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

By Sarah Norman | January 16, 2024

The U.S. Air Force Couldn't Explain This UFO Visit

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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In 1961, the U.S. military had a bases in small towns all over the country -- this was the height of the Cold War, after all. Vermont’s sleepy Lyndonville Air Force Station, a radar base located atop East Mountain, held 175 men, and had its own recreation facility and bowling alley. One evening, an object hovered in the sky about the base for nearly 20 minutes. Its believed that this object is the same one from the Betty and Barney Hill case, although this claim can’t be verified. The base shut down in 1963. 

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.