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UFO Files was an American television series that was produced from 2004 to 2007 for The History Channel
The History Channel
History, formerly known as The History Channel, is an American-based international satellite and cable TV channel that broadcasts a variety of reality shows and documentary programs including those of fictional and non-fictional historical content, together with speculation about the future.-...

. The program covered the phenomena of unidentified flying and submerged objects, close encounter
Close encounter
In ufology, a close encounter is an event in which a person witnesses an unidentified flying object. This terminology and the system of classification behind it was started by astronomer and UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek, and was first suggested in his 1972 book The UFO Experience: A Scientific...

s with alleged extraterrestrial life
Extraterrestrial life
Extraterrestrial life is defined as life that does not originate from Earth...

, and alleged military and government cover-up conspiracies.

In 2008, a following series called UFO Hunters
UFO Hunters
UFO Hunters is an American television series that premiered on January 30, 2008 on The History Channel, produced by Motion Picture Production Inc., and ran for three seasons....

premiered on the same channel.

Interviews


Some of the scientists and experts that have been interviewed in the series are:
  • Dennis Balthasar – ufologist
  • William J. Birnes
    William J. Birnes
    William J. "Bill" Birnes is an American writer, editor, book publisher and literary rights agent. He is best known as an active publisher of UFO literature and is a New York Times bestselling author. He holds a law degree and received a B.A. from New York University in 1966. Along with detective Dr...

     – author, publisher, and ufologist
  • Phyllis Budinger – research scientist
  • James Clarkson – former police detective, ufologist
  • Robert Collins – author of Exempt from Disclosure
  • Paul Davids
    Paul Davids
    Paul Davids is a writer of films and novels, especially about science fiction. Often collaborating with his wife, Hollace, Davids has written and directed the films Starry Night, Roswell a documentary about the Roswell UFO incident and Timothy Leary's Dead...

     – television, science fiction writer and director
  • Frank Drake
    Frank Drake
    Frank Donald Drake PhD is an American astronomer and astrophysicist. He is most notable as one of the pioneers in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, including the founding of SETI, mounting the first observational attempts at detecting extraterrestrial communications in 1961 in Project...

     – astrophysicist
  • Stanton T. Friedman
    Stanton T. Friedman
    Stanton Terry Friedman is a professional Ufologist, currently residing in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He is the original civilian investigator of the Roswell incident. He studied physics at the University of Chicago and worked as a nuclear physicist on research and development projects for...

     – ufologist
  • John Greenewald, Jr. – creator of The Black Vault website
  • Steven M. Greer
    Steven M. Greer
    Steven M. Greer is an American physician and ufologist who founded the Orion Project and The Disclosure Project.-Biography:Greer claims that he is a contactee who has coined the term "close encounter of the fifth kind" to describe human-initiated contact with extraterrestrials.-The Disclosure...

     – physician and ufologist
  • Michio Kaku
    Michio Kaku
    is an American theoretical physicist, the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics in the City College of New York of City University of New York, the co-founder of string field theory, and a "communicator" and "popularizer" of science...

     – theoretical physicist and futurist
  • Andrew Kissner – former New Mexico state representative
  • George Knapp
    George Knapp (journalist)
    George Knapp is an award-winning American investigative journalist.A longtime fixture in Las Vegas media, he works at KLAS-TV and is also a frequent host of the Sunday night/Monday morning Coast To Coast AM syndicated radio show...

     – paranormal journalist
  • Lawrence M. Krauss
    Lawrence M. Krauss
    Lawrence Maxwell Krauss is an American theoretical physicist who is professor of physics, Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and director of the Origins Project at the Arizona State University. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Physics of...

     – physicist
  • Geoffrey A. Landis
    Geoffrey A. Landis
    Geoffrey A. Landis is an American scientist, working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on planetary exploration, interstellar propulsion, solar power and photovoltaics...

     – MIT professor, scientist and science fiction writer
  • Dr. Roger K. Leir – podiatric surgeon, implant investigator
  • Bruce Maccabee
    Bruce Maccabee
    Bruce Maccabee is an American optical physicist formerly employed by the U.S. Navy, and a leading ufologist.- Biography :MacCabee received a B.S. in physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., and then at American University, Washington, DC,...

     – optical physicist and ufologist
  • Herb Maursatd – sheriff
  • Ted Phillips – ufologist
  • Scott Ramsey – author, lead investigator for Aztec UFO crash
  • Chris Rutkowski - ufologist, educator
  • John F. Schuessler – founding member of MUFON
    Mutual UFO Network
    The Mutual UFO Network is an American non-profit organization that investigates cases of reported UFO sightings. It is one of the oldest and largest UFO-investigative organizations in the United States....

  • Seth Shostak
    Seth Shostak
    Seth Shostak is an American astronomer. He grew up in Arlington, VA and earned his physics degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D...

     – physicist and astronomer
  • Ken Storch – police officer, UFO investigator

2004 season

Title Original airdate Summary
"UFO Hot Spots" July 5, 2004 An investigation into areas of the world where UFO activity is prevalent and the theories of what makes them attractive to the phenomena.
"When UFOs Arrive" July 19, 2004 An examination of secretive government policies for dealing with extraterrestrial visitation – from the military reporting guideline "JANAP-146", to a curious chapter in a FEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, initially created by Presidential Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1978 and implemented by two Executive Orders...

 disaster guide on what to do in case of a UFO crash.
"UFOs in the Bible" July 26, 2004 This episode looks into possible otherworldly activity as documented in the passages of the Holy Bible.
"Roswell: Final Declassification" August 2, 2004 A look at a 2001 investigation into the National Archives to review recently declassified military documents that could shed official insight on what really happened during the Roswell UFO incident
Roswell UFO incident
The Roswell UFO Incident was the recovery of an object that crashed in the general vicinity of Roswell, New Mexico, in June or July 1947, allegedly an extra-terrestrial spacecraft and its alien occupants. Since the late 1970s the incident has been the subject of intense controversy and of...

.
"Crop Circle Controversy" August 9, 2004 A look at the phenomena of crop circles – from a 1678 woodcarving of "mowing devils" to the growing occurrences of present day formations both in complexity and number.
"Area 51: Beyond Top Secret" August 30, 2004 An investigation into the activity surrounding the top secret facility in Nevada
Nevada
Nevada is a state in the western, mountain west, and southwestern regions of the United States. With an area of and a population of about 2.7 million, it is the 7th-largest and 35th-most populous state. Over two-thirds of Nevada's people live in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which contains its...

 known as Area 51
Area 51
Area 51 is a military base, and a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base. It is located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States, 83 miles north-northwest of downtown Las Vegas. Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake, is a large military airfield...

 – looking into its history in developing advanced military aircraft and rumors it is reverse engineering
Reverse engineering
Reverse engineering is the process of discovering the technological principles of a device, object, or system through analysis of its structure, function, and operation...

 alien spacecraft.
"UFOs: Then and Now? The Innocent Years" September 17, 2004 A review of what some say is evidence of UFO encounters through mankind's history – from prehistoric
Prehistory
Prehistory is the span of time before recorded history. Prehistory can refer to the period of human existence before the availability of those written records with which recorded history begins. More broadly, it refers to all the time preceding human existence and the invention of writing...

 cave painting
Cave painting
Cave paintings are paintings on cave walls and ceilings, and the term is used especially for those dating to prehistoric times. The earliest European cave paintings date to the Aurignacian, some 32,000 years ago. The purpose of the paleolithic cave paintings is not known...

s, to Medieval
Middle Ages
The Middle Ages is a periodization of European history from the 5th century to the 15th century. The Middle Ages follows the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 and precedes the Early Modern Era. It is the middle period of a three-period division of Western history: Classic, Medieval and Modern...

 frescoes, to Renaissance
Renaissance
The Renaissance was a cultural movement that spanned roughly the 14th to the 17th century, beginning in Italy in the Late Middle Ages and later spreading to the rest of Europe. The term is also used more loosely to refer to the historical era, but since the changes of the Renaissance were not...

 art that depict strange objects in the sky.
"Soviet UFO Secrets Revealed" September 20, 2004 This documentary delves into the some of the most bizarre UFO reports in Soviet Russian history and investigates rumors of a treasure trove of KGB
KGB
The KGB was the commonly used acronym for the . It was the national security agency of the Soviet Union from 1954 until 1991, and was the premier internal security, intelligence, and secret police organization during that time.The State Security Agency of the Republic of Belarus currently uses the...

 UFO documents that remain top secret.
"UFOs: Then and Now? Cause for Alarm" October 4, 2004 A review of famous UFO events: the 1947 Roswell, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Roswell is a city in and the county seat of Chaves County in the southeastern quarter of the state of New Mexico, United States. The population was 48,366 at the 2010 census. It is a center for irrigation farming, dairying, ranching, manufacturing, distribution, and petroleum production. It is also...

 crash; the 1952 Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, "the District", or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States. On July 16, 1790, the United States Congress approved the creation of a permanent national capital as permitted by the U.S. Constitution....

 mass sighting; the 1967 Shag Harbor, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia is one of Canada's three Maritime provinces and is the most populous province in Atlantic Canada. The name of the province is Latin for "New Scotland," but "Nova Scotia" is the recognized, English-language name of the province. The provincial capital is Halifax. Nova Scotia is the...

 and 1980 RAF Bentwaters
Rendlesham Forest Incident
The Rendlesham Forest Incident is the name given to a series of reported sightings of unexplained lights and the alleged landing of a craft or multiple craft of unknown origin in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England, in late December 1980, just outside RAF Woodbridge, used at the time by the U.S....

 incidents.
"UFOs: Then and Now? Nightmare" October 11, 2004 A study of the famous 1961 Betty and Barney Hill
Betty and Barney Hill abduction
Betty and Barney Hill were an American couple who claimed to have been abducted by extraterrestrials in a rural portion of New Hampshire on September 19–20, 1961....

 and 1976 Allagash, Maine
Allagash Abductions
The Allagash Abduction is a purported UFO sighting and alien abduction which is alleged to have occurred in 1976.-The UFO incidents:The witnesses said the incident started on August 20, 1976 when four men, all in their early-twenties, ventured on a camping trip into the wilderness near Allagash,...

 alien abduction cases.
"UFOs: Then and Now? Aliens and Contact" October 18, 2004 Investigation into the 1991 mass UFO sighting over Mexico City
Mexico City
Mexico City is the Federal District , capital of Mexico and seat of the federal powers of the Mexican Union. It is a federal entity within Mexico which is not part of any one of the 31 Mexican states but belongs to the federation as a whole...

 during a solar eclipse
Solar eclipse
As seen from the Earth, a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun as viewed from a location on Earth. This can happen only during a new moon, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth. At least...

 and other sightings as possible examples of alien contact with the inhabitants of planet Earth.
"Secret UFO Files" November 6, 2004 An examination recently declassified documents in the CIA archives, in an attempt to uncover a half-century of suppressed, distorted, and even fabricated reports of UFO sightings.
"Cattle Mutilations" November 29, 2004 A delve into the bizarre reports of cattle mutilation
Cattle mutilation
Cattle mutilation is the apparent killing and mutilation of cattle under unusual or anomalous circumstances...

 - the alleged surgically-precise slaughter of livestock through unexplained means and the rumors aliens or a secret military operation could be responsible.
"The Gray's Agenda" December 6, 2004 This episode looks into the most iconic aliens in popular culture – the Greys – and if in fact they exist, what their plan could be for mankind and the future of our planet.
"China's Roswell" December 13, 2004 Investigation into the mystery of the Dropa Stones
Sungods in Exile
Sungods in Exile is a book published pseudonymously in 1978 under the name David Agamon, allegedly from the notes of a Dr Karyl Robin-Evans whom Agamon claimed was a professor at Oxford University....

, claimed to be a series of 716 stone disks said to contain alien hieroglyphs found in a cave in China's Bayan Har Mountains
Bayan Har Mountains
The Bayan Har mountains are a mountain range in south-central part of Qinghai Province and the northwestern part of Sichuan Province in the People's Republic of China. It can be viewed as one of the branches of the Kunlun Mountains...

.

2005 season

Title Original airdate Summary
"Ancient Aliens" February 14, 2005 The show investigates ancient ruins, artifacts, and texts that may hold evidence that past human civilizations may have been contacted by or had close encounter
Close encounter
In ufology, a close encounter is an event in which a person witnesses an unidentified flying object. This terminology and the system of classification behind it was started by astronomer and UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek, and was first suggested in his 1972 book The UFO Experience: A Scientific...

s with extraterrestrial beings.
"Britain's X-Files" April 25, 2005 A delve into the secret files of Britain's Prime Ministers, former RAF officers, and even the Royal Family, in search of what they know about the bizarre and intriguing history of Britain's UFO phenomenon.
"Kecksburg UFO" June 6, 2005 A documentary into the supposed 1965 crash of an acorn
Acorn
The acorn, or oak nut, is the nut of the oaks and their close relatives . It usually contains a single seed , enclosed in a tough, leathery shell, and borne in a cup-shaped cupule. Acorns vary from 1–6 cm long and 0.8–4 cm broad...

-shaped object in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania
Kecksburg UFO incident
The Kecksburg UFO incident occurred on December 9, 1965 at Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, USA. A large, brilliant fireball was seen by thousands in at least six U.S. states and Ontario, Canada...

 that was supposedly recovered by the military and the cover up that followed.
"Majestic 12: UFO Cover Up" June 20, 2005 The episode takes a look at the top secret government committee appointed by President Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States . As President Franklin D. Roosevelt's third vice president and the 34th Vice President of the United States , he succeeded to the presidency on April 12, 1945, when President Roosevelt died less than three months after beginning his...

 – Majestic 12
Majestic 12
Majestic 12 is the alleged code name of a secret committee of scientists, military leaders, and government officials, supposedly formed in 1947 by an executive order of U.S. President Harry S. Truman...

, which is said to be responsible for the recovery, storage and analysis of UFO technology.
"The Day After Roswell" June 27, 2005 This episode investigates the story of U.S. Army Lt. Col Philip J. Corso
Philip J. Corso
Philip J. Corso was an American Army officer.He served in the United States Army from February 23, 1942, to March 1, 1963, and earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel....

, who claims in a book that he was given alien technology from the 1947 Roswell UFO Incident
Roswell UFO incident
The Roswell UFO Incident was the recovery of an object that crashed in the general vicinity of Roswell, New Mexico, in June or July 1947, allegedly an extra-terrestrial spacecraft and its alien occupants. Since the late 1970s the incident has been the subject of intense controversy and of...

 and lead secret projects to jump start advancements in laser
Laser
A laser is a device that emits light through a process of optical amplification based on the stimulated emission of photons. The term "laser" originated as an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation...

s, fiber optics, night vision
Night vision
Night vision is the ability to see in low light conditions. Whether by biological or technological means, night vision is made possible by a combination of two approaches: sufficient spectral range, and sufficient intensity range...

, and the integrated circuit
Integrated circuit
An integrated circuit or monolithic integrated circuit is an electronic circuit manufactured by the patterned diffusion of trace elements into the surface of a thin substrate of semiconductor material...

.
"UFO Hunters" July 18, 2005 A review of the history, the methods, the technology, and the scientific pioneers in the search for extraterrestrial life. The episode drew enough critical success that History green-lighted the UFO Hunters
UFO Hunters
UFO Hunters is an American television series that premiered on January 30, 2008 on The History Channel, produced by Motion Picture Production Inc., and ran for three seasons....

spin-off series which premiered in 2008.
"UFOs and the White House" July 25, 2005 This program delves into the Presidential libraries in an attempt to uncover evidence of 50-years of alleged Oval office
Oval Office
The Oval Office, located in the West Wing of the White House, is the official office of the President of the United States.The room features three large south-facing windows behind the president's desk, and a fireplace at the north end...

 involvement in the existence of UFOs.
"Russian Roswell" October 31, 2005 A look into that activities of Kapustin Yar
Kapustin Yar
Kapustin Yar is a Russian rocket launch and development site in Astrakhan Oblast, between Volgograd and Astrakhan. Known today as Znamensk , it was established 13 May 1946 and in the beginning used technology, material, and scientific support from defeated Germany...

 – a remote, top secret, military development and test facility in Russia and said to be the former Soviet Union's version of Area 51
Area 51
Area 51 is a military base, and a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base. It is located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States, 83 miles north-northwest of downtown Las Vegas. Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake, is a large military airfield...

.
"Real UFOs" November 14, 2005 A review of strange experimental aircraft made by the Nazis, the Russians, and the United States, that some speculate were designed by reverse engineering alien technology.
"Beyond the War of the Worlds" November 21, 2005 A look at mankind's fascination of the possible life on Mars
Mars
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in the Solar System. The planet is named after the Roman god of war, Mars. It is often described as the "Red Planet", as the iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance...

 and fear of alien invasion – starting with the 1896 book The War of the Worlds
The War of the Worlds
The War of the Worlds is an 1898 science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells.The War of the Worlds may also refer to:- Radio broadcasts :* The War of the Worlds , the 1938 radio broadcast by Orson Welles...

by H. G. Wells
H. G. Wells
Herbert George Wells was an English author, now best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, even writing text books and rules for war games...

, to the 1938 radio broadcast by Orson Welles
Orson Welles
George Orson Welles , best known as Orson Welles, was an American film director, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio...

 that panicked millions, to what spawned a little known invasion panic in upstate New York
New York
New York is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States. It is the nation's third most populous state. New York is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east...

 in 1968.
"Texas' Roswell" December 12, 2005 An investigation into an 1897 case where an alleged UFO crashed
Aurora Texas UFO Incident
The Aurora UFO Incident is a UFO incident that reportedly occurred on April 17, 1897 in Aurora, Texas, a small town in the northwest corner of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The incident reportedly resulted in a fatality from the crash...

 in Aurora, Texas
Aurora, Texas
Aurora is a city in Wise County, Texas, United States. The population was 853 at the 2000 census.Aurora was also a town in Jefferson County, Texas, near the mouth of Taylor Bayou on Sabine Lake...

 and the subsequent funeral and burial of the alien "pilot" in the town's graveyard.
"Mexico's Roswell" December 12, 2005 A look into the 1974 UFO crash incident
Coyame UFO Incident
The Coyame UFO incident was a reported mid-air collision between a UFO and a small airplane. Some conspiracy theorists believe the UFO was retrieved by a United States rapid response team assembled by military and intelligence agencies...

 in Coyame
Coyame
Coyame is a town in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. It serves as the municipal seat of Coyame del Sotol Municipality.In the 2010 INEGI Census, the town reported a total population of 709....

, Chihuahua, Mexico
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

, where the retrieval of crash material was subsequently covered up by Mexican authorities.
"Brazil's Roswell" December 17, 2005 An investigation into the 1977 reports of UFO activity over Colares, Brazil
Colares, Brazil
Colares is a city in the north part of Pará, Brazil. The city became famous because of the Colares UFO flap, which later originated the Operação Prato....

 where locals were said to have been physically zapped by beams from flying disks over a period of two months, and the Brazilian government was said to have suppressed video and photographic evidence.
"Britain's Roswell" December 17, 2005 A look at the famous Christmas
Christmas
Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual holiday generally celebrated on December 25 by billions of people around the world. It is a Christian feast that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, liturgically closing the Advent season and initiating the season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days...

 1980, Rendlesham Forest incident
Rendlesham Forest Incident
The Rendlesham Forest Incident is the name given to a series of reported sightings of unexplained lights and the alleged landing of a craft or multiple craft of unknown origin in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England, in late December 1980, just outside RAF Woodbridge, used at the time by the U.S....

 where a UFO reportedly buzzed a top security NATO military base that was said to store nuclear weapon
Nuclear weapon
A nuclear weapon is an explosive device that derives its destructive force from nuclear reactions, either fission or a combination of fission and fusion. Both reactions release vast quantities of energy from relatively small amounts of matter. The first fission bomb test released the same amount...

s.

2006 season

Title Original airdate Summary
"Out of This World" January 9, 2006 An attempt to answer the questions: "Are we alone in the universe?"; "Is Earth doomed by a stellar catastrophe?"; "Did extra-terrestrials have a hand in human development?"; and "What do the governments of the world know about life outside this planet?"
"Deep Sea UFOs" January 23, 2006 A look at reports of USOs "Unidentified Submerged Objects", throughout history – from the ancient legends of Atlantis
Atlantis
Atlantis is a legendary island first mentioned in Plato's dialogues Timaeus and Critias, written about 360 BC....

, to the reports of Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus was an explorer, colonizer, and navigator, born in the Republic of Genoa, in northwestern Italy. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that led to general European awareness of the American continents in the...

, to modern sightings around Laguna Cartagena, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico , officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico , is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.Puerto Rico comprises an...

 (a supposed USO hot bed).
"Alien Engineering, Part 1" February 6, 2006 Using real science, this episode takes a look into the possible theories of how alien craft could operate – from the propulsion systems, to levitation, to teleportation, and faster-than-light travel.
"Alien Engineering, Part 2" February 13, 2006 A continuation of the previous episode – a real-world look into how alien technology could possibly operate.
"Canada's Roswell" March 10, 2006 An investigation into the 1967 Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia is one of Canada's three Maritime provinces and is the most populous province in Atlantic Canada. The name of the province is Latin for "New Scotland," but "Nova Scotia" is the recognized, English-language name of the province. The provincial capital is Halifax. Nova Scotia is the...

 incident where a UFO was reportedly seen entering and traveling underwater which alerted a nearby U.S./Canadian submarine base.
"UFO Cults" April 10, 2006 A look into UFO/alien-worshiping religious cults, such as Heaven's Gate
Heaven's Gate (religious group)
Heaven's Gate was an American UFO religion based in San Diego, California, founded and led by Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles...

 and others whose members believe extraterrestrials have a plan for mankind.
"UFOs vs. The Government" May 24, 2006 A look at what the governments of the United States, England, and Belgium could know about the existence of UFOs, and studies what some say is smoking gun evidence of a web of secrecy.
"Deep Sea UFOs: Red Alert" July 10, 2006 A continued investigation into the "USO" phenomena, studying a 1992 incident off Catalina Island
Santa Catalina Island, California
Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, or just Catalina, is a rocky island off the coast of the U.S. state of California. The island is long and across at its greatest width. The island is located about south-southwest of Los Angeles, California. The highest point on the island is...

 near Los Angeles to the continual UFO/USO activity surrounding the USS Roosevelt
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt was the second of three Midway class aircraft carriers. To her crew, she was known as the "Swanky Franky," "Foo-De-Roo," or "Rosie," with the last nickname probably the most popular. Roosevelt spent most of her active deployed career operating in the Mediterranean Sea as...

 during her 20-year service.
"An Alien History of Planet Earth" June 26, 2006 A study of various landmark UFO encounters, from World War II to the 1990s, and a look at rumors of classified military aircraft incorporating alien technology into their designs. This is a two part episode.
"Black Box UFO Secrets" August 7, 2006 An analysis of black box
Black box
A black box is a device, object, or system whose inner workings are unknown; only the input, transfer, and output are known characteristics.The term black box can also refer to:-In science and technology:*Black box theory, a philosophical theory...

 and control tower
Control tower
A control tower, or more specifically an Air Traffic Control Tower , is the name of the airport building from which the air traffic control unit controls the movement of aircraft on and around the airport. Control towers are also used to control the traffic for other forms of transportation such...

 tapes recorded during alleged UFO encounters, including NASA
NASA
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is the agency of the United States government that is responsible for the nation's civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research...

 video footage.
"The Pacific Bermuda Triangle" September 4, 2006 This documentary covers the "Dragon's Triangle
Devil's Sea
The , also known as the Dragon's Triangle, the Formosa Triangle and the "Pacific Bermuda Triangle", is a region of the Pacific around Miyake Island, about 100 km south of Tokyo...

", a region south of Japan in the Philippine Sea
Philippine Sea
The Philippine Sea is a marginal sea east and north of the Philippines occupying an estimated surface area of 2 million mi² on the western part of the North Pacific Ocean...

 where, like the infamous Bermuda Triangle
Bermuda Triangle
The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil's Triangle, is a region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean where a number of aircraft and surface vessels allegedly disappeared under mysterious circumstances....

, ships and planes have gone missing.
"Hangar 18: The UFO Warehouse" November 6, 2006 An investigation of the mysterious "Hangar 18" facility located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base in Greene and Montgomery counties in the state of Ohio. It includes both Wright and Patterson Fields, which were originally Wilbur Wright Field and Fairfield Aviation General Supply Depot. Patterson Field is located approximately...

 in Dayton, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Dayton is the 6th largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Montgomery County, the fifth most populous county in the state. The population was 141,527 at the 2010 census. The Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 841,502 in the 2010 census...

, where some believe the military keeps UFO wreckage and alien bodies.
"Alien Encounters" December 4, 2006 An examination of what ufology
Ufology
Ufology is a neologism coined to describe the collective efforts of those who study reports and associated evidence of unidentified flying objects . UFOs have been subject to various investigations over the years by governments, independent groups, and scientists...

 calls "trace cases", where physical material from a strange encounter is analyzed to determine if it is evidence of an alien contact.

2007 season

Title Original airdate Summary
"UFOs of the 70's" May 29, 2007 This episode explores the biggest decade of UFO activity – the 1970s, when a renewed interest in UFOs was born from the growing reports of sighting and abductions, from Delphos, Kansas
Delphos, Kansas
Delphos is a city in Ottawa County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 359. It is part of the Salina Micropolitan Statistical Area. The community was named after Delphos, Ohio.-Geography:...

 to Roswell, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Roswell is a city in and the county seat of Chaves County in the southeastern quarter of the state of New Mexico, United States. The population was 48,366 at the 2010 census. It is a center for irrigation farming, dairying, ranching, manufacturing, distribution, and petroleum production. It is also...

. This episode is a composite of two episodes including segments from Alien Encounters.
"Alien Hunters" October 5, 2007 This episode looks at the history of our search for extraterrestrial life, explaining the technologies used, introducing the pioneers and revealing the most promising discoveries.
"Area 51" N/A This episode looks into the secretive military facility known as Area 51
Area 51
Area 51 is a military base, and a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base. It is located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States, 83 miles north-northwest of downtown Las Vegas. Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake, is a large military airfield...

, and a focus on Bob Lazar
Bob Lazar
Robert Scott Lazar or Bob Lazar , has said to have worked from 1988 until 1989 as a physicist at an area called S-4 , allegedly located near Groom Lake, Nevada, at the location also known as Area 51...

, a physicist who claimed to have worked at the installation and revealed secrets of experimental aircraft projects designed around the reverse engineering of alien technology.
"Roswell: Secrets Unveiled" N/A This episode looks back at the famous Roswell UFO incident
Roswell UFO incident
The Roswell UFO Incident was the recovery of an object that crashed in the general vicinity of Roswell, New Mexico, in June or July 1947, allegedly an extra-terrestrial spacecraft and its alien occupants. Since the late 1970s the incident has been the subject of intense controversy and of...

which for many, marked the beginning of an era of UFO conspiracies and government cover-ups. It looks at arguments presented by both sides and weighs the evidence in an attempt to reveal what really happened in July 1947.

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