[dropcap]UFO[/dropcap]s may be fodder for comedians but there was no joking Monday when a group of former pilots recounted seeing strange phenomena in the sky and demanded the US government reopen an investigation into unidentified flying objects.
Several pilots offered dramatic accounts of witnessing UFOs — including a transparent flying disc and a triangular craft with mysterious markings — as they insisted their questions needed to be taken seriously more than 30 years after the US file was closed.
“We want the US government to stop perpetuating the myth that all UFOs can be explained away in down-to-earth, conventional terms,” said Fife Symington, former governor of Arizona and air force pilot who says he saw a UFO in 1997.
“Instead our country needs to reopen its official investigation that it shut down in 1969,” Symington told a news conference.
“We believe that for reasons of both national security and flight safety, every country should make an effort to identify any object in its airspace,” said a statement from the 19 former pilots and government officials from around the world…