Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Mariana UFO Incident, Rare UFO Video

The Mariana UFO Incident, rare 1950 UFO Footage

The Mariana sighting occurred in 1950 in Great Falls, Montana. At 11:25 a.m. on August 15, Nick Mariana, the general manager of the Great Falls “Electrics” minor-league baseball team, and his nineteen-year old secretary, Virginia Raunig, were inspecting the empty Legion Stadium baseball field before a game. A bright flash caught Mariana's eye and, according to his reports, he saw two bright silvery objects, rotating while flying over Great Falls.

Mariana ran to his car to retrieve his 16mm movie camera and filmed the unidentified flying objects for sixteen seconds. Raunig also witnessed the objects.


The film was one of the first ever taken of a UFO. The incident received widespread national publicity and is regarded as one of the first great UFO incidents in the United States.

Over fifty years after it was filmed, what remains of the Mariana UFO film has become a popular study among UFO buffs. It has been featured in documentaries, television programs, and shared online.
Although often disputed, it remains one of the strongest cases supporting the existence of UFOs. Since the “Incident,” over 100 other UFO sightings have been made in Great Falls, Montana, making it one of the most active locations for UFO sightings in North America.


Air Force Investigation
After seeing the film, a reporter for the Great Falls Tribune called Wright Patterson AF Base in Ohio and informed them of Mariana's sighting and film. U.S. Air Force Captain John P. Brynildsen interviewed Mariana at nearby Malmstrom AFB outside of Great Falls. When Mariana and Ms. Raunig both told him that they had seen two jet fighters pass over the baseball stadium shortly after the sighting, Brynildsen felt that perhaps the jets were the objects Mariana had seen and captured on film. With Mariana's permission, Capt. Brynildsen sent the film to Wright-Patterson AFB for analysis. He told a reporter in Great Falls that he had "picked up about eight feet of film from Mariana." However, in his message to Wright-Patterson he said that he was sending "approximately fifteen feet of moving picture film" to the base for study. According to UFO historian Jerome Clark, this discrepancy was never cleared up.

The Film Today
Six decades after it was filmed, what remains of the Mariana UFO film has become a piece of study amongst UFO buffs. It is still featured in documentaries, television programs, and shared online. The film continues to be debated, with ufologists arguing that the film shows two as-yet unexplained aerial objects flying over Great Falls, and skeptics arguing that the film simply shows reflections from two jets passing over the city at the time. Since Mariana's sighting, over 100 other UFO sightings have been made in Great Falls, Montana, making it one of the most active locations for UFO sightings in North America. In 2008, the minor-league baseball team in Great Falls was renamed the Great Falls Voyagers in honor of the Mariana UFO incident.
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