The Top Seven Most Astonishing UFO Encounters
3. Portage County Chase
Used as the basis for the UFO chase in the Steven Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, this chase began in Portage County, Ohio on the morning of April 17th, 1966, when police officers Dale Spaur and Wilbur Neff were investigating an abandoned car on the side of the road.
Suddenly, they spotted a cone-shaped object emerge from behind a hill, floating in the sky about 50 feet off the ground. When they approached to investigate, they reported that object flashed an extremely bright light on them, then proceeded to leave the area.
The officers then gave chase for half an hour, with several other officers from other departments witnessing the same object and joining the chase as it transpired. Eventually, due to dense traffic and low fuel, the chase was abandoned.
Media outlets, who found out about the chase through radio chatter on police scanners, picked up on the story, which quickly gained national notoriety.
Investigators from Project Blue Book would later conclude that the officers had actually been chasing a "communications satellite" and then later, the officers had mistaken the planet Venus for the same object. The misperception by seven different officers of the law was chalked up to their "high rate of speed and excitement."
2. Roswell UFO Incident
One of the most well documented and scrutinized UFO encounters ever recorded, the events that occurred in Roswell, New Mexico on July 8th, 1947, are still shrouded in controversy to this day. Some believe both an intact UFO, as well as the bodies of its extra-terrestrial occupants were recovered by the military, and subsequently covered up by the government. Others believe the eventual conclusion the military provided: that the debris was nothing more than a downed weather balloon.
What is known is that something crashed in the New Mexico desert that July. Wreckage was found to be scattered for miles around and evidence of the crash was documented by dozens of civilians and numerous government officials alike.
Indeed, the July 9th newspaper headlines proclaimed "Roswell Army Air Force Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch in Roswell Region," largely because that is the information which the media had obtained from an official press release provided by the military itself.
However, the military officials quickly changed their story, and within a few days explained that the debris found was actually an experimental weather balloon which had ”confused" the personnel at the Roswell base (which had previously been known for being the home the highly trained bombing squadron which dropped both atomic bombs on Japan). The government then provided the media with photographs of military personnel handling pieces of a weather balloon.
In light of what many believe to be a wholly inadequate explanation of what really happened in Roswell, the incident is considered by some to be a vast cover-up by the government, and has been the subject of many books, television shows, and even films related to the incident. Yet no definitive conclusion which satisfies all persons involved has been found to this day.
1. The Battle of Los Angeles
On February 24th 1942, just a few weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor which led to the official U.S. involvement in World War II, the Los Angeles region descended into complete darkness due to a government-mandated full scale blackout because of an unknown craft hovering above the city of Los Angeles.
Suspected of being a Japanese warship, air raid sirens blared and the the 37th Coast Artillery Brigade fired some 1,400 shells at the object over the course of the early hours of February 25th, resulting in the deaths of three civilians from artillery debris and widespread damage to property across the county.
Despite the slow movement of the object, and despite the fact that many witnesses from the media claimed to have seen several direct hits scored, the object was not downed, nor was the object ever identified.
Later that day, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox held a press conference and concluded that the whole incident was a "false alarm" and that it was a case of "war nerves", which resulted in stern rebuttals from other military personnel who were directly involved in the incident.
Indeed, the notion that, if this theory were true, the military would fire heavy artillery shells at nothing for over an hour, resulting in the deaths of three civilians, seemed to indicate that our military was either grossly incompetent or just flat-out lying to the American people about the event.
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