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The President Ronald Reagan UFO incidents: Two sightings in California

There are a great many stories about US presidents seeing UFOs. Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, was no exception.

What did President Reagan know that we don't know about UFOs?

In President Reagan’s 1987 United Nations speech on the alien threat, he stated, “Perhaps we need some outside universal threat to make us recognize this common bound. I occasionally think about how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish, if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. And yet, I ask you, is not an alien force already among us?”

Did President Reagan know something that we do not know? Of course he did!

Date of 1st sighting: While governor, exact date unknown
Location: California coast line

President Reagan’s first UFO sighting was made public by Steve Allen, a well-known entertainment personality at the time, on his WNEW-AM radio show in New York. Allen said a well-known personality in the entertainment area had secretly revealed a UFO story to him, which had happened many years earlier. He was referring to Ronald Reagan.

The President and his wife, Nancy, were scheduled to attend a casual dinner party in Hollywood with friends. All the guests had arrived except the Reagans, and the party was held up until he and Nancy arrived nearly 30 minutes to an hour late, and obviously disturbed about something. As he described to a guest how he and Nancy had seen a UFO while coming down the coast highway to Los Angeles and had stopped to watch it, he was overheard by Lucille Ball, who was also at the event.

According to both Allen’s and Ball’s version of events, Reagan was very excited. In her book “Lucy in the Afternoon,” she describes the event and writes, “After he was elected president, I kept thinking about that event, and wondered if he still would have won if he told everyone that he saw a flying saucer.”

Date of 2nd sighting: 1974
Location: Over Bakersfield, California

President Reagan’s second UFO sighting happened in 1974 while he was Governor of California. Just one week after the sighting, Reagan told the story to Norman C. Miller, then Washington Bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal. He said, “I was in a plane last week and when I looked out the window and saw this white light. It was zigzagging around, so I went up to the pilot and asked, “Have you seen anything like that before?” The surprised pilot replied, “Nope.” I said, “Let’s follow it!”

"We followed it for several minutes. It was a bright white light. We followed it to Bakersfield and all of a sudden, to our utter amazement, it went straight up into the heavens. When we got off the plane, I told Nancy all about it”

Bill Paynter, Reagan’s pilot at the time, backed Reagan’s version of the UFO sighting saying, “I was the pilot of the plane when we saw the UFO. Also on board were Governor Reagan and a couple of his security people. We were flying a Cessna Citation. It was maybe nine or ten o’clock at night. We were near Bakersfield when Governor Reagan and the others called my attention to a big light flying a bit behind the plane. It appeared to be several hundred yards away. It was a fairly steady light until it began to accelerate, then it appeared to elongate. The light took off. It went up at a 45-degree angle, at a high rate of speed. Everyone on the plane was surprised.

Governor Reagan expressed amazement. I told the others I didn’t know what it was. The UFO went from a normal cruise speed to a fantastic speed instantly. If you give an airplane power, it will accelerate, but not like a hotrod, and that is what this was like. Paynter said the conversation didn’t end there, that he and Reagan talked about their UFO sighting every once in a while over the years after the sighting.

"We didn’t file a report on the object because for a long time they considered you a nut if you saw a UFO.”

Isn't it time we stopped ridiculing and laughing at those who reports UFO sightings? For all you know, you could be poking fun at the next president of the United States.

Former Canadian Minister of National Defense Paul Hellyer is very outspoken on the reality of UFOs and has criticized the U.S. government for reportedly covering up UFO information. He says, "UFOs, are as real as the airplanes that fly over your head."

UFOs are real. The time for laughter is over!


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