On June 24th, 1947 pilot Kenneth Arnold encountered unknown, crescent-shaped aircraft flying near Mt. Rainier. The press dubbed the unidentified flying objects “flying saucers.” Just a few weeks later, something crashed in the desert in Roswell, New Mexico. Witnesses saw small dead bodies and insisted it was an extraterrestrial craft. The government, however, said it was a weather balloon.
UFO sightings, alien abductions like the story of Barney and Betty Hill, and encounters with the grey aliens, or Zeta Reticulans, didn’t really start there. What crashed in Aurora, Texas in 1897 and was buried in the cemetery? Were ancient cultures really visited by, and possibly even assisted by, extraterrestrials?
This UFO sighting was photographed on March 18th, 1975 in Schmidrüti, Switzerland by ufologist “Billy” Eduard Albert Meier. The iconic “I Want to Believe” poster that hangs in Fox Mulder’s office in the first three seasons of X-Files was created from this photo, making it one of the most famous UFO photos of all time.
The producers of the show never gained permission from Meier to use the photo, so he filed an intellectual property suit and the poster was changed for the 4th season.
Meier was the founder of the “Free Community of Interests for the Border and Spiritual Sciences and Ufological Studies” in Switzerland. He took numerous photos of this spacecraft, which he claimed to be from the planet Erra. Lt. Col. Wendell Stevens of Project Blue Book investigated Meier’s photos and film, and found no evidence of a hoax.
The truth is out there.
Three videos of US Navy pilots encountering Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) were leaked in 2017. This brought to light an ongoing government program called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program lead by Luis Elizondo, which had been studying UFO activity from 2007 to 2012, as well as claims about metal alloys said to have been recovered from unidentified phenomena.
In April 2020, the US government officially released the videos and acknowledged that the physics-defying craft seen in them are unidentified.
In August 2020, Pentagon officials announced the creation of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, a US Navy-led group that will “improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs. The mission of the task force is to detect, analyze and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security.”
In 2003, a Mayville, Wisconsin resident was standing in his workshop with a cup of coffee when he watched three crop circles form in the wheat field across the street. Was it strange weather, as he believes, or an invisible UFO as other investigators suggest?