The real-life stories of UFOs would be enough for the fictional “X-Files” FBI agents Mulder and Scully to spend a lifetime investigating.
With a nod to the new “X-Files” reboot (which airs on Fox on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET), the Central Intelligence Agency has released a trove of once classified documents on several real-life unidentified flying objects.
Not surprisingly, many of these UFO sightings emerged in the early 1950s. The space race was on, the Cold War fears had reached a fever pitch, and science-fiction movies like “The Flying Saucer” (1950) catapulted schlocky depictions of aliens and their flying machines into the popular consciousness. In fact, by 1953, UFO mania had reached such heights that the CIA marshaled a team of scientific consultants to investigate all of the reports and review the “Unidentified Flying Object Problem,” according to a 1953 memorandum by the agency.