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UFO During A Rainstorm

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An unidentified flying object, often abbreviated UFO or U.F.O., is an unusual apparent anomaly in the sky that is not readily identifiable to the observer as any known object, often associated with extraterrestrial life.The Oxford English Dictionary defines a UFO as "An unidentified flying object; a 'flying saucer'." The word was first used in print by Donald Keyhoe in 1953.[1]The acronym "UFO" was coined by Capt. Edward J. Ruppelt, who headed Project Blue Book, then the USAF's official investigation of UFOs. He wrote, "Obviously the term 'flying saucer' is misleading when applied to objects of every conceivable shape and performance. For this reason the military prefers the more general, if less colorful, name: unidentified flying objects. UFO (pronounced Yoo-foe) for short." [2] Other phrases that were used officially and that predate the UFO acronym include "flying flapjack", "flying disc", "unexplained flying discs", "unidentifiable flying object", and "flying saucer".[3][4]The phrase "flying saucer" had gained widespread attention after the summer of 1947. On June 24, a civilian pilot named Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine objects flying in formation near Mount Rainer. Arnold timed the sighting and estimated the speed of discs to be over 1,000 mph. He described their movement like "a saucer skipped across water". The newspaper reporters then invented the "flying saucer". (see Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting for details).In popular usage the term UFO came to sometimes be used to refer to alien spacecraft.[5] and because of the public and media ridicule sometimes associated with the topic, some investigators prefer to use such terms as unidentified aerial phenomenon (or UAP)or anomalous phenomena, as in the title of the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena or NARCAP.[6]The equivalent acronym for UFO in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian is OVNI (Objeto Volador No Identificado, Objeto Voador No Identificado, Objet volant non identifi or Oggetto Volante Non Identificato), pronounced as one word (ov-nee). UFO conspiracy theoryUFOs are sometimes an element of conspiracy theories in which governments are allegedly intentionally "covering up" the existence of aliens or sometimes collaborating with them. There are many versions of this story; some are exclusive, while others overlap with various other conspiracy theories.In the U.S., an opinion poll conducted in 1997 suggested that 80% of Americans believed the U.S. government was withholding such information.[87][88] Various notables have also expressed such views. Some examples are astronauts Gordon Cooper and Edgar Mitchell, Senator Barry Goldwater, Vice Admiral Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter (the first CIA director), Lord Hill-Norton (former British Chief of Defense Staff and NATO head), the 1999 high-level French COMETA report by various French generals and aerospace experts, and Yves Sillard (former director of the French space agency CNES, new director of French UFO research organization GEIPAN).[89]It has also been suggested by a few paranormal authors that all or most human technology and cultureThere have been allegations of suppression of UFO related evidence for many decades. There are claims that physical evidence might have been removed and/or destroyed/suppressed by some governments. is based on extraterrestrial contact. See also ancient astronauts.List of UFO sightingsList of alleged aircraft-UFO incidents and near missesExtraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH)Extraterrestrial lifeNARCAPProject Blue BookRoswell incidentUfologyDeclassification of UFO documents1 Project Sign4.2 Project Magnet4.3 Project Grudge



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