There have been thousands of UFO sightings in modern times. Most can be dismissed as misidentified military aircraft or unusual weather phenomena. But, there are a few among them that leave even the staunchest skeptics scratching their heads in wonder.
Here are five of the most compelling and credible UFO sightings of the modern era which will make you say, “I believe.”
1. The USS Nimitz Encounter (2004)
This is the famous “tic-tac” UFO that has since forced the Pentagon to admit the existence of “Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon.”
On November 14, 2004, the USS Princeton, part of the USS Nimitz carrier strike group, noted an unknown craft on radar 100 miles off the coast of San Diego. For two weeks, the crew had been tracking objects that appeared at 80,000 feet and then plummeted to hover right above the Pacific Ocean.
When two FA-18F fighter jets from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz arrived in the area, they first saw what appeared to be churning water, with a shadow of an oval shape underneath the surface. Then, in a few moments, a white Tic Tac-shaped object appeared above the water. It had no visible markings to indicate an engine, wings, or windows, and infrared monitors didn’t reveal any exhaust. Black Aces Commander David Fravor and Lt. Commander Jim Slaight of Strike Fighter Squadron 41 attempted to intercept the craft, but it accelerated away, reappearing on radar 60 miles away. It moved three times the speed of sound and more than twice the speed of the fighter jets.
2. The Lights Above the New Jersey Turnpike (2001)
It takes a lot for motorists to stop alongside a highway to look toward the sky, but on July 14, 2001, drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike did just that. For around 15 minutes just after midnight, they marveled at the sight of strange orange-and-yellow lights in a V formation over the Arthur Kill Waterway between Staten Island, New York, and Carteret, New Jersey. Carteret Police Department’s Lt. Daniel Tarrant was one of the witnesses, as well as other metro-area residents from the Throgs Neck Bridge on Long Island and Fort Lee, New Jersey, near the George Washington Bridge.
3. O’Hare International Airport Saucer (2006)
Flight 446 was getting ready to fly to North Carolina from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport when a United Airlines employee on the tarmac noticed a dark grey metallic craft hovering over gate C17. That day, November 7, 2006, a total of 12 United employees—and a few witnesses outside the airport—spotted the saucer-shaped craft around 4:15 p.m.
The witnesses say it hovered for about five minutes before shooting upward, where it broke a hole in the clouds—enough that pilots and mechanics could see the blue sky. The news report became the most-read story on The Chicago Tribune’s website to that date and made international news. However, because the UFO was not seen on radar, the FAA called it a “weather phenomenon” and declined to investigate.
4. The Stephenville Sightings (2008)
The small town of Stephenville, Texas, 100 miles southwest of Dallas, is mostly known for its dairy farms, but in the evening of January 8, 2008, dozens of its residents viewed something unique in the sky. Citizens reported seeing white lights above Highway 67, first in a single horizontal arc and then in vertical parallel lines. Local pilot Steve Allen estimated that the strobe lights “spanned about a mile long and a half-mile wide,” traveling about 3,000 miles per hour. No sound was reported.
Witnesses believed the event was reminiscent of the Phoenix Lights sightings of 1997. While the U.S. Air Force revealed weeks later that F-16s were flying in the Brownwood Military Operating Areas (just southwest of Stephenville), many townspeople didn’t buy that explanation, believing that what they saw was too technologically advanced for current human abilities.
5. East Coast GO FAST Video (2015)
When news leaked in 2017 about the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, a video emerged that revealed an encounter between an F/A-18 Super Hornet and an unidentified aerial phenomenon. Seen along the East Coast on a Raytheon Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) Pod, the craft was similar to that spotted off San Diego in 2004 — a fast-moving white oval about 45-feet-long without wings or exhaust plume.
The pilots tracked the object at 25,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean as it flew away and simultaneously rotated on its axis. No explanation ever emerged.
12 thoughts on “These Five UFO Sightings Will Make You Believe”
The monster sightings of all sightings occurred in Hillsdale, Michigan, in the 1960s. I heard famed radio commentator Paul Harvey report on them, something I remembered in the 1970s upon moving to Hillsdale for a few years. Literally thousands of people in the 8,000-person town and its rural environs saw them. Hundreds of Hillsdale College students watched their flight antics for hours at night.
The county civil defense director saw t hem. Police saw them. Other local officials and law enforcement professionals saw them. The bigger question was who DIDN’T see them?
The husband of a co-worker of mine had a close encounter; he was driving his tractor when a UFO stopped immediately overhead — less than a hundred feet above him — and somehow shut down his tractor, which resumed running after it glided away. She recounted the story only on the promise I would not share it and their names with others.
The long-time captain of a Boeing airliner who lived outside of Hillsdale, where he tended his Christmas tree farm, showed me a daytime photograph he had taken of a UFO. Unfortunately, it was recorded on an extremely grainy negative produced by an Instamatic camera; it just showed a white spot in the sky with no details whatever.
The Air Force “investigated” the sightings under the tutelage of J. Allen Hynek, who spun a yarn that the sightings were caused by a soft glow produced by methane rising from the local swamps. Not only has that phenomenon never been documented, but if it ever took place, it might resemble the aura of a sunset. The sightings people described were objects that zipped from one horizon to another — sometimes at fantastic speeds — only to slow or instantly accelerate to bullet-like speeds or make instantaneous turns. There were reports of single UFOs and of big clusters of them.
As the owner of a Piper Cub-like lightplane, I had the experience of flying at low altitude above all of Hillsdale County many scores of times in the 1970s. I became very familiar with the terrain around the area. One thing stood out: There were no swamps, and therefore no swamp gas.
I neglected to mention in my account that while most sightings were at night, many occurred in daytime, such as the airline captain mentioned above. His tree farm was something of a hobby; he was a full-time captain for Boeing 707s or maybe other Boeings who was based at Detroit’s Metro airport.
Irony of ironies, J. Allen Hynek, whom the Air Force employed to lie and use other debunking techniques re: UFO sightings, later founded the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), which today is the pre-eminent volunteer organization that tracks and (supposedly) investigates UFO reports, though in my state they don’t seem to have much interest in fielding skilled investigators.
In the interest of candor, I have never seen a UFO.
UFO’s are for real and our government knows about them but won’t admit to the general public! What they are after, is a mystery!!!
Amen! World governments are worried about their power and control. From what I have gotten from the net, there are at least 57 groups of aliens who visit the earth on a regular basis. Some seem to have a vested interest in humanity, supposedly 4 groups resemble humans? You might check out Dr Steven Greer Disclosure Project. To me it seems obvious they have been here a long time and seems to be keeping an eye on us???
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In the 1980’s, my mom & I were sitting outside on a hot, sultry, August evening in Comstock Park, Michigan. We stood up from our chairs to go inside when we looked up an saw a circle of colored lights low in the sky. I remember looking at each other in disbelief, just in time to see it take off in a lightning speed and disappear. I will never forget it.
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