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Belgium's Famous UFO Encounter

Updated on December 1, 2011
Taken by a witness who saw this in the sky over Belgium in 1990 and took a photograph of it.
Taken by a witness who saw this in the sky over Belgium in 1990 and took a photograph of it.

By Christine B. © 2011


On November 29, 1989 a strange object was reported by many people flying low over the towns near Brussels, Belgium. The photo at the right is an actual photograph of the object taken by one of the witnesses. The episode began near the town of Eupen, which is less than seven miles from the border of Germany. Two police officers noticed a farm field lit up as if for a sporting event while they were on their routine patrol of the area.

The officers reported the sighting to their dispatch. The officer who took the report called the local airports, but none reported any unusual activity.

The patrol officers watched and followed the object for over thirty minutes. They were shocked when they saw a second spacecraft rise up into the sky. It looked like the first one, but was slightly more tilted. As they watched, the second spacecraft flew away. If that hadn’t been enough excitement for the patrolmen, something else occurred.

“Through the open window I saw a strange machine floating about 500 feet away from me. It looked like a large ship floating in the air. It drifted in front of me for a few seconds, (and) then flew away in the direction of La Calamine. It was a beautiful thing to see.”

A few minutes later two other patrol officers in La Calamine, eight miles to the north of Eupen, reported seeing the same large flying object that they had heard the first two officers talking about on their police radios. They thought it was a joke until they witnessed the object themselves. Later that same day eleven other patrolmen had reported seeing the unidentified object in the sky, and more than 100 private citizens reported seeing it, as well.

In April of 1990 the same spacecraft was witnessed again in the same location as the one in Eupen was sighted a year earlier. This time it appeared on the radar screen at a NATO tracking station and at radar stations in Semozag, Virton and Saint-Hubert. The Belgian Air Force deployed two F-16 fighter planes to find out what was out there. After both pilots locked the object onto their on-board radar, the spacecraft bolted out of their range at an amazing speed. Belgian Air Force Major General W. J. L. De Brouwer reported later, “We measured some exceptional acceleration which cannot be related to conventional aircraft. That is clear.”

The radar footage on-board the F-16s showed that the UFO climbed from 7,000 to 10,000 in a few seconds. The object then dropped to just 500 feet in only five seconds and then accelerated to more than 1,000 miles per hour—one and a half times the speed of sound. This type of maneuver would have been fatal to a human pilot. Even though the spacecraft exceeded the speed of sound, no one on the ground reported hearing any sonic booms, which would have occurred with any of our jets.

Since these events there have been thousands of UFO sightings in Belgium. The country’s neighbors, France, Germany and the Netherlands have reported only a few sightings for the same time period. So why would the UFOs be so attracted to Belgium? Some believe that they may be drawn to this country because of its highway system, which is so brightly lit at night that the astronauts who were on the surface of the moon reported being able to see it. That has to be quite a beacon! No one can say for sure, however why the small country of Belgium is so attractive to other-worldly spacecraft.



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