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

By Sarah Norman | January 23, 2024

 Taken: Betty Andreasson Spent Hours Abducted

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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The phenomenon of "time loss" occurs when time moves ahead faster than an individual's perception of it -- an extreme literary example would be Rip Van Winkle laying down for a nap and waking up 20 years later -- and it's a frequent and terrifying component of alien abduction stories. Betty Andreasson suffered this fate on the night of January 25, 1967. That evening she was with her family when the lights of their home flickered on and off before a red beam passed through the kitchen window and proceeded to explored the house.

Shortly afterward, five creatures entered the house and put her family into a trance. She was put on their craft and physically examined before being brought home by the aliens. She couldn’t recall being gone for an extended period of time, but her family clocked her missing at around four hours. 

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.