Even Christopher Columbus, it appears, saw a UFO. While patrolling the deck of the Santa Maria at about 10:00 PM on October 11, 1492, Columbus thought he saw “a light glimmering at a great distance.” He hurriedly summoned Pedro Gutierrez, “a gentleman of the king’s bedchamber,” who also saw the light. After a short time it vanished, only to reappear several times during the night, each time dancing up and down “in sudden and passage gleams.” The light, first seen four hours before land was sighted, was never explained.”
Except for these “eyewitnesses”, ufo’s appear in all kinds of paintings, woodcarvings and altar-shrines, during the Middle Ages.
Ufo-sighting over Hamburg
An exceptional ufo-sighting happened in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. Thousands of pilgrims and people living in the area, saw a spectacle in the sky. The sun performed a lightshow, that dazzled the eye-witnesses.
“As if like a bolt from the blue, the clouds were wrenched apart, and the sun at its zenith appeared in all its splendor. It began to revolve vertiginously on its axis, like the most magnificent firewheel that could be imagined, taking on all the colors of the rainbow and sending forth multicolored flashes of light, producing the most astounding effect. This sublime and incomparable spectacle, which was repeated three distinct times, lasted for about ten minutes.”
Believers say it was an apparition of the Virgin Mary, but it looks like a classic ufo-sighting. The most widely cited descriptions of the events reported at Fatima are taken from the writings of John De Marchi, an Italian Catholic priest and researcher. De Marchi spent seven years in Fátima,from 1943 to 1950, conducting original research and interviewing the principals at undisturbed length.
During World War II, Allied pilots reported “Foo Fighters”, “orbs” of colourful energy, that accompanied the bombers. They thought it was a secret German weapon, but the “Foo (from French: feu, fire) Fighters did do no harm and disappeared after a while. Without a trace.
After the war the Americans invited many German scientists to work for them, especially the rocket program. These experts were firm believers in extraterrestrial life and even claimed to have had alien help (Werner von Braun, Hans Obertsz). This was maybe the necessary input for the UFO-phenomenon in the US. Shortly after their emigration, ufo’s started to show up, around the locations the Germans worked in New Mexico. Roswell was the beginning of a mind flipping period of sightings, crashes, abductions and encounters of several kind. Many, but not all, ufo-experiences were staged to hide government black-projects. Many, but not all.