Are we alone in the universe? Some scientists would say of course not. However, they would contend that the likelihood of another civilization visiting us is highly improbable due to the vast distances involved. The universe is just too big.
Regardless, whenever something strange is seen in the sky that we can’t readily identify, it becomes an item of wonder and speculation. Are we being visited by life from another planet? Unidentified flying objects (UFO’s) are just that, objects in the sky that can’t be identified. Not all of them can be explained away by swamp gas, ball lightning, lenticular clouds, top secret military projects or misidentifications of the planet Venus.
Some sightings remain unexplained and, though they are met with skepticism, some sightings display all the characteristics of intelligence and technology far beyond anything we can come up with on this planet.
I’d like to think that some of these sightings could just possibly be evidence of extraterrestrial visitation. I view any such sighting with a bit of cynicism, and I’d like to think I maintain my objectivity. However, sometimes the evidence is just overwhelming.
What follows are sightings of unidentified flying objects that are so well-documented and credible that they just might be the most believable cases ever for being otherworldly spacecraft.
10 The 1561 Nuremberg Event
In the early morning of April 4, 1561, many residents of Nuremberg, Germany were witness to hundreds of objects of various shapes and sizes darting through the air in various patterns as if involved in some massive air battle. The sighting lasted an hour and was described as a very terrifying experience. Hans Glaser, a printer of the time, depicted the wondrous event in a woodcut illustration and text he created that was included in a broadsheet some ten days after the event. The original illustration is now preserved in Zurich, Switzerland. Awestruck, he believed the incredible occurrence was a sign from God.
9 The 1973 Skylab III Sighting
On September 20, 1973, astronauts Alan Bean, Owen Garriott, and Jack Lousma, were aboard SkyLab III, in high orbit over the Indian Ocean, when they noticed a peculiar red object tailing them. This object had a red oscillating light that was much brighter than any of the visible planets. NORAD/NASA detected no satellites in their vicinity. Garriott took four photographs of the object. Judging from the amount of time it took the object to follow Skylab into Earth’s shadow; they estimate it to have been approximately 38 km from them, with a size roughly about 102 meters (336 ft.) in length and 37 meters (121 ft.) in width. This object has never been explained.
8 The Yukon Highway Sighting
On December 11, 1996, along a long stretch of the Klondike Highway in the Yukon Territory of Canada, twenty-two witnesses described seeing something incredible in the sky. These witnesses were scattered along the highway in three separate towns yet all describe the same object. It was immense in size, with rows of multi-colored lights, some flashing, some static, and it moved silently and slowly across the countryside. The object was seen from multiple angles and using a method called triangulation, researchers estimate whatever was in the sky that night to have been over a mile in length!
7 The 1967 Malmstrom AFB Encounter
Malmstrom Air Force Base, in Montana, during the Cold War, was home to a flight of ten Minutemen ICBM’s (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles), part of the America’s strategic nuclear arsenal. On March 16, 1967, Capt. Robert Salas was on duty overseeing missile readiness when suddenly the missiles became inoperable. Simultaneously, base security informed him of mysterious red glowing objects hovering in the sky above some of the silos, and one hovering outside the front gate. As long as the objects remained in the sky, maintenance crews were unable to get the missiles back online. An in-depth investigation was unable to explain what happened. Power had not been lost to the missiles, yet for some unknown reason, ten guidance and control systems malfunctioned at the same time.
6 Shag Harbor 1967 Sighting
In the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, late in the evening of October 4, 1967, residents reported a large object crashing into the waters of Shag Harbor, a small fishing village. Officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and at least six civilians witnessed what was at first believed to have been an airplane crash. Upon arriving, police reported a light shining on the surface of the water before slowly descending into the depths. They were unable to reach the object before it sank completely. Witnesses reported thick, gleaming, yellow foam where the object was located. The Canadian government conducted an underwater search of the area, but failed to locate any object or debris. The sighting remains unsolved.
5 Kelly Johnson’s 1953 Sighting
Kelly Johnson was Chief Engineer for Lockheed and head of their top secret Skunk Works, developing advanced aerospace projects. On December 16, 1953, a Lockheed WV-2 was being tested with five experienced test pilots and senior engineers on board. The aircraft flew over the California coast, with Johnson watching from his ranch house in nearby Agoura. Both the crew and Johnson spotted a large black craft, delta wing-shaped, hovering over the Santa Barbara Channel. The WV-2 flew to intercept it while Johnson observed it with his binoculars. The object then took off at great speed over the Pacific. The object was estimated to be 200 feet long.
4 The Chiles/Whitted 1948 Encounter
On July 24, 1948, at 2:45 A.M., two veteran pilots, Captain Clarence Chiles and co-pilot John Whitted, were flying an Eastern Airlines DC-3 over Montgomery, Alabama, en route to Atlanta, Georgia. Unexpectedly they sighted a glowing object in the distance. The object appeared directly in their flight path. Before they could react, the object streaked by them, no more than 2000 feet off their starboard side. The captain veered to his left to avoid a collision just as the object slighted veered to its own left as it passed.
They reported the cigar-shaped object was roughly 100 feet long, had no wings, no tail, two rows of reflective ports, with a blue glow along its belly and some type of reddish exhaust. Just a half hour earlier, personnel at Robbins Air Base, in Georgia, witnessed the same object. Their description matched that of the pilots.
3 The 1980 Rendlesham Forest Sighting
Around 3:00 A.M. on December 26 1980, USAF security officers John Burroughs and Jim Penniston, who were stationed at England’s RAF Woodbridge, saw lights descending into nearby Rendlesham Forest. Believing it to be a downed aircraft, they were sent to investigate. Upon entering the forest they encountered a glowing metallic object with colored lights. Penniston approached the object closely and claims he saw hieroglyphic-looking symbols. Then the object rose gently above the trees before accelerating away at high speed. The object left indentions on the ground and burn marks on the trees.
Two nights later, strange lights were again seen in the forest. Deputy Base Commander, Lt. Col. Charles Halt took a team to investigate. He reported high radiation readings in the area and that one of the lights emanated a fine beam towards the ground. The sighting remains unexplained.
2 The 1976 Iranian UFO Chase
After 1:00 A.M., on September 19, 1976, the Iranian Air Force scrambled a pair of F-4 jets to investigate and identify an unusual object in the sky. The first jet drew closer to the object but experienced system failures halfway to the target. After breaking off course, its systems were restored. The second jet's pilot recalled he could see the UFO on his radar and it was big, but could not determine the actual size due to its visual brilliance. As he drew nearer, flying above Mach 1, the object sped away at incredible speeds.
A smaller object then emerged from the UFO and headed directly toward him. He attempted to target a missile but suddenly his weapons went offline. He took evasive action to avoid a collision and the object returned to the larger UFO. All of his systems then returned to normal. There was no explanation for what the jets chased over the Iranian skies.
1 The 1957 RB-47 Encounter
In the pre-dawn hours of July 17, 1957, an Air Force RB-47 jet bomber, with a crew of six highly trained officers, was on a training mission over Mississippi. As they were preparing to head home, radar picked up an object closing in on them. Though the jet was flying at 500 mph, radar showed the unidentified object catching them and making a complete circle around them before flying off. Then, a short time later, the captain saw a light to his left fast approaching the plane. He ordered the crew to brace themselves as the object flew past the cockpit at unbelievable speed before disappearing. This continued to occur over the next hour with ground radar tracking the object the entire time. When the captain requested permission to intercept the object, the UFO instantly dropped over 15,000 feet in altitude. Low on fuel, the RB-47 had to return to base as the UFO flew off towards Oklahoma.