The first reported UFO sighting by a NASA pilot dates back to1962.
In President Obama's March 21st, 2012 visit to New Mexico, the president publicly joked about the government's involvement in the famous 1947 Roswell crash
Former president Jimmy Carter reported seeing an unidentified flying object while working as a peanut farmer in southwest Georgia.
Van Halen frontman and California native, Sammy Hagar, believes he saw a UFO take off from a field when he was four years old.
In 1942, the military shot at what appeared to be a UFO hovering over the California coast in an event famously known as "The Battle of Los Angeles"
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin has stated on multiple occasions that his crew saw a UFO outside their shuttle during the Apollo 11 mission.
Following a provocative series of radar sightings in the Washington DC area in 1952, the CIA prompted the US government to establish a panel of scientists to investigate.
Betty and Barney Hill claim they experienced claimed/ reported a close encounter with an unidentified flying object and two hours of “lost” time 0n the night of Sept 19, 1961.
On April 17th, 1897 a report in the Dallas Morning News by S.E. Haydon claimed that an airship was spotted in the town of Aurora crashing into a windmill on the property of Judge J.S. Proctor, exploding causing debris to be scattered over a large area.
According to the National UFO Reporting Center, California has more UFO sightings than any other state in the US.
The United States has more reported sightings than any other country, followed by France and Great Britain.
In 1966, Edward U. Condon headed an investigation into the study of 59 UFO sightings as requested by the Air Force. The committee concluded that the sightings were not evidence of extraterrestrial vehicles.
The Soviet Union would sometimes encourage the public to believe that the government’s test of secret military rockets were actually UFOs. Doing so obscured the true nature of the tests.
There are approximately 5,000 UFO sightings reported to the National UFO Reporting Center annually.
The term “UFO” was first suggested by Captain Edward Ruppelt, who headed Project Blue Book. He believed that “flying saucer” did not reflect the diversity of the crafts that had been sighted.
On November 5th, 1975 Travis Walton was supposedly abducted by aliens and could not be found until five days later. His story received a good deal of mainstream publicity and led to a book and 1993 movie adaptation titled “Fire in the Sky”
The study of and subject matter and activities associated with unidentified flying objects is known as ufology.
The UK's Project Condign report notes that several aircraft have been destroyed and at least four pilots have been killed chasing UFOs.
The term "foo fighter" was used by World War II aircraft pilots to describe UFOs that followed planes at night over Germany. Pilots described them as balls of fire, but could not guess what they were or what they were supposed to accomplish, assuming it was psychological weaponry from the enemy.
Daylight sightings of UFOs are much more rare than nighttime sightings.
In April of 2011, ABC released a report citing that the FBI had released a number of once classified documents relating to UFOs and the Roswell crash.
A 1997 poll indicated that more than 50% of the Americans polled believe there is an extraterrestrial presence and more than 80% believe the government is not telling the truth about this phenomenon.
Air Force Regulation 200-2, issued in 1962, defined an Unidentified Flying Object as “any aerial phenomena, airborne object or objects which are unknown or appear out of the ordinary to the observer because of performance, aerodynamic characteristics, or unusual features.”
The equivalent acronym for UFO in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian is OVNI.
A 2002 opinion poll conducted suggested that almost 75% of Americans believed the U.S. government was withholding information about UFO activity.
In 1639, a UFO was spotted over the Charles River in Boston. This is considered to be one of America’s first UFO sightings.
After a reported UFO sighting was brought to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s attention, he decided to keep the event top secret, explaining that the knowledge of these crafts could provoke a mass panic.
In February of 2008, NASA transmitted The Beatles’ "Across the Universe" in the direction of the star Polaris, 431 light years from Earth
Astronomer José Bonilla photographed a UFO from the Zacatecas Observatory in Mexico in 1883. It is considered the first photograph ever taken of a UFO. The photograph, which showed dark spots crossing in front of the sun, was later attributed to high-flying geese.
The Bible contains a passage that some believe is the first documented sighting of a UFO. In verses 4 - 24 Ezekiel says “I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.”
A Russian woman found a small creature in August of 1996. The creature, known as Aleshenka, had an unusual appearance, giving rise to rumors of its extraterrestrial origin. Aleshenka was later determined to be a premature 20-25 week old human fetus.
In 1987, former English policeman Philip Spencer claims he was taken aboard a UFO and, after release, managed to snap a picture of one of the aliens.
In 2008, the chief astronomer at the Vatican said that believing in aliens does not contradict faith in God.
Many believe that “Men in Black” really do exist, and have been hammering on the doors of alien witnesses since the 1940s.
Men are more likely to believe that aliens visited earth than women.
A 1997 poll revealed that 54% of the over 1,000 Americans polled believe intelligent life exists beyond our planet.
According to a 1997 poll, 64% of over 1,000 Americans polled believe aliens have contacted humans. 50% of Americans believe aliens have abducted humans.
In a 1997 poll, 37% of over 1,000 Americans believe aliens have made contact with the US government.
Some people believe that aliens built the Great Pyramids arguing that the Egyptians didn’t have the machinery necessary to construct something of such magnitude.
In a CNN poll from 1997, 91% of respondents said they have never had contact with aliens or known anyone who had. 93% said they had never been abducted or known anyone who has been abducted.
Most UFO sightings are a matter of minutes or seconds.
in March of 2004, the Mexican Air Force spotted and recorded strange lights in the sky during a routine, drug surveillance mission. The Mexican defense ministry acknowledged the video, but never commented on the content.
There have been thousands of reported cattle mutilations in North America, often in conjunction with UFO and black helicopter sightings.
A crop circle is a sizable pattern created by flattening a crop. Some people tie crop circles with extraterrestrial life. Crop circles were first widely reported in the southern England during the 1970s.
Although UFOs are often considered to be saucer shaped, witnesses confirm UFOs to be of many different shapes and sizes.
Lenticular clouds have been reported as UFOs due to their peculiar lens shape.
On February 26, 1983, Monique O'Driscoll reported a UFO in upstate New York. Her report was one of hundreds describing a boomerang or v-shaped flying object in the Hudson Valley during a four-year period in the 1980s.
Many people consider the Roswell crash in the summer of is to be the most famous UFO incident in history.
On July 19th, 1952, an air traffic controller spotted several bright orange lights at the National Airport in Washington DC.
UFO spottings have often been reported over nuclear power plants, nuclear research facilities, and nuclear weapons storage bunkers.
The vast majority of UFO sightings can be attributed to conventional aircraft, satellites, weather balloons, or other Earthly explanations.
The rise of computer graphics programs has made it harder for ufologists to distinguish true witness testimony from elaborate hoaxes.
Podiatrist Robert Leir claims that he has removed a number of alien implants from patients who have been abducted by UFOs.
Lt. Frederick Fox, a retired US Navy pilot, says that there was a publication called JANAP 146 E, that forbids revealing any information regarding the UFO phenomenon under penalty of a $10,000 fine and ten years in jail.
Fata Morgana, a type of mirage in which objects horizon appear to be hovering in the sky, may explain some UFO sightings.
Former president Ronald Reagan stated that he spotted a UFO in 1974 when he was governor of California.
Chuck Sorrells, a retired Air Force sergeant, says he was at Edwards Air Force Base in 1965 when at least 7 UFOs appeared over the base. A special UFO officer scrambled and authorized a jet to intercept the objects.
Steven Spielberg derived the title for his "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" film from Ufologist J. Allen Hynek's classification system.
The British Ministry of Defense shuttered it's UFO investigators unit due to recessionary pressures.
There are reports of locations that supposedly came in contact with UFOs experience physical effects on the landscape such as dramatic acceleration