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Unidentified Flying Objects – the reality, the cover-up and the truth

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Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs as they are commonly known, have been witnessed by millions of people all over the world and have been recorded in history books, myths, legends and traditions for thousands of years. However, many accounts that are recorded in ancient texts are dismissed as mere myths and legends, while UFO sightings that have taken place in the last few centuries have been classified as misinterpretations of natural phenomena, illusions, or conspiracy theories.

History has shown us time and again that a plethora of so-called ‘myths’ have their basis in reality. It is possible, and indeed likely, that stories and legends were a way for people to explain real—and perhaps perplexing—events using the knowledge and beliefs of their time. In support of this theory, a number of events described in mythology, which were once considered mere fairy tales, have now been proven through archaeology to have existed. A famous example is the city Troy, which is central to Homer’s ‘The Iliad’. Long considered to be a city of myth, Heinrich Schliemann’s discovery of the actual site in 1868 elevated it to a place in history. Nevertheless, the remainder of The Iliad is still viewed as a myth and fantasy without any serious attempts being made to investigate whether or not there may be more truth behind the tale.  The same goes for many accounts of ‘flying machines’, which we find reference to in countless mythologies from numerous different cultures around the world.

Many cultures contain pictorial and written records of ‘flying machines’, yet these are usually dismissed as myth and legend

Many cultures contain pictorial and written records of ‘flying machines’, yet these are usually dismissed as myth and legend. ( Wikimedia Commons )

It is common to see people selectively decide what is real and what is not and all of this on the unsubstantiated assumption that ancient people were primitive and had little to no knowledge compared to us today. On the contrary, many ancient civilizations, like the Sumerians, Indus Valley, and Egyptians existed with complex social structures, legal systems, art, astronomy, mathematics, and technology, some of which is still not fully understood today. The Antikythera Mechanism, for example, is a 2,200-year-old mechanical device that is still not completely understood despite decades of research by top scientists around the world.

Ancient Astronaut Theory

The topic of flying objects and supernatural beings from out of our world is one in which we find multiple references in mythologies.  All of these myths and legends, along with archaeological evidence such as rock art depictions, have created a wave of theories that gave birth to the ‘Ancient Astronaut’ perspective, which links all of these ancient references and depictions to UFOs, and posits that extra-terrestrials visited Earth and made contact with humans in antiquity and prehistory, influencing the development of human cultures, technologies, and religions.

Unfortunately, there are numerous charlatans who have tried to ‘cash in’ on this movement for profit or publicity, or who have diminished it with caricatures of little green men, resulting in the ancient astronaut perspective being widely criticized and attacked for its lack of credibility. Consequently, what is in fact a plausible and possible explanation for what we see in ancient art and texts, is now rarely examined by scholars, who fear being ridiculed or having their professional career seriously undermined.

UFOs in art: Battesimo di Cristo, 1710; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

UFOs in art: Battesimo di Cristo" 1710; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge ( Wikimedia Commons )

UFO sightings in recent history

But let’s leave the ancient past for a while and examine just the last 80 years of human history. Millions of people all over the globe have witnessed unidentified flying objects. Many have been recorded in detailed reports witnessed by police, pilots, astronauts, government officials, pilots, military personnel and, of course, ordinary citizens. Some of the more well-known cases were witnessed by thousands of people at one time. Historical records make it evident that UFO appearances magnified during and after World War II, including the example of the famous ‘ Foo Fighters’ .

While most sightings can be explained either by celestial phenomena, airplanes, planets, weather phenomena, military exercises, or in some cases drug use or mental instability, there still exists a small percentage that cannot be accounted for by any of these explanations. This is what makes the phenomena important and not to be ignored, particularly considering that sightings are frequently reported around military bases and airfields and are therefore, at the very least, a matter of both national security and air safety.

It is an undeniable fact that there are cases of unidentified objects in our skies. It has been acknowledged by the major governments from all over the world simply through the very fact that official research has been conducted on the matter in the US, UK, Russia, Europe, China, South America, and many others. All of this research, in every single case, concluded that there is a percentage of phenomena that cannot be explained.

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Peter Harrap's picture

This occurred in France, in 1982 before the days of the Internet, so you will not be able to track it online. I know, because I have tried.

It was a sunny clear morning one weekend and my girlfriend , her sister and I decided to go down the motorway into Paris to do some shopping in Cergy at the mall.

The weather being fine, the motorway was crammed with holidaymakers going about there business, like ourselves, when suddenly the sister in the driver’s seat slammed on the brakes very quickly to stop us going into the car in front, and with her face almost into the windscreen , we in the back heard her crying out in shock “Merde, il ya un vaisseau spatial” (Shit! There’s a spaceship”).

Everything went quiet, as thousands of car engines, and trucks and coaches ground to a halt in both directions, and on that very clear day on that perfectly lit hillside, everybody got out of their vehicle, and everybody looked up into the blue sky above us where there hovered, utterly silent and motionless an absolutely enormous machine.

 We all could clearly see the stories of rows and rows of windows in the shiny metallic side of the thing, and gradually people began chatting and pointing out this and that about the vehicle, as  though it was the most normal thing in the world and happened every day, but, yes, there was a lot of exitement. Us? I do not remember us talking at all.

 I looked around me. As the long road sloped downwards towards Paris, I could see at least at least a kilometre along the motorway in that direction, and rather less nearer me above the hill, where the road rounded a bluff: say half a kilometre, but it was very clear, and I could clearly make out the figures and faces of all of the cdrivers, and all of the passengers craning their necks backwards and upwards, all of us, because  of its size.

 This was not one of those blobby lights or a flying hat or saucepan-shaped object, no. This thing was the size of a small town! Impossible to say how big really as there were so few markers and except for the windows that could anyway have been any size at all, just nothing to go by.

 It was round, and on the bottom appeared flat and almost featureless. Because it was there above us, where we were we could not see the top of it because it occupied most of the sky above the motorway where we were, but I would guess it must have been at least as wide as the distance from us to the bluff on the bend in the road, and that made it somewhere between 400 and 800 metres across.

I grew up near an airbase and Vulcans used to overfly ours school in the 60s, and I have seen and flown on the largest passenger carriers, but they were just tiny in comparison, and we all had time to examine it, as it was there for, well, I do not know how long, but it seemed an eternity, difficult to judge, because at least for me time had stopped. I’d say more than five minutes, but it could have been longer than that.

Then, again, with everyone still gazing at it and pointing stuff out, it left. No sound really. It was just not there any more. You got just enough of a hint of a direction maybe, but really it just vanished.

 Then, gesturing and chatting and laughing, these thousands of people all got back into their vehicles and eventually were able to move away to wherever it was that they were going.

 We continued into  town to do our shop like everybody else, but I do not remember our talking about it. I mean, what could you SAY? All three of us, like everyone else there I expect, found it difficult. When we got back home to the girls parents, where they and their brother awaited us, I do not remember us mentioning this extraordinary thing to them at all.Maybe we did? WE did not discuss it I know, for the next two years

But it was like a blessing, and I think of all of those thousands of people who shared the same silent experience, and all of us able to remember it as clear as day, every day, and it’s great.

 

johnblack's picture

Thank you Peter for your excellent comment! Amazing experience.

Many years ago, around 1973-74, my husband and I were living at a place called Toniva Beach, which is on Bougainville Island. Our little flat faced towards the Pacific Ocean in a north-easterly direction.

One evening at sundown, we saw an object drift up over the horizon and 'meander' across the sky towards us. It made no noise, had no wings or rotors, and could hover or move off at will. The craft was so close we plainly saw that it was cone-shaped. It came directly above our flat where we could see that it had a front section which was divided into three, each with a window. This front piece was moveable because it would rotate every few minutes, presumably to allow each window access to a particular view. The windows were lit up, but we couldn't tell if the craft was manned.

Not only did this strange craft appear on this particular occasion, but it did the same thing each evening for about a week. Other people saw it too, and it was written up in a local newsletter. A few years ago I read where a former American president reported seeing the same as us, round about the same time. I only mention it to show we can't all be delusional!

In more recent years when we moved back to Australia, in far northern NSW, we would look out at the night sky before the majority of stars lit up the sky and notice what appeared to be a satellite tracking along its ordained path. However, occasionally the "satellite" would stop, move in a different direction, sometimes even zig-zag for a while, and then melt into the background. Obviously not a satellite. We have seen this many times, so it is not such a novelty any more.

"It is common to see people selectively decide what is real and what is not and all of this on the unsubstantiated assumption that ancient people were primitive and had little to no knowledge compared to us today..."

This sums it up. This is the main problem in history and in general in our society. We assume too much, generate false conclusions on too many subjects and create distorted view on the world around us.

It is common to see people selectively decide what is real and what is not and all of this on the unsubstantiated assumption that ancient people were primitive and had little to no knowledge compared to us today. - See more at: http://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/unidentified-flying...

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