This is a list of UFO sighting flaps and well-known individual sightings. Included are also cases of alleged alien sightings and alien abductions.

Some cases are popularly known, and have become folklore. Others are more obscure, and known mainly to Ufologists and enthusiasts.

This list is classified using the J. Allen Hynek's system of close encounters.

Close Encounters of the First Kind Edit

Close Encounters of the First Kind are defined by Hynek as any UFO reported to have been within about 500 feet of the witness.

  • 1492, October 11 - From Christopher Columbus' Journal Logs - 5 hours before the discovery of the New World - While patrolling the deck of the Santa Maria at about 10:00 PM on October 11, 1492, Columbus thought he saw "a light glimmering at a great distance." He hurriedly summoned Pedro Gutierrez, "a gentleman of the king's bedchamber," who also saw the light. After a short time it vanished, only to reappear several times during the night, each time dancing up and down "in sudden and passig gleams, like the flickering wick of a candle" The light, first seen four hours before land was sighted, was never explained.[1]
  • 1561 - Nuremberg, Germany: UFO's "swarm" over the city of Nuremberg
  • 1566 - Basel, Switzerland August 7 Black globes flooded the sky above the town of Basel. Theories today say it most likely was an atmospheric occurrence but some still doubt.
  • 1913 and later - The Brown Mountain lights
  • 1942 - February 24 and February 25, the West coast air raid; unidentified aerial objects trigger the military to fire thousands of anti-aircraft rounds into the sky and raised the wartime alert status.
  • 1944 - Foo fighters, colorful spheres recurringly spotted by military air crews around the world.
  • 1946 and later - Ghost rockets, objects with characteristics of cruise missiles sighted repeatedly all over Scandinavia—Swedish Defence Staff expressed concern.
  • 1947 - June 24, Kenneth Arnold's sighting, the incident that sparked the name flying saucers. [2]
  • 1948 - So-called Green Fireballs were reported over several United States military bases; an official investigation followed.
  • 1953 - Ellsworth UFO Case UFO seen as a red glowing light and is witnessed by forty-five people in Bismarck, North Dakota. The sighting takes place over a two night period on August 5 & August 6.
  • 1954 - French flap, Hundreds of sightings. [3]
  • 1952 - Carson Sink Case over western Nevada, USA.
  • 1952 - Washington flap, a series of sightings with radar contacts in Washington, DC. This resulted in the implementation of the Robertson Panel by the CIA.
  • 1966 - Portage County UFO Chase several Ohio police officers chased a UFO for 30 minutes.
  • 1966-1967 Point Pleasant A wave of sightings occur, believed to be connected to a set of other mysterious events.
  • 1976 - 1976 Canary Island UFO Sighting.
  • 1981-1986 - Hudson Valley UFO wave UFO Sightings, where it resulted in many thousand reports of similar shaped UFOs. The first sighting was made by a retired policeman in Kent, New York late New Year's Eve 1981. The "Incident at Indian Point Energy Center, a nuclear power plant, in 1984 was one of the Hudson Valley Sightings.
  • 1997 The Phoenix lights[4]
  • 2005 - April 27, White House evacuated as UFO enters restricted air space, then disappears. It was explained as "probably a cloud or several birds." [5]
  • 2005 - Woodside, Queens: Five Flying Saucers appeared over Woodside, Queens in November 2005. They were seen throughout the whole Queens and Manhattan area. They disappeared one at a time.[6]
  • 2006 - O'Hare Airport UFO: Nov 7th,2006 - A group of United Airlines employees, including pilots, profess to seeing a mysterious, saucer-shaped craft, that did not have lights and hovered over a Chicago O'Hare Airport terminal before shooting up through the clouds. The FAA initially denied having received such reports; through the Freedom of Information Act, it was revealed otherwise.[7][8][9]

Close Encounters of the Second Kind Edit

Close Encounters of the Second Kind are defined as a UFO that leaves markings on the ground, causes burns or paralysis, frightens animals, or interferes with engines or TV or radio reception.

  • 1886 - October 18, the US consul of Venezuela in Maracaibo reports to Scientific American that a bright object, accompanied with a humming noise, appeared over a hut near Maracaibo. The people in the hut showed afterward symptoms of a sickness, The trees surrounding the hut withered after nine days [10].
  • 1947 - June 23, Maury Island incident, a highly controversial story, where a dog was killed, a boy injured by UFOs, and the witness threatened by Men in Black.
  • 1947 - June 14 or July 4, Roswell incident
  • 1948 - Mantell Incident, US Air Force sent a fighter pilot to check a UFO sighting—the pilot crashed. Some have claimed he was shot down.
  • 1948 - Kapustin Yar incident, where supposedly a "cigar" shaped UFO was shot down by a Russian MiG.
  • 1950 - Mariana UFO incident in Great Falls, Montana.
  • 1953 - U.S Air Force Pilot Felix Moncla disappears while pursuing a UFO.
  • 1957 - November 2, Levelland UFO Case, numerous motorists around the town of Levelland, Texas report seeing a strange egg-shaped object which caused their engines to shut off temporarily.
  • 1965 - December 9, Kecksburg incident, mass sighting of a falling UFO followed by an alleged isolation of the crash site.
  • 1965 - Frank Borman photograph, a UFO picture by an astronaut. The UFO followed the Gemini 7 flight.
  • 1967 - Falcon Lake Incident, according to the story, a UFO's exhausts burnt a man.
  • 1976 - September 19, 1976 Tehran UFO Incident, UFO over Tehran, Iran knocked out two F-4 interceptor and ground controller electronics. Well-documented in U.S. DIA report and other documents.
  • 1978 - Valentich Disappearance, an Australian pilot reported a UFO to air traffic control before vanishing without a trace.
  • 1978 - Kaikoura Lights, a series of sightings by a Safe Air freight plane flying off the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand is escorted by strange lights of changing color and size.
  • 1980 - Rendlesham Forest incident, a sighting in United Kingdom taken at first as a downed aircraft.
  • 1980 - December 29, the Cash-Landrum incident, a huge diamond-shaped UFO irradiates three witnesses near Dayton, Texas. They had to be treated for radiation poisoning and have since sued the US government, as military helicopters were seen with the UFO.
  • 1986 - Brazil, Noite oficial dos OVNIs(UFO´s Official Night), more than 20 UFOs are seen and captured in radar in various parts of the country. Colonel Ozires Silva, former Embraer and at the time Petrobras President, flying a Xingu PT-MBZ aircraft near the place, is informed and tries to pursue the UFOs, later declaring “The lights were primary targets in the radar, positive targets, a concrete thing”. Two Northrop F-5 and three Mirage III are ultimately sent to intercept the UFOs. After radar and visual sightings, the objects disappeared. In the aftermath, Brigadier Otávio Júlio Moreira Lima, at the time the Ministry of Aeronautics, declared: "Between 20:00 (19/05) and 01:00 (20/05) at least 21 objects have been detected by Brazilian radars.[...]We can only give technical explanations and we do not have them.[...]It’s fantastic, the radar signals were very clear." [11](in Portuguese)
  • 1993 - Carp, Ontario, Canada An anonymous video of a UFO landing in a wheat field, followed by black and white photographs of an alleged alien from the spacecraft. Had official Canadian investigation, claimed to be a hoax, but many believers not convinced.
  • 2001 - Kirkby Liverpool, UK Several crowds of people across the small town of Kirkby spot a luminous yellow ring moving quickly across the daytime sky.
  • 2003 - UFOs allegedly sighted before the 2003 North American blackout.
  • 2004 - Mexican air patrol sighting, a drug-smuggling air patrol recorded UFOs on infrared camera, footage released by Jaime Maussan.</ref>

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Edit

Close Encounters of the Third Kind are defined as including a purported sighting of the occupants of a UFO.



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