“I believe that these extraterrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets which obviously are a little more technically advanced than we are here on Earth.” – Colonel Gordon Cooper (video)
“I happen to be privileged enough to be in on the fact that we have been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomenon is real. It has been covered up by governments for quite some time now.” – Captain Edgar Mitchell (video)
“There is abundant evidence that we are being contacted, that civilizations have been visiting us for a very long time.”- Dr. Brian O’Leary (video)
“On two of my missions, and I still don’t have an answer, I have seen a snake out there, 6, 7, 8 feet long, it is rubbery because it has internal waves in it and it follows you for a rather long period of time. The more you fly in space the more you see an incredible amount of things out there and that sort of brings to you, really a certainty that some living creatures are out there.” – Story Musgrave, M.D. (video)
“Yes, during my flight in Gemini 64 I saw an object in space, fairly close to our spacecraft that I could not identify. […] All of our ground tracking data indicated that there shouldn’t have been an object anywhere near us at the time. […] I know all kinds people who have claim to have seen [UFOs] , some of them are very legitimate.” – Brigadier General James McDivitt (video)
“It looked like a saucer sitting on an edge, about a 45 degree angle. […] What ever it was, for what ever reason, just took off climbing at about a 45 degree angle.. and just accelerated and just disappeared. I obviously couldn’t follow it with an old piston engine fighter.” – Major Donald K. Slayton (video)
“I saw next to us, about one and a half kilometers away, and about 1000 meters higher. There is a flying object, it’s shape is a perfect right triangle. It was white, a very bright white. I am a pilot, a fighter pilot and know many different type of flying aircraft. It was like nothing I have ever seen. [Voice over:] ‘Ground control could not detect any objects even though the object could be seen by all occupants in the plane.’ It traveled a parallel course, and it’s speed — if we were traveling approx. 1000 kph, it was traveling about 1500 kph, because it passed us rather quickly. In about 30-40 seconds it passed by and overtook us.” – Major General Pavel Popovich (video)
“On May 5, 1981, we were in orbit. I saw an object that didn’t resemble any cosmic objects I’m familiar with. It was a round object which resembled a melon, round and a little bit elongated. In front of this object was something that resembled a gyrating depressed cone, I can draw it, it’s difficult to describe. The object resembles a barbell. I saw it becoming transparent and like with a ‘body’ inside. At the other end I saw something like gas discharging, like a reactive object. Then something happened that is very difficult for me to describe from the point of view of physics. I have to recognize that it did not have an artificial origin. It was not artificial because an artificial object couldn’t attain this form. I don’t know of anything that can make this movement.. tightening, then expanding, pulsating. Then as I was observing something happened, two explosions. One explosion, and then 0.5 seconds later, the second part exploded. I called my colleague Viktor [Savinykh], but he didn’t arrive in time to see anything.” – Major-General Vladimir Kovalenok (video)
“I think we are not alone in the universe, I belief that someone or something of Extra-Terrestrial origin visited earth. [Voice over:] ‘Cosmonaut Victor Afanasyev saw an Unidentified Flying Object turn towards his craft and began tailing it through space.’ It followed us half of our orbit. We observed it on the light side, and when we entered the shadow side it disappeared completely. It was an engineering structure, made from some kind of metal, approx 40 meters long with inner holes, the object was nearer here and bigger here. Some places had projections like small wings. The object stayed very close to us. We photographed it. Our photos showed it to be 23 to 28 meters away.” [Voice over:] ‘When the cosmonaut returned to earth he was debriefed, told never to reveal anything he knew and had his cameras and film confescated. Those photos and voice transmissions have never been released.’ – Hero of the Soviet Union Viktor Afanasyev (video)
“I saw something that looked it had broken off the ship, besides that the object was spinning as it was moving away and the intensity of the shine changed. I can’t really tell how distant it was. I can only say it wasn’t close, because the camera was adjusted to infinity. After I examined the ship, I realized that there was nothing that could have separated, also no alarm went off, everything was calm.” – Colonel Musa Manarov (video)
People speaking out
Astronauts & Cosmonauts:
“I believe that these extraterrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets which obviously are a little more technically advanced than we are here on Earth.”
“I happen to be privileged enough to be in on the fact that we have been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomenon is real. It has been covered up by governments for quite some time now.”
“…I’ve been asked [about UFOs] and I’ve said publicly I thought they [UFOs] were somebody else, some other civilization.”
LA Times, 1973
“I was testing a P-51 fighter in Minneapolis when I spotted this object. […] It looked like a saucer, a disk. About the same time, I realized that it was suddenly going away from me – and there I was, running at about 300 miles per hour. I tracked it for a little way, and then all of a sudden the damn thing just took off. It pulled about a 45 degree climbing turn and accelerated and just flat disappeared.”
About his 1951-sighting.
“Statistically it’s a certainty there are hugely advanced civilizations, intelligence, life forms out there. I believe they’re so advanced they’re even doing interstellar travel. I believe it’s possible they even came here.”
“Look, I have a pension to worry about. I have a family to take care of, and they told me to just back away from this entirely or else.”
To Frank Stranges after backing out of speaking at a 1976 UFO convention where he was going to “inform us of the strange things he saw on the surface of the moon”.
“In my official status, I cannot comment on ET contact. However, personally, I can assure you, we are not alone!”
“It followed us during half of our orbit. We observed it on the light side, and when we entered the shadow side, it disappeared completely. It was an engineered structure, made from some type of metal, approximately 40 meters long with inner hulls. The object was narrow here and wider here, and inside there were openings. Some places had projections like small wings. The object stayed very close to us. We photographed it, and our photos showed it to be 23 to 28 meters away.
[…] Many cosmonauts have seen phenomena which are far beyond the experiences of earthmen. For ten years I never spoke on such things. […] It only flew straight, but then a kind of explosion happened, very beautiful to watch, of golden light. This was the first part. Then, one or two seconds later, a second explosion followed somewhere else and two spheres appeared, golden and very beautiful. After this explosion I just saw white smoke, then a cloud-like sphere.”
Commenting on a UFO sighting that occurred while en route to the Solyut 6 space station in April of 1979.
“For nearly 50 years, the secrecy apparatus within the United States Government has kept from the public UFO and alien contact information.”
“We have contact with alien cultures.”
18th September 1994, declarations publicly at the International Forum on New Science in Fort Collins, Colorado
“The phenomenon of UFOs is real. I know that there are scientific organisations which study the problem. It must be treated seriously.”
Interview in Soviet Youth, May 4th, 1990.
“I can assure you that flying saucers, given that they exist, are not constructed by any power on earth.”
April 4, 1950, White House Press Conference
“The US Air Force assures me that UFOs pose no threat to National Security.”
“…I strongly recommend that there be a committee investigation of the UFO phenomena. I think we owe it to the people to establish credibility regarding UFOs and to produce the greatest possible enlightenment on this subject.”
In a letter he sent as congressman to the Chairman of the Armed Service Committee, March 28, 1966
“I don’t laugh at people any more when they say they’ve seen UFOs. It was the darndest thing I’ve ever seen. It was big, it was very bright, it changed colors and it was about the size of the moon. We watched it for ten minutes, but none of us could figure out what it was. One thing’s for sure I’ll never make fun of people who say they’ve seen unidentified objects in the sky. If I become President, I’ll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and the scientists.”
“I looked out the window and saw this white light. It was zigzagging around. I went up to the pilot and said, have you ever seen anything like that? He was shocked and he said, “Nope.” And I said to him: “Let’s follow it!” We followed it for several minutes. It was a bright white light. We followed it to Bakersfield, and all of a sudden to our utter amazement it went straight up into the heavens. When I got off the plane I told Nancy all about it.” (1)
“I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside of this world.” (2)
(1) 1974 · (2) Adressing the United Nations General Assembly, 1987
NASA, CIA, Army, Air Force & more:
“Unknown objects are operating under intelligent control… It is imperative that we learn where UFOs come from and what their purpose is…” (1)
“Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe that unknown flying objects are nonsense.” (2)
(1) Statement for National Investigations Comimittee on Aerial Phenomena, 1960 · (2) New York Times, February 28, 1960
“When the long awaited solution to the UFO problem comes, I believe that it will prove to be not merely the next small step in the march of science, but a mighty and totally unexpected quantum leap” (1)
“We had a job to do, wether right or wrong, to keep the public from getting excited.” (2)
(1) The Ufo Experience: A Scientific Inquiry, 1972 · (2) On camera shortly before his death in 1985
“Let there be no doubt. Alien technology harvested from the infamous saucer crash in Roswell, N.Mex., in July 1947 led directly to the development of the integrated circuit chip, laser and fibre optic technologies, particle beams, electromagnetic propulsion systems, depleted uranium projectiles, stealth capabilities, and many others.
How do I know? I was in charge! I think the kids on this planet are wise to the truth, and I think we ought to give it to them. I think they deserve it.”
On camera shortly before his death, 1998
“We must insist upon full access to disks recovered. For instance, in the La case the Army grabbed it and would not let us have it for cursory examination.”
Memorandum July 10, 1947
“We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects and it would take an act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity… anything you can imagine we already know how to do.”
Shortly before his death, 1995
“The evidence that there are objects which have been seen in our atmosphere, and even on terra firma, that cannot be accounted for either as man-made objects or as any physical force or effect known to our scientists, seems to me to be overwhelming. A very large number of sightings have been vouched for by persons whose credentials seem to me unimpeachable.
It is striking that so many have been trained observers, such as police officers and airline or military pilots. Their observations have in many instances have been supported either by technical means such as radar or, even more convincingly, by interference with electrical apparatus of one sort or another.”
Outspoken about UFOs on numerous occasions. Video
“Of course UFOs are real, and they are interplanetary. The cumulative evidence for the existence of UFOs is quite overwhelming and I accept the fact of their existence.”
Quoted by Reuters, August 1954
“The Air Force had put out a secret order for its pilots to capture UFOs. For the last six months we have been working with a congressional committee investigating official secrecy concerning proof that UFOs are real machines under intelligent control.”
During a live TV broadcast on CBS in 1958 in which he was pulled from the air when he began to deviate from the prepared format of the programme. Later interview: Video
“Flying saucers are real. Too many good men have seen them, that don’t have hallucinations.”
“I’ve been convinced for a long time that the flying saucers are real and interplanetary. In other words, we are being watched by beings from outer space.”
True Magazine, January 1965
“Unidentified Flying Objects are entering our atmosphere at very high speeds and obviously under intelligent control. We must solve this riddle without delay.”
Letter to NICAP, 1956
“You now face a new world, a world of change. We speak in strange terms, of harnessing the cosmic energy, of ultimate conflict between a united human race and the sinister forces of some other planetary galaxy.” “The nations of the world will have to unite, for the next war will be an interplanetary war. The nations of the earth must someday make a common front against attack by people from other planets”.
October 8, 1955, New York Times
“This ‘flying saucer’ situation is not at all imaginary or seeing too much in some natural phenomena. Something is really flying around. The phenomenon is something real and not visionary or fictitious.”
Classified letter, September 23, 1947
“…I made an effort to find out what was in the building at Wright Patterson Air Force Base where the information is stored that has been collected by the Air Force, and I was understandably denied this request. It is still classified above top secret.”
In a letter dated March 28, 1975
Rocket Scientists & Physicists:
“It is my thesis that flying saucers are real and that they are space ships from another solar system. There is no doubt in my mind that these objects are interplanetary craft of some sort. I and my colleagues are confident that they do not originate in our solar system.”
“The least improbable explanation is that these things are artificial and controlled… My opinion for some time has been that they have an extraterrestrial origin.”
“The possibility of reduced-time interstellar travel either by advanced extraterrestrial civilizations at present or ourselves in the future, is not fundamentally constrained by physical principles.”
In Physics Essays, Volume 9, No.1, 1996
“I am completely convinced that UFOs have an out-of-world basis.”
“Of course it is possible that UFOs really do contain aliens as many people believe, and the government is hushing it up. I wouldn’t like to comment on that.”
On C-Span Television, as guest lecturer at the second Millennium Evening at the White House on March 6, 1998. Video (at 0:17:41)
“In my mind, there is no question that they’re out there. My career is well established. […] If you want to become a physicist to learn about the unified field theory – you read my books. Therefore, I’m in a position to say: Yes – most likely they are out there, perhaps even visited, perhaps on our moon.”
ABC News Quote
1,440 anti-aircraft shells were fired at the slow-moving object in the sky for hours, without affecting it.
In July, 1947 a craft crashed in New Mexico. Supposedly, there were a few bodies recovered from it.
The Kentucky Air National Guard member would become the first known pilot to lose his life while persuing a UFO.
Unknown lights flew in formation over Lubbock in 1951. Spotted by three professors and later photographed.
First spotted on an air traffic radar, 7 objects moved in unusual flight patterns and flew past the White House.
The most famous abduction case. Involing 39-year-old Barney Hill and his 41-year-old wife Betty.
Radar and visual sighting of a UFO. The missile controls were disabled as the pilot was about to fire & more.
Colonel Charles Halt and his patrolmen saw, took notes of and even touched a craft landing in the forest.
143 witnessed accounts on the first night. Objects were tracked on radar by the Belgian Air Force & much more.
Numerous eye witness accounts describe a huge, triangular shaped UFO moving over the city of Phoenix.
The skeptics viewpoint:
Skeptics often refer to one of the following explanations when it comes to UFOs:
- Misidentified Aircraft
- Space Debris
- Weather Balloons
- Atmospheric Phenomena
- Light Aberrations
- Mass Hallucinations
- Swamp Gas
These explanations may be correct in many cases. However, the question is: Are they always accurate, or are there exceptions?
Other well-known cases:
Caught on video
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