Brazilian Government Releases 1958 Photos of UFO Taken by Crew of Navy Ship
The Trinidade Island UFO sighting of Jan. 16, 1958 represents a rare case in which a national government actually released photographs of a flying craft whose origin it could not explain.
Brazilian President Juscelino Kubitschek personally authorized the release of the photographs to the media. They were distributed by United Press International and widely published in newspapers across the globe during the week of February 23, 1958.
The pictures were taken by photographer Almiro Carsuna, who was aboard the Brazilian Navy survey ship Almirante Saldanha. The Brazilian Navy Ministry confirmed the photographs of the disc-shaped object, taken while the ship was cruising near Trinidad Island, were authentic. Many crewmembers testified that they saw the object move across the sky while they were standing on the ship’s deck.
Eight years later, a Syracuse, N.Y., newspaper quoted Dr. Olave T. Fontes, whom it described as Brazil’s top UFO investigator, as saying the Brazilian government had become increasingly more secretive about such incidents after the release of the Trinidad Island photos. Fontes said the Brazilian Air Force was investigating reports of UFOs but was not releasing the results of those investigations, and the government was flatly ignoring any inquiries about UFO sightings.
Fontes said he had personally investigated more than 300 sightings in Brazil between 1950 and 1966.
“There have been many dramatic incidents, including a number of brief landings, power failures directly attributable to the presence of these objects, and cases in which people have had to be hospitalized after suffering burns and other injuries apparently caused by these things,” he told the Syracuse Herald-American.