Have you heard of these 10 mysterious UFO sightings?
Whether from the sky or the sea, these 10 UFO sightings are some of the most mystifying that have ever been encountered.
1. Battle of Los Angeles
The skies above Los Angeles were showered with antiaircraft artillery shells during the early morning hours of February 25, 1942, when searchlights lit up an unidentified object. This UFO sighting was alarming, as it took place during a citywide blackout due to the threat of Japanese bombers. Because of its slow speed, the object was thought to be a blimp, but the theory was dismissed. Meanwhile, the United States Army, already on high alert because of submarine activity along the coast, raced fighters to pursue what they thought to be Japanese aircraft.
2. Rendlesham Forest Incident
Perhaps one of the most fascinating UFO encounters, this event at RAF Woodbridge was the basis for a recent, poorly reviewed movie. On the night of December 26, 1980, United States airmen followed lights into the forest. There the two main witnesses, Sgt. Jim Penniston and A1C John Burroughs, encountered a triangular craft hovering aboveground. Penniston, having touched the craft, was hit with a flash of binary code (which he later wrote down and found coordinates to Hy-Brasil, a mythical island). Meanwhile, Burroughs felt as though he was transferred between dimensions and experienced missing 45 minutes of time.
3. The Phoenix Lights
A mass UFO sighting with video documentation, this encounter has been held as some of the best evidence of alien visitation. On March 13, 1997, thousands of witnesses saw something in the skies above Phoenix, Arizona. Some reported a V-shaped craft hundreds of yards long, moving slowly across the sky and blocking out stars. Others reported lights that hovered in place, unmoving. The United States Air Force released a statement that the motionless lights were flares from an A-10 Warthog on a routine exercise, but many who watched the sky that night dismiss this claim.
4. The Pine Bush UFO Sightings
In the 1990s, Pine Bush, New York, was known as the UFO capitol, with thousands flocking to the small town to witness otherworldly phenomena. As a result of the influx, local law enforcement clamped down on the visitors whose cars clogged the streets to near standstills. Although the sightings have become less frequent, they’re still being reported, and those who travel to the area for the annual UFO festival stop at the Cup and Saucer Diner to exchange stories with locals. Some believe the drop-in UFO sightings are related to a decommissioned United States Air Force base.
5. The Roswell Crash
A weather balloon may still be the military’s scapegoat, but on July 8, 1947, a U.S. Army press release announced something, which most believe to be not of this world, crashing onto the land of rancher William Brazel. Brazel contacted the sheriff, who in turn contacted Major Jesse Marcel of the Roswell Army Air Field. Upon examination of material from the crash, Marcel stated that it was “indestructible” and “behaved like no other substance on earth.” A second crash site was also discovered, and it’s said that military personnel recovered alien bodies. Though we may never know the truth of what was found in New Mexico, we now know through an NSA report that there were top-secret balloons with equipment to pick up nuclear testing by the Soviets.
6. The Belgium UFO Sightings
The first of a wave of UFO sightings in Belgium took place on November 29, 1989, in Eupen. That night over 1,500 reports of the craft were made. The mass sighting began the two-year series of reports of unidentified objects in the sky. The largest number of 13,000 witnesses was on March 30, 1990, when the Belgian Air Force raised two F-16s to intercept the objects, though when in reach, their equipment malfunctioned. American stealth aircraft has been suspected, though the United States government denies any involvement. While there are photos of the triangular crafts, skeptics believe this may have been a case of mass delusion.
7. Catalina Island USOs (Unidentified Submerged Objects)
The same day the Roswell crash was reported, July 8, 1947, three United States Army veterans spotted six “flying discs” over the East Peak of Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of California. In more recent years, a single-engine plane was said to have been shot down by a USO via laser, killing the passenger and injuring the pilot. The most intriguing were hundreds of USOs seen by Boy Scouts camping on the island, as reported by 14-year-old Alan Burkell, and several hundred emerging from the water, as witnessed by a couple in the 1990s. Some UFOlogists believe there is an underwater alien base in the channel.
8. Lake Titicaca USOs
The ancient people of Tiwanaku in Bolivia are said to have received material and education from advanced alien beings. With their knowledge of the stars far beyond their time, it seems fitting that the nearby Lake Titicaca on the border of Peru and Bolivia is rife with USO and UFO sightings. Experiences with the unknown go back to the ancients in this region. With mysterious ruins such as idols depicting water deities, the thought of an underwater USO base becomes more acceptable with each sighting.
9. Lake Erie UFO Incident
In February of 1996, the pilot of an air shuttle in the skies above Lake Erie was recorded discussing a UFO sighting with Air Traffic Control. In the recording, the pilot seems certain of what he is seeing yet hesitant to outright exclaim his certainty. In the back and forth between the two men, many suggestions are made and ruled out. The object moves from below, to in front of, to above air shuttle 5959, all while never being picked up on radar. Near the end of the recording, the pilot has a passenger take a picture of the object after describing it as “a bright light,” with “rotating light around it.” And he says, “It is constant; it’s not a beacon.”
10. RAF Fighter Pilots’ UFO Sighting
With anything supernatural or, in this case, paranormal, we all look for the most credible witnesses and authorities. When speaking of UFO sightings, there is none better qualified than pilots, especially those who fly for the military who may have experience with unconventional or experimental aircraft. This recording (and transcript) of two RAF pilots who spotted something that looked like a “rock” is perhaps the best evidence that there might be unidentified flying objects, whether of alien origin or military experimentation.