Whether real or imagined, reports of unidentified flying objects have been on the radar of the U.S. Air Force for decades.
Recently released government documents reveal 2 unidentified flying object sightings in Tampa Bay sparked Air Force investigations.
That information is buried in more than 130,000 pages of Air Force files on UFO sightings and investigations just made available online. On Jan. 12, UFO enthusiast John Greenewald posted all the documents on his online database, "The Black Vault."
The Air Force investigated sightings in Miami, one in Brooksville, which it deemed a hoax, and two in Tampa Bay.
"As far as the possibility of life, we can't dismiss that," Museum of Science and Industry's Director of Innovation Anthony Pelaez said.
From 1947 to 1969 the Air Force investigated more than 12,000 reported sightings.
"There are a lot of natural phenomenon that occur that we see, and I think that our imaginations are very powerful," Pelaez added.
On June 5 1949, 20 miles northwest of Tampa, there were reports of a "bright object...spinning and spiraling toward earth." The weather service claimed it was a meteor. Ten members of the 307th Bombardment Wing stationed at MacDill Air Force base disagreed.
The Air Intelligence Information Report states, "An unidentified object traveling … at a very high rate of speed was observed by Aircrew personnel of the 307th Bm Gp. This object was emitting white smoke and/or vapor trail which indicated its flight path was horizontal but very erratic in direction. It made a large "Z" turn on course and then faded from view. It is the opinion of this officer that this object was not a meteor due to its erratic course."
It was signed by Captain Alexander Bebenin, USAF Wing Intelligence officer. . . .
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