From flying boats to secret Soviet weapons to alien visitors – a brief cultural history of UFOs

From flying boats to secret Soviet weapons to alien visitors – a brief cultural history of UFOs

The worldwide fascination with UFOs started in the late 1940s after a few incidents made the news in the U.S.

by Greg Eghigian, Penn State

On June 25, 2021, the U.S. government released a nine–page preliminary report on UFOs, or, as it is now calling them, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, or UAPs. The report is the latest notable event in what has been a renaissance for UFOs in recent years. Greg Eghigian is a historian of science at Penn State who has published research and is writing a book on the history of UFOs in the U.S. We spoke with him for The Conversation Weekly podcast the day before the new report came out to better understand the cultural history of UFOs in the U.S.

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