The CIA is getting attention for a tweet on Monday admitting responsibility for more than half of UFO sightings in the 1950s and ’60s.
The tweet refers to the agency’s most-read document in 2014. Titled “The CIA and the U-2 Program, 1954-1974,”
the previously secret report details the high-altitude flights of its U-2 spy plane.
“High-altitude testing of the U-2 soon led to an unexpected side effect — a tremendous increase in reports of unidentified flying objects,” the report said in a section about UFOs.
At the time, most people didn’t know that manned flight was possible at the heights the U-2 flew. Many commercial airline pilots reported seeing fiery objects in the sky, which could be explained by the sun reflecting off the spy plane’s silver wings, the report said.
“U-2 and later OXCART flights accounted for more than one-half of all UFO reports during the late 1950s and most of the 1960s,” the report said.
A total of 104 U-2 airplanes have been built, and the planes now are operated by the U.S. Air Force. The Soviet Union shot one down in 1960.
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