It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... the CIA? I don't know if any of you remember it, but you've probably heard about them. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, there was an enormous spike in UFO sightings. Glowing lights were frequently seen, and many of the public pointed to alien fly-bys.
But the CIA is stepping forward and claiming responsibility for those sightings by saying that its spy planes were responsible for at least half of all UFO sightings during the '50s and '60s. But that's exactly what it WOULD say, isn't it?
It seems as though the CIA enjoys having fun with the public. At least, that's what one of its tweets indicates.
Over the last few days, the CIA has been tweeting out its Top Ten most-read documents of 2014, and this news made the very top of the list. The document, which you can find here, was written in 1998 and contains details of the CIA's doings that caused the mass sightings of "UFOs."
— CIA (@CIA) December 29, 2014
"#1 most read on our #Bestof2014 list: Reports of unusual activity in the skies in the '50s? It was us.
http://1.usa.gov/1lU3oIU (PDF 9.26MB)"
It turns out that the U.S. government was testing U-2 spy planes at an altitude of 60,000 feet. It was previously thought to be impossible to fly that high, but the spy plane testing proved otherwise.
The testing of the high-altitude planes also caused a bit of mass panic. The CIA soon discovered that the increase in sightings of UFOs coincided with the testing of the U-2 spy planes, but chose to keep the public in the dark.
"According to an article from The New York Times written in 1997, the U-2 planes were developed to photograph enemy targets from secret bases in California and Nevada."
Now you know that the Unidentified Flying Objects really were identified, but the CIA didn't want to give up its secrets until now. Or HAS it?