The CIA was part of UFO sightings so many believed were authentic in the 1950s and 1960s. New reports indicate that the Central Intelligence Agency of the U.S. is debunking those theories. USA Today reports Dec. 30 that what so many believed were anything but a “bird” or “plane,” weren’t UFOs.
On Dec. 29, the CIA jokingly tweeted about its most popular stories of 2014. Unsurprisingly, it was about UFOS, as the tweet reveals.
#1 most read on our #Bestof2014 list: Reports of unusual activity in the skies in the ’50s? It was us. http://t.co/BKr81M5OUN (PDF 9.26MB)
— CIA (@CIA) December 29, 2014
This report from 1998 was the most-read story in 2014, a year at the height of UFO interest in recent years. The CIA UFO sightings article is titled, “The CIA and the U-2 Program, 1954-1974” and is written by Gregory W. Pedlow and Donald E. Welzenbach.
As the report states, the U-2 is the CIA’s spy plane, which made noteworthy missions and test flights throughout the 1950s and 1960s. The U-2 is documented to have been mistaken for a UFO many times due to having the ability to fly at altitudes higher than anyone thought possible.
A portion of the report is titled, “U-2s, UFOs, and Operation Blue Book.” The excerpt of the report was documented mostly by pilots who flew commercial airliners early in the evening — and they were flying from east to west. After the sun would set, the U-2s had a tendency to resemble a “fiery object.”
“High-altitude testing of the U-2 soon led to an unexpected side effect — a tremendous increase in reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs). In the mid-1950s, most commercial airliners flew at altitudes between 10,000 and 20,000 feet … Consequently, once U-2s started flying at altitudes above 60,000 feet, air-traffic controllers began receiving increasing numbers of UFO reports.”
Many observers from ground-level sent letters to the Air Force. The correspondence prompted the military division to compile the “Air Force’s Operation BLUE BOOK.” The recorded journal “collected all reports of UFO sightings” and “… attempted to explain such sightings by linking them to natural phenomena.”
The CIA U-2 planes and UFO sightings were summed up quite simply. The intelligence agency explains that at least half of the UFO reports weren’t real at all.
“… the flights accounted for more than one-half of all UFO reports during the late 1950s and most of the 1960s.”
How do you feel about the CIA and their role with UFO sightings?