The U.S. government’s investigation into unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, has gained renewed attention in recent years, with the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act expanding the authority and scope of the investigation. In the video below, Chris Lehto explores some of the most notable UFO cases over the past 72 years, starting with the Roswell Incident of 1947.
The Roswell Incident remains one of the most well-known UFO cases to this day. It all started when a UFO allegedly crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, and the U.S. military initially claimed to have recovered the wreckage of a flying saucer. However, the story quickly changed, and the military claimed that the wreckage was actually from a weather balloon. Major Jesse Marcel was dispatched to the crash site and reported finding a piece of metal that was incredibly lightweight and couldn’t be bent, even with a sledgehammer. Marcel was ordered to transport the strange debris to Fort Worth Army Airfield, where he was met by the commanding general and told to keep quiet about the incident.
Another notable UFO case involves astronaut Gordon Cooper, who claimed to have witnessed a flying saucer while on a mission in 1951. He described seeing multiple silver and circular craft flying at higher altitudes than his jet fighter could reach. Cooper also reported seeing a negative film of a flying saucer landing on three telescoping legs, which flew off as the film crew approached.
In 1964, Robert Jacobs, a U.S. Air Force officer, claimed to have witnessed a UFO disabling an intercontinental ballistic missile during a test launch. He reported seeing a beam of light being fired at the warhead, causing it to tumble out of outer space. Jacobs faced harassment and his mailbox was destroyed after the story became public.
The Westall UFO incident of 1966 saw hundreds of students and teachers at a school in Westall, Victoria, Australia witness a low-flying UFO. The UFO was described as being disc-shaped and metallic, and it reportedly hovered over the school for several minutes before suddenly disappearing. Multiple witnesses reported seeing military personnel arrive at the school shortly after the UFO sighting, leading some to speculate that the government was involved in covering up the incident.
These are just a few examples of the many UFO cases that have garnered attention over the years. While it is impossible to say for certain what these sightings represent, they continue to fuel speculation and intrigue.