Speculation and theories about Unidentified Flying Objects and alien visitors to planet Earth have abounded for years. Some people believe in these accounts of UFOs and aliens, while other discount the UFO stories. For those who do believe, or for those who would like governments to tell the truth about these UFO stories, there is World UFO Day.
World UFO Day is observed on July 2 each year in recognition of the “Roswell Incident.” On July 2, 1947, Mac Brazel, a rancher near Roswell, New Mexico made an interesting discovery. Brazel found the wreckage of a mysterious object made from a strange metal. The U.S. military investigated and removed the wreckage from Brazel’s property. Military reports initially described the wreckage as an “unidentified flying object,” but that reference was removed from later reports leading to speculation about a government cover-up.
UFO, or Unidentified Flying Object, is a term applied to objects that are observed in the sky, but cannot be attributed to a known object or natural phenomenon. The term Unidentified Flying Object was originally coined by the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s to allow for tracking of unknown objects that were observed or detected in the air.
There are plenty of cheesy UFO stories that make the rounds each year. Many of these stories are accompanied by doctored or staged photographs as “evidence.” Despite the frequent crazy stories, there are also some UFO stories that have never been explained.
The Green Fireball Sightings over New Mexico between 1948 and 1955 were witnessed by hundreds of people, including astronomers and military scientists. The green fireballs were initially thought to be meteors, but that theory was debunked. The mystery remains unsolved to this day.
The Chiles-Whitted Encounter in 1948 occurred when two WW II veterans and commercial pilots witnessed an aircraft that was described as conical, rocket-like craft with two decks, rows of windows and a bright light emanating from beneath the craft. The unidentified craft flew alongside the commercial plane for 10-15 seconds. The mysterious aircraft was also observed by a passenger on the plane and a crew member on the ground. It turned out that the same craft had been seen in the Netherlands one month earlier. The Air Force initially claimed the craft was a weather balloon, then an alien spacecraft, before finally deciding it was a mystery.
In October 1978, Australian pilot Frederick Valentich was flying a Cessna 182 when he contacted air traffic control to report a strange, unidentified craft following him. Valentich initially reported the craft had four bright lights like landing lights. Later the mystery craft reportedly buzzed the Cessna, then stopped in mid-air while Valentich circled the craft, describing it to air traffic control as being metallic and shiny – before it simply vanished. The unidentified craft then appeared above the Cessna. The air traffic control recording of the incident then involves a 17-second period of scraping, metallic sound. Valentich was never heard from again, and the plane was never located. To this day nobody knows what happened to the pilot, the Cessna or the unidentified craft.