Today we have a guest author, Jonathan Nielsen (TanoCalvenoa,) who writes on scientific subjects and such unearthly things as UFOs. A skeptic originally, until delving further into the subject, he began to research in earnest. The results are the stories below. So, are UFOs real or imagined? See what you think after reading his stories. – Mystery in the History
As someone who studies science all the time, I used to think UFOs were an unbelievably dumb subject. That changed one day when my dad shared with me some stories that have indisputable evidence of being real.
I’ve studied the subject quite a bit online, and in books (the best one of which is shared below). There’s certainly a large amount of nonsense amongst the numerous purported UFO sighting and stories, although if you can weed through it you’ll find stories that can’t easily be dismissed.
How about UFOs seen by pilots, and tracked on radar? How about UFOs seen multiple times with many witnesses, whose stories all coincide? How about (in some cases) photos or videos? The higher number of credible witnesses, the more difficult it becomes to explain away UFO sightings.
In some cases these objects move in ways no human technology is capable of. Hovering in the air, an object was observed to suddenly jump several miles away. Another object flew at thousands of miles per hour, and made a right turn so sharp that it completely violated the laws of physics. These are just some of the examples of what has been observed, and never explained.
UFO means Unidentified Flying Object, which means no one knows what they are or where they’re from. Are they extraterrestrials? Maybe, but no one knows. Until or unless we find out more, we can only speculate. It’s a fascinating subject, and plenty of the stories are guaranteed to creep out anyone. Below are a few examples of stories I’ve read about. These are what I consider some of the very best.
Milton Torres UFO encounter in 1957
On May 20, 1957, 25-year-old US Air Force pilot Milton Torres was ordered on a mission to intercept and shoot down a large UFO that had been picked up by radar in the skies over East Anglia, in the United Kingdom.
Torres says that as he approached the object, he could not see because he was in clouds and it was dark out, but his radar showed a hovering object that “had the proportions of a flying aircraft carrier.” Torres says that he came within ten seconds of firing rockets at the object, when suddenly it disappeared, escaping at 7,000 miles per hour. It also made a right turn “almost on a dime.”
He says the UFO “broke all the rules of physics,” and that after this incident, no one would explain to him what had happened, and he was told not to talk about it. He only began talking about it in 2008.
Torres says he believes the UFO “was nothing made on Earth” and that in his opinion, “it was some kind of space alien craft.” He has expressed gratitude that he didn’t get to fire a shot at it, because he’s sure that whatever it was would have vaporized him.
Foo Fighters during World War II
Fighter pilots on both the Allied and Axis sides of World War II reported a mysterious UFO phenomenon over both the European and Pacific Theaters of Operation. The US 415th Night Fighter Squadron in Europe coined the term “Foo Fighters” for these plasma globes that followed their aircraft and then disappeared without displaying any hostility.
Foo Fighters were thought to be an enemy secret weapon, until it was later discovered that German and Japanese pilots also described the same phenomenon. The best scientists of the day could not explain. Photos exist, and still no one knows what they could be.
The Kaikoura Lights
In December of 1978 there was a series of sightings of strange lights over the northeastern part of New Zealand’s South Island. The first was December 21st, when the crew of a cargo aircraft observed some strange lights around their aircraft.
The objects appeared on the air traffic controller radar in Wellington, as well as on the aircraft’s onboard radar. Then on December 30th, a television crew heading from Australia to Christchurch observed strange lights around their aircraft, which they filmed in color. Again, the objects were tracked by air traffic controllers in Wellington.
Tehran UFO incident in 1976
In the early morning hours of September 19, 1976, the Imperial Iranian Air Force received reports from civilians of a large bright object in the sky above Tehran, Iran. General Yousefi saw the object himself, and decided to scramble an F-4 Phantom II fighter jet from the Air Force Base in Hamadan, 280 kilometers west of Tehran.
The pilot could see the object when still 115 kilometers away, but when he approached to 40 kilometers, he lost all instrumentation and communications. After turning away, all systems resumed functioning.
A second jet was sent toward the object, and this time a smaller bright object broke off from the larger one and sped toward the jet fighter. This jet’s instrumentation and communication systems also stopped working, and the pilot took evasive action. The smaller UFO rejoined the larger UFO, which then flew away at several times the speed of sound. Iranian military officials have said that they believe the UFO was not of terrestrial origin, and no plausible alternative explanation has ever been given by skeptics.
Frederick Valentich disappearance in 1978
This mysterious event occurred October 21, 1978. Twenty-year-old Frederick Valentich was flying a Cessna 182-L light aircraft over the Bass Strait to King Island, Australia, when he called the Melbourne Flight Service Unit to ask about other planes flying at his altitude. He was told that none were known of.
Valentich reported a large aircraft flying above and to the side of him, that he thought was purposefully toying with him. He described the other aircraft as being long and having four bright green lights. Transcripts show him saying, “That strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again. (pause) It is hovering and (pause) it’s not an aircraft.” Then a strange metallic scraping sound occurred, and he disappeared and was never heard from again.
Twenty other people reported that they had seen an erratically-moving green light in the sky, in the area that Valentich disappeared. They reported this before transcripts of Valentich’s report had been made public.
Editor’s Note: UPDATE: In 2015, Navy pilots caught sight of an Unidentified Flying Object, and managed to lock on it with radar. They’re gleeful as they do, and amazed at the shape and speed of it. Here’s the video followed by a link to the story.
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