The Most Infamous UFO Incidents Of The Modern Era

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UFO sightings are no longer new. Indeed, humankind has been describing UFOs for millennia, with unusual, disk-like atmospheric objects found in literature and art of ancient civilizations of Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians.

However, UFO’s modern area took off in the mid-20th century. This was around the time high-tech aircraft and rockets were being developed, oftentimes in secret. Paranoia? Coincidence? Perhaps. These seven UFO incidents gained tons of attention, and at the same time, raised a lot of eyebrows.


Tehran, 1976

The UFO incident at Tehran, Iran happened on September 19, 1976, and began much like many others. There was a surge of phone calls from concerned people reporting a bright light in the sky. A fighter jet was sent to investigate. However, as it neared the weird object, all of its instruments blacked out. This forced the pilot to return to their base. When a second jet was about to approach it, it achieved radar lock. As per the pilot, the UFO released an unknown glowing object which he thought was a missile. Thus, when he prepared to fight back, he experienced some malfunctions. Despite the faulty equipment, he was able to go back to the base safely. 

Rendlesham Forest, 1980

Back in December 1980, the United States Air Force members at two British RAF bases, Bentwaters and Woodbridge, reported witnessing colorful, strange lights above Rendlesham Forest. That was around 100 miles northeast of London. A man who came to investigate claimed to have discovered a spacecraft. The following day, some people confirmed damages to nearby trees, as well as a high level of radiation in the area. 

The Belgium Wave, 1989 to 1990

Towards the end of November 1989, Belgium citizens reported seeing a big, triangular unidentified flying object hovering in the sky. However, beyond these visual sightings, no UFO pieces of evidence were found. By 1990, some new sightings were reported, and it was confirmed by the military ground radar stations. Fighter jets were sent out to look into the anomalies. However, though the pilots couldn’t see anything, they were able to spot their targets using the radar. Though, the UFOs moved so fast that they eventually lost them. 

Kenneth Arnold, 1947

While flying his little aircraft on June 24, 1947, Kenneth Arnold claimed to have witnessed nine glowing, blue objects. The objects were flying fast at an estimated speed of 1,700 m.p.h., and in a “V” formation. At first, he thought that those were military aircraft, but the authorities confirmed that no tests were being conducted that day. 

Roswell, 1947

Roswell is the mother of all UFO sightings. The thing is, no flying object was actually observed in this incident. In the summer of 1947, William “Mac” Brazel, a rancher, discovered bizarre debris in one of his pastures. It included papery scraps, plastics, and metallic rods. He reported the wreckage, and the RAF retrieved the materials. 

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