.

COPYRIGHT 1993 Omni Publications International Ltd.
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