First, witnesses said, all you could see in Belgium’s wave of triangular UFOs was the lights. They were so bright that you could read under them; so brilliant that a policeman described them as “the spotlight of a huge football field”.
Only gradually did you notice the object from which they emitted – a huge triangular shape, with three huge spotlights pointed at the floor and a red light flashing in the center. “The whole thing,” recalled the policeman, as if he could hardly believe it, “floated in the air.”
It was a clear night in November 1989, near the city of Eupen, Belgium, about 11 kilometers from the German border. Heinrich Nicoll, the policeman and his partner, Hubert Von Montigny, called the dispatcher to report the object they had found during a routine patrol. “Suddenly, they told me they were seeing a strange object in the sky,” said Albert Creutz, who was on the receiving end, in the series. Unsolved Mysteries, in a 1992 episode. “It didn’t make any noise. We played and said that it could be Santa Claus trying to land ”.
But when the night ended, at least 30 different groups and three separate pairs of police officers would claim to have seen the unidentified flying object. And they would not be the last. Belgium’s ‘UFO wave’, which lasted for months, culminated 30 years ago – on March 30, 1990 – in a challenging pursuit of physics across Europe’s skies, while two Belgian Air Force F-16s were chasing mysterious objects on their radars that they couldn’t even see.
But, ok, did the aliens really visit Belgium? It certainly seems unlikely. However, three decades later, it is still difficult to completely discard the 2,000 sightings that occurred in the country between November 1989 and April 1990. As Patrick Ferryn, chairman of the Belgian committee for the study of space phenomena, SOBEPS, said to The Telegraph:
You should know that most of these sightings will have the most banal explanation, but there is a residue, which we simply cannot explain. And of those, there may be two or three where we may have doubts about where they came from.
Many can be discarded, however. For example, a classic photograph of the aircraft in the shape of a triangle, known as the ‘Petit-Rechain image’, is undoubtedly a scam – the counterfeiter admitted this when he presented himself in 2011. “We made the model with polystyrene, painted and then started paste things, then we suspend in the air … then we take the photo ”, confessed the prankster to Reuters.
Brian Dunning, writer and producer of the podcast Skeptoid, also refutes a series of sightings, arguing that the November sightings were in fact a helicopter and that police officers were interviewed by a biased ufologist. Conflicting information, published by Reuters, claim that the lights over Eupen were “a Soviet satellite fragmenting”.
Regardless, where things really start to get weird is in March 1990. At that point, there were months of sporadic sightings across Belgium, including by an army colonel, André Amond, who claimed to have seen the lights while driving his car with his wife in December. The Belgian military, without the need to mention it, was aware of the descriptions that came from all over the country and had few answers.
The then chief of operations of the Air Staff, General Wilfried De Brouwer – who offered his report to the investigative reporter Leslie Kean for his 2010 UFO book: UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record – said that his initial belief was that the American military should be testing some type of experimental aircraft in that country. He went so far as to register inquiries with the US Embassy in Brussels, prompting Americans to create a memo, dryly entitled “Belgium and the UFO Subject, which confirmed that” no USAF stealth aircraft was operating in the area ””… during the periods in question.
The reports were credible enough for the Belgian Air Force, federal aviation authorities and police to plan to try to capture one of the unidentified invaders in action, preparing the F-16s to take off quickly, if any sightings were reported by both of them. police and a radar station at the same time. Certainly, as De Brouwer reports in UFOs, that night arrived on March 30, when “several police” and “two military radar stations” spotted an unknown object.
De Brouwer writes:
Once in the air, the pilots [belgas] they tried to intercept the supposed ships and, at a certain point, registered targets on their radar with unusual behaviors, such as jumping great distances in seconds and accelerating beyond human capacity.
But, frustratingly, the pilots were never able to see the object they were chasing. After analyzing the aircraft’s readings, “the Air Force’s decision was that the evidence was insufficient to prove that there were real ships in the air at that time,” reports De Brouwer. Even so, in the course of 1990, the Air Force was questioned, which was never able to specifically explain the sightings, which, in all, were thousands, when they began to quietly disappear again in April.
Three decades later, explanations are still scarce, although some scientists now see the event as an example of mass hysteria. Dunning, quoting skeptical UFO Philip Klass, writes:
Since news coverage leads the public to believe that UFOs may be nearby, there are numerous natural and artificial objects that, especially when seen at night, can take on unusual characteristics for the minds of hopeful viewers. Their UFO reports, in turn, increase mass excitement, which encourages even more observers to search for UFOs.
But De Brouwer still believes the opposite:
I can confidently conclude that the observations during what is now known as the Belgian wave were not caused by mass hysteria. The witnesses interviewed by the investigators were sincere and honest. They didn’t know each other before. Many were surprised by what they saw and today… they are still prepared to confirm their unusual experience.
What we know for sure is that there is still a lot that we still don’t understand about our universe. Even the U.S. Army has several stories about chasing strange and impossible objects through the sky.
Although the Belgian UFO wave was probably not caused by the visit by little green men, it remains without a satisfactory response even during all these decades and subsequent technological advances.
Amond, the colonel who saw the lights with his wife, told Kean:
There is still no explanation today! That’s a shame, because I want to know before I die. Give me a correct explanation of my vision; that’s all I can ask for.