20 famous UFO sightings

20 famous UFO sightings 1

On the 30th anniversary of ET, Stylist looks for answers to the question – is there anybody out there? From alien abductions to lights in the sky and mysterious flying objects, here are 20 of the world’s most talked-about UFO sightings…

Roswell, 1947

ae98dcd6e1a4c93ce9852f63f24e298b-c339e6752d401b97eb14c6cb0c59642bRanking as one of the most famous UFO incidents in history – and now a pop culture phenomenon – the Roswell incident saw UFO hunters claim that the US military had captured an alien aircraft. While the military maintain that the ‘flying saucer’ was actually a surveillance device from a classified operation, non-believers still cite extra-terrestrial activity to this day.

Kenneth Arnold case, 1947

461300a2c4222f838e967557bd7a521e-86b5a0899092c4558532188fabd45153Newspapers had a field day with Kenneth Arnold’s story, even coining the term ‘flying saucer’, after the
American businessman and pilot claimed he’d seen nine saucer-like objects flying in a chain near Mount Rainier in Washington.

Washington, D.C. sighting, 1952

0129a22e24049560a55897add2b2708e-d6bf34bba41a055632fccc4e95535118The CIA Robertson Panel was formed after reports of UFOs appearing in the skies above Washington were convincingly backed up by mysterious radar contacts at three separate airports. However, the US Air Force allayed fears of an alien invasion, suggesting that changes in the temperature had caused radar signals to bend and give false returns.

The Hill Abduction, 1961

In 1961, Barney and Betty Hill from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, reported that they had been kidnapped by
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Rendlesham Forest Lights, 1980

c85ea17bc1dcca3375dfb637726007be-446f3e3225b19b6104314be0fb01343dOne of the UK’s most famous UFO events involved the sighting of several unexplained lights near RAF bases at Rendlesham Forest, inland of the Suffolk coast. The authorities insist there was nothing mysterious going on and no risk to national security, however, as the witnesses were on-duty servicemen, the reports were given a measure of credibility, and a belief persists that the lights were from an alien spacecraft. Even now, requests for more details are still being made under the Freedom of Information Act.

Clyde W Tombaugh sighting, 1949

Respected American astronomer Clyde W Tombaugh poured cold water on the consensus that most UFO
219113dcb7874b9636550a0688c060d8-c9276b7876833b48c00705851ae68defsightings were recorded by publicity-seekers, when, two years after Roswell, Tombaugh recorded seeing up to eight rectangular lights in the sky above Las Cruces in New Mexico, and on another occasion several green fireballs. As a serious-minded astronomer used to studying the skies (one of his greatest achievements was the discovery of the dwarf planet Pluto in 1930), his inability to explain the lights made his claims particularly hard to dismiss.

Levelland case, 1957

e0403991586566bd3bc9bc1cd92adb63-63d360c56e18f3a3c3ad5a0e38cb5d9dDrivers in Levelland, Texas reported that their car engines stalled when encountering a glowing, egg-shaped object, and then mysteriously restarted again after the object had left. A police investigation followed and it was concluded that an electrical storm had caused the sightings and vehicle failures.

Shag Harbour, 1967

0abe3966d259abd3dee5897ffeb12e4c-0007b3bc787960451070b0577e730248The navy was drafted in after a large, unidentified object crashed into Shag Harbour in Nova Scotia. A search
and investigation was conducted, but later classified as unsolved by the Canadian Department of National Defence when a clear conclusion could not be reached.

Maury Island incident, 1947

7aa386389fef59cfe9b360fa55a392d0-49209e0178b071142e92ccb17a3b5733Sailor Harold Dahl experienced a run-in with the real ‘men in black’, after claiming to have seen six UFOs while scavenging for driftwood in Washington’s Puget Sound. The next day he was approached by an unknown, black-suited individual who warned him off repeating his story with threats against his family. However, it’s unclear whether the UFO incident was actually real or a secret military exercise which had gone wrong.

Westall encounter, 1966

c2db5d482ba0139476777b4c142e0a23-6dfc9c5d4e22e95b11ecf0652218f101A UFO was allegedly witnessed by more than 200 students and teachers at two schools in Westall, Melbourne.
The object was spotted first descending into a grassy field before taking off over houses in a local suburb. While Australian Skeptics, a non-profit organisation which investigates paranormal and pseudo-scientific claims by using scientific methodologies, put the UFO down to being an experimental military aircraft, witnesses contunue to gather to relive the extraordinary event.

Lonnie Zamora UFO sighting, 1964

4b6a8662bc2791fd5609d33d2df4ddda-40becfc3b231b6c194cfe7dc51390c01When New Mexico traffic policeman Lonnie Zamora saw a huge, bluish-orange flame in the sky south of Socorro, he went to investigate. The flame was accompanied by a deafening roaring sound, and as Zamora drew nearer he saw a weird, doughnut-shaped silver machine and two white-clad individuals. Although the pair quickly flew off, Zamora’s detailed testimony has provided one of the most comprehensive accounts of an alien encounter, and is often cited as a significant spur in persuading the US Air Force to take the growing numbers of UFO sightings more seriously.

Carson Sink incident, 1952

1afc825fd78362ecf815cc4c91072227-b1d187fef8add70aa5ffe862708e9af4Two senior military pilots claimed to have spotted three aircraft of a type unknown to them while flying in a
North American B-25 Mitchell bomber over the Carson Desert. They said the three unidentified objects were moving about three times faster than their B-25. While the B-25 wasn’t known to be a particularly fast machine, both men insisted that the three crafts were not a new type of super-fast jet. 60 years later the sighting is still officially classified as unexplained.

São Paulo sighting, 1986

e47747f1695f55bd66878e1ae270042b-8214677ed6e2a4ee0f231c0f9c3ecaa1Military aircraft were sent to intercept around 20 UFOs detected by radar in various parts of São Paulo, Brazil. However, once the military began to give chase, the mysterious objects reportedly disappeared. Providing one solution to the incident is Geoffrey Perry, a British space researcher. He put the sighting down to debris that were ejected by Soviet space station Salyut-7 re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere around central-western Brazil.

Jimmy Carter sighting, 1969

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earlier he had seen a strange white light in the evening sky. He claimed he watched it change from white to blue, and then to red, before changing back to white and appearing to gradually fade off into the distance. Although he believed it was a UFO he saw in 1969, by the time he became president he put the incident down to military, rather than extra-terrestrial, activity.

Tehran UFO incident, 1976

edb0c37a8c7d6a4686485df2c7ed3aa9-af0bccea9d3228fca5e4f555d87a8472A UFO was believed to have disabled the electronic equipment of two F-4 interceptor jets as well as ground control equipment in Tehran. Public records state that the Iranian generals involved said that they had thought the object was an extra-terrestrial, although sceptics have put the encounter down to equipment malfunction.

Lubbock Lights, 1951

b2a0f71e3c06b10d0096cfdae3678cba-a021e39d664d6ff0e9c0a9463e42a138Three professors from Texas Technical College spotted an unusual light formation flying over Lubbock, Texas in 1951. The 20 to30 lights flew in a ‘V’ shape over the town, and the occurance was eventually photographed by a student from the college with the photographs later appearing in Life Magazine, although an explanation of the sightings is yet to be found.

Belguim Wave, 1989 – 1990

edfe335a75bedf3cf1e9d95acbfdecbf-ca3a27169c6e056b56e06c6f0e16cbf2Between 1989 and 1990, around 13,500 people claim to have observed large, silent, low-flying black triangles in the skies above Belgium, with 2,600 written statements on file about what they had seen. The frequently-photographed wave was also tracked by NATO radar and jet interceptors and investigated by Belgium’s military, although some put the sightings down to ordinary helicopters.

Yeni Kent Compound, 2008

7f89a4e808fca6beb9346c65d70ab2c3-1b22c2325834f4144a1cf62d5e0d4b5dOne plucky night guard at the Yeni Kent Compound in Turkey claimed to have videotaped a number of UFO
sightings witnessed over a period of four months. His allegations were also backed up by other witnesses, spurring the Sirius UFO Space Science Research Center to say that the videos were the “most important images of a UFO ever filmed”.

Berwyn Mountains, 1974

2c26d07288ea51bc58de530e6ac1701a-4ea96041711f00de8de98aa908d52a6bLike the Roswell incident 27 years earlier, rumours of a UFO crash in the Berwyn mountains followed after reports of shaking ground and strange lights in the sky. Investigations began and Gwynedd police recorded a statement from a witness who claimed to have seen a “bright red light, like coal fire red. Large perfect circle. Like a big bonfire. Could see lights above and to the right and white lights moving to bottom. Light changed colour to yellowish white and back again.” No remains were found and the unsteady ground was likely to have been caused by the Bala Earthquake which hit the area that night, but several locals still insist they saw a glowing, egg-shaped craft.

Captain William Schaffner incident, 1970

d307639eee316e78b3b42590b2477197-61ff1297eaad1a08affdfce797f55f3dWhen radar picked up an unidentified flying object over the North Sea, pilots quickly attempted to make
contact. Captain William Schaffner intercepted a ‘conical object’ then all contact with him was lost. Three months later his plane was discovered undamaged on the seabed, but his body was never recovered. However, official reports eschewed the idea of an extra-terrestrial mystery, deeming the pilot’s likely death being caused by flying too low over the sea.


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Some people have no idea how the study of these kinds of topics are truly RELEVANT for the TRUE progress, Mentally, Physically and Spiritually, of the Human race.


EXCELLENT post, Carl…

kim melrose

Should anyone have doubts that ufo’s of extra-terrestrial origin exist? If so, these doubters haven’t checked all the evidence.


Roswell is my fav


Where can I find that video???


There’s a 99 percent chance of it not being for real. Kike most hoax videos they are out of focus and in the dark. All those people out there can catch all manner of weirdness but when it comes to aliens and ufos they always look like this one. Probably little kids dressed in alien costumes. People smoke pot and come up with these stunts.


Thanks. I’ve actually seen this one before.
One of the first things I always ask when seeing videos like this is, if the government is really trying to conceal alien visitations, why would they allow videos like this on youtube, assuming that this video is legit. Unfortunately that question itself leads me to more questions lol.


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My favorite is theTurkish incident where you can actually see the little critters in their craft!! You can actually see the evidence rather than read a second hand witness account about their personal encounter !!




Rendelsham is the best yet…seen by military Lt. Commander and military security and an actual voice recording. …and the binary code imprinted in the on guys mind which actually turned out to be logitudes and lattitudes…give me a break….it is true….and one I don’t belive is on the list The Pheonix lights….never disproved.
……and of course Roswell. ..my top 3