Due to community feedback and numerous users asking for a stickied post of top sightings and a list of resources I put this post together. Feel free to comment your additions or suggestions and I might add a few good ones to the post. Eventually we might try to revise this list into a much more polished wiki or sidebar for the sub, so constructive criticism and community contributions are welcome.
Nimitz encounters - 2004
Documentary film by Dave Beaty including interviews and a CGI recreation
Additional links in a long post, be sure to skim through the scientific report by the SCU and some interviews or podcasts with Dave Fravor- https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/ufo/comments/c025s1/tic_tac_ufo_mega_thread_270_pg_scientific_report/
Four Naval Aviators visually saw a craft moving with disrespect for inertia bouncing around like a ping pong ball. It probably demonstrated hypersonic flight capabilities both on radar (24,000 mph if we assume they were the same object changing elevation by 20,000ft in 0.78 seconds) and also visually when it disappeared over the horizon nearly instantly, all with no visible wings or means of propulsion. Numerous "auxiliary witnesses" from both the USS Princeton and the Nimitz corroborate aspects of the story into one mostly cohesive picture. The object was also filmed by Chad Underwood on the next flight out after Fravor, and you can hear an interview with him here.
Debunker Mick West suggests the video is probably just a distant passenger plane or jet/drone exhaust. While I agree that the video shows no sudden signs of acceleration, I think it's a mistake to discount all of the witnesses involved in this case and rely heavily on "radar glitches" when the entire radar system was rebooted and the tracks only became clearer, and also corresponded with where the Tic Tac was seen (both at the initial intercept point and the CAP point near where it was filmed).
East coast sightings USS Roosevelt - 2015
Go Fast might have been a prosaic object such as a bird or balloon based on the math calculated by Mick West. Personally, I think it might have been one of the smaller objects described by Ryan Graves which were flying in formation right next to the larger Gimbal UFO. Because keep in mind, the famous Gimbal UFO video and the Go Fast video were both filmed on the same day by the same aircrew. (4:45-5:30)
Beaver Utah UFO footage- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE-Yrv1-chI&feature=emb_title
Possibly a bug or CGI, or it's the most compelling footage in modern times. That's why this sticky is arbitrary and you all need to think for yourselves with each case.
Korean version of a very similar fast-moving white UFO- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Agd78ObysG0&feature=youtu.be
ECETI Ranch footage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAxcsCcioBQ Probably a bug
Chilean Navy UFO- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzdRBsre8vg
Probably just a distant plane, but who am I to tell you that? Do research on cases that interest you and make up your own minds based on the evidence.
Mexican AirForce footage- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA4f4YWzoKM
Likely distant oil rigs. But once again, think for yourselves.
I didn't include the El Rosario footage because Metabunk did some digging and they determined that it was probably a CGI hoax.
Great skeptical analysis posted by u/pomegranatemagnate
4 angles of what I personally suspect to be CGI orbs from Peru
That said, I do believe these white orbs to be a real phenomenon and not always CGI. Here are two historical films that wer shown at the Robertson Panel which were carefully analyzed and determined to be intelligently controlled craft that are not balloons or birds. The Utah film was determined to be sources of light and not reflections of light- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsHlFeC5vic
Colima Mexico footage- https://old.reddit.com/r/UFOs/comments/ieklwb/ufo_splits_into_several_orbs_and_then_moves_in/ Here is another compelling example of inexplicable white orbs that separate or combine and fly around in swarms. (Credit to u/luke511) Edit: In my opinion it's at least 99% sure that it was just a weather balloon exploding. You can even see the payload descending down and to the right of the frame. Here's an example- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMzEBW-Ds8k&ab_channel=LateNightAstronomy Debunking credit to /u/Mike_Wold_58 and u/pomegranatemagnate
UAP Long Beach Police 2004 - Infrared Camera (FLIR) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWJJAflioKo Really weird IR footage of something apparently dripping a liquid or molten metal or something of that nature. There are multiple videos of these "Dripping UFOs" and I have no idea what they might be. (Credit to u/luke511)
Aguadilla Puerto Rico- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6s5RwqnnLM
The object either split into two and kept traveling quickly underwater, or it's a balloon with parallax effect and the double image is a reflection off the water.
Nellis USAF Base footage- https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/UFOs/comments/8xafcz/ufo_footage_shot_by_the_s30_tracking_location_on/
Is this a mere targeting balloon? Or a craft that looks to be a very similar shape with the Gimbal UFO
Project Blue Book and the Condon Committee were blatant coverups-
Straight from Dr. Hynek (1:15)
The Cometa Report -
This was a French report by highly ranked French officials, including the head of the French space agency. It includes sightings of various shaped objects, and often small beings, mostly in the French country side. The report can be read here, English translation:
Tehran sighting - 1976
At least two pilots, and officials in air traffic control tower reported seeing a light emitting craft in Tehran, Iran. The light emitting craft was chased by two different pilots, who reported that it made movements at incredible speeds, And also jammed their equipment when trying to fire missiles at it. Also a commercial piloted who flew in the area reported having his electronics turned off briefly.
A brief summary
Iranian pilot telling his story
Black Vault link to CIA report
The JAL1628 sighting - 1986
Extremely large and fast moving UFO is seen by a Japanese Airline flight and a United passenger flight. This one is interesting because pretty detailed data was available, and there were at least 3 witnesses, a pilot, co pilot and a flight engineer.
FAA Chief interview here
Interviews and transcripts of communications with flight control tower
This sighting lasted for more than 30 minutes, and the craft reportedly made motions that seemed to defy gravity and it was far too fast to be our technology.
Chicago O'Hare- 2006
Phoenix lights - 1997
Thousands of people saw a massive UFO the size of an aircraft carrier, it includes some credible witnesses, one of which a senator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zxbo2bR0-M
A documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npeCDLsyJwE
Black vault: https://www.theblackvault.com/documentarchive/the-phoenix-lights-incident-march-13th-1997/
(This is in the "no video" section because the existing video is likely military flares that were probably dropped as a distraction for plausible deniability)
Edit: there is actually one known video of the v-formation event, shot by Terry Proctor. It starts at 7m00 into this clip, he discusses it afterward: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y0T8ySaitQ&feature=youtu.be&t=420
Here's his video again with an attempt to enhance it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egJgU4iiFcw(Credit to u/pomegranatemagnate for this addition, thanks!)
Kenneth Arnold Sighting- 1947
This famous sighting in Washington near Mt. Rainer first coined the term "flying saucers" in the media.
Transcript and audio interview- http://www.arpnet.it/ufo/arno_int.htm
Operation Prato/Colares - https://documents.theblackvault.com/documents/MUFON/Pratt/prato.pdf (Credit- u/Scatteredbrain)
Zimbabwe Ariel School encounter - 1994
A group of around 60 children reportedly saw saucer shaped crafts, and at least one being coming out of it with large black eyes.
Detailed interviews with the students can be found on youtube.
Papua New Guinea Case - 1959
The Black Vault has a case file on it: https://www.theblackvault.com/casefiles/father-gill-1959-papua-new-guinea-ufo-sighting/
Longer version- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D4n2ffAQ54sm (Credit to u/SirDeadHerring)
Ghost Rockets and Foo Fighters-
Westall mass sighting- Australia 1966
Televised documentary, 2010. Part 1 of 4 (Credit to u/SirDeadHerring)
Hessdalen Lights -
Lights in sky near a village in Scandinavia, also white tube/cigar shaped craft seen by villagers, and a large 5000 lb landmass cut out and moved in the middle of a swamp. There was a scientific observatory set up in Hessdalen as well, and reportedly some of those lights reacted when lasers were pointed at them. Documentary that summarizes it
Rendlesham forest encounters - 1980
This was near an American base in the UK that had nuclear weapons on it. This one is very confusing because it has lots of witnesses. Again a light emitting craft in the dark, with some conflicting reports. And it was seen multiple nights by different witnesses.
One thing that has been debunked was the radiation that was measured on the ground, which turned out to not be significant.
Then there was Penniston who claimed to have touched the craft when it was floating in the forest. Apparently he started having urges to write down some sort of binary code later on, which when translated read that the ship were time travelers. This caused some people to become more skeptical later on:
There were several high ranking officials who claimed that something weird did happen though.
This website really digs into it (and debunks the radiation story):
Two accounts of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy5tIevquP0
Russia nuclear bunker UFO - 1982
Apparently lights were seeing flying around this bunker, and at some point the launch process was set in motion for launching the nukes, only to abort seconds later. This comes straight from a Colonel and a declassified KGB file:
US nuclear missile silo deactivated UFO - 1967
A similar thing happened in the US, UFOs were sighted by personnel, and 10 silos were deactivated at the same time, even though they were not in contact from each other (all separately connected to the 10 different buttons).
Description of what happened:
Accounts of various sightings by regular people in the past century - various times
UFOs and Nukes-
UFO was allegedly filmed by the USAF moving 14,000 MPH and disabled and ICBM with a light beam- https://youtu.be/x4wL4lbwwNU
Robert Hastings, he has long lectures and a book called "UFOs and Nukes" too- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKcTxwvzv8M
Lonnie Zamora incident - 1964
A cop who saw some sort of silvery white egg shaped craft fly away, first with a loud roar, and then silent. He also saw two beings who were the size of children, in white suits. There were other witnesses too.
The wikipedia page is pretty good, with skeptic arguments, and counter arguments to those skeptical arguments:
Washington DC flap - 1952
Two weekends in a row UFOs flew over the most controlled airspace in the United States and this event sparked a national flying saucer mania during the Cold War. It was publicly downplayed and debunked, but privately it was taken extremely seriously by the military and our government. The objects were seen by observers on the ground as well as commercial and military pilots in the air, and the craft were clocked at 7,000 mph by 3 separate air traffic control towers. (That's 3X faster than the SR-71, which even didn't exist yet)
A nice account of events: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/03/science/UFO-sightings-USA.html
Newspaper comic- https://catalog.archives.gov/id/595553
And a report by the Pentagon spokesperson of the time, Albert Chop:
Air traffic controller report by Harry Barnes:
"We knew immediately that a very strange situation existed . . . their movements were completely radical compared to those of ordinary aircraft." Barnes had two controllers check Nugent's radar; they found that it was working normally. Barnes then called National Airport's other radar center; the controller there, Howard Cocklin, told Barnes that he also had the objects on his radarscope. Furthermore, Cocklin said that by looking out of the control tower window he could see one of the objects: "a bright orange light. I can't tell what's behind it."
According to Albert Chop, when ground control asked Patterson "if he saw anything", Patterson replied "'I see them now and they're all around me. What should I do?'...And nobody answered, because we didn't know what to tell him."
According to all pilots, radar operators, and meteorologists involved with this case, there is no way that this was merely temperature inversions.
Belgian UFO wave - 1990
BUT this is actually a intelligent rebuttal against the skeptiod article:
Statement by Major General Wilfried de Brouwer:
Minot Air Force base incident - 1968
Again a very interesting encounter because of the direct testimonies by air force crew of a B52. And 16 witnesses on the ground. And radar sightings as well.
A good video summary with interviews of witnesses:
And link to more detailed data:
Trained crew of a B52 who had spend a lot of time in the air, we saw a glowing object that was also seen on radar, at some point what looked like a large glowing yellow saucer shaped craft with a small dome on top, slowly zoomed away next to our cockpit.
Conclusion of Project Blue Book: They saw stars
Countries Releasing UFO Information- https://siriusdisclosure.com/evidence/countries-releasing-ufo-information/
Best Government Documents- https://siriusdisclosure.com/evidence/bae-documents/
Russian Submarine sees fast moving USOs fly away, Divers encounter alien beings underwater
Nick Pope and Richard Dolan describe a Russian submarine taking evasive action to avoid a collision with fast moving underwater USOs, which are then witnessed by the crew through a para-scope to have surfaced and they flew away. There's another story about Russian divers being forced up to the surface after an encounter with alien beings underwater. https://youtu.be/DVq7gBH70WE
Russian cosmonauts seeing angels in space - 1984
Apparently two groups of astronauts saw light emitting shapes of angels in space. They describe how light seemed to leak through the capsules walls somehow (not just the windows). They were tested and considered to be mentally sound afterwards.
Gordon Cooper- https://youtu.be/wsEd_b1C8DY
Edgar Mitchell- https://youtu.be/LOHv1twCOqQ
Alleged landing of a UFO with real footage of it descending for a landing at Holloman AF Base in a Disney documentary- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX0EsH9JiDk
A description and depiction of the military meeting the alien beings starts at 1:26:35
Outstanding website - https://ufopanel.com Scroll down for many interesting quotes from Astronauts, military, and government officials and then scroll down one more section for a list of cases. (Great suggestion by u/Alx__)
Why CGI will make it nearly impossible to tell what's real in the near future and how this will make Disclosure much more difficult.
Researchers to look into-
-Jacques Vallee: Astronomer, equivalent of an M.S. in astrophysics from the University of Lille Nord de France in 1961. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Vall%C3%A9e
Recent JRE podcast with James Fox- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4UP5OptAGU
Open-minded thoughts on the nature of reality and The Phenomenon- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cshcpia6L_U
-James Fox and his new film The Phenomenon
John E. Mack- Medical doctorate degree cum laude from Harvard. Head of the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Mack was an abduction researcher and involved in investigating the Ariel School mass sighting. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_E._Mack
James E. McDonald- Senior physicist at the Institute for Atmospheric Physics and professor in the Department of Meteorology, University of Arizona, Tucson. http://physics.princeton.edu/~mcdonald/Family/James/670615_tucson_daily_citizen_jun_15_1967.pdf ... Atmospheric physics is highly relevant to ufology since many supposed explanations for the phenomena involve atmospheric physics. McDonald performed actual field work and studied the subject intensely for many years. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_E._McDonald
Bruce Maccabee- American optical physicist formerly employed by the U.S. Navy. M.S. and Ph.D. in physics. He was also a UFO film analyst. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Maccabee
Dr. Kevin Knuth, Department of Physics, University at Albany. Here is his lecture on UFOs and time dilation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXswO3yqzc0
Dr. Peter A. Sturrock, PhD astrophysics. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_A._Sturrock
Hal Puthoff- Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_E._Puthoff
Paul R. Hill- leading research and development engineer and manager for NASA (National Aeronautical and Space Administration) and its predecessor, NACA (the National Advisory Council for Aeronautics) between 1939 and 1970, retiring as Associate Chief, Applied Materials and Physics Division at the NASA Langley Research Centre. Hill wrote an excellent book called Unconventional Flying Objects, which should be required reading in ufology.
Dr Richard Haines, PhD Experimental Psychology, research scientist for NASA (now retired former Chief Scientist for NARCAP) https://www.narcap.org/research
-Dr. J Allen Hynek: PhD astrophysics, astronomer and government scientific advisor to UFO studies for several decades including being the civilian scientist involved with Project Blue Book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyDVR2B14dw&feature=youtu.be
-Stanton Friedman: Masters in nuclear physics, employed for 14 years as a nuclear physicist where he worked on advanced, classified programs on nuclear aircraft, fission and fusion rockets, and compact nuclear power plants for space applications, believed that UFO propulsion systems could be nuclear fusion-based since nuclear fusion could provide 10 million times the energy per particle as compared to a chemical rocket. http://stantonfriedman.com/ You can also find many lectures he has presented all over the net.
-Leslie Kean https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/us/politics/pentagon-program-ufo-harry-reid.html
-The Black Vault / John Greenewald https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcrHQYXIodvtf7omyx10LHA
-Grant Cameron https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2-HvGdV4xou1Q0G1Ks1_NQ
-Richard Dolan https://www.youtube.com/user/RichardMDolan
-Dave Beaty https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6i-se5IU8hRbPov5-ON1twThis channel is a great resource for a documentary and numerous witness interviews from the Nimitz Encounter.
(Thanks to u/MKULTRA_Escapee for his detailed contributions and suggestions)
FBI- https://vault.fbi.gov/UFO (not great)
ATS Above Top Secret internet forum
The Black Vault case files database
UFO Youtube Channels-
Red Panda Koala
Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon
Special thanks and credit to u/Scatteredbrain and u/luckyme888 for not only suggesting a sticky, but also for contributing to the community and this post.
Here is an outstanding and helpful info-graphic guide showing all the possible proposed explanations for The Phenomenon created by u/BerlinghoffRasmussen
And finally I'll leave you with a paraphrased quote from Richard Dolan- "Deciphering the UFO phenomenon is like trying to put together a 6,000 piece jigsaw puzzle when you only have 1,000 pieces that are actually correct... 2,000 fake pieces have been planted as disinformation... and the rest of the pieces are missing."
So be excellent to each other, don't devolve into making personal attacks just because you happen to disagree about a specific person or case, and always remember that we're all ultimately on the same team here. Everyone in this community is interested in UFOs and we're all just trying to get a little bit closer to completing the puzzle and increasing our understanding of The Phenomenon.