Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs, have been the stuff of legends for centuries. People from coast to coast and continent to continent continue to claim that they’ve seen a saucer-like object in the sky or that their dog was absolutely abducted by aliens. Given all of the truly unbelievable information that surrounds UFOs, it can prove difficult to discern the facts in the sea of fiction. Thankfully, we’re here to help you uncover all of the UFO facts out there once and for all. So strap in for some seriously spooky stuff!
One pilot claims to have seen a UFO traveling at 1,400 miles per hour
In 1947, American pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing very bright lights hovering near his plane while on a business trip to Yakima, Washington. Arnold told The Bellingham Herald that the nine points of light were flying in a V formation at speeds of around 1,400 miles per hour.
These impossibly fast-flying objects have never been explained, and it was actually Arnold’s description of the encounter (“saucers skipping on water”) that led to the term “flying saucer” in conjunction with UFOs.
Members of the United States Air Force have reported seeing a spaceship
In 1980, members of the U.S. Air Force stationed just outside of London reported seeing a series of strange lights coming from nearby Rendlesham Forest. According to the BBC, a few of the servicemen reported coming across what they at first assumed was a downed aircraft in the forest. Upon getting closer, they discovered that it was an otherworldly craft that emitted light beams reaching across the forest.
In the days that followed, many other Air Force officers came forward to corroborate these claims, stating that the glow from this mysterious aircraft had put on an impressive light show for hours, without any clear sign that the lights could’ve come from another source. Ever since, this area just outside of London has become known as the Roswell of England.