One of the most commonly held misconceptions about UFOs is that they are only sighted in the skies over the United States. In actual fact, UFOs are a global phenomenon, with known UFO hotspots on every continent. Of course, North America (and the U.S in particular) is the favorite tourist destination of most intergalactic visitors. The U.S has the highest number of recorded UFO sightings of any country in the world and Mexico follows fairly closely behind. Canada is perhaps slightly above average in terms of reported sightings, but all in all this makes North America the Vacation capital of the Solar system.
Why is this? Well, comedians have been having fun with that one for some time, but all joking aside there are some very obvious reasons. Firstly, North America (again, the US especially) has what is referred to as 'a UFO culture'. There are more UFO enthusiasts watching the sky and a cultural obsession with the phenomenon. People living in the U.S and Canada are also far more likely to report a sighting - emergency services in the U.S receive hundreds of phone calls from UFO witnesses each year - whereas those of us living elsewhere are more likely to wait a week or two before telling our friends down the pub or maybe blogging about it. The perfect example of this cultural difference is China, where until recently it was against the law to publish or broadcast any information pertaining to UFOs. Now that the curtain has been lifted, however, and with the Chinese connecting to the internet in their billions, Chinese UFO sightings are soaring.
Another obvious reason for a high number of UFO sightings is that the U.S and Canada are very big countries. Other large countries, such as Russia and new entrant to the scene – China, also have a high numbers of sightings.
Many Americans would have you believe that aliens are drawn to their country because it is the most advanced civilization on the planet. Those of us living outside the U.S will no doubt have conflicting opinions and want to beat them over the head for being so arrogant. Nevertheless, the fact remains that North America has not only the highest number of recorded UFO sightings but also some of the best UFO sightings, with the largest numbers of witnesses and most compelling evidence.
Here are some of the best UFO sightings from the big three 'alien nations' - Mexico, Canada and the United States of America.
The Roswell Incident (U.S.A)
The Roswell Incident is without a doubt the most famous UFO encounter in history. If you don't know at least the basics of what happened, or is said to have happened near Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 then you must have been living under a considerable amount of crashed alien debris for the past few decades. Unfortunately, this is one UFO mystery that has pretty much been solved.
It turns out it was a balloon after all – not a weather balloon but rather a top secret spy balloon created as part of 'project Mogul'. Reports that the wreckage contained strange materials adorned with alien hieroglyphics stems from the fact that the balloon was cobbled together using patterned children's tape and tinfoil.
Yet the belief that alien entities were captured, put into huge jars and experimented on by Brent Spiner and the cast of 'Independence Day' remains strong. This is largely based on witness testimony and the fact that the released project Mogul files are incomplete. It's also clear that some form of cover-up did take place, but probably to protect the secrecy of project Mogul.
There are so many levels of secrecy and intrigue involved in the Roswell case that the myth will probably never be put to bed; sheer fanaticism turning it into a modern-day legend.
The Kecksburg UFO Crash (U.S.A)
Kecksburg is Roswell's less famous, often overlooked younger brother. Witnessed by thousands in both the U.S and Canada as it streaked across the skies of the Great Lakes area in 1965, the Kecksburg UFO was widely presumed to be a meteor. It caused sonic booms in Western Pennsylvania and dropped hot metal debris, starting grass fires in Michigan and Ohio. The object crashed down about 30 miles south east of Pittsburg, near the small village of Kecksburg. Villagers saw wisps of blue smoke coming from the woods and the local volunteer fire department was dispatched to investigate. What they found was no meteor. The object was about the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, shaped like an acorn and was adorned with hieroglyphics. Fans of the TV show Stargate might recognize it as a Goa'uld cargo ship.
As you might expect, it wasn't long before the U.S military arrived to secure the area. They searched the woods and reportedly found nothing. However, locals have claimed that a large object was recovered and taken away on the back of a truck.
The Kenneth Arnold Sighting (U.S.A)
The Kenneth Arnold sighting is often said to be the first ever UFO sighting. While this could not be further from the truth, it can be considered the first UFO sighting of the modern era. In 1947, private pilot Kenneth Arnold spotted a fleet of nine UFOs while flying in the vicinity of Mount Rainier, Washington. He described the craft as being crescent-shaped but also noted that they “flew like a saucer would if you skipped it across the water” spawning the term 'flying saucer'.
The Shag Harbour Incident (Canada)
Canada had it's own 'mini-Roswell' event in 1967 when an unidentified object crashed into the waters of Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia. At least eleven people saw a low-flying object heading towards the harbour and several more saw it hit the water, hearing a whistling sound and and a loud crash. A search and rescue operation was launched but no debris was found. Only an orange foam was visible on the surface. The Canadian military was baffled and the object was officially classified as a UFO.
But the story doesn't stop there. It has been alleged that the U.S Navy, in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Navy, conducted further search operations in the vicinity of HMCS Shelburne – a top secret submarine detection facility located several miles up the coast. An anonymous witness claiming to be one of the U.S divers involved in the search has since given a detailed account of what happened at Shelburne. In his version of events there were two alien craft in the waters near Shelburne and one seemed to be repairing the other. A Russian submarine was also spotted in the vicinity and the naval forces moved to intercept it. When they returned to Shelburne both UFOs had disappeared.
Harbour Mille Incident (Canada)
On January 25, 2010 three UFOs flew over Harbour Mille on the island of Newfoundland. A photograph taken by a local resident revealed that one of these unidentified objects looked like a missile but it's origins remain unknown. It has been suggested that this was a test missile launched from the nearby French island of Miquelon, although the French Ministry of Defence has denied launching any missiles from the islands. A missile was launched from a base in northern France but this was two days after the UFOs were sighted.
An investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has apparently revealed the true nature of the objects but this information has not yet been released to the public. The Office of the Prime Minister has stated that they were definitely not missiles.
The Cash-Landrum Case (U.S.A)
The Cash-Landrum case is famous in UFOlogy circles, largely because of the extreme physical symptoms suffered as a result of the sighting.
On the evening of December 29, 1980, Betty Cash, Vickie Landrum and seven year old Colby Landrum were driving towards Huffman, Texas when they saw a diamond shaped UFO hovering at tree level. The object expelled bursts of flame from it's underside, apparently to keep itself airborne, and the three reported that they could feel intense waves of heat. The dashboard of the car became so hot that when Landrum touch it she left a hand-print in the softened vinyl. After hovering for a while the UFO moved to a higher altitude where, according to Cash and Landrum, it was met by a number of Chinook helicopters. A police officer from Dayton also saw several Chinook helicopters moving towards the vicinity of the sighting but did not witness the UFO itself.
Following the encounter, all three witnesses suffered the effects of radiation sickness, experiencing a burning sensation in their eyes, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. The symptoms persisted for several days. For Betty Cash the effects were even worse; she developed large blisters on her skin and lost large amounts of hair. She was hospitalised for several weeks.
Cash and Landrum later tried to sue the U.S government using the helicopters as proof of military involvement. However the military denied all knowledge of the incident and the case was dismissed.
The Phoenix Lights (U.S.A)
Witnessed by thousands of people across the U.S states of Nevada and Arizona, and the Mexican state of Sonora, the Phoenix lights are the United States' largest 'mass sighting'.
Five lights in a triangle formation (usually presumed to be one large craft) were first seen above Henderson, Nevada at 7:55 PM (MST) on March 13, 1997. Subsequent sightings have the object moving over Prescott, Arizona heading south-east. From this trajectory it is safe to assume that it travelled from the vicinity of the Groom Lake Facility in Area 51 and went unnoticed in the skies over Las Vegas (hardly surprising).
By 8:30 PM the lights had reach the city of Pheonix, Arizona where literally thousands of people witnessed the phenomenon. Among them was state governor Fife Symington, a former Air Force pilot, who has publicly stated that the lights did not resemble any man-made object he'd ever seen.
After hovering above Phoenix for over an hour the lights again moved south-east. They were seen near Tucson, Arizona heading towards the Mexican border.
The U.S government has issued an official explanation for the Phoenix lights, stating that they were flairs dropped by U.S Warthog aircraft. This is frankly too pathetic to even consider.
Guadalajara is Mexico's second largest city and also holds the record for the highest number of reported UFO sightings in the country. In June 2004, it was also host to the largest concentration of UFOs ever sighted. A swarm of bright lights gathered over the city and hung around for several hours. Could these be birds or perhaps helium balloons? Guadalajara residents and UFO experts say no.
2004 Mexican Air Force Video Release (Mexico)
In 2004, the Mexican Air Force released this video of a fleet of UFOs declaring it a mystery. The video was shot using infra-red cameras and shows eleven spherical heat sources above Campeche, southern Mexico. The spheres were not visible to the naked eye.
Skeptics have suggested that these heat sources are nothing more than the burn-off from off-shore oil platforms. Could the Mexican Air Force really be that incompetent? Further UFO sightings from the ground and the reported strange behavior of these UFOs would seem to suggest otherwise.
Washington UFO Flap (U.S.A)
1952 saw the largest number of UFO sightings ever recorded over the east coast of America. The largest concentration of UFOs occurred in July that year, with literally dozens of UFOs sighted in the skies over Washington DC. While a large number of these sightings were made by members of the public, an alarming number of reports came from commercial pilots, air traffic controllers and even from within the air force itself.
On the evening of July 19, the Washington UFO flap exploded into an all out invasion of the capital. At midnight, the radar tower at Washington Nation Airport picked up eight unknown objects travelling at 120 mph and heading straight for the Whitehouse. Staff at the nearby Andrews AFB witnessed a glowing ball of orange flame in the sky. It had a revolving tail which zoomed around with unbelievable speed. At the same time a Capital Airlines pilot spotted a further seven UFOs. By 2:00 AM flaming objects were seen all over Washington and it was clear to all observers that something was seriously amiss.
So what did the American military do about this invasion of their most protected airspace? Nothing. Unbelievably, the Air Force are said to have been unconcerned by the events that took place that night. In fact, the Combat Officer at the Air Force Command told one air traffic controller that “somebody else was supposed to handle it.” Does this mean that the Air Force had advanced notice of the UFOs' arrival, or were they simply being criminally incompetent?
Some have suggested that the night of July 19, 1952 was when the U.S President met Alien officials for the first time in the Whitehouse. Others blame bizarre weather conditions for false radar blips and optical illusions. As always, the truth remains a mystery.Author: Mark Ball Copyrighted © paranormalhaze.com