Dismissed Sightings

Dismissed Sightings

Date: Between 1947 & 1969

Location: United States

Between 1947 and 1969, the U.S. Air Force investigated more than 12,000 reports of UFOs.

Scores of them came from the Evansville, IL area.

And more often than not, some bureaucrat they sent traipsing into town would offer quick, ho hum explanations.

Planes were always refueling in mid air, or people who reported sightings were just amped up after watching something scary on TV.

The most creative dismissal came in 1966, when a sighting was blamed on an airplane pulling a banner advertising a teen dance for crippled children.

But the reports often came from trustworthy sources, including police and people who professed to not believe in aliens at all.

Sightings are still happening today.

The National UFO Reporting Center compiles a state by state database, and one recent Evansville incident came just this August.

A person was messing around on their phone outside when they looked up and saw a green glowing tail of light shoot above their heads.

The strangest thing I have encountered in a while, they said.

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