what IS a UFO?
“Any object that flies and cannot initially be identified as an airplane, helicopter, airship, balloon, kite, or any other object that normally flies, is a UFO. Many flying objects that are listed as a UFO can later be identified as an object made on Earth, then they can be called an "IFO," or identified flying object.”
Whilst this is the technical description of a UFO in recent history the term UFO has come to described an object that the person is seeing believed maybe a craft of extraterrestrial origin. The term “Flying saucer” is probably more a kin to what people are seeing.
The history of UFO’s goes back many years before the famous Roswell incident of 1947, There are some cave paintings in France and Italy that date as far back as 15000 years as well as paintings from the late 800’s right through to the 1900’s, they depict disk shaped craft as well as strange hooded figures. These are probably the best depictions of UFO’s and aliens possible as there was no modern UFOlogy to spoil their thoughts.
It was in the 1900’s when modern photography took over, many modern images turned out to be fakes but some of the early photos just cannot be explained such as 1870-Mt. Washington, New Hampshire. This photo is dubbed, "the oldest UFO photograph ever taken. Remember at this time no aircraft flew.”
During the mid half of the 20th century sightings have increased, this was no doubt fuelled by the 1947 crash of a metallic disk at Roswell New Mexico and this incident is still today the most famous of all UFO incidents. However there has been some discussion in the UFO community that Modern UFOlogy started with the Philadelphia Experiment in 1943 or may have even started earlier with the Nazis before and during WW2. As the interest in UFOlogy increased so did the secrecy behind it. Rumours were that the damaged disk and bodies from the Roswell incident was taken to Edwards Air force base in the USA, then in later years was transferred to S4 at Groom lake in the Nevada desert. This area known as Area 51 is monitored by heavy security and workers are flown in and out on un marked air craft that travel with the call signs Janet. In recent years several workers from the base have spoken out, the most famous being Bob Lazar who supposedly worked on a disk at Groom Lake between December 1988 and April 1989.
In recent years documents have also appeared and been leaked on to the UFO scene these include the Majestic 12 documents. In December 1984 a roll of black and white 35mm film was sent to film producer Jamie Shandera. This undeveloped film contained 8 pages of a preliminary briefing paper for President-Elect Dwight D. Eisenhower. These documents are photographs of the original MJ12 briefing documents. then in March 1994 researcher Don Berliner received a roll of 35mm film. The documents on this film were described by the famous UFO researcher Stanton Friedman as "The mother of all Majestic-12 documents !". These were far more than a briefing paper, they were the "Majestic-12 Group Special Operations Manual” in it describes the recovery and retrieval process for any crashed UFO and its occupants. It is regarded by some as the Holy Grail of UFOlogy.
Despite the many thousands of Photographs, leaked documents and professional eye witness testimony all governments continue to dismiss and debunk UFO sightings for what reason we can only guess at.
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