This is a
list of alleged sightings of unidentified flying objects or
UFOs in Brazil.
July 23, 1947, topographer José Higgins
was working with many laborers in Bauru, São
Paulo. 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
men are found dead in Niterói. 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
- 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
Varginha UFO incident was an incident in Varginha, Brazil, in
1996 involving reports of unidentified flying objects and strange
creatures (allegedly extraterrestrials) which were supposedly
captured by Brazilian officials.
Saragonha Island, at Patos Lagoon, 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.