Michigan witnesses say two fighter jets circled unknown object

Roger Marsh

F-16.Photo byGuy CroisiauxonUnsplash

Four Michigan witnesses at Bad Axe reported watching two military jets circle around an unidentified object that appeared to be disc-shaped at 10 a.m. on June 3, 2023, according to testimony from the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC).

The witness, his wife, and two co-workers were in the parking lot of a storage unit across from Miejers, according to the report. The group was helping to move a camper.

“Suddenly ear shattering afterburner on two what I think were F-16 or F-22s that were flying together while dog fighting something I couldn’t see at first,” the reporting witness stated. “They would circle fast as they could looking intently for something. Circling the sun around about two or three times and suddenly there was this white, metallic disc, hard to see because it was shining with the sun. It seemed to hide in the sun from the fighters, who obviously couldn’t see it.”

The witness described the scene as the unidentified object being “extremely fast” and very capable of overtaking and outmaneuvering the fighter jets with extreme ease.

“It would overtake a jet, stop suddenly, and seem to turn toward the incoming jet spinning in their direction without moving. The jet would shoot out anti-missile flares like it was under direct attack.”

The witness said the unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) was also comfortable just to spin again and make the next jet flanking shoot its anti-missile flares.

“There was clear distress. The fighters took off together repeating this attack approximately three times before taking off in an ear-shattering retreat.”

Storage units in Bad Axe, MI, where the witnesses stood watching the UAP.Photo byGoogle.

The witness said that the UAP sat in the sun a moment longer and seemed to circle the area “almost as in a victory lap.” The object then departed with “absolutely no sound “in the complete opposite direction as the fighter jets had flown.

The report included no images. Witness quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to NUFORC or to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).

NUFORC Director Peter Davenport reported a follow-up on June 14, 2023, saying, “We just spoke with the witness who filed the report, as well as his wife who also viewed the incident. After reviewing photos of types of military aircraft he was able to narrow down the identification of the jets to F-16s, not F-22s. When the F-16s departed, they flew to the south, while the UAP disappeared over the lake. The witness has military experience and was familiar with aircraft from his time stationed at the 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion in Korea, where he was trained. He also added that for four days after the sighting, the jets returned to the same spot at 10 a.m., firing flare again on the fourth day.”

The wife of the reporting witness filed a statement on June 18, 2023, saying, in part, “It’s difficult to describe what I saw accurately, but the object appeared to be a disc-like shape and metallic in color. The peculiar type of metallic hue was blending with the sunlight, making it rather hard to discern.”

Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be resolved as something natural or man-made. These raw reports are for information only as investigators review the facts and attempt to resolve the case.


Michigan was rated 13th in total U.S. UFO sightings for May 2023 with 13 cases filed, according to the MUFON June 2023 newsletter. Michigan shared the rating with Maryland and Missouri. California topped the list with 45 cases.

There were 37 disc cases reported nationally in May 2023.

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ROGER MARSH is a media content producer with works in print, film, television, web, and stage. His “UFO Traffic Reports” published more than 7,000 times since 2009. He was a case researcher for the History channel’s “Hangar 1: The UFO Files.”

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