The Official Night of UFOs in Brazil

Date: May 19, 1986
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Appearance: Spheres, 100 m
Sources: Brazilian Ministry of Aeronautics
Summary: More than 20 flying spheres. Visual and radar.

During the night of May 19, 1986, a strange event happened in the sky over Brazil. The Brazilian Air Force picked up 21 unknown objects on their radar. There were also numerous reports from individuals, describing flying spheres of more than 100 m diameter. The whole event lasted several hours.

Around 9:15 pm, Air Traffic Control Center and the Sao Paulo Airport all had unidentified radar returns for 21 UFO's. Several pilots were dispatched to track and identify the objects. Six F-5E and Mirage aircraft where sent up. The pilots described multicolored objects that flew away at over 2500 mph (4000 km/h) whenever the jets got closer. They moved so fast that they disappeared from the radars as they accelerated. Five of the planes had their systems scrambled as they tracked the UFO's over the Sao Paulo and Goias states. At a certain moment, one of the planes was followed by 13 UFO's.

The UFO's were "solid and reflected somehow intelligence" --
Official report
Ozires Silva, the president of Petrobras (a Brazilian oil firm) also filed a report that said that he followed the UFO(s) for about thirty minutes on a jet plane. The Brazilian Air Force was unable to explain the incident.

Sergio Mota da Silva, an air traffic controller from Sao Jose dos Campos, "made contact" with a UFO. He flashed the runway lights. He reports that whenever the lights were dimmer, the UFO would come closer, and when the lights were brighter, it would fly away.

In 2009, the government released a document about the case, in which it is stated that the observed objects were "solid and reflected somehow intelligence", and that they made amazing maneuvers. Formerly classified information has been released. A video documents the dialogue between a pilot and the control tower. Another video shows the press conference that was held by the Ministry of Aeronautics (on YouTube, search for "official night of ufos in brazil"). At the press conference, several captains of the airplanes that tracked the unidentified flying objects were interviewed and high ranking officials spoke openly about the incident.

Several amateur cameramen filmed the incident. A team stated that "the form and light of the object resembled a full moon", which they then filmed to show the similarities and erase any doubt that it was just the moon they were seeing. Several photographs and videos were analyzed that showed that a UFO was spinning and that it changed colors from blue to orange to red.

From 1969 up until 1972 Brazil had an official UFO research organization called "The System for the Investigation of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon" (SIOANI). In 2010, Brazil's government has ordered its air force to officially report any sighting of UFO's. All military and civilian pilots as well as air traffic controllers should register any UFO sightings with the national aerospace defence command. The information is stored in the national archives in Rio de Janeiro and is made available to researchers.