Nick Mariana's UFO encounter of 1950 in Great Falls, Montana

August, 1950 - On a clear morning in Great Falls Montana, Nick Mariana, the manager of minor-league baseball team was surveying an empty ballpark with his secretary Virginia Raunig when the pair were alerted to the presence of two strange objects in the sky. The objects were so bizarre that Mariana felt compelled to film them with his 16mm color video camera. Almost 64 years on, the Mariana UFO footage remains one of the most heavily investigated pieces of UFO evidence in existence. Dozens of experts from the Air Force, the US Government and documentary film projects have studied Mariana's footage, and only a handful think they have even the slightest clue what is contained within it.

Over the next 20 years, Mariana's footage would be subjected to at least three more official investigations. In 1952, analysts at Wright-Patterson once again studied the footage for the purposes of Project Blue Book. The fresh investigation yielded a different conclusion to that of its predecessor with investigators refuting the 1950 claims that the objects were fighter jet reflections. However, when it came to providing an answer for what the objects actually were, the investigators drew a blank. 

Article originally appeared on Outer Places

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  1. in 1950 a guy just happens to have a movie camera pointed at the sky


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