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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.

The Reality Within the Mythology of Unidentified Flying Objects

History has shown us time and again that a plethora 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 and unidentified flying objects , which we find reference to in countless mythologies from numerous different cultures around the world.

It is common to see people selectively decide what is real and what is not based 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.

Many cultures contain pictorial and written records of flying machines or unidentified flying objects, yet these are usually dismissed as myth and legend. (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Many cultures contain pictorial and written records of flying machines or unidentified flying objects, yet these are usually dismissed as myth and legend . ( CC BY-SA 3.0 )

Ancient Astronaut Theory and Unidentified Flying Objects

The topic of flying objects and supernatural beings from beyond our world is one in which we find multiple references in mythology. 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 aptly named ancient astronaut perspective. This theory links all of these ancient references and depictions to UFOs, and posits that extraterrestrials 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.

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, 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.

In recent history, many countries have declassified their UFO research files, releasing thousands of documents through the Freedom of Information Act and making numerous UFO cases available in the public domain. One recently released document from the UFO files in Britain, revealed how Churchill, concerned about the UFO issue, ordered a shutdown of information for at least 50 years to prevent mass panic and the potential to undermine religious beliefs. The document in question was published on the BBC news site in 2010.

By doing careful research on the topic, passing over obvious scam and fake stories, it is clear to see that unidentified flying objects do exist. So the question is not whether they exist or not, but rather, what are they? Are they of terrestrial or extraterrestrial origin? And what is their purpose?

UFOs in art: The Baptism of Christ by Arent de Gelder. (Public domain)

UFOs in art: The Baptism of Christ by Arent de Gelder. ( Public domain )

Unidentified Flying Objects and the Limits of Science

Many prominent scientists have already stated that other civilizations must exist in the Universe, and that it would be statistically impossible for this not to be the case. However, with our knowledge of science and technology today, we cannot yet support the means for interstellar travel. Since we have not discovered intelligent life in our solar system, the assumption is made that there must be no way that extraterrestrials could have travelled to Earth.

However, this argument is of course flawed because it is based within the framework of our own understanding of the universe, and does not take into account the capabilities of civilizations that may be millions of years ahead of our own. It also hinges on the following assumptions:

  • We know everything about physics and reality and therefore there is no way that such distant travel can be achieved.
  • We are using our means to try to contact other civilizations (e.g. SETI’s attempts to pick up radio or communication signals) and since we don’t perceive any signals of OUR type, nothing must exist.
  • We are looking for organic forms of life exactly like us and for planets with the exact same conditions as ours.

It is clear that these arguments show the arrogance of mankind, a mankind that may just be an infant in the Universe. And this is not new. During the history of humanity, in every single period of time, we believed that we knew the truth, only to have it replaced later on by new knowledge.  

“There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement.” (Lord Kelvin, 1901, physicist)

Quantum physics , still a relatively new and unexplored field in Science, has shown that reality could be completely different to what we believe it to be. Powerful telescopes have shown distant planets in solar systems that could possibly sustain life. Theories of wormholes and warp drives have shown that at a theoretical level we could achieve interstellar travel. Yes, we would require incredible amounts of energy to even think of trying to achieve something like this, so according to our standards today it is impossible to achieve, but in theory it can be achieved.

“It now seems quite clear that Earth is not the only inhabited planet. There is evidence that the bulk of the stars in the sky have planetary systems. Recent research concerning the origin of life on Earth suggests that the physical and chemical processes leading to the origin of life occur rapidly in the early history of the majority of planets within our Milky Way galaxy–perhaps as many as a million–are inhabited by technical civilizations in advance of our own. Interstellar space flight is far beyond our present technical capabilities, but there seems to be no fundamental physical objections to preclude, from our own vantage point, the possibility of its development by other civilizations.”  Carl Sagan, Ph.D. (Late Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences, Cornell University)

Reluctance to Engage with Unidentified Flying Objects

The reason that the scientific community is not dealing seriously with UFOs is because the topic has been extensively ridiculed both by the media and in academic circles, with false information spread everywhere. For similar reasons, military personnel, astronauts, pilots, and other categories of professionals do not want to talk because, either they have been forced to sign confidentiality agreements, or because of fear that their careers would be destroyed. This is why we have seen many examples of death bed confessions.

One such case was with astronaut Gordon Cooper, who told the world about his experience encountering a UFO during his flight in the Mercury capsule in 1963. Before he died he stated: “For many years I have lived with a secret, in a secrecy imposed on all specialists in astronautics. I can now reveal that every day, in the USA, our radar instruments capture objects of form and composition unknown to us.”

While great efforts have been made to ridicule and disparage anyone who lends support to the existence of UFOs, the fact remains that there are numerous high-profile cases of unidentified flying objects that are supported by solid evidence, and which should not be dismissed.

Recorded UFO Sightings with Extensive Witness Support

Below I present a very limited list constituting strong evidence for the existence of unidentified flying objects in the last 60 years.

November 1942 – La Incident, Known as the Battle of Los Angeles

It all happened in the early hours of February 25 in 1942. An aircraft flew over LA County that sparked an air raid alert (it was in the midst of WWII). Searchlights and guns were locked onto the aircraft for about an hour. The picture below appeared in the LA Times in a story about the Battle of LA. It clearly shows a night time defensive response to an air raid. The aircraft was not hostile and obviously was not damaged by the attack. The Government stated that the craft they were shooting at was an unidentified flying object.

The Battle of Los Angeles unidentified flying objects incident. (Author provided)

The Battle of Los Angeles unidentified flying objects incident . (Author provided)

December 1980 – Rendlesham Forest Incident , Suffolk, United Kingdom

This incident involved a group of American servicemen stationed at a military base in Suffolk that contained a storage center with nuclear weapons. There had been three consecutive nights of sighting objects in the sky over the base, in some cases shining a light down upon the nuclear weapons storage.

On the third night, approximately two dozen servicemen were sent into the forest to investigate one set of mysterious lights. The men reported seeing a spacecraft on the ground in close proximity to them and three extraterrestrial beings. One serviceman claimed to have touched the craft.

The whole incident was filmed and photographed by one of the servicemen, but all photos and videos were removed by the US military. When the British Government released the UFO files, the Rendlesham incident papers were missing – as reported by the BBC News .

Rendlesham Forest unidentified flying objects incident, Suffolk, UK. (Author provided)

Rendlesham Forest unidentified flying objects incident, Suffolk, UK . (Author provided)

November 1986, Japan Air Lines Flight 1628 Over Alaska

In November, 1986, a Japanese crew of a jumbo freighter aircraft witnessed three enormous unidentified objects while flying over Alaska, USA. This sighting gained international attention when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it was going to officially investigate this sighting because the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Anchorage, Alaska, had reported that the UFO had been detected on radar. The unidentified flying objects in this case were tracked on both ground and airborne radar, witnessed by experienced airline pilots, and confirmed by a FAA Division Chief.

Illustration of the object, with the Boeing 747 airplane on the right. Credits: UFO Reporter

Illustration of the object, with the Boeing 747 airplane on the right. Credits: UFO Reporter

April 1990 – Belgium UFO Wave, Petit Rechain Belgium

The Belgium UFO wave began in November 1989. The events of 29 November would be documented by no less than thirty different groups of witnesses, and three separate groups of police officers. All of the reports related to a large object flying at low altitude.

The craft itself was of a flat, triangular shape, with lights underneath. This giant craft did not make a sound as it slowly moved across the landscape of Belgium. The Belgium UFO wave peaked with events on the night of 30/31 March 1990. On that night, unknown objects were tracked on radar, chased by two Belgian Air Force F16s, photographed, and were sighted by an estimated 13,500 people on the ground – 2,600 of whom filed written statements describing in detail what they had seen. Following the incident, the Belgian air force released a report detailing the events of that night.

Belgium UFO wave, Petit Rechain Belgium. (Author provided)

Belgium UFO wave, Petit Rechain Belgium. (Author provided)

March 1997 – Phoenix Lights , Arizona, USA

The Phoenix Lights (also identified as "Lights over Phoenix") was a UFO sighting which occurred in Phoenix, Arizona, and Sonora, Mexico on Thursday, March 13, 1997. Lights of varying descriptions were seen by thousands of people between 19:30 and 22:30 MST, in a space of about 300 miles (480 km), from the Nevada line, through Phoenix, to the edge of Tucson.

Witnesses claim to have observed a huge square-shaped UFO, containing five spherical lights or possibly light-emitting engines. Fife Symington, the governor at the time, was one witness to this incident; he later called the unidentified flying object as "otherworldly."

Phoenix Lights, Arizona, US. (Author provided)

Phoenix Lights, Arizona, US . (Author provided)

October 2004 – Osaka Airport, Japan

On the night of August 30, a cluster of multi-colored lights was seen floating in the sky above Osaka. Several people reported to Twitter that they saw a group of lights forming a triangular shape and flashing green, red and white in the night sky above Izumi city in Osaka Prefecture. The sightings caused a commotion on Twitter after one user wrote: “Everyone in Osaka, go outside! There’s a UFO!” prompting others to grab their cameras and snap up photos of mysterious, luminous and unidentified flying object.

Osaka airport UFO Incident, Japan. (Author provided)

Osaka airport UFO Incident, Japan. (Author provided)

November 2006, O-Hare Airport, USA

At approximately 16:15 CST on Tuesday November 7, 2006, federal authorities at Chicago O'Hare International Airport received a report that a group of twelve airport employees were witnessing a metallic, saucer-shaped craft hovering over Gate C-17.

The object was first spotted by a ramp employee who was pushing back United Airlines Flight 446, which was departing Chicago for Charlotte, North Carolina. The employee apprised Flight 446's crew of the object above their aircraft. It is believed that both the pilot and co-pilot also witnessed the object.

Several independent witnesses outside of the airport also saw the object. According to the Chicago Tribune 's Jon Hilkevitch, “the disc was visible for approximately two minutes and was seen by close to a dozen United Airlines employees, ranging from pilots to supervisors, who heard chatter on the radio and raced out to view it.”

O-Hare Airport UFO Incident, USA. (Author provided)

O-Hare Airport UFO Incident, USA . (Author provided)

May 2007, UFO Fleets, Lima, Peru

The incident took place on May 2007 at 14.00 local time in Lima, Peru. A series of moving lights resembling an armada of flying objects appeared in the skies. The story was reported on the news and was seen by thousands of people.

UFO Fleets, Lima, Peru. (Author provided)

UFO Fleets, Lima, Peru. (Author provided)

July 2010 – Xiaoshan Airport , China

An unidentified flying object that disrupted air traffic in Hangzhou for an hour on Wednesday, 10th of July 2010. A flight crew preparing for descent first detected the object around 8:40 p.m. and notified the air traffic control department. Aviation authorities responded within minutes, grounding outbound flights and diverting inbound ones to airports in Ningbo and Wuxi. Eighteen flights were affected.

A spokesman from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) confirmed to ABC News that the matter is under investigation. He declined to disclose further details. A day after the sighting, however, an anonymous source told China Daily that authorities already discovered the identity of the UFO after an investigation but could not publically disclose the information because “there was a military connection.”

Xiaoshan Airport UFO Incident, China. (Author provided)

Xiaoshan Airport UFO Incident, China . (Author provided)

Implications of Disclosing Information about Unidentified Flying Objects

Many would say that the above examples constitute irrefutable proof that extraterrestrial UFOs exist. So why isn’t the public told about it? Imagine the implications that disclosure would have and what it would mean. Acknowledgment of extra-terrestrial civilizations having visited Earth would mean that many of the myths and legends of the past are in fact based on reality.

Disclosure would suggest that humanity has been influenced for millennia by other-worldly beings, beings that in the past were considered gods. Disclosure would entirely topple the status quo and the balance of powers in society, and turn upside down what we know about the history of mankind.

The acknowledgement of the UFO phenomena is an event with the power to bring a global revolution in every sector of our lives today – technology and energy supply, communication and environmental concerns, society and religion. Is this what governments and corporations are afraid of – a shift in balance and their loss of their positions of power and control? Or is it that the powers that be are afraid of re-writing our human history?

“When the long awaited solution to the UFO problem comes, I believe that it will prove to be not merely the next small step in the march of science, but a mighty and totally unexpected quantum leap.”  (Dr J. Allen Hynek, Scientific Advisor to the U.S. Air Force)

Top image: Composite image of unidentified flying objects. Source: Author provided.

By John Black

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Thank you Peter for your excellent comment! Amazing experience.

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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.

 

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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