While it is believed that modern history for UFOs began in the late 1940s, unexplained objects have been observed in our skies since the earliest days of recorded history.
References is found in Assyrian, Babylonian, Aztec, and the literature of many of the ancient peoples. The Hopi Indians speak of their ancestors who came from the stars, and they have many prophecy’s concerning the return of these “Star People”
There are many references to mysterious beings and flying objects found in some of man’s most ancient texts. Many such examples exist in the Bible. It makes reference to an object observed by the prophet Ezekiel when he described a “wheel within a wheel” (Ezekiel 1:1-25). The ‘Ancient Sanskrit texts of India’ had many accounts of flying “chariots” including a story of a “chariot” sending a shining lance to destroy a city with a fire brighter than the sun. This account sounds like what we would expect during a modern time raging battle, included in the Sanskrit texts are passages that refer to what only can be construed as a war fought not with slings and arrows, but describe in great detail as a nuclear weapon.
Several authors, most including Zecharia Sitchin, have hypothesised that we have not only been visited by aliens, but our history and even our evolution may have been influenced by them.
The modern history begins with mysterious “airships” that were observed in all parts of the world, going back in the early 1800′s. These “airships” were sighted over New Zealand, and the United States, they began with sightings of glowing shapes and cigar-shaped craft flying over the skies of California. The Mayors of Oakland and San Francisco both went on record stating they had seen them. By 1897, these crafts were being seen in all parts of the country. Disk shaped objects were seen by ships at sea rising out of the water and flying away. Reports of these UFO’S were soon coming from Asia and Europe.
Periodic reports of mysterious flying craft were reported up through the beginning of the Second World War, these were nick named “Foo Fighters” by the pilots, they appeared like luminous glowing spheres that performed incredible aerial maneuvers far beyond the capabilities of those observing. The American’s thought they must be some secret new technology of the Germans, while the Germans thought it was the American’s who had some secret new technology. Photos were taken of these strange objects and they indeed showed up on radar.
The modern era of UFO’s began one day on June 24th, 1947, when Kenneth Arnold, a pilot flying his small private plane near Mt Rainer in Washington State observed several objects in the sky that he later described as looking like “saucers skipping across water”. The press dubbed these objects “Flying Saucers”, and before long they were being reported from every part of the country. In the early part of July 1947, in a remote part of the New Mexico desert (Roswell), something crashed. Believed by many to be an alien spacecraft, the U.S. government had gone out of their way to explain this as nothing more than a crashed weather balloon, how ever the local paper had already printed an article about the Military finding a crashed UFO. There were many witnesses that saw the crash debris, and who handled the strange lightweight material, and many involved in the clean up observed the small bodies of the occupants.
Over the years UFO researchers have documented overwhelming amounts of evidence, that supports the alien UFO theory. With all this evidence the government still denies the existence of UFO’s, but turns around and funds projects like SETI “The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence”
Many books have been written on the subject of what happened in Roswell. Stanton Friedman (a Nuclear Physicist) has written several books on the subject, as well as Kevin Randle (former Captain, US Air Force Reserve) & Donald Schmitt, Director of Special Investigations at the Center for UFO Studies.
During the 1950’s, many UFO sightings were reported around the world. So many of these reports were coming in from reliable witnesses that the Air Force was publically forced (at least to save face) to sit up and take notice. They couldn’t let the American public think that they weren’t interested in what supposed to be a threat to National Security. Thus began a series of “Official” UFO investigations by the Air Force, first it was “Project Sign”, then it was “Project Grudge”, finally concluding with “Project Blue Book” in 1969. Many believe that “Project Blue Book” was merely a public relations exercise, and most of the “unexplainable” sightings were sent off to an already set up project dealing with UFO’s that had been in operations since the early 1940′s.
“Project Blue Book” was officially closed down in 1969, due to lack of evidence linking UFO’s with any kind of threat to the United States National Security, so the Air Force pronounced that there was nothing to UFOs. They could be explained as swamp gas, weather balloons, the planet Venus and the like. Meanwhile, these objects that “didn’t exist” still continued to be sighted from all corners of the globe, obviously the UFO’s didn’t read the Official Air Force report stating that they “didn’t exist”. The UFOs have taken a particular interest in military installations and sightings on or around military bases worldwide have been ongoing. In fact, they’ve nearly started a war. On October 5th 1960, a formation of UFOs was seen by early warning radar in Thule, Greenland with a heading that seemed to be coming from the Soviet Union toward the United States. Within minutes, SAC (Supreme Allied Commandment) crews around America were scrambling to their nuclear weapons laden B-52s and taking to the skies. When SAC Headquarters signaled Thule for further confirmation, their calls were answered with silence. Had Thule already been taken out? Anxious moments as the Generals prepared to send the B-52 crews to their targets inside Russia, when suddenly the radar blips changed course and disappeared.
Bob Dean (a UFO Researcher) talks about this particular incident in depth, he is a former U.S. Army Intelligence Officer who witnessed this event, and had special clearance which allowed him access to a project researched in Paris by S.H.A.P.E., which examined UFO’s in great detail. Since the late 1950′s, this powerful figure in Ufology has investigated the subject, and his conclusions are all too apparent….. “WE ARE NOT ALONE”.
Other military involvement included fighter aircraft scrambling to pursue these objects, and most ominous, the interference with the targeting systems of nuclear warheads, which in one incident actually melted the tops of the missile’s and their surrounding containment.
The UFO phenomenon has continued up to today. Many things are linked to this mystery, Abductions, Cattle Mutilations and Crop Circles to name just a few, this subject screams out for a proper investigation, as Budd Hopkins (an Abduction UFO Researcher) puts it “an extraordinary phenomenon deserves and extraordinary investigation”.
Researchers have used the power of law in the form of the Freedom of Information Act to find out just how much the US Government really knows about UFOs. The evidence is overwhelming that the government despite its claims to the contrary, is still very interested in the subject of UFOs. Thousands upon thousands of pages of documents have been uncovered by researchers showing that each branch of the military, the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc have kept a “very” close watch on what is flying about our skies. Some researchers contend that not only does the US Government know about UFOs, but has actually interacted with the intelligences that fly them.
Will we every really know the truth? only time will tell!