Peru's air force reopens dormant UFO investigations branch
Sightings of anomalous aerial phenomena — UFOs to you and me — are on the increase in Peru. So much so that the Peruvian Air Force, the Fuerza Aérea del Perú (FAP), has announced it’s reinstating a UFO investigations team moribund since 2005.
Speaking at an official announcement made in the Peruvian capital, Lima, Friday, FAP Colonel Julio José Vucetich Abanto, who will head up the reconstituted investigations team, heralded the reconstituted UFO unit saying, “For people who observe seemingly unconventional phenomena, which cause surprise or concern, know that there is an institution that will study and research your information."
The official unveiling was made at a meeting in Lima convened by the Peruvian Air Force, at which discussion was devoted to UFOs and Peru’s mysterious Nazca lines, a series of massive, ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in Southern Peru. The Nazca geoglyphs are thought to have been created between 400 and 650 AD and extend for more than 80 kilometers (50 miles) between the towns of Nazca and Palpa. They portray a range of human figures as well as a number of different animals and plants. Some consider the Nazca geoglyphs to have been fashioned by beings not of this world.
To give it is full title, the new Peruvian “X-Files” cohort, under the auspices of the Air Force, will be known as the Office for Investigation of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena (OIFAA).
The team brings together a range of expert skills including sociologists, archaeologists and astronomers, along with air force personnel. The anomalous aerial phenomena unit will analyze the frequency of unexplained aerial phenomena and where and when they occur, said Vucetich.
Peru’s original OIFAA was created in 2001, but became dormant in 2005 not, apparently, because potential extraterrestrials became disinterested in Peru, but due to more earthly administrative problems in the Andean republic.
Similar investigation agencies already exist in a number of other South American countries including Ecuador, Argentina and Chile. UFO expert, Andrea Pérez Simondini, director of Argentina’s Comisión de Estudios del Fenómeno Ovni de la República Argentina (Cefora) — the Commission for the Study of the UFO Phenomena UFO in Argentina — told Spanish-language AIM Digital that Peru’s renewed interest in unexplained phenomena might have more to do with keeping up with their continental neighbors.
But as Simondini conceded, and as highlighted by Vucetich, there are signs of increased frequency in reports of unexplained phenomena or objects in Peruvian skies over recent years.
Simondini referred to two recent out-of-the-ordinary events. In one case in 2012, there was a widely reported UFO sighting in the district of La Molina. In another, Peruvian cabinet ministers, on a fact-finding trip to the Peruvian jungle were startled to see a huge unidentified ship sail cruise over their heads.
Peru’s renewed enthusiasm for UFOs stands in sharp contrast to the UK. In 2009, the British government closed a UFO investigation unit after more than 50 years. Explaining the decision, a government source said not a single report had ever revealed a “potential threat” to the United Kingdom.
Closure of the UK’s UFO investigation unit meant the sole defense ministry employee charged with UFO investigation was moved to another post.
A mystifying decision in the country that gave “Doctor Who” to the world.