It’s an age-old question: Are we alone in the universe?
As the documentary “Out of the Blue” rightly points out, brilliant and reputable scientists believe that the conditions for intelligent life exist on thousands of planets. But then there’s that other question that separates the scientists from the believers, the witnesses from the skeptics – if aliens are out there, have they come to visit?
James Fox, the producer of “Out of the Blue,” says that aliens are out there. “They’re flying around. They’re here and they’ve been here.”
He also believes that they have incredible technical ability, saying that they can “fly rings around our fastest jets. Yes. That’s what I’ve been told. They can literally almost disappear in place.”
“Out of the Blue” is an attempt to weed out the wackos and present credible witnesses who say they saw what looked like alien spacecraft. Witnesses like former President Carter, who said, “I saw one, but I don’t know where. It just disappeared.” And Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper, who says he saw “this typical saucer shape, double-cylindrical shape, metallic.”
“I looked up and all of a sudden there was this, you know, I got to say it, flying saucer,” said Sean Thackery, from Marin, Calif., one of the eyewitnesses in the film.
“You’ve got this phenomenon taking place that’s never been properly explained,” said Fox. “You know, people — people wanna know.”
The subject of UFOs is one of those things that never gets a satisfactory answer, and never quite seems to go away. Now, 60 years after the reported crash of a UFO in Roswell, N.M., and with the French government releasing its UFO archives, there are new efforts to prove alien spacecrafts really exist.
The documentary begins with an odd, but in a way undeniable, incident that occurred in Phoenix in March 1997, known as the “Phoenix Lights.”
Hundreds and possibly thousands of people, many of them looking at the Hale-Bopp comet, reported seeing an array of lights and an enormous delta-shaped craft.
The first report of a strange flying object came about 8:20 p.m. from a former police officer in Paulden, Ariz. Over the next 40 minutes, people gave similar reports of an object along a 20-mile route south to Phoenix and Tempe.
A CHESHUNT couple rubbed their eyes in amazement as they witnessed a group of UFOs slink past them.
They claim what they saw was “probably not from our world”.
The witnesses known only as Diana and Steve reported their “eerie but fascinating” encounter to a UFO-watchers website yesterday (Monday).
Their sighting was a few weeks ago, when aircraft were grounded by the ash cloud fallout from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, and they claim the object could not have been a Chinese lantern.
Diana wrote: “My partner was out in the garden when he tapped on the window to call me out. He pointed out to the sky where we couldn’t believe our eyes. I saw the back end of what appeared to be a ball of orange flickering flames gliding through the air.
"My partner said to him it seemed to have a black edge around it (mainly the same description of so many other sightings on here and other sites). There was no sound seemed very eerie but fascinating.
"Then three other orange orbs followed the same pattern in exactly the same direction, similar speed until they faded into the distance.”
She added: “We have never seen anything like this and are both level headed but know that what we saw was probably not from our world. I’m sure others must have seen them on that day in our area would be nice to hear their story, have experienced another sighting of three more orbs earlier this week but from a further distance. "Two of them moved away in the distance but one turned into a white light, stopped mid-air for at least 15 minutes then just disappeared.
"Can anybody please explain what’s happening and why are there so many sightings in the UK but nothing reported via the media?”
Vast UFO Cover-Up a 'Cosmic Watergate,' Says Nuclear Physicist
Published: June 08, 2010 - FOXNews.com
After half a century of investigation, a former nuclear physicist -- who worked on fission and fusion rockets for companies like Westinghouse and Aerojet General Nucleonics -- is convinced that not only are UFOs real, the government has known about them since 1947.
"Some UFOs are intelligently controlled extraterrestrial spacecraft," Stanton Friedman told AOL News, calling the vast cover-up of their existence "the biggest story of the millennium."
Employed for 14 years as a nuclear physicist for companies like General Electric, General Motors, Westinghouse and Aerojet General Nucleonics, he worked on highly classified programs involving nuclear aircraft, fission and fusion rockets.
In 1958, UFOs caught his attention, and Friedman has since lectured about this subject at more than 700 colleges and professional groups in all 50 states and around the world.
"After 53 years of investigation, I'm convinced we're dealing here with a cosmic Watergate," he told AOL News. "That means a few people within major governments have known since at least 1947 that some UFOs are alien spacecraft."
In Friedman's new book, "Science Was Wrong," co-authored with Kathleen Marden, he wrote, "There's been no shortage of strong, negative proclamations from debunking groups and individuals who refuse to examine the evidence ... to support the notion that some UFOs are of extraterrestrial origin."
While some scientists through the years have quietly suggested Earth has been visited by ETs, Friedman is the most outspoken. He's especially irked by the attitude of scientists who use radio and optical telescopes in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, such as the SETI Institute in California.
"What really bothers me is that the SETI people will tell you there is no evidence for UFOs. Well, they certainly don't reference any, so there must not be any, right? Wrong!"
My family and I were visiting some friends in North Phoenix for the Memorial Day weekend. It was about 90 degrees, crystal clear with a very slight breeze.
We were all in the pool when I saw a large, very bright sphere floating over the top of Lookout Mountain moving east. It was approximately 500' above the top of the mountain, puting it at about 1500' above us.
I jokingly pointed and said "UFO."
Everyone laughed and we tried to think of anything else it could be.
A silver mylar balloon, too big.
A hot air balloon, no basket, too shiny.
Definately not a plane or helicopter.
We settled on a bunch of silver mylar balloons tied together.
My issue was that it was too big to be balloons. It moved very smoothly, and was completely unaffected by wind. It traveled in a perfectly straight line and did NOT appear to gain altitude as a balloon would.
It didn't appear to have any lights, but reflected the sun like a mirror.
Given the location of the home we were at, the object was visible for 15 to 20 minutes. It traveled east-northeast. We could see the object reflecting sun light when the object had to be 20 miles away.
We could see it travel over the Tonto National Forest mountain range (love Google Maps).
No way any number of mylar balloons would be visible at that distance. We ultimately lost sight of it when it dipped below the horizon.
MORE mysterious sightings of UFOs have been reported in the Highlands.
In recent months the Highland News Group has had numerous reports of unidentified flying objects being spotted in the night skies along the Moray Firth coast, over Inverness, and more recently Tain.
The latest sighting was in Lochaber at the weekend.
Smelter worker Stephen MacLeod, of Riverside Grove, in Lochyside, was walking his dog just after midnight on Saturday near his home when he saw two bright orange lights appear on open moorland and come to a halt about a kilometre away from him.
"They appeared to be a couple of thousand feet high below the clouds at a point between Hawco's garage in Caol and Riverside Grove.
"There was absolutely no wind. When they approached one was on the horizon in the direction Banavie Quarry some distance behind the other...
"They seemed to circle above the moorland in between where I live and the garage. They then ended up side by side and disappeared at speed in the direction of Inverness.
"A third light then appeared. It travelled to the spot where the first two had stopped then it, too, headed towards Inverness." Stephen (43) said he has no particular interest in UFOs, but he recalled another incident about seven years ago when he stayed in Caol and saw a large glow in the sky.
"It came from the direction of the old pulp mill at Annat Point. It was a really big fireball and disappeared down Glen Nevis." After his experience on Saturday he went online and found reports of the sightings at Tain and around Inverness.
"I reported what I'd seen to police at Fort William and Inverness, but they dismissed it as Chinese lanterns..
"There was no wind and it appeared as if one of the lights had followed the other and they hovered together before heading north. The third one went almost to exactly the same spot too. They seemed to be about the size of helicopters.
"I'm surprised no one else has been speaking about this. I saw them for about 12 minutes and they were really bright. There were a lot of people about Fort William."
The latest UFO mystery is one of many reported recently...
But despite checks with Inverness airport and the RAF Moray bases there have been no reports of any untoward activity being picked up on radar. A spokeswoman for RAF Kinloss said the MoD no longer comment on UFO enquiries.
In March, Culloden man Rob Jackson reported UFOs over the Moray Firth, Inverness and Nairn on four occasions. His story was backed up by his mother who was a witness to one of the sightings.
Then on May 1, 25 orange lights were spotted by a group of students who were holidaying in Foyers.
At one point during the women's half-hour experience, two of the lights almost collided, but then quickly changed direction to avoid contact.
The next day Karl King, who works at RAF Lossiemouth, and his wife, Heather, reported UFO sightings in the direction of Inverness. Keen planespotter and part-time pilot Bill Renny from Anderson Street in Inverness saw another inexplicable object over the Kessock Bridge on the evening of Thursday, May 20 and Cathy Gunn from Wick saw a "glowing, tumbling light" three weeks ago over Tain.
Early in the 1952 UFO sighting wave, two discs approached and paced a B-36 bomber in the vicinity of Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, Arizona.
On May 1, 1952, Major Rudy Pestalozzi, a base intelligence officer, along with an airman, looked up as a B-36 flew overhead and saw two shiny discs overtake the bomber, slow to its speed, and position themselves alongside.
The bomber crew, startled by the experience, made an unscheduled landing at the base and were interrogated at length by Major Pestalozzi, who happened to be the base UFO officer.
Members of the flight crew had crowded into the starboard blister aft of the wing and looked down at a slight angle to see the closest disc, which was lens- or double-disc-shaped, and about 20-25 feet in diameter.
After about 20 seconds, the objects peeled off at an angle of 70-80 degrees from the flight path of the B-36 and sped away.
Major Pestalozzi sent a comprehensive report of the incident to Project Blue Book.
Within the next two months, the summer 1952 UFO sighting wave reached a crescendo, generating national headlines and stirring up major Government interest, as radar repeatedly detected UFOs, and jet interceptors engaged in cat-and-mouse pursuits.
J. Allen Hynek, "The Hynek UFO Report", New York, Dell Publishing Co., 1977, pp. 109-112, 292-294.
Pr. James E. McDonald files, University of Arizona library.
Project Blue Book files, National Archives, Washington DC.