On Feb. 24, "Peter Jennings Reporting: UFOs — Seeing Is Believing" takes
a fresh look at the UFO phenomenon. "As a journalist," says Jennings, "I
began this project with a healthy dose of skepticism and as open a mind
as possible. After almost 150 interviews with scientists, investigators
and with many of those who claim to have witnessed unidentified flying
objects, there are important questions that have not been completely
answered — and a great deal not fully explained."
"Peter Jennings Reporting: UFOs — Seeing Is Believing" airs Thursday,
Feb. 24 from 8-10 p.m. ET on ABC. The program will be broadcast in High
This two-hour primetime special reports on the entire scope of the
UFO experience — from the first famous sighting by Kenneth Arnold in
1947 to the present day. The program draws on interviews with police
officers, pilots, military personnel, scientists and ordinary citizens
who give extraordinary accounts of encounters with the unexplained. Also
included are the voices of professional skeptics about UFOs, including
scientists who are leading the search for life forms beyond Earth
elsewhere in the universe.
The program explores the facts behind the enduring mystery of the
incident at Roswell, N.M., and looks into the strange stories of alien
abductions. Among the UFO cases presented:
Minot Air Force Base, N.D., October 1968 — Sixteen airmen on the
ground and the crew of an airborne B-52 witness a massive unidentified
object hovering near the base.
Phoenix, March 1997 — Hundreds witness a huge triangular craft moving
slowly over the city.
St. Clair County, Ill., January 2000 — Police officers in five
adjoining towns all independently report witnessing a giant craft with
multiple bright lights moving silently across the sky at a very low
Today if you report a UFO to the U.S. government you will be informed
that the Air Force conducted a 22-year investigation that ended in 1969
and concluded that UFOs are not a threat to national security and are of
no scientific interest. But as one of the world's leading theoretical
physicists says in the program, "You simply cannot dismiss the
possibility that some of these UFO sightings are actually sightings from
some object created by … a civilization perhaps millions of years ahead
of us in technology."
"Peter Jennings Reporting: UFOs — Seeing Is Believing" is produced by
PJ Productions and Springs Media for ABC News. Mark Obenhaus and Tom
Yellin are the executive producers.