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

By Sarah Norman | February 6, 2024

In 1975, A UFO Stole Six Days Of Travis Walton's Life

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 Travis Walton UFO sighting and abduction is a story that’s so intense that it serves as the basis for the film Fire In The Sky -- but the real story is even stranger than what Hollywood dreamed up.

On November 5, 1975, 22-year-old Walton and his logging crew were working in the woods of Turkey Springs, Arizona when they saw a bright light moving behind a hill. Upon inspection they saw a large silverly disc hovering above a clearing. While the rest of the crew stayed in their truck, Walton approached the craft and was struck by a beam of light and knocked to the ground. The logging crew fled the scene, and Walton's whereabouts were unknown for almost a week. He claims that his time away was spent in the disc-like craft and at a hangar, containing other similar craft. Walton said that he was examined and sedated by beings, some of whom were alien in appearance and others who seemed to be humans. After being put under sedation, Walton awoke outside a gas station in Heber, Arizona, thinking the episode had taken just a few hours. Despite persistent accusations that he’d made the whole thing up, Walton’s story has never changed. 

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.