UFOs: A BackgroundFlying objects, not easily identifiable by the human eye, havebeen spotted all around the world for centuries. Those whoreported seeing such mysterious objects often attributed themto spirits, angels, phantoms, ghosts or other supernaturalphenomena. In 1938, with the specter of war looming inEurope, Orson Welles caused mass hysteria in America whenhis radio broadcast based on H.G. Wells science-fiction novel"War of the Worlds" suggested that meteor-like rocket shipscarrying aliens were invading Earth.
Flying SaucersThe first well-known UFOsighting occurred in 1947,when businessman KennethArnold claimed to see a groupof nine high-speed objectsnear Mount Rainier inWashington while flying hissmall plane. Arnold estimatedthe speed of the crescent-shaped objects as severalthousand miles per hour andsaid they moved “like saucersskipping on water.” In thenewspaper report thatfollowed, it was mistakenlystated that the objects weresaucer-shaped, hence the termflying saucer.
After news of Arnolds sightings hit the media, similar sightings began to be reported in increasing numbers across the United States. Also in July 1947, a Roswell, New Mexico newspaper claimed that personnel of the nearby U.S. Army airfield had recovered a crashed flying saucer. The Army, in turn, explained that the crash was that of a wrecked weather balloon. (Though the Roswell incident was mostly forgotten until the late 1970s, around that time several eyewitnesses began to come forward claiming the "weather balloon" was in fact an alien craft; conspiracy theories regarding Roswell still abound among ufologists.)
It is an attempt to categorize ang investigate a surge in sightings ofunsual,unidentified objects flying across North Amerika Skies in late1940’s
Main Goals of Project Blue Book.1.To Explain all reported sightings of UFO s2.To decide if UFOs posed a threat to the national security of the United States3.To determine wether UFOs were using any advanced technology that theUnited States could use
1897-The Aurora, Texas UFO Crash Occurring during the "Great Airship" wave of thelate 1800s, the legend of a UFO crash and a dead alien have survived over a century ofdebate. Allegedly, the dead alien pilot is buried in the local cemetery. The story of thecrash was related by local newspapers, the UPI, and AP. The city received "historicalsite" status because of the incident.1941-The Missouri UFO Crash RetrievalBrought to public knowledge by UFO investigator Leo Stringfield, from an account byCharlette Mann. Mann related the story of her grandfather Reverend WilliamHuffman, who claimed to have been called to the scene of a crashed UFO with deadaliens in Missouri.1942-The Battle of Los AngelesShortly after the Japanese invaded Pearl Harbor, the city of Los Angeles was invadedby a flying object of unknown origin. U.S. military sent volley after volley of shells atthe alleged flying saucer without damaging the intruder. Six people were killed duringthe attacks.
1961-Betty & Barney Hill AbductionThe best known case of alien abduction. While driving home from vacation, Bettyand husband Barney Hill would lose two hours of time during an alien encounter.They would undergo physical exams at the hands of their alien captors. This casewas the subject of a book and a movie.1965-Exeter, New Hampshire UFO SightingsA series of UFO sightings took place which gained vast media attention, andbecame the subject of the book, "Incident at Exeter," by John G. Fuller. Thesensational happenings were also featured in a two-part article in "Look" magazine.Many eyewitness accounts by respected community members make this one of thebest cases.1975-The Travis Walton AbductionWhile working on a government land clearing project with six other crew members,Travis Walton approaches a glowing UFO. He is hit with a blue green beam. Thecrew members run from the scene, thinking Travis is dead. Five days later hereappears, not having eaten during his absence. He relates that he was takenaboard a UFO, and experimented on by alien beings.
1997-The Phoenix LightsLike a scene from a science fiction movie, a huge, circular object slowly moved overthe city of Phoenix and surrounding areas. Numerous photographs, and anabundance of video film make this one of the best documented cases in UFO history.Numerous eye witness accounts describe a large, slow moving triangular shapedUFO.2004-The Mexican Military UFO FootageAn extraordinary video film taken by Mexican military pilots stunned the world.According to Mexican officials, the encounter occurred on March 5, when an aircraftbelonging to the Mexican Air Force, a Merlin C26/A, was engaged in drug interdictionpatrols. At around 17:00 hours it detected the presence of 11 objects following it. Theroutine flight took place between Copalar, Chiapas and the State of Campeche.2006-The OHare Airport UFOOn November 7, 2006, one of the nations busiest airports, OHare in Chicago wasvisited by a UFO which blasted an "eerie" hole in the cloud cover. The UFO was seenfor several minutes, according to eyewitness accounts of United Airlines employees.
The Conclusions of Project Blue BookNo UFO reported, investigated, and evaluated by the AirForce has ever given any indication of threat to ournational security.There has been no evidence submitted to or discovered bythe Air Force that sightings categorized as "unidentified"represent technological developments or principles beyondthe range of present day scientific knowledge.There has been no evidence indicating the sightingscategorized as "unidentified" are extraterrestrial vehicles
1927-Oregon. Taken in Cave Junction, Oregon. There is some question as towhether the photo was taken in 26 or 27, but nonetheless, if this is anauthentic photograph it is incredible. Reportedly snapped by a volunteerfireman. Be sure to click to see full size image to really appreciate the picture.
1929-SlideWard-Colorado Ward Sawmill, April-This incident is retold by thephotographers daughter: "This photo was taken by my father Edward Pline atthe sawmill in Ward where they lived at the time.
Washington D. C. 1952. During the dawn of Ufology in the United States,unidentified flying objects made themselves known to the leaders of the freeworld in 1952, buzzing over the White House, the Capitol building, and thePentagon. Seemingly the unknown objects were defying the very governmentalagencies sworn to protect the United States from foreign powers. WashingtonNational Airport and Andrews Air Force Base picked up a number of UFOs ontheir radar screens on July 19, 1952, beginning a wave of sightings stillunexplained to this day.
1965-Santa Ana, California. August 3. Taken by highway traffic engineer Rex Heflin, while driving near the Santa Ana freeway. Heflin did not report hissighting, but the photographs were published by the Santa Ana Register on 09- 20-65. This turned into a very controversial case with photos confiscated, anddisagreements between different Ufologists about the photographs authenticity. One of the most famous UFO photos ever taken.
1997-Phoenix, Arizona. Taken by Dr. Lynne Kietei, who also wrote a book onthe Phoenix Lights, and took video footage of the phenomena. The good doctorhas been a real proponent on getting the truth out about the Phoenix situation.She has taken a lot of ridicule for her actions, especially being a professionalperson who is "supposed to know better." A truly amazing photo this is, clearand impossible to assign some known craft to.