UFOs are all the rage in Brazil these days. One of the most successful
    novelas (soap operas), for example, is O Amor Está no
    Ar (Love Is in the Air), in which Luíza, played by Natália
    Lage, makes contacts with beings from other planets. These days, aliens,
    UFOs, and supernatural phenomena take up 30 hours of TV programs each week.
    A group of UFO enthusiasts is planning the world’s biggest UFO conference
    ever for December 1997. And it seems that Brazil has become one of the
    favorite spots for extraterrestrials to land and make contact with humans.
    Divya Shukla

    Aliens land on the beaches of Brazil!

    No, it’s not the headline from a sequel to the movie Independence
    Day. According to several Brazilian authorities on the subject of extraterrestrial
    and UFOs, this is happening in Brazil and quite often. Ever since the first
    sighting of UFOs there in 1957, Brazilians have reported a record number
    of extraterrestrial-related activities. In 1996 alone there were more than
    2,000 sightings, and there are at least 100 organizations dedicated to
    studying the phenomenon. Brazilian ufologists believe that Brazil is currently
    experiencing intensive UFO activity.

    According to Claudeir Covo, president of the National Institute of Aerospace
    Phenomena Investigations (INFA), of all the cases of contact with extraterrestrials
    reported all over the world, 7.8% occurred in Brazil. Only the US, with
    11.3%, has a larger number of reported contacts. Covo, an electronic engineer
    who has been doing ufological research for 31 years, has catalogued more
    than 3,000 cases of UFO sightings in the country. Most of them (84%) occurred
    at night, and of these, 89% occurred in rural areas. Covo says that in
    63 instances extraterrestrial vehicles left marks on the floor where they
    landed, and he estimates that there were at least 130 cases of abduction
    of Brazilians by aliens. In addition, the number of reported sightings
    in Brazil have tripled since August of 1995. But this is nothing new. Brazilians
    have been seeing ETs for 40 years now. 

    The first alien saucer

    In 1947 the term “flying saucer” was popularized worlwide. That year, thousands
    of individuals throughout the world claimed to have had either contact
    with or sightings of unidentified flying objects that could not have been
    described as either a common airplane or any other known aircraft. In addition
    to the many sightings, there was a wealth of material documented in various
    media, including film. Some of these earlier sightings were by German and
    American pilots during World War II. The American Air Force believed that
    these were secret German weapons and the German Air Force believed that
    they were American weapons of war.

    The term flying saucer was used for the first time to describe a phenomenon
    occurred on June 24, 1947 during a rescue mission by American pilot Kenneth
    Arnold who was on search mission for a lost plane. Arnold was flying on
    the west coast of the United States when he came across a flying object
    shaped like a disc. This object was flying at high speeds and seemed to
    be equipped with several headlights. In an article describing the incident,
    journalist Bill Bequette used the term flying saucer; and the rest is history. 

    Sighting in Forte Itaipu,

    Rio de Janeiro

    On November 4, 1957, at 2 a.m., two guards stationed at Forte Itaipu witnessed
    an intensely bright light in the sky. At first, they thought that it might
    be starlight, for some unknown reason magnified, and they noticed that
    an object was descending at high speed directly above the fort. Then the
    strange object hovered at about 1,000 feet overhead. The guards described
    the object as possessing the features of a traditional UFO—circular in
    shape and with a diameter of approximately 100 feet. Neither of the guards
    fired shots at the object, although they were both equipped with machine

    They reported that they heard a loud noise from within the space ship,
    a sound similar to one that could be emitted by a generator. Then they
    felt an intense heat coming from the vessel. One of the guards fainted
    and the other began to scream. His screams alerted the other guards and
    as they came running they glimpsed the UFO just as it was leaving the area.
    Officials at Forte Itaipu contacted the Brazilian Army, which in turn contacted
    American UFO specialists. 

    Sex With Space Alien

    That same year, in the first report of sex between a human being and an
    alien, Antônio Villas Boas, a farm worker from São Francisco
    de Salles in Minas Gerais, said he was abducted, taken inside a UFO and
    forced to have sex with a she-alien on October 16. In December 1983, 62-year-old
    Gaúcho (from Rio Grande do Sul) real estate agent Nélson
    Antônio Tasca told a similar story. According to Tasca, married for
    27 years and with six children at the time, he was abducted when driving
    alone on a road in the state of Santa Catarina. He revealed spicy and intimate
    details about the forced copulation, stating: “The blue-eyed blonde alien
    had a pre-pubescent vagina, with no pubic hair, and the encounter gave
    me the most intense sexual pleasure I ever had.” 

     Sighting in São Vicente,

    São Paulo

    Some members of AUIB (Associação dos Ufólogos Independentes
    do Brasil—Brazil’s Association of Independent Ufologists) believe that
    a ray from an extraterrestrial flying object might have caused the destruction
    of a Tucano-model plane from Esquadrilha da Fumaça (Smoke Squadron),
    a team of daredevil pilots during an air show at Itararé beach in
    São Vicente on November 16, 1996. This incident is said to have
    caused one fatality and six injuries; and this hypothesis is substantiated
    by the presence of an unidentified image in pictures taken during the air
    show by an amateur photographer.

    The photographs can be found in reports published by researchers José
    Agobar Peixoto, a professor at the Federal University of Ceará,
    and Jorge Cláudio Nóbrega, a retired technician at Petrobrás,
    a Brazilian state-owned oil conglomerate. Researchers claim that they enlarged
    the photographs by using digital technology and that one of the photographs
    reveals a cylindrical light projected directly onto the plane. A similar
    light has been noted in other UFO-related accidents. 

    Sighting in Rio Grande do Sul

    Businessman Haroldo Westendorff, the owner of a rice distribution company,
    claims to have come in contact with an extraterrestrial spacecraft. According
    to Westendorff, a pilot for 20 years who owns a single-engine plane, he
    was circling the sky over the Island of Saragonha in Rio Grande do Sul
    in October of 1996 at 10:15 AM when he was confronted by a huge, ship-like

    Westendorff is certain that what he saw was not a meteor. He describes
    it as an object the size of a soccer stadium (approximately 350 feet in
    diameter and 200 feet in height) with a circular base, whose body was made
    of a material that looked like aluminum. He claims to have circled the
    ship three times, that the spaceship kept circling around in its own orbit
    and that in order to keep up with its speed he flew at 60 miles per hour.
    Suddenly, the spacecraft ejected a flying saucer that shot upwards at an
    incredible speed and he immediately reversed his position, keeping a 700-foot
    distance from the object.

    While he was circling the ship, he tried calling his wife and daughter
    on a cellular phone but neither understood what the agitated Westendorff
    was trying to explain. And there others who claim they have seen the same
    object. Shortly thereafter, he contacted air traffic control at the Pelotas
    airport and the air traffic manager on duty also confirmed seeing a similar
    cone-shaped object in the sky in the east.

    His description of the object is very similar to that of another object
    photographed on September 16, 1996 in Valley, Alabama, where after the
    sighting, three black helicopters were seen in the surrounding area. None
    of the helicopters had any identifying tags, which is typical of military
    planes, so that it could be denied that secret tests and maneuvers were
    being conducted by the U.S. military.

    In the Cosmic Secret, author William F. Hamilton III, director
    of the organization MUFON, an organization which is responsible for researching
    UFO activity in the United States, reports that a similar spaceship was
    seen in Belgium in 1989 and again in 1990. These sightings were by pilots,
    aeronautical engineers and air traffic controllers.

    From August through October 1996, there were 30 reported sightings in
    the region of Pelotas in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The only difference
    is that Westendorff’s is the only one that happened during the day. Electrician
    Donato Santos and a friend were walking on the lake when they saw a light
    the size of the moon, with a similar intensity. The light seemed to be
    dancing in a circular fashion, and at a lower height than those traveled
    on planes.

    Agents Maria Helena Fonseca and Kátia Santos Goulart were relaxing
    at home on September 24, 1996 when they heard fireworks that seemed to
    be coming from the nearby Pelotas Sport Club. They decided to see the fireworks
    up close but they were confronted by an intense light in the sky, a light
    comprising four smaller circular lights. Fonseca and Goulart claim that
    they briefly saw a UFO. Other residents of several rural cities in the
    state of São Paulo also claim to have seen objects radiating colorful
    lights flying above the cities of Americana, Nova Odessa, Piracicaba, Sumaré
    and Santa Bárbara d’Oeste. 

     Sighting in Parque das Nações,

    São Paulo

    In March 1997, police officers Moacir Pereira dos Santos and Anerilton
    Neves were patrolling the neighborhood of Parque das Nações
    in the greater São Paulo when according to them, a flying object
    traveled towards them and then stood still for a few minutes at about 700
    feet above a house. When they turned on the headlights of their patrol
    jeep, the object traveled in the direction of the city of Sumaré.
    They also drove in the same direction and saw the object again. The officers
    told reporters that the UFO was slightly larger than a helicopter. 

     Sighting in Americana,

    in the interior of São Paulo

    In the dawn hours of March 31, 1997, in the neighborhood of Liberdade in
    Americana, sergeant Íris Alves de Souza and soldier Wilton Franco
    saw an object in the sky that emitted orange, blue, red and yellow rays.
    Franco characterized watching the object as having a similar feeling to
    that of staring at the sun. The sergeant instructed Franco to get a video
    camera to document the event. Franco complied and in the process left sergeant
    Alves de Souza alone. The object then moved closer to Souza (500 feet above
    him) and illuminated the area around him with a single white light that
    was shaped like a cone. Almost simultaneously, an airplane flew into the
    same area as the presumed saucer.

    The approach of the airplane, according to the soldier, alarmed the
    saucer, causing it to retreat, turn off its lights, and fly away. All of
    this happened very quickly. The UFO was capable of flying at an incredible
    speed, according to Souza. When Franco returned with the video camera,
    the object had already vanished, so he was not able to document what had
    happened. And throughout the week following the sighting, both Franco and
    Souza attested to suffering from physical ailments such as irritated eyes
    and headaches.

    Sighting in Santa

    Bárbara d’Oeste

    The day following the sightings by Franco and Souza, police from Santa
    Bárbara d’Oeste were informed about an unknown light directly above
    the neighborhood of Rochele. When officers Mário Henrique Pultrini
    and two other colleagues arrived in the area, they did not see anything,
    but acting on a tip that they received from a resident in Rochele, they
    drove towards the town of Capivari to chec it out. Before they got there,
    they heard over their police radio a call from an ambulance announcing
    that an unknown object had been seen. Eventually Pultrini and the other
    policemen also saw the object with red and blue lights. 

     Sighting in Ceará and

    Rio Grande do Norte states

    On October 14, 1996 at 11:30 p.m., a mysterious object startled employees
    at the Petrobrás oil refinery, a state owned company in Rio Grande
    do Norte. Lindomar Castilho da Conceição, a security guard
    who was on duty that night, was patrolling the grounds of the refinery,
    at the Fazenda Belém ranch. Shortly afterwards, the guard and co-worker
    José Valdécio Baptista reached the Mossoró installations.
    Upon arriving at Mossoró, Conceição and Baptista observed
    an intense light that seemed to illuminate most of the area.

    According to Conceição, at first the object descended
    rapidly and they thought that it might be a plane because it had bright
    lights. The headlights emitted bright lights with a bluish tint and the
    rear lights were red. This sighting was never reported to the Petrobrás
    management; it was transmitted via E-mail to other employees. 

     The Varginha,

    Minas Gerais,


    The January 1996 Varginha sightings by a series of witnesses—reportedly
    there was physical evidence at the location—are the most important sightings
    ever to have occurred in Brazil. This incident made the cover of Isto
    É, a respected national newsweekly magazine, and was also
    reported on page one of a skeptical Wall Street Journal as well
    as in other publications around the world.

    It was 3:30 p.m. on a sunny Saturday on January 20, 1996, when Liliane
    Fátima Silva, 16; Valquíria, her 14-year-old sister; and
    22-year-old Kátia Andrade Xavier, a friend, saw what they called
    a strange, foul-smelling creature in an empty lot in the neighborhood of
    Jardim Andere, a mile from downtown Varginha. “The creature was squatting
    with its long arms between its legs,” recalled Liliane in an interview
    with Isto É. “The first thing I noticed were the eyes, huge
    and red.” “It wasn’t either an animal or a person,” said Kátia.
    “He seemed dizzy and didn’t make any noise.”

    Brasília-based UFO Magazine in its July 1996 issue
    provided more details about the odd creature: It was not taller than five
    feet; it had a big head, no neck and no hair. According to the girls, the
    mouth was very small and it had three protuberances on the skull that girls
    called horns. When Luíza Helena Silva, Liliane’s mother, went back
    to the spot a little over a half an hour later, the creature had disappeared.

    At the same time news about the sighting reached the streets of the
    120,000-residents city, another story broke. Eurico Rodrigues and Oralina
    Augusta, a farm worker couple living some six miles from where the mal-odorous
    creature was spotted by the three girls, also experienced a sighting. They
    said they were awakened in the wee hours of January 20, 1996, by the noise
    of farm animals that were running scared from one side to the other of
    the fenced pasture.

    “We looked and saw a gray object with a submarine shape and the size
    of a mini-van flying over the pasture not more than 20 feet high,” they
    told reporters. “It released a white smoke, but it didn’t have any lights
    or make any noise.”

    It didn’t take too long before people and the press put both reports
    together and concluded that Varginha had been visited by an alien spacecraft
    that crashed in the city. It was reported that the police, assisted by
    the Army, found the spaceship and its crew and whisked them out of the
    area, perhaps even to the United States. A story later told by the children’s
    mother about two well-dressed men who offered her “big money” to say that
    her daughters had invented the whole story contributed to making the case
    even more intriguing.

    Soon there was an overabundance of sightings—more than 100 in a few
    months—and ufologists from all over converged on the place, among them
    bearded, Vitório Pacaccini, 32, from the CBPDV (Centro Brasileiro
    de Pesquisa de Disco Voadores—Brazilian Center for the Research of Flying
    Saucers). Pacaccini, after weeks of piecing together fragmented reports,
    concluded also that there was a cover-up by the military. According to
    him, the identity of some of the witnesses he talked to—civilian and military—could
    not be revealed because they feared retaliation from their superiors or
    the authorites.

    Paccacini believes that as many as six passengers were in the spaceship
    and all of them were chased and killed by military death squads, which
    then probed the corpses before shipping them elsewhere with the spacecraft.
    UFO Magazine claims that the Brazilian authorities had been alerted
    by NORAD (North American Air Defense Command) on the night of January 19
    of the impending landing of the spacecraft.

     Art Imitates Life

    Extraterrestrials are now part of Brazilian pop culture. The soap opera
    O Amor Está no Ar (Love Is in the Air) has as its main theme
    the story of adolescent Luíza who talks to extra terrestrials. She
    likes to shop, date, has a difficult relationship with her mother and she
    communicates with beings from other planets. In a story written by Alcides
    Nogueira, Bosco Brasil and Felipe Miguez, Luíza is abducted and
    goes on a long trip in a spaceship. The soap opera was modeled after the
    American television series The X-Files. 

     The Meeting

    The First World UFO Forum to be held in Brasília from December 7
    to 14, 1997, is being touted as the world’s biggest UFO conference ever.
    More than 50 internationally renowned researchers on the subject have already
    been invited. At the event, Brazilian UFO experts are expected to present
    an updated in-depth report on the Varginha sighting.

    Meeting organizers are all respected UFO researchers in Brazil and include
    Ubirajara Rodrigues and A. J. Gevaerd of the Brazilian Center for Flying
    Saucer Research (CBPDV), the largest and most important UFO organization
    in the country. Also on the organizing committee are Rafael Cury, of the
    UFO Research Nucleus (NPU); Claudeir Covo, of the National Institute of
    Aerospace Phenomena Investigations (INFA); Marco Antônio Petit, of
    the Fluminense UFO Research Association (AFEU); and Reginaldo de Athayde,
    of the Ufological Research Center (CPU).

    Among foreign UFO experts expected to participate in the Forum are Walter
    Andrus, Bob Brown, John Carpenter, Jerome Clark, Mark Carlotto, Robert
    Dean, Richard Hoagland, Bud Hopkins, Linda Howe, James Hurtak, Jesse Marcel
    Junior, John Mack, Edgar Mitchel, Leonard Nimoy, G. C. Schellhorn, Derrel
    Sims, Yvonne Smith, Leo Sprinkle, Wendelle Stevens, and Donald Ware from
    the United States; Roberto Banchs and Antonio las Heras from Argentina;
    Glennys Mackay from Australia; Stanton Friedman from Canada; Mario Dussuel
    and Rodrigo Fuenzalida from Chile; Sun-Shi Li from China; Per Andersen
    from Denmark; Jaime Rodriguez from Ecuador; Colin Andrews, Robert Bauval,
    Graham Birdsall, and Tony Dodd from England; Timo Koskeniemmi from Finland;
    Yves Bosson from France; Michael Hesemann from Germany; Gábor Tarcali
    from Hungary; Darush Bagheri from Iran.

    An also Barry Chamish from Israel; Mauricio Baiata and Roberto Pinotti
    from Italy; Johsen Takano from Japan; Jaime Maussan from Mexico; Jorge
    Alfonso Ramirez from Paraguay; Javier Cabrera Darquea from Peru; Ryszard
    Fiejtek from Poland; Joaquim Fernandes from Portugal; Jorge Martin from
    Puerto Rico; Yuri Guerassimov from Russia; Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos
    and Javier Sierra from Spain; S. O. Svensson from Sweden; and Cynthia Hind
    from Zimbabwe.

    Those interested in participating in the conference can write to the
    international coordinator for the First World UFO Forum, A. J. Gevaerd,
    C/o Brazilian UFO Magazine, P. O. Box 2182, CEP 79008-970 – Campo
    Grande Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Call 55-67-724-6700 or E-mail: gevaerd@alanet.com.br

    For more information on UFO sightings in Brazil, contact the AUIB (Associação
    dos Ufólogos Independentes do Brasil), Rua São Mateus, 1761
    – Aeroporto São Vicente, Sao Paulo, SP CEP 60410-640 Several sites
    on the Internet that deal with the subject and most of them have links
    to other UFO sites.

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