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Above: Nellis UFO filmed in Nov-1994 at S-30, top-secret Nellis Test Range Nevada, USA. Filmed by tracking cameras, attached to ground-based targeting radars used in Red Flag (military pilot training) exercises. Leaked out of the base by unnamed source and first aired in TV program Hard-Copy on 17-Feb-1995 (5min footage and comments).

The Nellis Range UFO video is virtually unique among those in the public domain in that an unidentified anomalous flying object was not only captured in close-up by a military camera, but also included overlaid tracking data and a time stamp, permitting calculation of the trajectory and flight characteristics, such as velocity and acceleration. In addition, the video also has voices of various military range operators discussing the object and trying to identify it without success. more, more2, more3

Note: The Nellis-administered range surrounds the block of land known as "Area 51" and the secret Groom Lake air base within it (Area 51 appears to be under control of the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB.)

Related: Other photo/video cases of similar multi-lobed UFOs by civilians include: a) a night-time film of glowing, four-lobed object was captured on video by a TV news film crew in Espiritu Santo, Brazil 29-May-1991; it darted around and put on a spectacular light show at times. b) daytime photo of UFO being pursued by an F-15 interceptor on 12-Jan-1994 over Gulf Breeze USA c) film of UFO over the coastal plains city of Kochav Yair, Israel in Sep-1996 d) daytime photo on 27-Dec-2000 Alameda and Jewel in west Denver (Lakewood) USA by "Stan" e) daytime object filmed by Anthony Woods in Bedhampton, England on 8-Apr-2002 f) daytime 6 photos of darting, silver object in Easter USA on 11-Sep-2002 by anonymous. Steve Neeley photographed a brilliant three-lobed object surrounded by a glowing "cloud" over Hardin County, Ohio. (links and photos in other pages to keep this one short)

Below: Apparently Nellis / Groom Lake has been a UFO hotspot for years. In Disclosure Project's National Press Club Conference in 2001, Don Philips testified that one night in 1966, he and other employees at Nellis AFB witnessed 6-7 "darting light" UFOs, performing "impossible" aerial maneuvres (doing acute angle turns and rotating fast in a circle in the sky), also tracked on radar.

Tremonton, Utah, UFO Fleet Color Film of July 2, 1952

Tremonton, Utah USA, UFO "Fleet" Color Film of July 2, 1952, a famous film in UFO history.

US Navy Chief Photographer, Warrant Officer Delbert C. Newhouse, his wife and their two childern were driving along a road seven miles from Tremonton on 2-Jul-1952, when they spotted a formation of bright objects, flying against a clear blue sky. He had the chance to use a 16mm camera and telephoto lens to shoot thirty feet (~1600 frames) of film of the objects, which had meanwhile moved further away. (Newhouse interview 1956, Dr.McDonald 1970)

Newhouse, with 2000 hours flying time as an aerial photographer during his 21 years with the Navy, was in effect a professional aerial observer, a unique qualification for making the sighting.

The film was studied at the US Navy's photo lab at Anacostia (NPIC). Navy film experts made a frame-by-frame analysis that took over one thousand man-hours. They studied the motions of the objects, their relation to each other in the formation, the lighting of the objects, and every other piece of data they could find on the film. It was also studied for three months at the Photo Reconnaissance Laboratory of the Air Force Intelligence in 1952. The analysis, then classified Top Secret, stated:

This film could not be duplicated under simulated conditions. The objects appear to be a light source rather than reflected light. All the objects appear to be the same size and circular in shape. At a distance of five miles, with the movement perpendicular to the line of sight, the average velocity is 653.5 mph. Likewise, at 2.5 miles the average speed is 326.75 mph. The movement in flight appears to follow an elliptical or circular pattern, within the group.

While the objects are unidentified, the following possibilities have been eliminated:

  1. Balloons
  2. Aircraft
  3. Birds
The image structure and maneuvers eliminates any type of aircraft. Microscopic examinations show that the objects are in focus and 1/6th to 1/10 the size of the full moon with the naked eye. Photogrammetric experiments have shown that the images cannot be associated with any type of bird observation at any distance.

Despite that, the Robertson Panel commissioned by the CIA in Jan-1953 to look into the UFO subject, dismissed the sighting as birds (seagulls). Details in Major Ruppelt book, Ch.16.

Note: A long-secret Battelle memorandum that was unearthed in 1992, which recommended in the strongest terms that the eminent panel not be given access to all the data in the possession of the CIA and the Air Force.

More than 20 years later in 1974, astronomer J. Allen Hynek recalls the Robertson Panel "debunking" of the Tremonton and Montana films in 1953 (includes film footage):

Indeed in 1992 one of the scientists admitted:

"H.P. Robertson told us in the first private (no outsiders) session that our job was to reduce public concern, and show that UFO reports could be explained by conventional reasoning." -- Dr. Thornton Page describing what the Robertson Panel was tasked with src

Major E. J. Ruppelt (Head of USAF UFO Study Project Blue Book between 1951-1953 and later research engineer at Northrop Aircraft Company) wrote in his 1955 book (Ch.16):

After I got out of the Air Force I met Newhouse and talked to him for two hours. I've talked to many people who have reported UFOs, but few impressed me as much as Newhouse. I learned that when he and his family first saw the UFOs they were close to the car, much closer than when he took the movie. To use Newhouse's own words, "If they had been the size of a B-29 they would have been at 10,000 feet altitude." And the Navy man and his family had taken a good look at the objects - they looked like "two pie pans, one inverted on the top of the other!" He didn't just think the UFOs were disk shaped; he knew that they were; he had plainly seen them. I asked him why he hadn't told this to the intelligence officer who interrogated him. He said that he had. Then I remembered that I'd sent the intelligence officer a list of questions I wanted Newhouse to answer. The question "What did the UFOs look like?" wasn't one of them because when you have a picture of something you don't normally ask what it looks like. Why the intelligence officer didn't pass this information on to us I'll never know.

Full case-file in UFOs near Tremonton Utah on 2-Jul-1952, nicap).

Both Delbert Newhouse (ref: McDonald letter) and Nicholas Mariana (who filmed the 1950 Montana UFOs, more) protested that frames were missing when the government returned their films post-analysis. Further, the missing portions were said to be the best frames. That does indeed leave the rest of us with witness reports coupled with missing evidence of undoubtedly profound significance. Mariana in particular made no bones about the first [6?] seconds missing from his video which were, in his opinion, the best shots as they were closer. The removed frames "showed larger images of the UFOs with a notch or band at one point by which they could be seen to rotate in unison." (Barry Greenwood has published a review of relevant evidence regarding this allegation, including testimony from Mariana's lawyer and the managing editor of the Great Falls Tribune).

Latest news 26-Jun-2007: Probable independent confirmation of Tremonton UFO fleet event by Jimmie Robinson more).

Related: Reports of UFO fleets going back in the 1950s, include astronaut Gordon Cooper. In his 2000 book "Leap of Faith" and many video interviews he gave for inclusion in various TV documentaries, astronaut Gordon Cooper describes how he saw his first UFOs over Europe in 1951. As US Air Force pilot in West Germany, Cooper and his squadron mates were scrambled in their F-86 Sabre jets to intercept what appeared to be several metallic silver saucer-shaped craft.

"For many years I have lived with a secret, in a secrecy imposed on all specialists and astronauts. I can now reveal that every day, in the USA, our radar instruments capture objects of form and composition unknown to us." -- astronaut Gordon Cooper

UFO "fleets" are been filmed frequently over Central and South America: Mexico, Chile etc, but also in other parts of the world like Britain.

Above: "UFO Fleet" over Mexico video (c) Arturo Gil

So what was it? Sky lanterns (Thai lanterns)? Balloons? Helicopters? Aircraft? Birds? Military night illumination flares stuck in a vortex of swamp gas? (the last one is an inside joke, don't worry if you don't "get it"). For some background about real "UFO fleets", read the case of Tremonton, Utah USA 1952 above.

Summary: This page features selected UFO sighting raw footage -without narration- in links below, in addition to some "featured" videos in the right side. (Please visit our video documentaries page for some of the better UFO documentaries, with footage, testimonies and commentary).

Disclaimer: Video compressed-for-web format (in free services like Youtube, Googlevideo etc) is obviously not anywhere near the quality of the originals. Also, with modern computer-aided video editing capabilities (e.g. see the Australian UFO Wave 2006 Hoax by Chris Kenworthy -only 2 of the 31 videos are real, can you tell which?- funded by Australian Film Commission) it is impossible to be absolutely certain of the authenticity of ANY video/photo, unless one shoots it himself and participates in its development. Having said that, many videos do check well with hundreds of witness descriptions going back many decades.

Parenthesis: (we add it here, because hardly anyone RTFM, i.e. read the technical overview page) Why do UFOs appear self-luminous and parts of it blurry? (witness expressions used to describe the optical effect: "surrounded by a haze" / like heat haze shimmering effect / "wavy -like 'heat waves' on a road in the desert sun" / "in a mist" / "glimmer"). NASA/NACA aeronautical research engineer Paul Hill in his book "Unconventional Flying Objects" wrote:

"The phenomenon of ionized and excited atmospheric molecules around a UFO also ties together a number of related mysteries about the UFO. It accounts for the general nighttime appearance of the UFO: the many observed colors, the fiery, neon-like look, the self-illuminating character, the fuzzy, indefinite or even indiscernible outline, yet an appearance of solidity behind the light. In the daytime the same plasma is present, but usually invisible. Morning and evening, it is partly visible. The ion sheath also accounts for some daytime UFO characteristics such as a shimmering haze, nebulosity of the atmosphere or even smoke-like effects sometimes observed. The absorption characteristics of the plasma can also partly account for the daytime hazy or smoky appearance of the atmosphere around the UFO. When the surrounding illumination is brighter than the plasma, the plasma absorption may be greater than its emission, making it look darker or hazy."
Read info on UFO illumination and performance (extract from the book). Also Hal Puthoff's (PhD, theoretical physicist) review of Hill's book.

Having offered a basic background, here are some videos of UFOs, organised according to type of sighting (daylight, night etc) and type of craft:

Other collections of UFO videos and pictures:

FWIW NASA video footage from Space Shuttle cameras of STS-48 / STS-80 missions, which is rather popular (shown on TV in many countries). Martin Stubbs is a former cable TV station manager from Vancouver in Canada who, over a period of 5 years, used his station's satellite array to record on videotape over 2,500 hours of Space Shuttle transmissions via NASA's downlink. Since 11-Mar-2000, when some of Martin's footage was released in public, there has been considerable debate as to the origin and makeup of anomalous objects seen within the footage. Many have dismissed NASA footage as space debris / ice particles. In favor of an anomalous explanation is Dr.Kasher's paper on STS-48 and this, in contrast to James Obergs's STS skeptical opinion. An interesting videoclip from STS-80 to watch, but IGNORE THE NARRATION "INFO" (e.g. "sucking energy from the electric thunderstorm" etc silliness):

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