The UFO-investigating group MUFON turns 50 next month. What have we learned over the past five decades?
In the Bible’s Book of Ezekiel, a mysterious ship appears from the sky in Chaldea, modern-day Kuwait. The next wave of mysterious apparitions showed up in fourth-century China when a “moon boat” was documented floating over the country once every 12 years. More strange sightings were noted around Rome in 218 B.C., Germany in 1561, Hull, England, in 1801, and multiple times during World War II when allied pilots used the term “foo fighters” to describe the odd circles of light pilots noticed flanking their planes during combat.
Three more U.S. senators received a classified Pentagon briefing on Wednesday about a series of reported encounters by the Navy with unidentified aircraft, according to ongressional and government officials — part of a growing number of requests from members of key oversight committees.
Across Canada, 937 sightings were documented in 2018, a 15 per cent decrease from 2017 and the lowest number recorded since 2009.
President Donald Trump confirmed he was briefed on UFOs, as a growing number of pilots report seeing unexplained objects in the sky.
The Naval Aviator describes a “reduced volume” of “inconclusive” incidents when his squadron was flying over the Middle East.
What could be going on?
The Navy is treating reports seriously. Here’s what that actually means.
As Politico first reported in late April, the US Navy “is drafting new guidelines for pilots and other personnel to report encounters with ‘unidentified aircraft,’ a significant new step in creating a formal process to collect and analyze the unexplained sightings—and destigmatize them.” In a statement to Politico, the Navy cited “a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years.”