Landmark UFO Cases

Updated August, 2014

Landmark UFO Cases

Landmark UFO cases are extremely well documented cases, generally with multiple credible witnesses and on occasion have confirmed radar detection. Virtually all these cases were covered in the print media, made national TV news or have had documentaries made about them. Each case below has a short synopsis of the story with a link to a much more detailed version including pictures and video (when available). These cases will be modified as information becomes available and more cases will be continuously added.

Operation Mainbrace

This case has multiple military credible witnesses from multiple countries (USA, England, New Zealand, Denmark etc) possible Presidental sighting and "excellent military photos" never released to the public. This case involves UFOs and USOs (Unidentified Submerged Objects), you could not ask for much more believable evidence then Operation Mainbrace.
For the rest of the story on Operation Mainbrace, pictures and video when available.

The Charlie Redstar UFO Flap

The Charlie Redstar Flap is one of the best documented UFO cases in Canadian History. The events of 1975-1976 are a great and entertaining read. I think you will enjoy the information below, it has about everything in that you could imagine, multiple groups of witnesses, drunken teenagers, news crews filming UFOs, radioactive ground material, possible crop circles, crafts of different shapes, sizes, colors and much more.
For the rest of the story on the Charlies Redstar Flap, pictures and video when available.

 Shag Harbor UFO/USO Incident

UFOs have been seen by many people all over the world and for a planet where two thirds of the surface is covered by water it should come as no surprise to the eclectic that there is more life hidden away from our eyes than what we get to see on TV. USOs or Unidentified Submerged Objects have been seen by many explorers, sailors, naval officers, fisherman and regular folk getting around the planet in their ships and boats. Deep Sea UFOs is a History Channel Documentary on the phenomena of underwater UFOs with some interesting case studies of USO encounters tracing far back to the time when Columbus and his crew were crossing the Bermuda Triangle and sighted mysterious underwater lights which top UFO researchers like Stanton Friedman believe correspond to USO activity reported in modern times.
For the rest of the Shag Harbor UFO story, photos and video when available.

The UFO Battle of Los Angeles

This is a well documented case that military said was a weather balloon. It really is inconceivable that the military fired 1500 artillery shells at a slow moving balloon and they did not have one direct hit or even one piece of shrapmetal puncture the balloon enough to bring it down. You can read the LA Times article which was front page news of Feb 26, 1942 below. The second video is actually radio news of the day.
For the rest of the Battle Over Los Angeles UFO story, photos and video when available.

The Billy Meier ET Contact Case

Beginning in 1975, Meier says he began his official contacts ("official" in that evidence was to be provided publicly, unlike earlier contacts), communicating both directly (face-to-face) and by telepathy with a core group of the Pleiadians/Plejaren, or Errans as he also refers to them (Erra being their home planet), who gave their names as "Ptaah", "Semjase", "Quetzal" and "Pleja", among numerous others. According to Meier himself in the video documentary 'Contact', he says that his first contact with extraterrestrials began on January 28, 1975.
For the rest of the Billy Meier UFO, Alien story, photos and video when available.

The Aurora TX UFO Crash of 1897

The Aurora UFO Incident that reportedly occurred on April 17, 1897 in Aurora, Texas, a small town in the northwest corner of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. The incident (similar to the more famous Roswell UFO Incident 50 years later) reportedly resulted in a fatality from the crash. The alleged alien body is was buried in an unmarked grave at the local cemetery.
For the rest of the Aurora Texas UFO Crash story, photos and video when available.

The Val Johnson UFO Case

A frightening UFO case which involved physical trace elements occurred in Minnesota on Aug 27, 1979. This baffling account certers around the Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson of Marshall County. Johnson was patrolling near the North Dakota border at about 1:40 AM, when he noticed a bright light coming through his side window. Johnson knew it was not a typical vehicle lights. He thought it might be a small plane in trouble and about to crash. 
For the rest of the Val Johnson UFO story, photos and video when available.

The Kenneth Arnold UFO Case

This was an incident on June 24, 1947, where private pilot Kenneth Arnold spotted a string of nine, shiny, mostly disc-like unidentified flying objects flying past Mount Rainier at then unheard of supersonic speeds that Arnold clocked at a minimum of 1,200 miles an hour. This was the first post-War sighting in the United States that garnered nationwide news coverage and is credited with being the first of the modern era of UFO sightings, including numerous reported sightings over the next two to three weeks. Arnold's description of the objects also led to the press quickly coining the terms "flying saucer" and "flying disc" as popular descriptive terms for UFOs.
For the rest of the Kenneth Arnold UFO story, photos and video when available.

Officer Lonnie Zamora UFO Case

Lonnie Zamora (September 7, 1933 – November 2, 2009) was a New Mexico Police officer who reported a UFO sighting while on duty on Friday, April 24, 1964, near Socorro, New Mexico.Zamora’s account received considerable coverage in the mass media, and is sometimes regarded as one of the best documented, yet most perplexing UFO reports. It was one of the accounts that helped persuade astronomer J. Allen Hynek, who was one of the primary investigators for the Air Force, that some UFO reports represented an intriguing mystery.
For the rest of the Lonnie Zamora UFO story, photos and video when available.

The Thomas Mantell Case, First Pilot to Die Chasing a UFO

There were three exceptional UFO cases in 1948 which involved pilot - UFO encounters. One of these is the Chiles Whitted Sighting. The second one was the well documented case of Gorman dogfight with a UFO and the third one is the case of Thomas Mantell. The Mantell case occurred on January 7, 1948. He was a member of the Kentucky Air National Guard and while on a routine flight he would become the first pilot to lose his life while pursuing a UFO.
For the rest of the Thomas Mantell UFO story, photos and video when available.

The Phoenix Lights Case

The Phoenix Lights were a series of widely sighted unidentified flying objects that occurred in the skies over the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada and the Mexican state of Sonora on March 13, 1997.Lights of varying descriptions were seen by thousands of people between 7:30 PM and 10:30 PM MST (Mountain Standard Time), in a space of about 300 miles, from the Nevada line, through the city of Phoenix, to the edge of Tucson. There were two distinct events involved in the incident: a triangular formation of lights seen to pass over the state, and a series of stationary lights seen in the Phoenix area. The United States Air Force identified the second group of lights as flares dropped by A-10 Warthog aircraft that were on training exercises at the Goldwater Range in southwest Arizona. Witnesses claim to have observed a huge triangular -shaped UFO, containing lights or possibly light-emitting engines. Fife Symington, the governor at the time, was one witness to this incident; he later called the object "otherworldly."
For the rest of the Phoenix Lights story, video and images when available.

The Stephenville UFO Case

This story attracted international attention. Dozens of credible people reported seeing unidentified flying objects over Stephenville, Texas. Erath County Constable Lee Roy Gaitain risked ridicule and abuse to publicly describe remarkable things they had seen in the skies over Stephenville on January 8, 2008.
For the rest of the Stephenville UFO story, photos and video when available.

The Del Rio Texas Case

DEL RIO, Texas – April 21 - 11:42 (video)
You've heard of Roswell, but some people believe Del Rio, Texas is a more compelling case for the crash of an alien spacecraft in 1950. For a time in the early 50's the flying saucer phenomena was headline news, thousands of sightings by credible witnesses. People reported seeing a large craft moving at a high rate of speed, honeycombed on the bottom with a dome and light on top. But no rash of sightings quite compares with what happened on a winter's day in 1950, a strange sequence of events that ended with the crash of something near Del Rio, Texas.

For the rest of the Del Rio UFO Crash story, photos and video when available.

The Cash Landrum Case

Vicky Landrum and Betty Cash
December 29 1980 Betty Cash, Vickie Landrum and Colby Landrum (Vickie’s seven-year-old grandson) were driving home to Dayton, Texas. It was 9pm when a bright light in the trees above them forced them to stop the vehicle. They got out of the car to inspect, Vickie (a devout Christian) believing that it was the second coming of Jesus. They noticed the object omitting the light was shaped like a diamond before suddenly they were hit with an intense blast of heat. The mystery object then vanished leaving the women suffering severe radiation burns, nausea and diarrhoea. They would continue to suffer from the same symptoms, plus excruciating headaches, on the same date every year.
For the rest of the Cash Landrum UFO story, photos and video when available.

The Roswell UFO Case

On July 2, 1947, an object crash landed on a ranch, approximately 75 miles northwest of Roswell, leaving a large field of debris. The local air base at Roswell investigated after the rancher first reported it to Roswell authorities on July 6. On July 8, the Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) announced it had recovered a "flying disk". A few hours after the initial "flying disk" press release, U.S. Army Air Force officials stated that it was not a UFO, but a weather balloon. When the question of what crashed was revived in the early 1980s, the "Roswell Incident" became a focus of conspiracy theorists, "abductees," and UFO investigators. It is believed the crashed UFO's were used for 'reverse engineering', explaining the rapid advancement in technology since that time. Read one of our post that outlines all the new technologies that have been developed since the Roswell incident. To read a full list of technologies that took off in the late 1940's and continued through the 60's click here.
Roswell, Fast Facts and Timeline
Roswell, The Story Told in Short Videos 

The Stephen Milachak UFO Case

Stephen Michalak claimed to have seen two UFOs while exploring near Manitoba Canada at Falcon Lake, May 1967. The two UFOs appeared in the sky and one landed very close to where he was standing. The UFO that landed opened, revealing a very bright light. He touched the side of the UFO only to be burned through the glove he was wearing. 
For the rest of the Stephen Milachak UFO story, photos and video when available.

Betty and Barney Hill Case

LINCOLN, N.H. (AP) — Fifty years after Betty and Barney Hill reported seeing a flat, cigar-shaped craft hovering over them in New Hampshire's White Mountains, the state has put up a historical marker noting their close encounter with a UFO.
Returning from a vacation in Canada on Sept. 19, 1961, the Hills arrived home in Portsmouth puzzled by stains and tears on Betty's dress, scuffs on Barney's shoes and shiny spots on their car. Their watches weren't working. When they got home, they realized they had "lost" about two hours of time. They called family and reported the event to Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth the next day.
For the rest of the Betty and Barney Hill abduction story, photos and videos when available.

The Chiles / Whitted Ecounter - 1948

Pilots as UFO witnesses is not rare or new but in today's world too many pilots do not report UFO sightings because it jeopardizes their jobs and brings on a certain amount of ridicule, in 1948 this was one of the most credible sightings from both pilots and people on the ground.
Many people in the aviation industry will tell you privately that if you knew how many airplane near-misses there were each and every day, it would certainly concern you. But what if this also was happening between UFOs and planes? There are at least two well documented cases of this very thing. One of them is the Gorman Dogfight with a UFO which occurred in 1948, and a sighting which occurred over Montgomery, Alabama, on July 24, 1948.
For the rest of the Chiles Whitted UFO story, video and images when available.

The Belgium Wave

The Belgium wave has obtained classic status in UFO lore. With over 1,000 witnesses, confirmed radar sightings, plane radar lock-ins, and military confirmations, the fact that an unknown craft moved across the country of Belgium cannot be denied. The case is also important for its unique information sharing. Civilian and military officials were forthcoming with the reports, and set a model for others to follow in their pursuit to uncover the mystery behind the UFO enigma.

For the rest of the Belgium Wave UFO story, images and video when available.

Chicago O'hare Airport Case

This is an important story as it has been witnesses by multiple pilots, ramp workers, cargo workers and host of other airline employees. When the UFO departed it went straight up with such force and speed that it punched a circular hole in the sky. A Chicago TV reported is speaking with the guy from the Tribune who broke the story, they are speaking in private a few minutes before they went on the air. At the time it got worldwide attention.
For the rest of the Chicago O'hare UFO story, images and video when available.

The Felix Moncla Case, (Kinross Incident)

On the evening of November 23, 1953, Air Defense Command Ground Intercept radar operators at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan identified an unusual target near the Soo Locks. An F-89C Scorpion jet from Kinross Air Force Base was scrambled to investigate the radar return; the Scorpion was piloted by First Lieutenant Moncla with Second Lieutenant Robert L. Wilson acting as the Scorpion's radar operator.
For the rest of the Felix Moncla UFO story, photos and video when available.

Mexican Air Force Pilots Film UFOs

Date: March, 2004
Location: Over Campeche state, Mexico
Mexican Air Force pilots filmed 11 unidentified flying objects in the skies over southern Campeche state in Mexico, a Mexican Defense Department spokesman confirmed. A videotape was made widely available to the news media. The lights were filmed using infrared equipment. They appeared to be flying at an altitude of about 3,500 meters (11,480 feet), and allegedly surrounded the Air Force jet.

For the rest of the Mexican Military UFO story, videos and photos when available.

The Gorman Dogfight Case - 1948

This was one of the most credible cases of its era and has never been fully explained other then to say that "Lt. Gorman had a close encounter with an unknown object."
He got to within 1,000 feet of the flying object and got a good look at it. Gorman would later make this statement:

"It was blinking on and off. As I approached, however, the light suddenly became steady and pulled into a sharp left bank. I thought it was making a pass at the tower. I dived after it and brought my manifold pressure up to sixty inches but I couldn't catch up with the thing. It started gaining altitude and again made a left bank, I put my F-51 into a sharp turn and tried to cut the light off in its turn. By then we were at about 7,000 feet."

For the rest of Gorman Dogfight UFO the story, photos and video when available.

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