by Brian Clarey



The first photo

As a companion to this week’s cover story about a recent symposium in Greensboro, we honor the very best UFO sightings through history, starting with the first. In 1870, in Mt. Washington, NH, a “stereo” photograph was taken of an oblong, boxy structure that suggests a flying aircraft carrier against a bank of clouds. Its origin is unknown.Link: cloaked-ufos-disguised-as-clouds-move. html

O’Hare incident

Late on the afternoon of Nov. 7, 2006, 12 employees of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, one of the busiest in the nation, reported a metallic disc hovering over Gate C-17, where a plane was bound for Charlotte. When the UAP — unidentified aerial phenomenon — made its swift exit, witnesses say it left a circular hole-punch through the cloud cover that lasted seven minutes.

Incident at RAF Bentwaters

Col. Charles Halt was the deputy base commander of the US Air Force base at the Royal Air Force inatallation at Bentwaters, England on Dec. 26, 1980 1980 when base guards reported strange lights in the sky. “We had a chuckle,” Bentwaters said last week in Greensboro. The next day, while investigating the first sighting, he himself saw a red glow in the sky. Through his binoculars he saw it was “oval, with a dark center… dripping like molten metal.” When the story was picked up by News of the World, Halt says, his credibility took a hit.

Carolina Beach

On Aug. 16, 2002, a man near Carolina Beach photographed four glowing lights in the sky that formed a perfect square.Link: Battle of Los Angeles

Also known as the Great Los Angeles Air Raid, this event took place Feb. 24, 1942, months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. A air-raid siren led the 37 th Coast Artillery Brigade to fire more than 14,000 shells at what they thought was an attack from Japan. The Navy called it a false alarm, but those in the know can read between the lines.

Foo Fighters

UAP sightings during WWII were com mon — theorists argue that the others were making contact because we were about to destroy ourselves. US military pilots took to calling these fast, glowing vessels “Foo Fighters.” Many believed it they were part a Nazi secret weapons program.

Japan Airlines Case

On Nov. 17, 1986, Japan Airlines pilots running a load of Beaujolais from Paris to Tokyo reported several sightings over 50 minutes of visual contact with bright yellow lights, a “spaceship” off their wing and saucer in the sky as large as an aircraft carrier. Capt. Teriauchi, who made the report was taken off flight duty. “We were simply breathtaken,” he said later.

Disguised as a cloud

Lots of UAP reports claim vessels disguised as clouds. The best internet photos I could find come from a sighting in 2011 in Yorkshire, England, as reported in the International Business Times: a long, well defined, multi-tiered cloud that suggests an aircraft carrier.Link:

UAP wave over Belgium

Gen. Wilfred DeBrower was a fighter pilot in the Belgian Air Force for 20 years before he became a major general. He was deputy chief of staff during the wave of more than 2,000 reported sightings from 1989-93 in his country. The best known was a pair of black triangles over the Eupen region, seen by three pairs of policemen.


This one is the granddaddy of them all. The US Armed Forces maintain that it was a weather balloon that was shot down over the New Mexico desert on July 7, 1947. But according to the Roswell Daily Record — in a story it later retracted — a “flying saucer” was captured. Believers insist that extraterrestrials — ETs — were on board and were autopsied by Army doctors. Then their technology was reverse-engineered and clandestinely passed to the country’s leading industrialists.

Link: RoswellDailyRecordJuly8%2C1947.jpg