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A brief UFO history:

The general public is convinced that UFOs are a modern phenomena that started after the fashion of science fiction stories started in the Fifties. Maybe this short history will set the clock straight.

Note: stories without a link to an explanation page or without a comment are to be taken as raw and possibly unverified material.


13 000 000 BC, PERU:

The Ica stones of Peru show illustrations of advanced surgery (like heart and brain transplant, Caesarean section) and men riding dinosaurs: Dr. Javier Cabrera discovers about 40,000 stone tablets detailing advanced science in the Peruvian desert of Ocucaje. These were called the Ica Stones of Peru. The tablets detail such complex ideas as astronomy, surgery (heart and kidney transplants), C section, acupuncture, genetic disorders, and more. There were descriptions of vehicles which flew through spaces without consuming fuel, descriptions of the lines drawn at Nazca. They described the evacuation of large-headed small-statured race to a planet which would now be in the Pleaides star cluster. These were found in the Peruvian state of Ica. The city of Ica is only 100 miles from the city of Nazca.

13,000 BC, INDIA:

Indian country of Rama existed. Remains of their large cities still exist in the deserts of India and Pakistan (Mohenjodaro). Indian texts from this period tell of anti-gravity space ships (called Vimanas, or Astras), and a war with the Atlanteans on the moon. Curiously, Soviet scientists have discovered what they call "age-old instruments used in navigating cosmic vehicles" in caves in Turkestan and the Gobi Desert. The "devices" are hemispherical objects of glass or porcelain, ending in a cone with a drop of mercury inside. Some ancient Indian texts describe a war with Atlantis (who flew Vailixi machines) using flying machines and atomic bombs about 10,000 to 12,000 years ago.


Small-bodied, yellow-faced Dropas aliens crash land on Tibet/China border. Remains discovered in 1938. Aligned graves contained skeletons of short, spindly people with large heads. A stone disk with tiny pictograms on it told the story of aliens crash landing in the mountains of Bayan Kara-Ula on the China Tibet border. They tried to make friends with the neighboring Ham tribe, but the Hams hunted them down and killed them. An English scientist later visited the area and learned their lore. Descendants of the Dropas still live in the area, and they don't look Mongolian or Chinese. The Dropas came from a star in the Sirius system. The small people of the Dropas were rediscovered in the same mountains in 1995. (strange and unbelievable story. To investigate.)

5000 BC:

Autralian Aborigene mythology tells of foreign visitors, they are painting on caves.


Rishi City of Mohenjodaro, Pakistan was excavated by archeologists in the last century, they found skeletons just lying in the streets, some of them holding hands, as if some great doom had suddenly overtaken them. These skeletons are among the most radioactive ever found, on a par with those found at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ancient cities whose brick and stone walls have literally been vitrified, that is, fused together like glass, can be found in India, Ireland, Scotland, France, Turkey and other places. There is no logical explanation for the vitrification of stone forts and cities, except from an atomic blast. The Lop Nor Desert in western China is known to be the center of a great UFO mystery. From "Worlds Strange Phenomona" by Charles Berlitz: Scientists drilling down in an excavation near Babylon, in Iraq, found various strata containing evidence of different civilizations. They eventually stopped when they hit a solid wall of glass, like the sand had been fused together by a nuclear blast.



Chinese legend talks of an alien base in the Kun Lun mountains used by "immortals who flew from their secret sanctuary to the stars."


Of course, everyone knows the famous "UFO quotes" from Ezekial in the Bible (verses 4 through 19, etc.) which I quote here only to be as thorough as possible:
"4. And I looked and beheld a whirlwind came out of the north a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it and out of the midst thereof as the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire. Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance, they had the likeness of man… and the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of the flash of lightning…and when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them, and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up."


In Egypt, the Pharaoh Thutmose III sees silent, foul-smelling circles of fire and flying discs in the sky.


"...told of 2 strange objects in the sky that dived repeatedly at his army as they were attempting a river crossing. (Jaxartes River). The action so panicked his elephants, horses, and men they had to abandon the river crossing until the following day. They were described as great silver shields, spitting fire around the rims."

246 BC, IRAQ:

Primitive battery created in Iraq. Later to be found in 1938 by Dr. Wilhelm Konig in the basement of a Bagdad museum.


At Lanupium, a remarkable spectacle of a fleet of ships was seen in the air.

99 BC, Rome, from Prodigia of Julius Obsequens:

When C. Murius and L. Valerius were consuls in Tarquinia towards sunset, a round object, like a globe, a round or circular shield, took it s path in the sky from west to east.

90 BC, Rome, from Prodigia of Julius Obsequens:

At Aernarie, while Livius Troso was promulgating the laws at the beginning of the italian war, at sunrise, there came a terrific noise in the sky, and a globe of fire appeared burning in the north. In the territory of Spoletum, a globe of fire, of golden color, fell to the earth gyrating. It then seemed to increase in size, rose from the earth and ascended into the sky, where it obscured the sun with its brilliance. It revolved toward the eastern quadrant of the sky.

85 BC, Rome, from Pliny, Natural History: Book II, ch 34:

"In the consulship of Lucius Valerius and Caius Marius, a burning shield scattering sparks ran across the sky."


Remnants of a metal "computer" found which calculates the positions of the sun and stars. It was found in Antikythera, Greece in 1900. It received a story in Natural History, 1962.


Something like a sort of weapon, or missile, rose with a great noise from the earth and soard into the sky.


"On the 21st of May a demonic phantom of incredible size... for before sunset there appeared in the air over the whole country chariots and armed troops coursing through the clouds and surrounding the cities."

80 AD, Lycothenes, from medieval reporter Conrad Wolfhart:

When the Roman emperor Agricola was in Scotland, wonderous flames were seen in the skies over Caledon Wood, all one winter night. Everywhere the air burned, and on many nights, when the weather was serene, a ship was seen in the air moving fast.

98 AD, Lycothenes, from medieval reporter Conrad Wolfhart:

At sunset, a burning shield passed over the sky at Rome. It came sparkling from the west and passed over to the east.

398 AD, Byzantine Empire:

A thing like a burning globe, presenting a sword, shown brilliantly in the sky over the city. It seemed almost to touch the earth from the zenith. Such a thing was never recorded to have been seen before by man.


776 AD, from an chronicle by W. R. Drake:

"Those watching outside in that place, of whom many still live to this very day, saw they beheld the likeness of two large shields, reddish in color in motion above the church, and when the pagans who were outside saw this sign, they were at once thrown into confusion and terrified with fear and began to flee from the castle."

800 AD, Peru, huge strips:

Aerial landing strips are built in the Peruvian Andes.

810 AD, Charlemagne:

St. Gregory of Tours, a historian, wrote of Charlemagne:
"Alcuin, the secretary and biographer of Charlemagne, and author of the Vita karoli, states in the thirty second chapter of his work that in 810 when he was on his way from Aachen, he saw a large sphere descend like lightning from the sky. It traveled from east to west and was so bright it made the monarch's horse rear up so that Charlemagne fell and injured himself severly."

1100 AD, India:

Vimanas (silent flying machines) written of in Indian vedantic texts.

1235, Pacific:

General Yoritsume was at military camp with his unit on September 24, 1235, when a most extraordinary phenomenon was sighted. Through the night and into the early morning lights in the sky were seen swinging, circling, and looping. General Yoritsume had some astronomers working for him investigate this phenomenon. They came up with perhaps the first explanation offered for UFOs, 'The whole thing is completely natural, General, it is only the wind making the stars sway'.

1239, England, from Matthew of Paris:

On July 24, 1239 at dusk, but not when the stars came out, while the air was clear, serene and shining, a great star appeared. It was like a torch, rising from the south, and flying on both sides of it, there was emitted in the height of the sky a very great light. It turned quickly towards the north in the aery region, not quickly, nor, indeed, with speed, but exactly as it wished to ascend to a place high in the air.

1254, January 1, from Matthew of Paris:

At midnight in the clear and serene sky with the stars shining and the moon eight days old, there suddenly appeared in the sky a kind of large ship, elegantly shaped, amd well-equipped of marvekous color. Certain monks of St. Albans saw it for a long time, as if it were painted, and a ship made of planks, but finally it began to disappear.”

1290, Byland, North Yorkshire, from William of Newburghs Chronicle:

"While the abbot and monks were in the refectorium, a flat round, shining, silvery object (discus) flew over the abbey and caused the utmost terror."

The text is known as "The Ampleforth Manuscript", it is a very old manuscript found in Ampleforth Abbey which gives a startling account of a flying saucer over Byland Abbey in Yorkshire. The event is reported to have been witnessed by monks in the year 1290.

Curious fact:

In the Middle Ages, as a result of so many UFO sightings, laws came onto the statute books that imposed a penalty on anybody travelling in an airship.

Curious fact:

An ancient cave drawing known as "The White Lady of Brandenburg" in South Africa depicts a lady dressed in a short pullover, gloves, garters, and slippers. Behind her is a figure with a pipe in hand, and he wears some sort of helmet.

Curious fact:

Another ancient cave drawing in Lussac France also shows figures dressed in modern clothes. In addition, despite being a verifiably ancient cave drawing, they are drawn in a style which interweaves modern realism and French impresionistic manners.

1332, Uxbridge: November 4, from Robert of Reading:

In the first hours of the night, there was seen in the skies over Uxbridge England, a pillar of fire the size of a small boat, pallid, and livid in color. It rose from the south, crossed the sky with a slow and grave motion, and went north. Out of the front of the pillar, a fervent red flame burst forth with great beams of light. Its speed increased and it flew through the air.”

1492, October 11, 10:00 PM, from "The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus":

Christopher Columbus and Pedro Gutierrez while on the deck of the Santa Maria, observed, "a light glimmering at a great distance." It vanished and reappeared several times during the night, moving up and down, "in sudden and passing gleams." It was sighted 4 hours before land was sighted, and taken by Columbus as a sign they would soon come to land.


1528, at the Siege of Utrecht in Holland:

A cruel and strange sight was seen in the sky, which terrified the townspeople and made the enemy think he would get the city. It was the form of a Burgundian cross right over the city, high in the sky, yellow in color, and fearful to behold.

1554, March 10, France:

There appeared between 6 and 8 PM, about the moon, a burning fire, emitting a great noise, what seemed to be the point of a lance, turning form side to side, from east to west, casting out flames on all sides.

1561, Nurnberg, Germany:

An aerial battle occured and has been pictured.

1566, Basle, Switzerland:

A vast flock of circular black ufos is spotted by Basel inhabitants and has been pictured.

1643, March 11, England, from the diarist John Evelyn:

I must not forget what amazed us exceedingly the night before, namely, a shining cloud in the air in a shape resembling a sword, the point reaching to the north. It was as bright as the moon, the rest of the sky being very serene. It began about 11 at night and vanished not till about one, being seen by all the south of England.


illustrated observation of two "glowing wheels".


1742, December 16, from an account by a Fellow of the Royal Society, England:

I was crossing St James park when a light rose from behind the trees and houses, from the south and west, which at first I thought was a rocket of large size. But when it rose 20 degrees, it moved parallel to the horizon, but waved like this (the speaker drew an undulating line) and went on in the direction of north-by-east. It seemed very near. Its motion was very slow. I had it for about half a mile in view. A light flame was turned backwards by the resistance the air made to it. From one of burning charcoal. That end was a frame like bars of iron, and quite opaque in my sight. At one point on the longitudinal frame, or cylinder, it issued a train in the shape of a tail of light more bright at one point on the rod or cylinder; so that it was transparent for more than half of its length. The head of this strange object seemed about a half a degree in diameter and the tail near three degrees in length.

1700, United States, Indians:

In the US, there is an 18th century Indian legend about luminous humanoid beings who paralyzed people with a small tube. In variations of these tales, Indian women were even said to have married a couple of these "star people".

1783, Windsor Castle, England:

Members of the Royal Academy reported and illustrated the UFO they witnessed.

France, 1790, Police Inspector Liabeuf:

During the summer, Police Inspector Liabeuf witnessed and investigated a large red globe as it flew over farmland. The globe landed and a man came out and spoke in a language none understood. The globe then exploded and the man disappeared. The event was witnessed by many and is well documented. (Except that the documentation was hoxed by a dishonest ufologist.)

1870, from the log account of a ship’s captain, F. W. Banner:

The sailors saw a remarkable object or cloud in the sky. It was a cloud of circular form, with an included semi-circle divided into four parts, the central dividing shaft beginning at the center of the circle and extending far outward, and then curving backward. The thing travelled from a point 20 degrees above the horizon to a point about 80 degrees above. Then it settled down to the northeast, having appeared from the south, southeast. It came up obliquely against the wind, and finally settled down in the wind’s eye. For half an hour this form was visible, then it finally did disappear.

1878, flying saucers:

The term saucer was used by a Texan farmer to describe an object seen over his farm. The ter was popularized in 1948 when Kenneth Arnold saw a formation of objects over the Cascade Mountains of Washington State and described them as moving like a saucer would if you skipped it across water. This image inspired a local reporter to coin the term 'flying saucer'.

1880, Persian Gulf:

Members of the crew of the British India Company's steamship 'Patna' witnessed two large luminous wheels each estimated to be 500 to 600 meters in diameter. The wheels were spinning, one on each side of the ship, and the spokes touching the ship. The sighting lasted 20 minutes and was witnessed by Captain Avern, third officer Manning, and Lee Fort Brace.

1880, USA:

Nicolai Tesla invents the A/C current system.

1883, Mexico:

This sighting is the first photographed UFO sighting. At the Zacatecas Observatory, Jose A. Y. Bonilla sighted several hundred discs and like objects crossing the sun. Similar sightings occurred the following day. The general opinion was that th objets were merely a flock of birds.

1886, USA, Colorado:

Nicolai Tesla tests a death ray in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA and all electrical apparatus of a Colorado fuel company were rendered useless.

1893, North China Sea:

In February of 1893, the ship, H.M.S. Carolina was sailing in the North China Sea, when a report from an officer of unusual light activity in the sky came to the attention of Captain J.N. Norcross. The officer told Captain Norcross that the lights appeared sometimes in a huge mass, others spread out in unusual patterns. He said that they resembled Chinese laterns set between the masts of a ship. The next night these strange lights reappeared but with a reddish glow and eminatting small amounts of smoke.

1896, USA:

First "flap year" for UFOs: wave of sightings of unidentified airships in U.S.

1897, Sworn statement from Alexander Hamilton, at his farm in LeRoy Kansas:

"Last night about 10:30 we were awakened by a noise among the cattle. I arose, thinking that perhaps my bulldog was performing his pranks, but upon going to the door saw to my utter astionishment that an airship was slowly descending upon my cow lot, about 40 rods from the house"

Hamilton also described it as a cigar shaped portion, about 300 feet long with a carriage underneath. The carriage was of some transparent material. It was brightly lighted within. It contained six on the strangest beings he had ever seen.

1897, USA:

A small cigar-shaped blimp was seen from San Francisco to Chicago this spring by many people. In April blimp-shaped craft crashed into Judge J. F. Proctor's windmil in Aurora, Texas. People found a tiny non-human pilot and a log written in an unknown language. The being is still burried in the Aurora cemetery.

1899, USA:

Nicolai Tesla discovers terrestrial stationary waves which can produce electricity; reports receiving signals from another planet.

1900, USA:

Tesla suggests alien beings might be living "in the very midst of us". Tesla tests his wireless transmission of energy in Colorado Springs. Dynamos of a Colorado electricity company were disabled 6 miles away.

1908, June 30, USSR, Siberia:

An explosion occurs over Tunguska (in Siberia), Russia, which is heard for 620 miles around. Some speculate this could have been a test of Tesla's energy weapon, in Tesla's last attempt to get some more funding for his planet-wide wireless power transmission system. Some say it was a meteor or UFO crashing, but there was no crater. It flattened 500,000 acres of trees for miles around. It was equivalent to 10-15 megatons of TNT. Whole nomad villages disappeared. This week, 3 letters in the London Times reported that from about 12 midnight to 2am, the northern sky glowed a reddish color. It was so bright that people could read by it. Some scientists attributed it to disturbances in the sun's prominences, some to the Aurora Borealis. On Jun 30 (Tuesday) there was a marked disturbance in magnets. However, the glow was just as bright Wed night, but magnets were not disturbed. Perhaps this was due to the Tunguska, Siberia explosion on Jun 30, 1908.

1908, June 30, England, London:

This week, 3 letters in the London Times reported that from about 12 midnight to 2am, the northern sky glowed a reddish color. It was so bright that people could read by it. Some scientists attributed it to disturbances in the sun's prominences, some to the Aurora Borealis. On Jun 30 (Tuesday) there was a marked disturbance in magnets. However, the glow was just as bright Wed night, but magnets were not disturbed. Perhaps this was due to the Tunguska, Siberia explosion on Jun 30, 1908.

1915, France, Hill 60:

During World War I, a regiment of the British Army, the 1st 4th Norfolk, disappeared in an atempt to take Hill 60 at Suvla Bay near Gallipoli. In front of 22 witnesses, the regiment --- over 800 men --- marched into a strange formation of lenticular clouds hovering over Hill 60 and was never seen again. Posted as missing, the regiment was thought to have been captured. After the war, Britain demande the return of the regiment, but the Turks denied any knowledge of the regiment's existence. No trace of the regiment has ever been found. (Complicated and confused story, investigated by Jean Sider, found unrelated to any UFO phenomenon.)

1917, Portugal, Fatima:

I was researching the Secrets of Fatima and the supposed Marian apparition that appeared in Fatima, Portugal in 1917 when I happened across something that surprised me greatly. A UFO sighting had taken place before a crowd of somewhere between 50,000 - 100,000 people! The story given was that a silver disc appeared just as "the rain stopped and the clouds rolled back, the sun dimmed out and everything took on a gray, opaque appearance". The disc then dove in an erratic, zig-zag pattern at the crowd, stopped just above their heads and then slowly maneuvered back into the sky. As it faded from view, the sun brightened and began to shine again normally. Most importantly, a photo was taken of the disc by a local reporter! After looking at the disc in the photo I could see striking similarities to numerous other UFO images. How likely is it that a UFO sighting involving 50,000+ people (and the photo) were a carefully planned UFO hoax... in 1917 ???

1919, Western World

League of Nations founded at Paris Peace Conference. Meeting at the Majestic Hotel, Paris, between Wilsonian intellectuals (House, Dulles and Dulles, etc.) and "like-minded Englishmen" to discuss forming an organization "for the study of international affairs." Royal Institute of International Affairs founded. Freud draws attention to Austrian neurologist Poetzl's experiments with the tachistroscope, an early device for studying subliminal perception. Charles Fort's The Book of the Damned published.

1920, Western Europe

Development of modern advertising techniques emphasizing manipulation rather than information.


Townsend Brown begins anti-gravity experiments and makes "a 15 inch metal plate which can lift itself".

1923, USA:

Nicolai Tesla makes a press release in which he claims he is in frequent contact with ET's via radio.

1928, USSR:

Soviet produced film shows conditioned reflex experiments on humans.

1930, USSR:

Pavlov begins applying knowledge of conditioned reflex to human psychosis.

1934, SWEDEN:

First unexplained ghost fliers broadcasts in Sweden.

1938, USA:

Orson Welles' dramatization of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds scares American radio listeners.

1938, China:

A team of archeologists, led by Professor Chi Pu Tei of Beijing University, was conducting a very detailed routine survey of a series of caves of Balan Kara-Ula where they discovered very frail skeletons with large heads. They called themselves the Dropas. They are still around, the tallest is only 4 feet tall.


1940, Japan:

While flying over Japan, Wing Commander D.J. Blakeslee sighted an object he described as having red, green and white lights. The craft moved rapidly to escape detection. Blakeslee was guided by ground radar. He was reported to be stable and reliable. The Air Force officialy ruled the sighting to be Jupiter, although it was tracked by radar.

1941, USA:

Disk craft crashed in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

1942, USA:

Whitehouse buzzed by UFOs.

1942, USA:

Navy begins experiments in invisibility via Project Rainbow. Nicolai Tesla finds out that the high electromagnetic fields will cause biophysical damage to sailors. He sabotages a test on a 1500 ton ship and resigns his position in the Philadephia Project. Tesla wanted to go public with the info that the Navy was killing sailors with this experiment. Al Bielek thinks this is why he was killed in January 1943.

1942, Solomon Islands:

Sergeant Stephen Brickner of the US Marine Corps witnessed an extraordinary UFO formation. He estimated the number to around 150 craft all arranged in a rectangle. The formation was 15 craft long and 10 deep. Formation sightings have been reported before but the rectangle shape is unique.


In February of 1942, UFO's were reported flying near Los Angeles, California. Paul T. Collins was one of the main reporting witnesses who had seen these UFO's. He described them as lights moving in a strange manner. There were also reports from other witnesses stating that they had seen extremely large UFO's around the same times as Mr. Collins. AAA shoots at the UFOs.


Pilots on both sides of the war report seeing Foo Fighters, unexplained flying objects, while flying war missions.

1943, USA:

US military Rainbow Project tests faster than light travel in Philadelphia harbor. Dr. Von Neumann then took over. A test on Jul 22, 1943, had the ship disappear for 20 seconds. After this the crew above deck were nauseous and disoriented. And the test on the USS Eldridge was done on Aug 12 1943. This is the test where Al and the ship were teleported to Montauk, Long Island to 1983. An older Von Neumann said Bielek and his brother must destroy the equipment to turn the field generators off. They did so, and the fields collapsed out of sync. When they returned 4 hours later, 4 crew were dead from being embedded in the hull, and one had his hand embedded in the hull, but survived. Another brother of Bielek was embedded in the hull. Only his head and shoulders were above the hull. He died eventually. In late Oct 1943, 10:00pm, they did another test, without crew. The ship appeared in Norfolk harbor, VA for 10-15 minutes. When it returned, they found a generator was missing, 2 transmitter cabinets, and the control room was a smoking ruins.

1943, USA:

Tesla dies when he is hit by a car in New York City. Al Bielek states some agents held the rest of the people back, while letting Tesla cross the street. Tesla was then hit by a cab that sped up to hit him.

1945, USA:

Alleged assassination (suicide) of James Forrestal at Bethesda Hospital Neurological Ward, after his attempt to warn Roosevelt of some plot. Roosevelt dies, Truman becomes president.

1945, Pacific:

An Air Force plane's engines fail over Iwo Jima as foo-fighters maneuver around it.


1946, Scandinavia:

Waves of unexplained "ghost rockets" seen in Europe, especially Scandanavia.

1947, Italy:

In August of 1947 an Italian artist by the name of Rapuzzi Johannis was taking a leisurly walk in the mountains between Italy and Yugoslavia. He saw just in front of him a red glowing saucer. This saucer was about thirty feet wide and it was accompanied by two small dwarf-like creatures. These creatures had very large heads with green faces, sort of resembling that of a fish. They also had a circle around each eye. Apparantly one of the creatures had hit Johannis with an electrical ray which left him very weak and almost paralyzed. After this incident the creatures ignored the Johannis and left.

1947, USA, Lake Mead, Nevada:

On June 28th, while cruising at 6,000 feet, US Airforce pilot Lieutenant Armstrong witnessed six discs flying in formation.

1947, USA, Mount Rainier, Washington:

On June 24, Kenneth Arnold was on an aerial search for a crashed C-46 marine transport plane when he saw 9 objects flying in formation. He estimated thier speed at 1,300 to 1,700 miles per hour, distance at 23 miles and length of formation to be 5 miles. Also in the air at the time was a DC-4 which Arnold used as a point of reference to estimate the size of individual discs. He estimated the size as two thirds the size of the DC-4. This sighting was not corroborated by radar or witnesses but did attract media attention and public interest.

1947, USA:

National Security Act establishes Dept. of Defense, National Security Council and Central Intelligence Agency. France creates SDECE, similar to CIA.

1947, USA:

Second UFO flap year; Kenneth Arnold reports flying saucers near Yakima, Washington, and other reports soon follow.

1947, USA:

Maury Island "hoax": an early Men-In-Black incident three days before the Arnold sighting, in which a "donut-shaped object" dropped slag on a boat near Tacoma, Washington; the next day an MIB visited Harold Dahl, who was piloting the boat, and warned him not to discuss the sighting; the boat's owner, Fred Crisman, was suspected of being a CIA employee and was later called to give secret testimony at the trial of Clay Shaw in New Orleans; pilot Dahl disappeared and UFOlogist Arnold, who investigated the case, reported unexplained failure of his own plane's engine soon after two Air Force investigators were killed taking off from Tacoma's airport.

1947, JULY, USA:

US Army Air Force announce UFO crashes on a ranch near Roswell and recovery of the debris, the account is reported all around the world, but two days later the army announces it was a weather baloon.

1947, USA, White Sands, New Mexico:

On June 29, 1947, C. J. Zohn stationed at White Sands proving grounds in New Mexico watched a huge, silver, circular disc at a height of 10,000 feet above the installation. This sighting was just days after Kenneth Arnold's sighting which publicized the UFO phenomenon.

1950, USA:

Alleged CIA plot to introduce UFO contact ideas with "Little Green Men" stories and radio contact "from space."

1952, USA:

Third UFO flap year. First UFO "contact" hoax case in the US: George Adamski meets Venusians in California desert; alleged CIA plot to start UFO scare. UFOlogist George Williamson, one of Adamski's witnesses, claims he also witnessed ham radio operator establish contact with another world.


Hundreds of residents of Veronica, Argentina witnessed six discs circling above the town, then disappearing into the night sky. This sighting was written hours of a similar report from Captain Paul Carpenter near Denver. Carpenter reported the craft was travelling at 3,000 miles per hour, making it possible for the saucer to have appeared in both locations.




- Air Force Office of Special Investigations report, from Project Blue Book files, National Archives microfilm collection.

AF Int

- Air Force Intelligence Report, most obtained by Citizens Against UFO Secrecy via the Freedom of Information Act, declassified Jan. 1985.


- The UFO Evidence, National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena, Washington, D.C., May 1964. (NICAP)


- Civil Aeronautics Administration (later FAA, Federal Aviation Admin.)


- Air Route Traffic Control radar center approach-control radar, CAA.

(Note: Though Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDT) was in effect during these sightings, AFOSI reports used Eastern Standard time. They have been converted to EDT here.)

July 13: 0400 EDT.

National Airlines plane en route to National Airport, about 60 mi. SW of the city observed a blue- white ball of light hovering to the west. Object then "came up to 11,000 ft. [and] then maintained a parallel course, on the same level, at the same speed, until the aircraft pilot turned on all lights. Object then departed from the vicinity at an estimated 1000 m.p.h. Weather was excellent for observation." The crew said the object "took off up and away." No other air traffic was reported in the area at the time. (AF Int.)

July 14: 2012 EDT.

Newport News, Va. Southbound Pan American Airways plane at 8,000 ft. nearing the Norfolk, Va, area observed six glowing red, circular objects approaching below the airliner; objects flipped up on edge in unison and then sped from behind and under the airliner and joined the in-line formation, which "climbed in a graceful arc above the altitude of the airliner." "Then the lights blinked out one by one, though not in sequence." Next day the crew was thoroughly interrogated by AFOSI, and advised that they already had seven other reports of red discs moving at high speed and making sharp turns. (UFOE, p. 38-39.)

July 16: 2200 EDT.

Hampton Roads, Va. A Government aeronautical research engineer observed two amber-colored lights approaching from the south at about 500 m.p.h. These slowed and made a U-turn, revolved around each other at a high rate of speed, then joined by two other objects from different directions, the four sped off to the south at about 500 m.p.h. "They moved jerkily when moving slowly. Their ability to make tight circling turns was amazing." (UFOE, p. 57; Ruppelt , p. 210-211, gives time as 2100 hrs.)

July 18: 0200 EDT

Washington, D. C. Radio station chief engineer observed 6-7 bright orange discs moving in single file. Each in turn veered sharply upward and disappeared. (UFOE, p. 160; Associated Press story, July 19.)

July 19: 2340 EDT.

ARTC at National Airport began picking up unidentified targets on radar. (UFOE, p. 160; AFOSI; Ruppelt, p. 211)

July 20: 0100 EDT.

Herndon, Va. Capital Airlines flight from National Airport called by control tower to check on unidentified radar targets saw three objects, and three more between there and Martinsburg, W. Va. "like falling stars without tails [which] moved rapidly up, down, and horizontally. Also hovered." Chief CAA air traffic controller Harry Barnes later said in a newspaper interview: "His [the pilot's] subsequent description of the movement of the objects coincided with the position of our pips [radar targets] at all times while in our range." (UFOE, p. 159; AFOSI; CAA evaluation report on radar-UFO sightings.)

July 20: 0105 EDT.

Andrews AFB, Md. (Nr. Washington, D.C.). Five witnesses visually observed three reddish-orange objects moving erratically. (AFOSI.)

July 20: 0300 EDT.

Capital Airlines flight incoming to National Airport reported that an unidentified light followed his airliner from the vicinity of Herndon, Va., to within about 4 miles west of the airport, confirmed on ARTC radar. (AFOSI; UFOE, p.159.)

July 20: 0430-0630 EDT.

Additional unidentified targets on ARTC radar at National Airport. (AFOSI.)

July 20: mid-evening.

Air Force radar operators at Andrews AFB weather tower tracked 10 UFOs for 15-20 minutes. Objects approached runway, scattered, made sharp turns and reversals of direction. (UFOE, p.160, based on detailed report to NICAP from AF weather observer.)

July 26: 2115 EDT (to 0020 EDT July 27).

Sharp UFO targets on ARTC radar at National Airport. Civilian pilots saw glowing white objects on four occasions, including a United Airlines pilot near Herndon, Va., and two CAA pilots over Maryland. National Airlines pilot near Andrews AFB at 1700 ft. saw a UFO "flying directly over the airliner." (AFOSI; AF Int; UFOE, p. 159-162; Ruppelt, p. 218-221.)

July 26: 2130 EDT.

ARTC radar at National airport tracked a UFO on radar ("big target"), confirmed by Andrews AFB radar. (AF Int.)

July 26: 2150 EDT.

ARTC radar at National Airport tracked "solid returns" of "four targets in rough line abreast," and eight others scattered over the radar scope. (AF Int.)

July 26: 2154 EDT.

Andrews AFB, Md., surveillance radar tracked 10-12 UFOs in Washington, D.C. area. (AFOSI.)

July 26: 2157 EDT.

Wash. Natl [ ] 10-12 objs on radar (AFOSI)

July 26: 2215 EDT.

[*] From this time into following morning, "good sharp targets" of 4-8 UFOs on ARTC radar at National Airport. (AFOSI.)

July 26: 2238 EDT.

Air Force Command Post notified of unidentified radar targets. Two F-94 jet interceptors scrambled from New Castle AFB, Delaware, to investigate. (AF Int, AFOSI.)

July 27: 0015 EDT.

Maj. Fournet (Project Blue Book Officer in Pentagon) and Lt. Holcomb (Navy electronics expert) arrived at National Airport ARTC Center. Observed "7 good, solid targets." Holcomb checked on temperature inversions, but they were minor and could not explain what was going on. He so advised AF Command Post, requesting interception mission. By the time the F-94 jets arrived from Delaware, no strong unidentified targets remained and no visual contacts were made. (AF Int.)

July 27: 0020 EDT.

[*] F-94 jet interceptors scrambled from New Castle AFB, Del., to investigate Washington, D.C., radar- UFOs. One F-94 pilot made visual contact and appeared to be gaining on target; both F-94 and UFO were observed on radar and "appeared to be travelling at the same approximate speed." When the F-94 pilot tried to overtake the UFO, it disappeared visually and on radar. The pilot remarked about the "incredible speed of the object." (AFOSI.)

July 27: 1930 EDT.

Air Force Lieutenant at Andrews AFB saw a dark disc moving slowly northeast with "oscillating rolling motion." Clouds were moving southeast. UFO entered base of clouds. (UFOE, p. 161, from CAA report.)

July 27: 2100 EDT.

Air Force personnel and others at National Airport saw a large round object reflecting sunlight, apparently hovering over the Capital Building. After about a minute, the object "wavered then shot straight up disappearing from sight." (AF Int.)

July 28:

Daily papers headlined a United Press story from Washington, D.C., that the Air Defence Command had ordered its jet pilots to pursue, and if necessary "shoot down, " UFOs sighted anywhere in the country.

July 29: 0130-0500 EDT.

Many unidentified targets tracked by CAA radar, 8-12 on the radarscope at a time, moving southeast in a belt 15 miles wide near Washington, D.C. (CAA report.)

July 29: 0300 EDT.

Eastern Airlines pilot asked to check on ARTC radar targets, reported seeing nothing. CAA official said the targets disappeared from the radar screen when the plane was in their area, "then came back in behind him." (UFOE, p.162)

July 29: 1500 EDT.

Air Force pilot sighted three round white UFOs 10 miles southeast of Andrews AFB. Other UFOs tracked by ARTC radar during the afternoon. (CAA report.)

July 29: 1600 EDT.

Air Force press conference at which the sightings were attributed to temperature inversions causing "radar mirages," typically ground lights reflected in the sky under freak atmospheric conditions. Also announced new scientific program to evaluate sightings. (UFOE, p. 162; Ruppelt, p. 223.)

[*] These AFOSI documents date the events as occurring on the night of July 25/26, rather than July 26/27 as indicated by all other sources. It is assumed here that the latter dates are correct. From: www.iufog.org/project1947/fig/1952d.htm

1953, USA:

CIA's Robertson Panel views UFO reports as national security threat.

1953, USA:

Albert K. Bender closes down his International Flying Saucer Bureau claiming he has been meaced by three men in black.

1953, USA:

CIA contemplates developing drugs to cause amnesia in retired agents.

1954, USA:

Broadcaster Frank Edwards fired for discussing UFOs on the air.

1954, USA:

Strange voice "from space" speaks from turned-off radios in midwest U.S. and London, warns against preparations for war.

1955, USA, General Douglas MacArthur:

General MacArthur is believed to have been involved in establishing the Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit (IPU), which was formed to investigate crashed and retrieved flying saucers.
In 1955 MacArthur stated: "The nations of the world will have to unite for the next war will be an interplanetary war. The nations of the earth must some day make a common front against attack by people from other planets." This statement has led to intense speculation that the IPU uncovered more facts about UFOs than has ever been revealed.

1955, USA:

The Office of Naval Research allegedly receives a copy of Morris Jessup's "The Case" for the UFOs with marginal notes in three different hands, supposedly by "Gypsies" knowledgeable in UFOlogy; ONR reprints several hundred copies for internal use; an MIB called "Carlos Allende" is implicated in the affair.

1956, USA, Capt. Raymond E. Ryan:

Capt. Ryan and his first officer William Neff were flying from Albany, New York to Syracuse. At a height of 6,000 feet, the two observed a brilliant white light like an approaching aircraft with landing lights on. Ryan estimated that the object was moving at approximately 1,000 miles per hour -- faster than any object of the day --. The UFO glowed orange in front of them. Ryan and Neff reported the encounter to Griffiss Air Force Base. The Base confirmed that they also could see an orange object nearby. This sighting lasted over twenty minutes and was also witnessed by the flight attendant, Phyllis Reynolds.

1956, USA:

UFOlogist Gray Barker publishes "They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers" which reported numerous MIB incidents.

1956, England, Bentwaters/Lakenheath:

The RAF/USAF in Bentwaters/Lakenheath in Suffolk made radar contact with a UFO using three ground-based radars. A confirmation on aerial radar by a Venom night fighter and visual sightings from the ground and the air make this case one of the most celebrated contacts of modern times. Radar indicated that objects were moving up at 4,000 miles per hour -- higher speeds than any aircraft of the time could have achieved --.


Fourth UFO flap year. Anti- atomic bomb propaganda disseminated by saucer clubs - another CIA plot? Unexplained short wave radio signals received worldwide.


Ham radio operators pick up a male voice claiming to be Nacoma of Jupiter and warning of atomic bomb disaster in English, German, Norweigian and his own unknown language.

1959, USA:

Apparent suicide of UFO researcher Morris Jessup who had received communications from "Carlos Allende", one of the MIB and whose book was mysteriously annoted by UFOlogical Gypsies.

1959, USA:

UFO sighting at CIA headquarters after Naval officer contacts "space people" while in CIA-observed trance.

1959, USA:

Condon's "The Manchurian Candidate" published.

1960, USA:

Project Ozma, searching for intelligent signals from another part of the universe, receives unexplained signals from space.

1961, USA, Betty and Barney Hill:

Driving to their home in New Hampshire, Betty and Barney Hill notice a bright light in the sky. Radar reports at the nearby Pease Air Force Base also record something in the air at that time. The Hills examine the light through binoculars, and see a structured object with flashing lights. Barney walks across a field for a closer look, and sees beings looking back at him. Frightened, he and Betty drive home, arriving two hours later then expected. They cannot account for the missing time (a common phenomenon among abductees) until they undergo regression hypnosis. The couple describe being stopped by the UFO and taken aboard the saucer for medical examination. Due to the impressive documentation and the confirming radar trace from Pease Air Force Base, the Hill case is one of the most famous on record.

1961, USA:

Unexplained transmissions from space monitored by ham radio operators worldwide; Bob Renaud, ham operator, allegedly makes contact with aliens.

1961, USA:

Unexplained radio transmission interrupts astronaut Gordon Cooper in unidentified language. Numerous MIB spotted in Dealy Plaza.

1961, Germany:

30 meter diameter craft crashes near Timmensdorfer, Germany, per thick NATO report on UFOs.

1961, February, Europe:

50 metallic circular objects were detected by NATO's warroom coming out of the USSR, flying at a high speed, at 100,000 feet. US and Russians went to red alert and scrambled fighters. Luckily, WW III didn't start, and the objects were gone in 9 minutes. These objects were frequently seen coming out of East Germany, then flying out over the Norwegian sea, to be lost from radar.

1965, USA, The Great Northeast Blackout:

Eight states - Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont -- lost power in this power failure --. Although a faulty automatic relay device at a plant near Niagara Falls is blamed, there is evidence that UFOs can cause power failures in the national electricity grid systems, although this may only be a side effect rather than an intentional act. Specifically, this power failure is thought to have been instigated by the Hive to prevent the airing of the "Monkey Film" on national television. In December of the same year, the grid systems failed in New Mexico and Texas following UFO sightings in those areas.

1965, USSR:

Three Russian scientists report receiving unexplained signals from space.

1965, USA:

California highway inspector Rex Heflin, who took pictures of UFOs, visited by MIB who took the original photographs and left; NORAD denies they were their men, as claimed.

1965, USA:

Another ham radio operator, Sidney Padrick, makes contact with UFO aliens.

1967, USA:

Rex Heflin again visited by MIB in connection with his photos of California UFOs; similar MIB incidents in New York and elsewhere; another MIB, Mr. Dixsun, allegedly visits Colorado University UFO researcher Edward Condon and offers to help him contact the space people.

1968, USA:

Astronauts circling the moon interrupted by unexplained voices.

1968, USA:

Unexplained distress signals from the mid-Pacific received by radio stations, no ships found during search.

1968, USA:

UFOlogists Steiger, Whitenour and Keel smeared during MIB visits in UFO flap area.

1969, Moon:

American astronauts land on the moon.

1970, USA:

Attorneys Lefcourt in New York and Gary in San Francisco are subject to the first of over 100 unsolved break-ins which take place over the next five years; valuables untouched but sensitive political information taken.


Sixth UFO flap year.

1974 - Carbondale, Pennsylvania:

A glowing object fell into a small lake outside town. Three teenagers saw it fall at 7:30 p.m. on a Saturday. They observed a yellow-white glow under the water that shifted to a point 25 feet offshore. The boys were kept in a police car for three hours while a number of vehicles with floodlights and cranes removed a disc-shaped object and put it into a van. The following Monday, a railroad lantern and battery were recovered from the lake and officials called the whole thing a hoax.

1979, USA, Dulce, New Mexico wars:

"Aliens continue to reneg on their promise of reporting everyone they abduct, Delta force sent in to get scientists from Area 51. Most of Delta force killed at Area 51 in southern Nevada. Per Branton.


"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" movie released by Steven Spielberg.

1987, USA:

Bob Lazar says scientists at S4 were trying to cut into an alien reactor when it exploded. The official explanation was an 'unannounced nuclear test'.

1988, USA:

B-2 Stealth bomber unveiled by the US military. Some experts claim it may use anti-gravity technology to achieve its 'stealth mode'.

1989, Belgium:

Starting early Dec 1989 the BAF has been contacted on several occasions by eyewitnesses who observed strange phenomena in the Belgian airspace. On some occassions they described the phenomena as a triangle-shaped platform up to 200 feet wide with 3 downward beaming projectors, hovering at +- 100 m above the ground and making only a very light humming noise. Some witnesses saw the object departing at very high speed after a very fast acceleration. All observations were made in the evening or during the night. The radar stations which had been alerted by eyewitnesses could not definitely determine a correlation between the visual observations and their detections on radar. On two occasions the BAF scrambled 2 F16 during the evening hours.

1989, May, Africa:

South African Air Force shoots down ufo. Was this the Kalahari object?


Scientists report beached whales in America. They appear confused. The best explanation is the magnetic field of the earth is messed up.

1994, USA:

Fox airs new TV show "X Files".

1990, Belgium:

Belgium UFO flaps continues.

1995, September 16, Africa:

UFO crashes in Lesotho, Africa. No news reports are seen. However, here is an article in Parascope magazine.

1997, February:

Organic molecules were detected on Hale-Bopp comet.

1997, February:

Water thought to be on Europa or Io, Jupiter's moons, as an ocean underneth the icy crust.

1997, March 13, USA, Phoenix:

UFO hovered near Phoenix, AZ airport. Hundreds saw it, one TV station recorded and reported it. It appeared to be a V-shaped craft with about 5 lights on each side. It was several blocks wide and made no sound at all. Ed Dames (on Sep 17, 1997 Art Bell show) said it was hoax made with lasers.

1997, March, USA:

39 members of the Gateway to Heaven (aka Heaven's Gate) cult kill themselves in California. They leave video testomonials saying they are aliens who are now shedding their 'containers' (bodies) to meet with a mothership in the tail of comet Hale-Bopp.

1997, April 24, USA:

Richard Boylan in his book "The Aviary", quotes the "Yellow Book", which says ETs will arrive in SW USA on this date. Never happened.

1997, JUNE:

Movie "MIB" released about Men In Black fighting aliens invading earth.

1997, JUNE:

Mysterious electric cable and fine powder from digging found in Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt. It appears someone is digging secretly.


Mars Global Surveyor reaches Mars. It will take 5 months to reach proper orbit before it begins taking pictures.

1998, JULY 4, JAPAN:

Japanese launch Mars mission, which probe was renamed Hope. The probe is called Planet-B and will study the motion and structure of the upper atmosphere. It will study the magnetosphere, and plasma in the atmosphere.


Cydonia region imaged by Mars mapper. A picture of the face was taken with light at the opposite side of the area, and it does not look artificial.


The last picture of 2 new satellites around Mercury were taken by the SOHO satellite, before SOHO experienced a 90 day shut down.

1998, DECEMBER 7, USA:

Strange symmetrical rings of weather appear on weather radar in Arizona (Turret Mtn, aka White Horse) and Texas (Amarillo). A strange fireball was also seen at Turret Mountain.

1999, March, Mars:

Mars Surveyor begins detailed mapping of Mars. It was delayed 1 year from Mar 1998.


Mars Surveyor results about Mars: ancient lakebeds, flow of recent liquid water. Hubble spectroscopy finds Chlorophyle on Mars. Europa and Ganymede both have an inner planet wide ocean.

2001, MARS:

Proof of biological past acitvity found in Allen Hill Martian meteorite, lakes of liquid water on Mars today, scientists claiming Viking experiment failed to detect existing life on Mars by mass spectrometry because the mass spectrometer was not precise enough.

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