Photos – 13 Vintage ‘alien’ photos that governments couldn’t explain reveal world’s strangest sightings

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  • Unresolved cases include 1957 image by a pilot allegedly showing a UFO following a B-47 jet
  • Another shows searchlights focusing on an unidentified object flying over LA in February 1942
  • ‘The pictures here don’t seem to be faked,’ UFO investigator, Nigel Watson told
  • But he added that there may be other explanations, such as the way a photograph is developed

The US government is still unable to explain around five per cent of UFO sightings in its archives.

Now one team of ‘alien hunters’ has dug up some of the best images to see if the public can shed light on the eerie glows, mysterious orbs and flying objects from the last few decades.
Among them is a remarkable 1957 photo taken by a test pilot near Edwards Air Force Base in California, allegedly showing a UFO following a B-47 jet.

Another, released by the Aerial Phenomena Group, shows three mysterious lights over the Manhattan skyline taken in 1984. It was taken by Philipe Orego from New Jersey, and researchers could find no sign of a hoax at the time.

‘A UFO picture tells a thousand lies,’ Nigel Watson author of the UFO Investigations Manual told

‘The basic problem is that if a UFO photograph is taken in daylight and looks close, clear and sharp, you suspect it is a fake.

‘If it is out-of-focus, distant and hard to define, then it can be a picture of anything in the sky – from an insect, bird to a balloon or drone.

‘The pictures here don’t seem to be faked but each has its own story to tell. With old pictures, blobs or spots can appear due to the way the film is developed or mishandled in the processing stage. ‘

Watson said that a good case to illustrate this point is the image of the UFO over Los Angeles.

In February 1942, fears of a Japanese air raid and invasion struck LA. On 23 February, a Japanese submarine allegedly shelled the Elwood Oil Field near Goleto, north of Los Angeles.
In the early hours of 25 February, a fleet of mystery aircraft were seen heading for the city.

Army Chief of Staff General George Marshall reported in a memorandum to President Roosevelt dated 26 February 1942 that as many as 15 airplanes may have been involved.

Although 1430 rounds were expended by the 37th Coast Artillery Brigade’s anti-aircraft guns no aircraft was hit or shot down and no bombs were dropped by the aircraft.

The only conclusion was that commercial aircraft were used by enemy agents to determine the location of anti-aircraft guns and to spread alarm.

‘This invasion scare became the subject of Steven Spielberg’s high-rolling comedy movie ‘1941’ (1979) that shows how fear ensnares people in a web of obsession and conflict fuelled by rumours and the media,’ said Watson.

‘The lasting evidence of the craft was a photograph of a ‘wigwam’ of searchlights converging on an unidentified aircraft over Culver City.’


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