How UFOs Conquered the World – without firing a shot

BBC History Magazine/History Extra published my article that explains how the idea of visitors in mysterious flying objects grew from its origins in the Cold War into the most enduring modern myth. You can read the main feature here (password access required). There are links to a UFO timeline (1946-2021) and my list of the Top Ten UFO sightings from Kenneth Arnold to the USS Nimitz here. International media interest in UAPs (unidentified aerial phenomena) continues in the run up to the release of the Pentagon’s intelligence report on the subject that is due out at the end of June. Pressure grew after three years of news coverage that began with a story published by the New York Times in December 2017 that revealed the existence of a semi-secret Department of Defense programme that investigated UAPs. A series of close encounters reported by US Navy pilots led the Office of Naval Intelligence to establish a UAP Task Force in August last year. The last time the CIA convened a panel to review the best evidence for UFOs (or ‘flying saucers’) was in 1953 at the height of the Cold War. The recommendation of the Robertson Panel was that federal agencies…

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How UFOs Conquered the World – without firing a shot

Updated: June 11, 2021 — 10:27 am