Belgium UFO Wave 1990
At approximately 11pm, on March 30 1990, the phone at the Control Reporting Center (CRC) in Glons, Belgium began to ring. It had rang more frequently in the past few months; as scattered reports of unusual air traffic, which many believed to be UFOs, had been coming in. Tonight though; it rang off the hook, as one of the closest of close encounters had begun to take place over Belgian skies, and people near Thorembais-Gembloux and surrounding areas were calling to report mysterious lights in the sky. When it was all said and done, the lights were seen by an estimated 13,500 people (2,600 of whom filled written statements), photographed, video taped, and tracked on radar by CRC.
The initial reports that came in stated that the lights were brighter than stars; changed colors between red, green, and yellow; and were fixed in a triangular formation. The CRC requested a police patrol be sent out to confirm the reports. Before the initial reports could be confirmed, a second set of lights were reported as having formed into a triangle, and were apparently moving towards the first. By about 11:30 pm, authorities had confirmed the reports and the Glons CRC had observed the lights on radar. Shortly before 12AM, the Traffic Center Control at Semmerzake confirmed the Glons’ radar readings, and two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled from the Air Base in Beauvechain. During this time, witnesses kept reporting the lights as being visible from the ground, and also reported two dimmer lights in the area of Eghezee. The lights were said to have been moving across the sky while maintaining formation.
From about 12AM to 1AM the two F-16s attempted to intercept the phenomenon nine different times, with three of those attempts resulting in target locks that were quickly broken by the lights’ vastly superior maneuverability and speed. At one point, the lights changed speeds from 240 km/h to 1,770 km/h while dropping 1,200 m in just 2 seconds, then rocketing back up 1,850 m, then dropping back down to almost ground level. These maneuvers of are particular note; since they would most likely kill a human pilot, and they were achieved without ever making a sonic boom. Also, due to the maneuvering, the F-16 pilots were never able to attain a visual ID of what the lights really were. Unsuccessful, the F-16s returned to base around 1AM, their failure to intercept having been witnessed and reported by hundreds of bystanders on the ground. Shortly after, at around 1:30AM, the lights took a square formation and then disappeared in four separate directions; leaving thousands of people to wonder what they had just been a part of.
The events that took place on March 30/31 of 1990 came to be known as the main happening of the “Belgian UFO Wave”. To this day, skeptics attempt to disprove what happened on that March night, citing a lack of legit photographic evidence (a fact that astounds many). However, even the most hardcore of skeptics has trouble explaining the video evidence; and an even harder time explaining how so many people signed affidavits about witnessing the phenomenon. So what do you think folks? Now that you know the story of Belgium’s close encounter. Was it a random unexplained incident? Or a genuine brush with UFOs? If anyone knows for sure, they’re not telling, so until then, it remains…an Other World Mystery.
Update: A man named “Patrick” who was 18 at the time has recently admitted (on July 26) to hoaxing the the famous UFO photo with three lights. He says that he made a triangle out of Styrofoam, painted it black, attached lights and took the photo. That complicates the story but doesn’t explain the other mass sightings.