THIS startling UFO image is believed by some to be proof of aliens visiting Earth.
Mr Walters claimed he snapped the pictures from his back garden before handing them to local media in the area Pensacola News Journal reports.
It sparked a year-long skywatching campaign for further evidence by excited locals and visitors alike, in what became known as the “Gulf Breeze Sightings”.
More than 30 years on the subject still sparks debate about whether they were real or hoaxed.
Mr Walters claimed to take the pictures on November 11, 1987.
George Williams is state section director of the Florida Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), a national organisation which records and investigates UFO sightings.
REAL OR HOAX: One of the Gulf Breeze UFO images.
We still get reports of interesting stuff in the area. And in 1987, you had hundreds of people besides Walters reporting sightings. It’s always been an interesting area.
He said the area had had a lot of sightings though.
He added: “We still get reports of interesting stuff in the area.
“And in 1987, you had hundreds of people besides Walters reporting sightings. It’s always been an interesting area.”
Many are convinced they were hoaxed.
After Mr Walters moved home in 1990, the new owner claimed to find a model of a “flying saucer,” made of foam pie plates, cardboard, paper and tinted plastic gel, wrapped up in the loft.
‘HOAX’ This image shows the model found in the loft compared to the images.
However, some witnesses allegedly came forward with claims that they knew of the hoax.
Tests were carried out by newspapers using the model and they achieved almost identical images.
Craig Myers covered the story for the Pensacola News Journal at the time and went on to write books and lecture about it.
He believes it was a hoax.
He said: “Maybe it started as a fun prank.
“But then it just took off and snowballed. He’s probably the smartest guy in the room in most of the rooms he walks into.”
He has some supporters, including UFO researcher Bruce Maccabee.
He said: “I think they’re real.
“I think the model is a hoax. Hoax squared.”
Mr Maccabee said there were too many other witnesses who claimed to see UFOs in the Gulf Breeze area.
He added: “You had politicians reporting seeing objects.
“There were so many sightings that you have to account for, unless you believe there was massive collusion on the part of the residents of Gulf Breeze and Pensacola.”