Artist's rendering of a UFO sphere in the sky. Depositphotos.

Brazilian Fighter Jets Chased UFOs Traveling 15 Times the Speed of Sound

Twenty-one objects appeared and disappeared before the eyes of five pilots, and hundreds of troops on the ground also saw them as air force chiefs admitted, "there is no explanation."


An epic UFO chase in Brazil that would come to be known as the ‘Night of the UFOs’ saw Brazilian fighter jets being scrambled and directed into chasing 300-foot objects which were reportedly traveling fiteen times the speed of sound, or over 11,500 miles per hour.

It has been revealed that a total of five pilots saw over twenty unidentified flying objects appear and disappear, while hundreds of soldiers on the ground also observed them.


Air force chiefs of the country would eventually admit they had no explanation for these objects.

The “Night of the UFOs” is one of the many incidents which will be discussed at a hearing being held in the Brazilian Senate this week into UFOs.

This event comes on the heels of a congressional hearing concerning US Navy fighter plane footage showing strange, unexplained objects darting in the sky – the now famous ‘Tic-Tac‘ video.

It is equally mind-boggling what happened one night in Brazil a decade before those videos were recorded.

Witnesses, including the military’s top officers, saw strange objects move incredibly fast over several hours.

As per the Sun, the pilots encountered objects in front of them that were not on the aircraft radars – as well as the opposite, as objects played “cat and mouse” with the aircraft.

Sergeant Sergio Mota da Silva, an air traffic controller for the Brazilian air force, reported the first signs of anything unusual on May 19, 1986. While sitting in the control tower of an airport near Sao Paulo, he spotted a light in the sky.

“It doesn’t go up or down, it doesn’t go to the left or to the right, it’s just standing there,” he said.

Huge glowing UFO hovering over a building. Depositphotos.

In response to Mota’s inquiry, controllers at Sao Paulo International Airport denied that there were any planned flights to his airfield.

The lights on the runway of the airport were dimmed at one point, he said. That caused objects to move towards the control tower. However, when the brightness was increased, the objects moved away from it.

“Whether they were trying to interact with me, I don’t know. What I do know is that they behaved intelligently,” he told the BBC during an interview.

The lights were reported around eight pm by 2000 air force cadets and officers at an air force training school in the same area. In addition, several objects in the sky were seen by the president of Embraer as he landed at the same airport an hour later.

Scrambling fighter jets

Two passenger planes also reported seeing the lights in the sky, including one flying through Brazil’s interior.

Once the air force sprang into action, it scrambled its fighter jets to intercept the objects. Nevertheless, it was not an easy task, as the pilots found themselves disoriented by the events.

“Sometimes, the pilots had visual contact with the targets, but the radars did not register anything,” said Mota. “Other times, the radars even picked up the presence of objects, but the pilots could not see them.”

Captain Armindo Sousa Viriato was at the controls of the Mirage F-103, one of the three planes that initially took off before midnight.

He quickly accelerated to 1,000mph in his high-performance warplane, but as he closed in on the UFO, it accelerated to an astounding 11,500mph, 15 times the speed of sound.

“If there is a plane that can develop that speed, I don’t know of it,” he said in an interview a few years later.

Lt. Kleber Caldas Marinho had flown a F-5E when it took off around 10:30 p.m. He described closing in on the target, “which stopped moving towards me and started to climb.”


“I kept following the contact until about 30,000 feet when I lost radar contact and was left with just visual contact,” he said.

Brazilian UFO researcher Ademar José Gevaerd believes extraterrestrial technology “immensely superior to ours” was on display that night.

“At no time did they try to attack us. Instead, they played ‘cat and mouse with us,” he revealed.

Missing evidence?

On the ground, the extraordinary events were not going unnoticed. Adenir Britto, a photographer for a newspaper, got a tip-off that a “flying saucer” had been spotted above his office one night. The reporter stepped outside, initially believing it was a prank, but when he saw the objects, he began to shoot.

After about a month, two air force officers appeared in the newspaper with UFO researcher James J. Hurtak.

On the pretext that they wanted NASA to analyze the photos, they demanded that the editor show them the negatives of the photos. The negatives have never been seen since.

Eventually, the incident gained widespread attention and received extensive media coverage. This led to an unprecedented press conference by then air force minister Brigadier Octávio Julio Moreira Lima, during which the pilots described what had occurred.

“I was warned by ground control there were several contacts ahead of me approximately thirty kilometers away,” one of the pilots revealed.

“I was also warned that contacts were approaching from behind, and they came on until they were three kilometers behind me. I had to dive, and as I did, the contacts started to climb.”

A Tic Tac Event Prior to the Tic Tac?

The objects described by Brazilian fighter pilots and military personnel seem to resonate with what Navy fighter pilots have been revealed about UAP sightings in the last decade.

Objects encountered by US Navy pilots, spotted on radar, and even filmed in action are not far from what Brazilian Pilots encountered decades earlier. However, these objects seem not to show any visible means of propulsion. Instead, they can travel at speeds no modern aircraft made by human hands can and seem to have the ability to travel in all directions as if not constrained by the laws of physics.

We have written previous articles about reports of UAP –UFOs– breaking the speed barrier of sound without producing a sonic boom. The former director of the US National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, has publicly disclosed classified data related to unidentified flying objects. Some time ago, the military observed a strange phenomenon; an unbelievable UFO breaking the sound barrier without producing a sonic boom.

These are just some of the accounts that have been made public, not only by Navy pilots but also by government officials and military personnel.

It seems that the UFO phenomenon is far more widespread than initially believed, and only now are governments aware that these objects require extensive, rigorous, scientific attention.

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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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