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This is a list of alleged sightings of unidentified flying objects or UFOs in Brazilmarker.


  • On July 23, 1947, topographer José Higgins was working with many laborers in Baurumarker, São Paulomarker. Suddenly, they heard an extremely sharp sound. Some moments later, a big object landed near them. Its diameter was about 45 meters, and it seemed made of metal, grey colored and landed on the ground with also metallized “feet”. There was also a “ring” around it, making the object look like Saturn.


  • Antonio Villas Boas claimed to have been abducted by extraterrestrials in 1957. Though similar stories had circulated for years beforehand, Boas's claims was among the first alien abduction stories to receive wide attention.

  • The Burning on Forte Itaipu Sentinels UFO Incident was one of the most famous that involved injuries to human beings. It took place on November 4, 1957, on the Forte Itaipu, in the city of Praia Grande, São Paulo, Brazil.


  • At 12:00 pm of January 16, 1958, the Brazilian ship Almirante Saldanha, taking part in projects of the Ano Geofísico Internacional, was preparing to sail away from Ilha de Trindade, off the coast of Espírito Santo. Captain Viegas was on the deck with several scientists and members of the crew when he suddenly noticed a flying object, which had a “ring” around it, just like Saturn. Everyone reportedly saw the UFO at the same time. It came to the island from the east, flew towards the Pico Desejado (Wished Peak), made a step turn and went away very quickly to the northwest. As soon as the object was noticed Almiro Baraúna was requested for photographing. After getting the camera and going up the quarter-deck, he stated that he managed to take pictures of the object.


  • Two men are found dead in Niteróimarker. Both were wearing lead masks. Some UFOs were seen flying near the point where both died.


  • The Colares flap refers to an outbreak of UFO sightings that occurred in 1977 on the Brazilian island of Colares. During the outbreak, the UFOs allegedly attacked the citizens with intense beams of radiation that left burn marks and puncture wounds. These sightings led to the Brazilian government dispatching a team to investigate under the codename Operation Saucer (Portuguese: Prato, see below), but the government later recalled the team and classified the files until the late 1990s.

  • The first operation of the Brazilian Air Force created only to investigate UFO-related issues. This operation was started shortly after the Colares UFO flap (see above).


  • On 28 July 1979, 'Antonio Carlos Ferreira' claims to have lived an experience of contacts with extraterrestrials. He worked as a security guard at a furniture company, located at Mirassol, São Paulo, Brazil.


  • Elias Seixas de Mattos was a truck driver from Rio de Janeiro in 1980, when he had suffered an unexplainable experience. His story, along with the ones from his two friends, has earned an important page in the history of Brazilian Ufology because of the quantity of details he displayed to describe the situations.


A series of Ufo sightings all over the states of Southeastern Brazil.


  • The Varginha UFO incident was an incident in Varginhamarker, Brazil, in 1996 involving reports of unidentified flying objects and strange creatures (allegedly extraterrestrials) which were supposedly captured by Brazilian officials.

  • In Saragonha Island, at Patos Lagoonmarker, Haroldo Westendorff witnessed a cone-shaped UFO, 50 to 60 meters tall, and its base was as big as a soccer stadium, with about 100 meters diameter.

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