If you were an alien planning on taking over the Earth, how would you go about it? Well, that isn't the topic of this post, but rather a well-documented UFO encounter in 1952. From the Daily Mail (where I apparently get a lot of my "news"):
The sighting by an RAF fighter pilot on a training mission over West Germany in 1952 has been revealed for the first time by papers released by the Churchill Archive at Cambridge University.
Flight Sergeant Roland Hughes was returning to base when he was followed by a 'gleaming silver, metallic disc' which flew alongside him before disappearing at incredible sped.
The object was caught by RAF radars, which confirmed it was travelling at speeds far greater than possible for any aircraft of the time.
Hughes reported the sighting and was sent to visit Duncan Sandys, then aviation minister, to give his account in person.
He described seeing a flash of 'silver light' which rapidly descended towards him until he could see that it was a 'gleaming silver-metallic disc'.
He said its surface was shiny, 'like tin foil', and 'without a single crease or crinkle'.
He could see, with 'astonishing clarity', the craft's 'highly reflective and absolutely seamless metallic-looking surface'.
Flying at high altitude in clear visibility in his de Havilland Vampire, he estimated its size at 100ft across – 'about the wingspan of a Lancaster bomber'.
None of the other three pilots - all returning to RAF Oldenburg in northern West Germany - saw the object because they were executing a 'banking turn' and not looking in the same direction.
Six days later, Hughes was sent to RAF Fassberg in West Germany to give his account to senior RAF officers and Sandys.
The minister's first question was how many beers Hughes had drunk the night before.
However, in the end he was so taken by the then 23-year-old Hughes' story that he went on to brief senior civil servants, telling them he was convinced it was true.