UFO sightings are nothing new and it turns out that one of the best images of what could be a flying saucer was taken in 1971. That year a small plane flew over Costa Rica, photographing the terrain as part of a study by the country’s National Geographic Institute. A 100 pound camera took dozens of pictures at 20 second intervals 10,000 feet in the air and one of them captured something very strange – a UFO.
When the photos were developed, the aerial photographer Sergio Loaiza noticed a shiny, round, metallic, saucer-like object flying between the plane and a lake below. Neither he nor the others in the plane saw anything strange during the flight, but based on the altitude, the UFO is thought to be between 120 and 220 feet across.
Sergio’s bosses at the National Geographic Institute asked him and his colleagues not to discuss what they had captured, but they eventually did and the image has since been studied and analyzed by experts, all of whom concluded that the object in the photo looked real and was not caused by a faked photograph or double exposure.
The photo was discussed in the recent New Yorker article “How the Pentagon Started Taking UFOs Seriously”, and in the article, New York Times journalist Leslie Kean is quoted as saying, “This photograph of a UFO is perhaps the most extraordinary ever released by government officials.”
The UAP Media UFO research group obtained a high resolution version of the photograph which was produced from the negative and tweeted it out to show the object in more detail.
UFO experts are impressed by the image. One said: “It’s a truly intriguing photograph, and one that totally captures the imagination. I’m still impressed with how ‘proper’ it looks. As for its truthfulness, however, I can’t say. , but I wish it were true,” while another said, “In this case, we have an undoubtedly clear picture – perhaps the clearest yet,” and another noted: “The fact that after 50 years it still hasn’t been conclusively proven or debunked is very interesting.”
At this time, there is no explanation for what appears in the photo.