The question of if there’s life on other planets is hotly debated across the globe. A series of inexplicable flying saucer (UFO) sightings and occurrences has led many to believe that aliens have existed among us.
Cynics continually try to explain away these events, while eyewitnesses couldn’t be more certain of what they’ve seen. The most notorious Notorious Flying Saucer (UFO) sightings in the world give backing to that when wondering if aliens are real, the answer may just be yes.
A civilian pilot’s Washington flight
Kenneth Arnold was the first man whose case of a UFO sighting would make an impact on the American Nation. On June 24, 1947, Arnold was flying his aircraft near Mount Rainier in Washington, where he claims to have seen nine blue glowing objects flying in a V formation. Arnold thought they were fighter jets due to their incredible speed. Being an expert in aircraft he estimated their speed at 2000 kilometers per hour. Arnold took the story to the Oregonian newspaper where he described the motion of UFOs as saucers skipping across the water starting the new nickname, “flying saucers”. The military confirmed that there were no aircraft test on that day and seemed to be thoroughly convinced of UFO existence. Later on during the investigation, the government claimed that Arnold was hallucinating at the time of the incident and denied all existence of UFOs. Kenneth Arnold’s sighting forever changed the way society saw objects in the sky. For instance, people no longer turned to mythology or supernatural phenomena, but questioned it as proof of extraterrestrial existence.
In 1947, a civilian pilot was flying past Washington’s Mount Rainier when he reported that nine blue, glowing objects flew past him in a V formation, traveling at a speed of 1700 mph, according to History.
While he first believed the flying objects to be military-owned, the government stated that no one had been near Mount Rainier that day. Following his description of the blue, glowing objects as “a saucer if you skip it across water,” the phrase flying saucer was popularized.
Lights in the Rendlesham forest
United States Air Force security personnel John Burroughs and Jim Penniston were the first to report sightings of strange lights on 26 December 1980. Col Halt recorded a running commentary into a dictation device of their efforts to find the source of the lights RAF Bentwaters was an airbase used by the United States Air Force during the Cold War until 1993. Other suggestions as to what was seen at Rendlesham include military project testing, a helicopter carrying a dummy Apollo capsule, light from the Orford Ness lighthouse and pranks by airmen. In 1983, the News of the World ran a front page story which proclaimed: “UFO LANDS IN SUFFOLK, And that’s OFFICIAL”
The Telegraph reported that on December 26, 1980, sections of the United States Air Force were stationed at a Royal Air Force military base near Suffolk, England. That day two members went into the forest where they claim to seen a craft of sorts that was covered in letters that resembled hieroglyphs. Floor markings and tree damage were also present in the area.
Then, two days later, other military personnel said they experienced the same thing, this time armed with a recording device. On December 28, it was reported that a bright red light occurred, followed by a craft crashing into the forest. An Air Force commander then went up to the craft and supposedly encountered an alien of sorts. The Ministry of Defense completely denies these occurrences.
Green lights over a reunifying Germany
The characteristics of the phenomena make it impossible to explain the appearance by military maneuvers. If the smaller objects were ammunition flying to the bright objects acting as a target, then the smaller objects would have exploded inside this group or flown through it. No one can explain, how one can stop a body in the air to zero speed without losing height. Until today nobody has come forward and claimed being the creator of these phenomena. Although different possibilities were considered, not one of them could account for all the different details reported, and nobody has been able to reproduce light formations like those observed near Greifswald.
In 1990, six weeks before Germany was set to become a united nation, a mysterious incident took place over the Greifswald power plant. According to The Local, seven green lights appeared in a line, hovering above the area. Staying visible for about 30 minutes, some believed this to be a protest against the upcoming reunification. However, there was no proof of anyone taking such actions and many viewers believe it was due to extraterrestrials. This incident has become known as “the Greifswald Lights.”
The ultimate cover up in Roswell
On 8 July 1947 Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) issued a press release stating that a “flying disk” had crashed on a ranch near Roswell during a powerful storm. Later in the day, as government scientists arrived in the area, the story appeared to change. A press conference was held and it was stated instead that a weather balloon had crashed. Reporters were shown debris said to be taken from the crash area, such as foil, rubber and wood, which appeared to confirm that the object had been a weather balloon.
Today, a visit to Roswell, New Mexico includes the International flying saucer (UFO) Museum and Research Center, an annual flying saucer (UFO) festival, and eating at a McDonald’s designed to look like a spaceship. So, how did Roswell become the heart of flying saucer (UFO) intrigue?
In 1947, a rancher was examining his pastures when he encountered a series of debris such as metallic rods and chunks of plastic. When soldiers from the Roswell Army Air Force Base where called in to retrieve the wreckage, headlines claimed that it was a cover up of a crashed flying saucer (UFO). In 1997, the government admitted to a cover up, but not of a flying saucer. History reports that in a report titled “Case Closed: Final Report on the Roswell Crash,” the government stated that the debris was part of a top secret project using high-altitude balloons to check for nuclear tests done by the Soviets.
Kolkata’s morphing flying saucer (UFO)
A fast moving object was spotted at 30° in the eastern horizon between 3:30AM and 6:30AM and filmed on handycam. Its shape shifted from a sphere to a triangle and then to a straight line. The object emitted a bright light forming a halo and radiated a range of colours. It was spotted by many people and hundreds gathered along the E.M. Bypass to catch a glimpse of the UFO, triggering a frenzy. The video footage was released on a TV News channel and later shown to Dr. D.P. Duari, the director of MP Birla Planetarium, Kolkata, who found it to be “extremely interesting and strange.
In 2007, The Times of India released an article stating that several people had witnessed a flying object soaring over Kolkata, India. It claimed that the object was able to morph its shape, changing from spherical to triangular with ease. The paper reached out to specialists to determine what the sight could have been but they were unable to provide any insight.
When Texas lost electricity
On November 2nd, 1957, immigrant farmers Pedro Saucedo and Joe Salaz were driving down an isolated Texan road when they saw a blue flash of light. Immediately afterwards their truck crawled to a halt. Its engine sputtered to a dead stop as the men witnessed a strange object rise up from the near distance and approach their vehicle. Pedro jumped out of the truck and hid in the brush while Joe, possibly paralyzed with fear, stayed inside. What they described to be a “rocket-shaped object” flew directly over their vehicle, rocking it violently as it flew past. Both men felt the object’s intense radiating heat and wind gust as it disappeared into the horizon. Pedro emerged from the brush shaken and puzzled. Looking at his friend for an explanation. The truck’s engine started back up and the men decided to find a pay phone to alert the authorities of what they had just witnessed in the Texan desert. Unbeknownst to them both, there would be several other encounters that night. The night the strange craft landed on Levelland Texas.
Inspiring the film, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” in 1957, witnesses across Levelland, Texas claimed to have seen a series of lights in the night sky, according to History. Not only that, but following their presence cars went haywire with lights turning off and engines crashing. The local police also saw the lights, leading to an investigation by the Air Force’s flying saucer (UFO) research group. It was determined that an electrical storm was to blame for the occurrences, however there were no reports of storms in the area that night.
The case of the disappearing pilot
Captain William Schaffner’s fatal crash into the North Sea on September 8, 1970, made headlines more than 20 years later over claims he was on an secret operation to intercept UFOs. Reports emerged in 1992 that the 28-year-old USAF pilot, stationed at RAF Binbrook in Lincolnshire, disappeared after approaching a conical shape with a bright bluish light off the east coast. The Grimsby Evening Telegraph published a transcript of what, according to an anonymous source, was the final conversation between radar control at Staxton Wold and the pilot, who reportedly described seeing the shape, followed by something “like a large soccer ball … made of glass”. “It’s like bobbing up and down and going from side to side slowly,” he was quoted as saying, before ditching his aircraft. Searches failed to find any trace of his Lightning plane until the wreckage was discovered weeks later, with no sign of its pilot.
Back in September of 1970, a Royal Air Force pilot was flying over the North Sea when it was reported that he spotted some sort of object hovering over the water in front of him. According to The Telegraph, he went to see what the object could be, but shortly after radio communication was lost with the aircraft. Eventually, the plane was found in the North Sea, however, the hatch was closed with the pilot was nowhere to be found. But, files found later maintain that the crash was the result of an accident.
Pilots thought they saw a flying saucer (UFO)
In February, two pilots, one for American Airlines and one for Learjet, radioed each other to discuss an object they saw flying near their planes near Near Mexico, according to Travel and Leisure.
Though it was not clear exactly what the object was, HuffPost noted that the area where they were flying was near several Air Force Bases.
The New Jersey Turnpike sighting
In 2001, residents in New Jersey spotted and orange and yellow lights around midnight flying in a “V” formation, according to History. It’s still unclear what could have caused the lights, as air traffic controllers denied that jets and various other aircrafts could have caused the lights, according to History.
The Lubbock Lights, 1951 At 9:10 p.m. on Aug. 25, 1951, Dr. W. I. Robinson, professor of geology at the Texas technological College, stood in the backyard of his home in Lubbock, Texas and chatted with two colleagues. The other men were Dr. A. G. Oberg, a professor of chemical engineering, and Professor W. L. Ducker, head of the department of petroleum engineering. The night was clear and dark. Suddenly all three men saw a number of lights race noiselessly across the sky, from horizon to horizon, in a few seconds. They gave the impression of about 30 luminous beads, arranged in a crescent shape. A few moments later another similar formation flashed across the night. This time the scientists were able to judge that the lights moved through 30 degrees of arc in a second. A check the next day with the Air Force showed that no planes had been over the area at the time. This was but the beginning: Professor Ducker observed 12 flights of the luminous objects between August and November.
In September 1951, residents in Lubbock, Texas were allegedly treated to a lights show for several weeks in the night sky, according to Texas Highways. The accounts and photos made national headlines, and people were initially baffled at what they could be – blaming everything from meteors to a hoax.
The Air Force later explained that the lights were likely due to the reflections from the underside of planes. But to this day, flying saucer (UFO) enthusiasts aren’t convinced.