Picking up from where we left off, here are another five famous UFO photographs and their respective background stories.
The 1952 Washington, D.C. UFO Sightings
In July 1952, on two consecutive weekends, Washington, D.C. witnessed a series of unbelievable events that would later become one of the most discussed UFO incidents in modern history.
It all started shortly before midnight on July 19, when air traffic controller Ed Nugent noticed seven unidentified objects on his radar. More objects soon followed and nearby Andrews Air Force Base was notified. Jet fighters were scrambled from Newcastle AFB in Delaware but as they arrived over Washington, the mysterious objects vanished, a fact confirmed by radar operators. When the jet fighters ran out of fuel and had to land, the objects reappeared.
News outlets from around the world picked up on the story and the incident received global coverage. But it wasn’t over yet.
The next Saturday, the objects reappeared. This time, the jet fighters engaged in the pursuit of several “glowing orbs” that were clocked at speeds in excess of 7,000 mph (11,000 km/h). The UFOs would make impossible turns and went from being stationary to hypersonic speeds in a matter of seconds. At the break of dawn, the objects disappeared.
This controversial incident has yet to be explained.
The Salem, Massachusetts UFOs
1952 saw a significant increase in UFO activity and over the summer, a wave of sightings was reported all over the world.
The photo above was taken at 09:35 a.m. by Shell Alpert on July 16. Alpert was a Coast Guard seaman stationed at a base near Salem, MA and captured this photo through the window of his photo lab. It shows four elliptical objects flying in formation at a low altitude.
The famous photo has been republished many times and was deemed “unexplained” by Project Blue Book.
Namur, Belgium UFO
Several witnesses saw this unexplained object on the evening of June 5, 1955 in the skies over Namur, Belgium. One of them managed to take three pictures of the object before it disappeared.
According to the witnesses’ testimonies, they saw a flicker of light moving very fast and without making a sound. The flicker was caused by a disc-shaped object that left behind a white trail. The UFO lost altitude and made a sharp turn before rapidly ascending and intersecting with its trail.
The object then accelerated upwards, leaving behind a second trail of incandescent particles.
1956 Childerhose UFO
This photo was taken on August 27, 1956 by a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot while flying in formation at an altitude of 36,000 feet (11 km). He held the second position in a formation of four F-86 Sabrejets while passing over the Canadian Rockies at a speed of 460 mph (740 km/h) when he noticed a very bright and sharply-defined disc-shaped object
The pilot banked his plane and snapped this photo. Based on its position relative to the clouds, the pilot estimated the object was located at an altitude between 10,000 and 13,000 feet (3-4 km).
While some have suggested the object was nothing more than an illuminated cloud formation, this claim has been invalidated due to the object’s intense and uniform brightness. If it were a cloud that reflected sunlight, its right side should have been considerably darker, similar to the surrounding clouds. In fact, the object was “considerably brighter than sunlight” and therefore must have had a different explanation.
Spectral analysis of the photograph indicated the UFO must have radiated more than a gigawatt of power. Needless to say, there were no known aircraft capable of doing that in 1956.
Billy Meier’s 1964 New Delhi UFO Photo
Eduard Albert Meier, better known as Billy Meier is one of the most influential ufologists, whether you decide to believe his stories or not. He has been the source of many controversial UFO photographs, videos, sound recordings and metal samples.
Meier claims to have been in contact with extraterrestrials since 1942, when, at the age of five, he was contacted by a member of the Plejaren, which we all know as Pleiadians today.
His vast collection of photos includes images of disc-shaped objects in the Swiss countryside, as well as photos that appear to have been taken outside of Earth. He also has pictures that show prehistoric scenes and some that feature a devastated future. His collection was the subject of an extensive investigation whose results were met with mixed emotions.
While some believe Meier has proven beyond a doubt that alien civilizations exist and regularly visit Earth, others have blatantly dismissed his claims as carefully orchestrated hoaxes.
Despite this controversy, his photos are some of the most famous out there.