The following is the list of top 10 UFO listings including cases of abductions and alleged alien sightings. While some cases have become folklore, others are popularly known mainly to enthusiasts and ufologists.
1. The Roswell incident
An alien spacecraft is said to have landed in July 1947 in Roswell, the New Mexican town. Metallic debris and some flying disc material were recovered on the hillside by Army Airfield Personnel which caught the attention of the national media. Roswell has since then become a destination having alien appeal as Americans were captivated by the idea of extraterrestrial visitors.
2. The Hill Abduction
The most famous alien abduction story is the one that involves the story of Barney and Betty Hill, a married couple who claimed to have been abducted by extraterrestrials in September 1961. As they were driving on a rural road in New Hampshire, a strange disc-shaped light suddenly appeared in the sky. Barney saw several humanoid figures through the windowed UFO.
3. RB 47 Encounter
At No. 3 is the RB-47 encounter, one of the famous UFO encounters in history. The U.S. Air Force’s RB-47 plane was conducting an electronic intelligence mission in July 1957 over the southern U.S. The team aboard the plane observed that they were being followed by an unidentified flying object. The object soon began to close in on them.
4. Rendlesham Forest Incident
A series of UFO sightings took place in Britain’s Rendlesham Forest, a woodland area situated located along England’s east coast. Air force patrolmen and eyewitnesses saw a UFO on Dec. 26, 1980 as it landed in the forest. On investigation, patrolmen saw a conical metallic object on three legs. The object hovered over the ground and soared toward the sky shining bright lights down on them.
5. The Alaskan Mothership
A set of lights were seen flashing before his plane when Kenju Terauchi, a Japanese Airlines (JAL) pilot, was flying a Boeing 747 over Alaska. The crew realized that the glowing objects were actually two spaceships hovering directly in front of them. The spaceships circled in formation a few times before disappearing from view. The mothership which they saw also disappeared as they began to descend.
6. Mexican Airforce UFO Encounter
In recent years, Mexico has seen several UFO sightings many of which have also been videoed. In 2004, air force pilots saw some 10 or 11 bright lights moving quickly across the sky. When the Mexican Defense Ministry released the video footage of the lights it caused an international media frenzy.
7. Apollo 16 UFO Sighting
Another famous UFO sighting is the Apollo 16 UFO sighting. The crew of the Apollo 16 moon mission set off to explore the moon’s surface. They recorded a few seconds of video footage of a strange saucer shaped object with a dome on top.
8. Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters is the name used to describe unidentified flying objects seen by sailors and pilots often during World War II. Personnel on both sides of the war reported to have witnessed bright balls, differently shaped flying objects and bright lights which would follow them on their missions.
9. Ronald Reagan’s UFO Sighting
In 1974, Ronald Reagan, then governor of California, said that he had once seen a UFO. The sighting happened just before Reagan’s plane was going to land at Bakersfield, Calif. The crew saw a strange object flashing bright white light from behind. It later shot up toward the sky at unprecedented speed.
10. Angel Hair of Oloron, France
The town of Oloron, France, became famous after it witnessed an unidentified flying object known as an “angel hair UFO.” Many eyewitnesses reported to have seen a cylindrical object surrounded by some discs in October 1952.