Gulf Breeze UFO Incident Still Divides the Public 30 Years Later

Gulf Breeze Sightings

Three decades ago, a building contractor in Gulf Breeze released strange pictures of circular UFOs to local media. Days later, those photos set off a year-long sky watching phenomenon. The reported incident then became the so-called “Gulf Breeze Sightings,” and turned into part of American lore.

Ed Walters claimed he snapped the pictures from his yard on November 11, 1987. Even after three decades, people are still divided on what took place in late 1987 through 1988 in Gulf Breeze.

The Gulf Breeze event was featured in the 1990s hit series “X Files.” UFOlogist, fictional FBI Special agent Fox Mulder weighed in on the strange incident. Mulder said in a classic 1994 episode “E.B.E.” that he knew the photos were a hoax the first time he saw them.

Mulder is not alone in concluding the photographs that Walters presented were a hoax, an opinion that became even more widespread when Walters decided to move from his home, and the new owner found a model of a flying saucer wrapped in old drafting paper in the attic in 1990.

Walters claimed the model did not belong to him and someone planted it. However, most thought Walter’s pictures were a hoax, and some witnesses came forward claiming to know about the staged UFO.

However, Walters has always maintained the photos he snapped were authentic. He even wrote a book about it titled “Gulf Breeze Sightings.”

While many did not believe Walters’ claim, few others think otherwise, including UFO researcher and physicist Bruce Maccabee, who believes that the photos were real and the model was a hoax squared.

Maccabee said that there were too many other witnesses, including politicians, who claimed to have seen UFOs in the area and not all of them can be ignored.

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  1. Most of the incidents i read about are many ,many years old.We would like to see stuff that is happening today…not 30 to 40 year
    s ago…

  2. I had a similar sighting of a UFO just like the one on the picture, except the “window” part was lit instead of the bottom. I was driving down a deserted road on Edwards AFB when I saw this. It actually looked like a building sitting on the hill, and I thought it was a building. The next day during the day I drove back the same road, and there was no building. That is when I realized I had a UFO sighting.

  3. There very well may have been true UFO sightings in Gulf Breeze, but Ed Walters was a liar, plain and simple. I was the managing editor of the Pensacola News Journal and we obtained his model UFO, duplicated his “sightings” and interviewed him at length. When I pulled the model UFO from under my desk and confronted him with it, you should have seen his face…..

  4. Act less informed then is your station, engage crucial pedestrian or seemingly generic encounters passively. Leaving your cultural and divine reservoirs undisturbed. Giving less in conversation or academic discourse is no sin…it becomes thus only if an endeavor to take or extract intrucive or greedily form the innocent.


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