Five of the Most Inexplicable UFO Incidents from the Declassified Air Force Files

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 - 10:09AM
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 - 10:09AM
Five of the Most Inexplicable UFO Incidents from the Declassified Air Force Files

In a turn of events that would serve as a perfect inciting incident for the upcoming X-Files reboot, almost 130,000 pages of declassified UFO records from the Air Force's mysterious Project Blue Book have hit the web.

 

 

Project Blue Book was an on-the-books investigation of UFO sightings by the Air Force that spanned events from 1952-1970. Their aim was to scientifically analyze UFOs and to determine whether they were a threat to national security. The project was discontinued when the Air Force officially concluded that the reported UFOs were not a threat to national security and that there was no evidence that the objects were beyond modern levels of technology or extraterrestrial vehicles. Until now, only a few of the files were made available to the public, which led UFO enthusiast John Greenewald to make repeated requests for the Air Force to post the declassified documents online under the Freedom of Information Act. After two decades, Greenewald's efforts have finally paid off, as he has posted thousands of files on his website, The Black Vault.


There were 12,618 sightings of UFO phenomena between 1947 and 1969, and to this day 701 of them remain "unidentified." Here are five of the most inexplicable "unidentified" incidents from the Project Blue Book files:


Unidentified object flies over Godman Air Force Base


Project Blue Book

[Credit: The Black Vault]


A "metallic object of tremendous size" flew over the Godman Air Force Base in Kansas in 1948, witnessed by several pilots in P-51 planes. Described as 250-350 feet in diameter, the object was seen flying over Mansville before it was followed by fighter planes and witnessed moving half their speed at 15,000 feet.


Airline pilot follows bright light in the sky


Project Blue Book

[Credit: The Black Vault]


Captain Raymond E. Ryan was flying over Buffalo, NY when he saw a blinding white light. "The light was so bright you wouldn't want to look at it," he testified afterwards. He had been a pilot for 23 years and had never seen anything like it. And although he did not consider himself a believer in UFOs up until that point, he claimed he was "convinced there was something fantastic up there."


Humming object confirmed by multiple witnesses in Ohio


Project Blue Book

[Credit: The Black Vault]


A family in Ohio saw a large object with "dim red lights" on it making counterclockwise circles over their home at about 1,000 feet. The object was also spotted by multiple patrolmen of the Chardon police, but was never identified.


Fire in the sky in Kansas City


Project Blue Book

[Credit: The Black Vault]


A man who was arrested for driving while intoxicated claimed that a bright light had "blinded" him. He told a special agent of the U.S. Air Force that both he and his employee had seen it while leaving work, and that the "ball of fire" that was "brilliant white and flickered somewhat like a star" could be seen in the sky for twenty-five minutes to half an hour before it contributed to the car accident.


Absence of Roswell Files


Project Blue Book

[Credit: The Black Vault]


There are no files from the 1947 Roswell incident, which may be even stranger than the files that have been published. There was an official Air Force investigation of the event at that time, and the National Archives contends that it "has been unable to locate any documentation among the Project Blue Book records which discuss the 1947 incident in Roswell, N.M." This absence seems odd, especially since the Roswell incident occurred during the time period Project Blue Book was investigating.

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