60 Eerie Declassified UFO Photos From The '60s and '70s

By Sarah Norman | December 26, 2023

First, You See The Mothman. Then Tragedy Strikes

UFOs sightings happen fairly frequently (at least according to UFO sighting witnesses), but in the 1960s and '70s, alien crafts were spotted almost every week throughout America and the rest of the Western world. The rise of inexpensive photography equipment helped witnesses make a better case for their sightings, and often these photos were able to provide evidence that an eyewitness testimony just can't offer. But in many cases of UFO encounters witnesses are either too awestruck to take action, or technology just doesn't work. These are just a few of the most exciting stories of UFO sightings from the 20th century. 

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No one knows exactly what the Mothman sightings were. Some people believe that the titular Mothman is a cryptozoological creature (or "cryptid") that acted as a harbinger of doom throughout West Virginia in 1966 and 1967, while some UFOlogists believe that the Mothman was less a creature and more of a ship that was observing devastating events in the northeast. Whatever it was, the Mothman was sighted near a TNT plant in Point Pleasant, West Virginia by multiple onlookers. Whenever the Mothman was sighted, it would be followed by reports of a mysterious man or men in black, as well as malfunctioning phones and television sets.

Whether the Mothman was a creature or some kind of ship is still up for debate. However, the mysterious thing was never seen again after the collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant West Virginia on December 15, 1967 – an incident that claimed the lives of over 50 people. 

A picture of a flying saucer photographed by farmer Paul Trent, over his farm in Minnville, Ore., on May 11, 1950

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The McMinnville UFO photographs, which have become a celebrated piece of extraterrestrial evidence, were captured by a farming couple, Paul and Evelyn Trent, in McMinnville, Oregon on May 11, 1950. The images were later featured in Life magazine and newspapers across the country, cementing their place in UFO history. Despite being labeled as a hoax by skeptics, many ufologists maintain that the photographs depict a genuine, three-dimensional, unidentified flying object in the sky.

According to an account by astronomer William K. Hartmann, Evelyn Trent was walking back to her farmhouse on the evening of May 11th after feeding her rabbits when she spotted a slow-moving, metallic disk-shaped object heading her way from the northeast. She called out to her husband Paul, who was inside the house, and he too witnessed the object. Paul quickly grabbed his camera and managed to snap two photographs before the object abruptly flew away towards the west. Paul's father also claimed to have seen the object briefly before it disappeared. Despite the ongoing debate over their authenticity, the McMinnville UFO photographs continue to be a source of fascination and intrigue for both believers and skeptics alike.