Are we alone in the universe? There are some occasional incidents that lead to the belief that Unidentified Flying Objects(UFO) are indeed a part of our society. When an object which does not inherit any quality of the technology made yet is seen it is considered as an Unidentified Flying Object(UFO). UFO sightings have always sparked interest in what the object is?

UFO sightings in 1952.
Photo of a purported UFO.

The first instance of such sightings goes back to the 1440BC in Ancient Egypt when Tuilin Papyrus(transcription of an Egyptian papyrus) reported that “Firey disks” were encountered floating over the skies.

There are attempts to create hoax UFO scenarios to prove the existence of aliens nearby. Extrairdubnmary: The stan Romanek story, a documentary on Netflix does not seem much promising, it seems more like a trick or treats incident rather than an alien invading the house.

Several sightings were encountered in the Roman Republic, some claimed ships in the sky in 218BC, a spark from a falling star in 76BC, and flame-like pithoi from the sky in 74BC.

1. The one that started it all- Kenneth Arnold UFO sightings

In 1947, when reports of strange objects in the sky were flooded in the newspapers, The UFO mania or The Kenneth Arnold Sighting occurred on June 24, 1947.

Kenneth Arnold UFO sightings
Kenneth Arnold UFO signings

When Arnold was flying over Cascade mountains in the state of Washington, he observed a string of nine saucer-like objects flying past Mount Rainier, at a speed that Arnold estimated to be a minimum of 1,200 miles per hour(1932 km/hr), a speed yet to be achieved by man-made plane in 1947.

The way Arnold described the saga lead to the beginning of the “Modern UFO era”, Arnold was an experienced pilot and his story has a number of witnesses on the ground who all described a series of oval-shaped objects at the speed described by Arnold, more than 800 incidents were reported within a month, including the famous Roswell incident.

Conclusion according to Project blue book is

  • No unidentified flying object reported in the investigation by the Air Force.
  • There has been no evidence submitted to Air Force that sightings categorized as unidentified represent the technological developments beyond the range of present-day scientific knowledge.
  • There has been no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as unidentified are extraterrestrial vehicles.

The Air Force, however, does not deny the possibility that some form of life may exist on other planets in the universe.


2. Rosewell, 1947

The Air Force captured a crashed flying saucer and its alien occupant. The find was soon explained to be a weather balloon but regained attention since the investigation by S.T.Friedman.

Rosewell UFO Sightings
Rosewell Daily Record

Rosewell UFO sightings are considered the most well known, most exhaustively investigated UFO claim in history. Read More…

3. Abduction of Barney and Betty Hill, 1961

The story of the abduction of Barney and Betty Hill was adapted into the best selling book of 1966, “The Interrupted Journey ” and later the movie “The UFO incident” which came out in 1975.

Returning from a trip to Canada, Barney and Betty Hill spotted a strange light in the sky and stopped to get a better look at it.

Barney and Betty started feeling some odd sensations and impulses they could not readily explain, their watches stopped working, leather strap of Barney’s binoculars was torn and he doesn’t recall it tearing, his shoes were scrapped and they seem to not remember anything about the two-hour ride.

Something might have happened while they were driving, a mob or they fought? No, they don’t have a memory of what happened in those 2 hours. When asked Barney and betty both had a similar tale of being examined by grey aliens.

Betty and Brian Hill describing the ufo they saw.
Barney explaining the alien abduction
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Simon’s hypnosis sessions

Benjamin Simon hypnotized Barney first who recalled witnessing non-human figures and was afraid and thus kept his eyes closed during the time of the abduction and physical examination.

Betty also described the beings similar to Barney’s, Barney recalled being escorted from the ship and taken to his car.

The Air Force investigation concluded that there was “insufficient data in the Air Force Files”.

4. The UFO sightings of Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, 1965

On 9th December 1965, thousands of people reported seeing a fireball dropping debris and causing sonic booms across the afternoon sky. Locals about 30 miles away reported something crashed into the woods.

The area was sealed off and was isolated by Military personals to ‘close inspections’ of whatever may have fallen and reportedly found “absolutely nothing”

NASA released a statement on the 40th anniversary of the incident reporting that experts examined the remains and determined they were from Russian Satellite but records of their findings were lost in 1990.


5. Iranian UFO Chase, 1976

According to editorial for the US Air Force newsletter, on a clear autumn morning, it’s a routine watch for the Imperial Iranian Air Force’s command position in the Tehran area.

In quick successions, four calls arrived from locals reporting a series of strange airborne objects. The radar tower was under repair so Hossein Pirouzi, an experienced traffic controller could not confirm nor deny the fact of seeing something out of ordinary.

Pirouzi went outside to see for himself and observed an object to the north, he guessed the object to be 8 meters or 26 feet, he immediately called Sharoki Air Force base and scrambled an F-4 Phantom jet.

While approaching the city, F-4 pilot, Yadi Nazeri reported the suspicious object to be 70 miles away. When approached near the F-4 pilot noticed that the interceptor lost all instrumentation and intercom communication. After turning towards the home base, all systems were back to normal for F-4.

Second F-4 was scramble ten minutes after first when the distance was less than 25NM point, the object moved away but was still visible on radar.

The object resembled flashing strobe lights arranged in a rectangular pattern and alternation of blue, green, red and orange, the lightning sequence was so fast that all colors could be seen at once.

The object detached from the original UFO and started coming towards the F-4. The pilot attempted to fire an AIM-9 missile but a sudden power loss prevented F-4 to fire the missile, and the pilots were headed back to base.

Another airline approaching the area also experienced similar communication failure but had not reported any unusual sightings.

The next day the F-4 crew went to the location where thy believed the objects might have landed but ended up at dry lake bed and nothing out of ordinary was noticed, but when asked from local they reported to have heard loud noises and noticed a very bright light, radiation test was conducted but the results have not been reported.

Does the UFO emerging from the sky have someone controlling them? Do these UFO sightings have a base? or Aliens are responsible for the UFO mania. Do aliens really live among us? or these are just meteors and balloons as described by the Air Force in their reports.


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