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These days, it is not rare to find UFO enthusiasts getting mocked for their beliefs in extraterrestrials. While the voices of critics drown out the voices of those who assert the existence of legitimate UFOs, however, some events simply beguile any rational explanation. One of these is Brazil’s Night of UFOs, which is probably the most legitimate UFO-related incident in decades. Interestingly, however, the event has mostly been forgotten today, despite the extensive national coverage of the incident in the days that followed.

Brazil’s Night of UFOs happened on May 19, 1986, and it involved 21 unidentified objects that were spotted by the country’s Air Force radars. According to a Redditor who shared an account of the incident in the online community, the mysterious objects were observed by many witnesses in different areas of the country, including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. What was rather interesting about the Night of UFOs was not just the number of unidentified objects that were spotted that night, however. The reaction and transparency of the Brazilian military and government during the immediate aftermath of the incident was also very notable. Apart from these, the alleged involvement of the U.S. government has also managed to catch the attention of avid UFO enthusiasts.

During Brazil’s Night of UFOs, the country’s Air Force was deployed in order to investigate and, if necessary, engage the mysterious objects. The Air Force scrambled military aircraft for the mission, including Northrop F-5E Tiger II aircraft and Dassault Mirages III fighters. Both these aircraft were quite capable of flying at high speeds, but according to later reports by the Air Force, the UFOs simply outran the military fighters. The unidentified objects reportedly flew as fast as 2500 mph, making them disappear from radars. The entire cat-and-mouse game between the Air Force and the mysterious flying objects lasted around three hours.

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