U̳F̳O̳s exist, according to the Official Records of the Brazilian Air Force, which, since 1952, has kept classified files, cataloging all sightings of unidentified flying objects in the skies of the country.
There are more than 2,600 pages of documents, which, recently, began to be declassified by the military and, today, are in Brasília, forming part of the National Archives.
The Petty Officer Soares episode is part of the most recent batch of documents and what makes this case interesting is that an equally intriguing sighting had been made just two days earlier.
Monday, November 15, 2010 – Eduardo Gomes Airport, Manaus – 9:55 PM
In the midst of the long holiday, Petty Officer Soares was on duty, working in the airport’s control tower. One eye on the radar, another on the windows, until something in the sky caught his eye.
In the distance, high above, a faint trail of condensation formed, although it was very difficult to see the object that was producing the smear that streaked across the sky.
As an air traffic controller, Soares was more than used to observing the different contrails that aircraft leave in the air, only this looked different.
He took out a pair of binoculars and watched. It wasn’t an airplane.
At the end of the condensation trail was a metallic object, apparently large and dark. It flew higher than the airliners and was bigger than a Boeing 747. The strangest thing was the shape of the object, almost like two wings loose in space, forming a kind of V.
Soares showed the object to the two operators who were with him in the tower, in addition to the meteorologist who was also there.
After 15 minutes, the object disappeared.
At 10:05 PM, following standard Air Force procedure, Soares reported the sighting to Cindacta 4, one of the four Integrated Centers for Air Defense and Air Traffic Control. Another r̟e̟c̟o̟r̟d̟ was open in the Brazilian X-Files.
Two days earlier, on November 13, 2010, at 8:20 AM, a Gol airline plane was flying about 135 km from Manaus. It was climbing, raising its altitude from 23,000 feet to 37,000 feet, when something strange happened.
The pilot and co-pilot saw a very strong light moving at high speed above and in front of their aircraft.
The occurrence was r̟e̟c̟o̟r̟d̟ed on Cindacta 4 as “hotel traffic”, an aeronautical euphemism for U̳F̳O̳.
The Air Force r̟e̟c̟o̟r̟d̟s are full of mysterious and unexplained cases.
These are impressive reports, including for their credibility, since their authors are pilots, flight controllers and military officers, people who are trained to identify and recognize all normal atmospheric phenomena and, if even they think there is something abnormal, it is because there is.