From Roswell to aliens over Belgium: Most notorious UFO cases

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(ORDO NEWS) — UFOs are nothing new: humanity has been observing unidentified flying objects for thousands of years.

However, the modern fascination with aliens gained momentum in the middle of the last century thanks to a series of incidents that occurred just at the time of space exploration.

The History edition told about the most high-profile cases related to UFOs.

Case of Kenneth Arnold (1947)

UFOs would not be such a popular conspiracy topic these days without civilian pilot Kenneth Arnold. Flying over Mount Rainer on June 24, 1947, he allegedly noticed a formation of nine blue, shimmering objects in the sky that quickly swept past.

At first, Arnold thought they were some new military aircraft, but Air Force officials denied the theory.

The bewildered pilot described the unknown vehicles as “saucers launched along the surface of the water” – thanks to this phrase, the media disseminated the term “flying saucer”.

The government was never able to offer a clear explanation of what happened: according to the official version, Kenneth Arnold saw a mirage or a hallucination.

Roswell Incident (1947)

Perhaps the most famous event of its kind in the world. In the summer of 1947, farmer William Brazel discovered mysterious debris on his ranch in New Mexico: metal rods, pieces of plastic, scraps of paper.

After he reported the find, Roswell Air Force Base dispatched soldiers to the ranch, who hurriedly removed the wreckage.

News headlines were full of cries that a flying saucer had crashed in the city, but the military said that the UFO was just the remains of a weather probe.

Fans of conspiracy theories claimed that the army command is trying to hide the truth from the population.

The conspiracy theorists turned out to be half right: the military was indeed hiding something, but not aliens.

The wreckage at Brazel’s ranch belonged to the classified Mogul project: balloons with which the US hoped to detect nuclear weapons tests in the USSR.

In 1997, the US Air Force even published a lengthy report that lucidly debunked the myth of hidden aliens. True, this did not prevent Roswell from becoming a tourist mecca for fans of paranormal stories.

Lubbock Lights (1951)

On August 25, 1951, three professors from Texas Tech University were spending an evening outdoors in Lubbock.

They looked up at the sky and saw shimmering spheres flying in a semicircle above them at high speed. Over the next few days, locals began to talk about the same phenomenon.

The US Air Force studied the information and concluded that the mysterious lights were reflections of street lamps on the bodies of flying birds.

Many eyewitnesses refuse to accept this explanation, citing the fact that the lights were flying too fast.

UFO over Levelland (1957)

In the cult film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, there is a famous scene where a UFO disables the electronics in a car.

The real inspiration for this moment came from the Levelland incident in 1957, when residents of the Texas town allegedly noticed a rocket or strange lights interfering with electronic devices.

Lights went out in the houses, car engines stopped. The police initially did not believe the stories, but then they themselves noticed the same lights, after which they began to investigate.

According to official sources, ball lightning and an electrical storm were the cause of the outage – although there was no bad weather anywhere in the region that day.

Tehran Incident (1976)

The 1976 incident in Tehran began like many others. Local residents were worried about the bright lights in the sky: the authorities received many calls, after which they sent the plane for reconnaissance.

But when the fighter approached the object, the machine’s electronics failed, which forced the pilot to return to base.

The second fighter was able to get closer and catch an unusual glow on the radar, but then something strange happened.

According to the co-pilot, the UFO fired a luminous object that looked like a rocket from a distance. The aircraft prepared for combat, however, its instruments suddenly failed, forcing it to return to base.

Iran has asked the United States to assist in the investigation. Again, if you believe the version of the US Air Force, then almost every nuance of the incident can be explained logically.

The bright light could be Jupiter, which was visible in the sky that night. Electronics failures were a common problem among F-4 fighters that flew out on reconnaissance missions. Finally, the “alien rockets” were actually meteor showers.

Randlesham Incident (1980)

In December 1980, US Air Force soldiers stationed at the British air force bases at Woodbridge and Bentwaters reported strange, bright lights over Randlesham Forest, about 160 kilometers from London.

One of the people who went there for reconnaissance allegedly found an unidentified spacecraft, and the next day, others confirmed that the surrounding trees were damaged.

In addition, an increased level of radiation was recorded in the area where the object fell.

One of the eyewitnesses recorded his observations of the lights on a dictaphone: supporters of the UFO theory consider this one of the hardest evidence of the incident.

However, the British Ministry of Defense did not find any threats to the nation in the event, so it decided to end the investigation.

Since then, Randlesham Forest has become the same tourist destination as Roswell: enterprising enthusiasts even left a model of a flying saucer on the edge.

Belgian wave (1989-1990)

In November 1989, residents of Belgium noticed a large unidentified triangular object hovering in the sky in the sky.

A few months later, in March 1990, they returned – but this time the appearance of the UFO was confirmed by two military radars.

The fighters flying towards the objects were able to detect them on the instruments, but the pilots themselves did not see anything. After that, the mysterious objects quickly left the chase.

Witnesses of these incidents, according to various estimates, were 13,500 people.

The Belgian Air Force was unable to provide any logical explanation for what happened, admitting that unidentified objects did indeed appear in the sky at that time.


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