10 of the most intriguing UFO sightings ever

It so happens sometimes that I reach office, switch my laptop on, start working and out of nowhere, it’s time to go home! It’s like I missed all of that time and I do not remember anything! I have no knowledge of how 7 hours of the day just went away!

Missing Time


Well, I could be working for two aliens, you know! Maybe, that red car and that stud bike that is parked outside, transforms into a UFO at night and my bosses establish contact with their home-planet…

Alien boss


Or maybe I’m just sleep deprived (Which, if the case, will be super boring!)

Who knows…but what we do know is that all-things-aliens-and-UFOs have captured our fantasy for a long time…

Read on to find out about some UFO sightings that had all alien enthusiasts going gaga!

1.  Mysterious disappearance of an airplane (abducted by the aliens?)!

Now, boats and aircrafts disappearing in oceans isn’t something we haven’t heard about, but on October 21, 1978, a Cessna 182 light aircraft piloted by Australian Fredrick Valentich managed to disappear right out of thin air!

Now, if that isn’t weird enough, the final words of Valentich take weird to a whole new level!

In his final words with Melbourne Air Traffic Control, Valentich described being followed by a UFO:

 Valentich: Melbourne, this is Delta Sierra Juliet. 
           Is there any known traffic below five thousand?
 Melbourne: No known traffic.
 Valentich: I am... seems to be a large aircraft below five 
 Melbourne: What type of aircraft is it?
 Valentich: I cannot affirm. It is four bright...
            it seems to me like landing lights.

At one point Valentich said the aircraft stopped in mid-air, and he orbited around it to get a good look:

Valentich: It's got a green light and sort of metallic like... 
           it's all shiny on the outside... 
           ... it just vanished...


Valentich: Ah...Melbourne that strange aircraft is hovering on 
           top of me again...(two seconds open microphone)...
           it is hovering and it's not an aircraft...

Those were Valentich's last words to Air Traffic Control, and maybe his last words to anyone. What followed were 17 seconds of a metallic scraping sound. Neither Valentich nor his plane was ever seen again.

Valentich disappearance news paper report

Newspaper report about the disappearance of Valentich


Nothing was found in investigations; no wreckage, no signs of the plane. The 17 seconds of metallic scarping was examined by experts but blah! I mean, the conclusion was blah! Nobody knew anything…

Because Valentich wasn’t around to defend his cause, much of the explanation of the events comprised of calling Valentich crazy, disoriented and downright stupid. . For instance, some have suggested Valentich became disoriented and was actually flying upside down the entire time. The lights he saw being his own in the reflection of the ocean.

An Upside-down world!

Topsy turvy world!


Some have suggested it was an elaborate suicide, the UFO thing a final hoax to keep people talking. Or maybe he was Satan’s angel to bring all the people along with him? Or, maybe he was an agent of the Martians and took all the passengers of the plane along with him…

Who knows? And, Valentich isn’t around to ask so, whatever.

 2.  Driving around the Niagara falls, kidnapped by Aliens..

This one’s a classic case of…abduction by a UFO and the ritual physical examination and the taking-home-a-relic by the aliens (in the form of human hair and nail clippings) case.

Barney and Betty hill were driving back to Portsmouth from a vacation in Niagara Falls on September 19, 1961, when Betty claimed to have observed a bright point of light in the sky. (It was not the moon…it was not a star…it was not a planet either! yes! It was a UFO!)

The object descended rapidly towards their vehicle and hovered over it. Barney, using his binoculars saw 8-11 humanoid figures that were communicating with him and asking him to not fear them (Yeah, right.)


Oh look! I think they wanna have tea with us!


Physical examination followed (Most of which the Hills recollected in hypnosis sessions). Same old beeping and buzzing and dull mind and all…

Well, the aliens were friendly enough and let them go (Unlike the cows they capture. Seriously! What’s this with aliens and cows!?)

Leave the cows

Maybe they like ham burger!


After the Hills reached home, everything was weird. There were shiny concentric circles on the trunk of their car, Barney’s best dress shoes were scraped, Betty’s dress was torn at the hem, zipper and lining and she noticed pinkish powder on her dress (which blew away before laboratories could check what it was! Damn!)

Almost 10 days after the abduction, Betty had weird dreams for 5 consecutive nights.

Well, the couple went in for hypnosis sessions with Dr. Simon. Both, Barney and Betty’s accounts of their encounter with the aliens were emotional, punctuated with fear and outbursts.
Though people didn’t believe the whole abduction scene, the hypnotic sessions helped the Hills.


Look into my eyes and I'll own you...?


Much afterwards, Simon wrote an article about the Hills for the journal Psychiatric Opinion, explaining his conclusions that the case was a singular psychological aberration.

3.   Area 51 - the 'better left alone' part of this planet

This one case is what, probably, brought Area 51 into the limelight.

On July 7, 1947, an airborne object crashed on a ranch in Roswell, New Mexico. One of the most popular (and awesome) explanation regarding what the object, is that it was a flying disc, a vehicle of the extraterrestrial.

Since late 1970s, the Roswell incident has been the topic of much controversy and conspiracy theories have arisen around the incident.

Roswell 'UFO' debris

Flying disk!? Or 'weather balloon'! No one will ever know



The United States Armed Forces maintains that what was recovered near Roswell was debris from the crash of an experimental high-altitude surveillance balloon belonging to what was then a classified (top secret) program named Mogul.

On 8th July, reports claiming the debris to be of a ‘flying disk’ came out which, the RAAF rectified and said that the debris was of a weather balloon.

Roswell UFO newspaper report

Newspaper report describing the incident


Did I mention that it was personnel from Roswell Army Air Field who had claimed that the debris was actually of a flying disk?

What could have followed next? Brush-ups and cover-ups and reports and even alien-autopsy footage (which was later claimed to be a reconstruction from an actual video tape)!


Could you be the devil? Could you be the angel?


Maybe, Men in Black do exist, after all. Who knows…?

4.   Belgian spaceships - triangularly shaped!

The events of the action-night seem like a scene out of a Steven Spielberg movie!

On the night of 30/31 March, 1990, unknown objects were tracked on radar, chased by two Belgian Air Force F-16s, photographed and were sighted by an estimated 13,500 people on the ground! Following the incident, the Belgian Air Force released a report detailing the events of the night.

The supervisor for the Control Reporting Center at Glons on receiving reports that three unusual lights were seen moving towards Thorembais-Gembloux, which lies to the South-East of Brussels, requested the Wavre gendarmerie send a patrol to confirm the sighting.

Approximately 10 minutes later a second set of lights was sighted moving towards the first triangle.  

Belgian UFO

The smaller triangle shaped UFO!


A chase by two Air Force F-16s followed. The scrambled F-16s attempted nine separate interceptions of the target.  On three occasions they managed to obtain a radar lock for a few seconds but each time the targets changed position and speed so rapidly that the lock was broken by erratic change of altitude and speed.

What’s unsettling about all of this, is that the erratic change of speed and altitude with which the flying objects functioned, would have been fatal to one or more human pilots!

Skeptics don’t believe and attribute the night’s events to helicopters! (At least the US government makes some effort to cover-up UFO incidents!)

And, did I mention that I love Belgian chocolate? I couldn’t have missed Belgian chocolate when we were talking about Belgium. Maybe that’s the reason why the aliens struck!

Belgian chocolate

Chocolate love!


 5.   Alien birds!

The Lubbock Lights were a group of unusual lights seen over the city of Lubbock, Texas, from August–September 1951.

Three professors of the Texas Tech University were sitting in the backyard of one of the professor when they observed 20-30 lights ‘fly’ overhead. They were as bright as stars but larger in size.

Carl Hart, a freshman at the Texas Tech University also observed the lights from his window and walked out to his backyard, with his camera, to see if the lights would return.

And yes! The lights returned! (Maybe they forgot to pick up a cow or something! I think I’ve dragged the cow joke too far, haven’t I?)

So, yes… The lights returned and Hart photographed them.

Lubbock lights

UFO lights, as photographed by the Texas freshman


What could’ve happened next?
He gave the pictures to a local newspaper which were printed, and then they were printed in a national daily, rebuttals followed, etc. etc.

The rebuttal was interesting. The strange lights were attributed to plovers!

(Plovers are a kind of birds.) Wow! At least, give a good cover-up, yaar!


Well, seriously, say whaaaat?



 6.    UFO, or a water balloon?

Clarence Chiles and Charles Whitted were two veteran pilots of WWII. In the wee hours on July 24, 1948, the pilots were chilling (well, not exactly chilling. They were flying an Eastern Airlines Douglas DC3) at about 5000 ft. in air when they reported seeing a weird object which was, well, chilling with them.

Chiles Whitted drawing

UFO flying alongside a fighter aircraft!


The weird aircraft was flying alongside them, very closely.

Now, you may say that the pilots were suffering from, maybe survivor’s guilt or something, and didn’t really see anything but a passenger in the aircraft, who happened to be awake at that time, also saw the weird flying object.

So, maybe the passenger was dreaming! (God, you’re one hell of a skeptic!)

Another guy, named Walter Massey, who worked as a member of the ground crew at a nearby Air Force base claimed to have seen the same object, reporting it an hour before Chiles and Whitted.

What’s weird? The same object, exact same, was spotted in Netherlands, an entire month earlier!

The officials earlier claimed it to be a weather balloon, which was very stupid because hey! A flying ship, which looks like a rocket, and a weather balloon have the exact same shape and two rows of windows!

Aircraft identification chart

They have pretty cool weather balloons, I must admit


The officials realized their stupidity and said that the object was a meteor. The proposition was rejected by the pilots, who obviously had seen lots of meteors earlier and knew that meteors didn’t have windows.


Maybe the windows broke because of the speed or something...


The Air Force, after investigating it, famously concluded that it really was a spaceship. This report was marked as bullshit and was most probably, sent in through a shredder. (We can’t always blame Mars-men for everything we don’t understand, can we?)

Confused alien

Dafuq, dude?


Well, to this day, we don’t know what that freaky object really was.

 7.    Green, environmentally friendly UFOs

Well, they were green, they were balls and they were on fire….

The Green Fireball Sightings refer to a series of green fireballs which were witnessed in the skies above New Mexico between December 1948 and April 1955. They were seen by, well, just about everybody.

Green fireball

Environment-friendly fire? Meteor? Or aliens?!


Now, people thought, what anybody would think, that these balls were meteors; or, maybe a comet. And that’s what the government thought too. So they called in meteor expert Dr. Lincoln LaPaz.

LaPaz spent years on the subject and decided that the rate in which the fireballs were being sighted, combined with the slow speeds and lack of rock bits trailing the objects, meant they weren't behaving in a matter fitting of meteors... or that of any natural phenomena.

The Air Force named the investigating project ‘Project Twinkle’, which was, just plain funny…

Moving on, a lot of these sightings happened over the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the laboratory where city vaporizing bombs were being made. So, the government obviously wanted to get down on it…they wanted to know whether it was the Russians or aliens or…

Girl is on fire

She would've felt sad had they not counted her as a possibility


…whatever it was, they wanted to know what it was.

After a couple of years of looking into it, however, they knew nothing more than when they started.

The Air Force shut down the investigation and finally wrote off the phenomena as sunspots or some new kind of meteor or something. LaPaz (their meteor expert) insisted that none of that made sense, and would continue to do so for years. The balls were spotted over and over again even after the investigation shut down, and each time someone would go interview poor Dr. LaPaz, he would repeat his long list of reasons why they're not meteors.

No one will ever know!

8.   Aliens apparently spotted orbiting the White House!

Between July 13 and 29, 1952, a series of UFO sightings were reported over Washington D.C. Witnesses included an Air Force pilot, people on the ground and two separate radar stations.

Washington DC UFO

Unidentified objects encircling the white house!


The first substantiated report came on July 19, when air traffic controller Edward Nugent, of Washington National Airport noticed seven unidentifiable objects on his radar. The objects were not following established flight paths and, in typical UFO sighting fashion, were being too radical in their movements to be ordinary aircraft. Meanwhile, at Andrew's Air Force Base, air traffic controllers were also tracking several unidentifiable objects. According to the military's report on the incident, both towers were tracking an object that was hovering over a radio beacon, before it vanished from both radars at the exact same time.

Even more interesting is that almost the exact same thing happened on July 26, only a week later; the same airports, the same radar readings, and the same unidentified objects all on the same freaking day of the week. Two fighter jets were sent this time, one of which saw nothing. The other, however, reported four orbs of light zipping around. The pilot even called in to ask if he should, do something, like, shoot them down or something, before they streaked out of sight.

That was enough to attract the attention of President Harry Truman. By now the Air Force had launched Project Blue Book, a massive investigation into pretty much every UFO sighting ever, with the goal of finding out once and for all what was going on.

Project blue book

Project 'Blue Book', launched to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding UFOs.


So the government's official position wound up being that there was a meteor storm or some other phenomena at the exact same time, by pure coincidence, there was an unrelated radar error causing the false signals. What actually happened though, remains unknown.

9.   A UFO that was not claimed to be saucer shaped

The Phoenix Lights were a series of widely seen UFOs observed in the skies over Arizona and Nevada in the United States, and Sonora, Mexico on Thursday, March 13, 1997.

Now, apparently, two distinct events were involved in the incident: a triangular formation of lights seen to pass over the state, and a series of stationary lights seen in the Phoenix area.

Witnesses claim to have observed a huge carpenter's square-shaped UFO (no saucer-shaped objects here! Praise the Lord!), containing five spherical lights or possibly light-emitting engines.

Carpenter's square shaped UFO

At least it's not saucer-shaped!
(An artistic representation of the UFO)


And, UFOs don’t always beam up cows! Four Phoenix men were reported missing after they were last seen off-roading at the base of the Estrella Mountain range, where the sightings took place. (Please don’t mistake my tone to be up-beat.)

Explanations were given and depending on how enthusiastic you are about UFOs, you’ll find the explanations plausible.

Proponents of two separate events propose that the first event still has no provable explanation, but that some evidence exists that the lights were in fact airplanes. According to an article by a reporter, videotape of the v shape shows the lights moving as separate entities, not as a single object; a phenomenon known as illusory contours can cause the human eye to see unconnected lines or dots as forming a single shape.

The U.S Air force tried their best to prove that what was observed was actually imagination of the human mind, and not really a UFO!

Phoenix lights and flares

Difference between what was actually observed, and the explanation given by the US Air Force..


(Why is it so hard for us to believe that some otherworldly society might be trying to establish contact with us!?)

 10.  And finally, an Indian UFO! 

Well, did you think that no bizarre flying objects are spotted in India?  How could you!?

India has an underground UFO base.  Well, not exactly but it’s speculated that there’s this cool underground UFO base in Kongka La Pass. Kongka La is the low ridge pass in the Himalayas. It is in the disputed India-China border area in Ladakh. The Chinese held northeastern part is known as Aksai Chin and Indian South West is known as Ladakh. This is the area where Indian and Chinese armies fought major war in 1962.

Kongka La PassUFO 2

UFO spotted near the Indo-Chinese border, in the Himalayas!


 Kongka La PassUFO 1


The area is one of the least accessed areas (by humans) in the world, and by agreement, the countries do not patrol this part of the border. According to many, the UFO underground bases are in this region and both the Indian and Chinese Government know this very well.

And most probably, the locals and the green men who operate in the underground base are good friends because the people find nothing weird about the strange lights that adorn the sky over that region.

Resident alien

Let's talk inter-galactic relations


Maybe Jadoo didn’t have to go that far away from all his best friends…


Jadoo spotted near the Indo-China border!


Aw. That’s cute.

So, do you have irresistible good looks and charm, something that our foreign visitors will kill to posses, and maybe take away as a souvenir? Then you should beware!
(I too have been having alien dreams and have experienced missing time. I'm not saying anything...but, you know...)
Well, share with us your crazy and not-so-crazy experiences!
We'd love to hear from you!

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