A new report details about a dozen UFO sightings by the Canadian military over the past 70 years, highlighting the strange phenomenon ahead of a much-anticipated government report in the US
The Canadian sightings took place on military bases from 1950 and were discovered by vice through access to information requests, public records and interviews.
It comes as the Pentagon prepares to deliver its report on UFO sightings to Congress later this month, with some lawmakers urging the information to be made public.
The earliest Canadian incident described in the new report dates back to March 1950, when a pair of Air Force officers witnessed “an orange pulsating symmetrical light” racing across Ottawa.
A new report details about a dozen UFO sightings by the Canadian military over the past 70 years (file photo)
On April 12, 1952, two officers from CFB North Bay saw something “apparently around,” such as “an orange traffic light.”
They said it moved at a “very high speed – comparable to twice the speed of an F-86” fighter jet, then “skidded to a stop, changed direction and disappeared… approach.”
The F-86 fighter jet, which was retired in 1980, had a top speed of 650 mph.
In another November 1967 incident, a CFB Moose Jaw sergeant reported “a very bright light” at an altitude of 3,000 to 4,000 feet with “what appeared to the observer as small moons arching along the outer light perimeter.”
The witness said that as the object began to move, “it appeared to the observer to be elongated in shape” before flying rapidly upwards.
On August 21, 1968, a Canadian Navy crew of a pair of destroyers in the Pacific saw multiple “bright objects” flying in formation.
In another sighting at CFB Moose Jaw on December 15, 1978, several soldiers and a captain saw “four objects in line” that were “circular.” Whitish with orange and light red. Slightly above the northern horizon. Traveling from west to east.’
On April 12, 1952, two officers from CFB North Bay described a UFO moving twice as fast as an F-86. The F-86 fighter jet, which was retired in 1980, had a top speed of 650 mph
Also in 1978, a ‘white spot, turning blue and red’ was seen ‘traveling in zigzag formation’ over the CFB Borden base in Ontario.
In 1981, John Patrick McManus spotted a UFO at CFB Shilo in Manitoba. “Within a few moments it shot straight away from us and dimmed in brightness as it disappeared at a fantastic speed,” he told Vice.
Another witness came forward to describe an incident at CFB Winnipeg in June 1985. John “Jock” Williams told the outlet he saw “the brightest object I’ve ever seen in the sky next to the sun.”
More recently, several military sightings of UFOs have been cataloged in the Canadian government’s aviation incident database.
One from November 27, 2002 describes ‘a sighting on NORAD radar of a large tubular object between (37 and 47 thousand feet) in the Chicago area moving toward the Thunder Bay area’
Another from the night of November 21, 2008 describes Canadian Forces notifying civilian air traffic controllers of a “UFO” east of Regina, Saskatchewan.
The incident report states ‘the object was stationary with bright, white lights and had been sighted on previous occasions’.
An incident on September 14, 2007 at CFB North Bay had dozens of witnesses and was recorded on video that has not been made public. Witnesses described an “intense light” hovering over the base and moving slowly upwards before fading with the rising sun.
A spokesman for Canada’s Department of National Defense told Vice that it is “not aware of any Canadian connection or participation in the U.S. Department of Defense’s UFO studies at this time, nor does the Canadian Forces have a unit that is committed.” dedicated to investigating UFOs’.
Canadian military says not to participate in Pentagon assessment of UFO incidents-
By the end of this month, the Pentagon’s director of national intelligence is due to submit a report to Congress on US military sightings of UFOs.
An unclassified version will be made public, while a more detailed secret version will remain secret — and anticipation has grown about what might be revealed.
Recently, 60 Minutes interviewed US Navy pilots who said they had seen inexplicable planes that flew faster and more maneuverable than ever before.
Retired officials with access to classified intelligence have cashed in on the fervor and whipped up the mystery.
“What’s true — and I really mean it here — is that there are images and recordings of objects in the sky that we don’t know exactly what they are,” former President Barack Obama said in an interview on May 17.
“There are far more sightings than have been made public,” John Ratcliffe, who served as director of national intelligence for the last eight months of Donald Trump’s administration, said in March.
“There are cases where we don’t have a good explanation for some of the things we’ve seen.”