With the raid of Area 51 coming up (or maybe it’s already happened
(depending on when this gets published)), it’s just the perfect
time to write about UFO sightings. Now, I’m a firm believer that
there are aliens out there. It would be very self-centered to think
that in an infinite universe (with an infinite amount of galaxies and
star systems), we’re the only life to have ever evolved. That being
said, I’m not entirely sure that alien species have ever actually
been to Earth.
But, here are 8 of history’s most famous (or infamous) UFO
The first UFO sighting we’re going to talk about occurred in 1947.
In fact, a lot of the fascination with aliens and UFOs that we have
today can be traced back to this first “encounter”.
While flying his small airplane near Washington’s Mount Rainier,
pilot Arnold Kenneth saw something unusual in the sky. According to
him, he saw nine big, blue glowing objects that were flying in a V
formation. According to him they were flying at nearly 1,700 miles
per hour (how he calculated that number without any special tools is
Like any pilot, he assumed that these were just military planes, but
this was far too fast for any human-made airplane.
His report made the national news, and soon after thousands of other
people began claiming that they also saw alien aircrafts and, in some
cases, actual aliens. This is a trend we’ve been seeing a lot ever
since — whenever a UFO sighting makes the news, many people begin
reporting to have seen UFO’s themselves.
Another UFO sighting that took place in 1947! Coincidence? I don’t
Unlike the story of Kenneth Arnold, the rancher William Brazel didn’t
actually see any flying saucers in the sky. No, what happened to him
was much more mysterious and unusual. When he was walking across some
of his New Mexico pastures, he found metallic rods, metal and plastic
scraps, and unusual “papery” chunks. Soon after he reported the
wreckage that occurred in one of his fields, the Roswell Army Air
Force arrived and retrieved all the materials.
Ever since then, conspiracy theorists have been sure that there was a
real UFO crash, and that alien bodies were collected from those
fields, dissected, and studied.
But, those are nothing but conjectures (according to the US
government). The fact that there was a crash is true. That can’t be
denied. However, what crashed wasn’t a UFO, but a military-grade
air balloon that was created as part of a military project called
Whether that’s true or there was an actual UFO crash in Roswell,
the field has become a tourist attraction, and there’s even a
spaceship-shaped McDonald’s there!
A few years after Roswell, in August of 1951, three Texas Tech
professors saw a semicircle of flying lights above them. As with
Kenneth Arnold’s story — these lights were flying incredibly
fast. They reported what they saw to the news, and over the next few
days dozens of other people claimed to have seen these lights fly
across the sky too. One Texas Tech student, a freshman named Carl
Hart Jr. even took photos of the event. These got published in the
The prevailing assumption as to the origins of these lights is that
they were birds that were reflecting the luminescence from the street
lamps. However, all the people who were there claimed that the flying
objects were way too fast to be birds. They’re sure that what they
saw was a UFO (or several).