Dan Aykroyd’s Unplugged on UFOs Shows Actors Belief in Phenomenon
Before Tom Delonge became the vociferous proponent of the UFO phenomenon he is today, Dan Aykroyd spent time as the celebrity face of MUFON – the Mutual UFO Network. To this day Aykroyd is still a strong proponent in the search for truth, and the best representation of his UFO prowess can be found in the 2005 documentary, Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs.
Dan Aykroyd on MUFON and UFOs
In 1952, one of the most well-known and widely viewed UFO events occurred in Washington, D.C. Anyone with an elementary knowledge of UFO history is familiar with the night when a large group of lights was seen hovering over the capitol building before jets were scrambled to investigate the brazen display. Before the Air Force was able to get there, they were gone, but not before thousands witnessed the event.
That same year Dan Aykroyd was born, and by the time he was old enough to discover the 1952 D.C. UFO sighting, he became completely infatuated with investigating the phenomenon. He would later be inspired by the 1951 sci-fi classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still, in which extraterrestrial visitors give humans an ultimatum to become a peaceful civilization, or else humanity would face negative repercussions for being a threat to the galaxy. Aykroyd maintains this sentiment in the documentary, saying he believes extraterrestrials may be monitoring us for that very reason.
Since then, he has devoted a significant amount of time reading, studying and speaking on the subject, delivering one of the most level-headed and pragmatic perspectives from someone of his stature.
Most people are familiar with Aykroyd for his days as a beloved comedian on Saturday Night Live, Blues Brothers, and of course, Ghostbusters. But Aykroyd’s celebrity in the UFO world came to its zenith after he joined filmmaker David Sereda in his 2005 documentary Unplugged on UFOs, and his subsequent endorsement of MUFON.
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Aykroyd has been a strident supporter of MUFON ever since and continues to tout the organization’s research into UFOs and unexplained phenomena. Aykroyd refers those who are interested in his documentary to MUFON.com
In the documentary, an out-of-character Aykroyd is stone-faced and candid about his beliefs on UFOS, the likelihood of a government cover-up, and the possible intentions of extraterrestrial visitors.
Dan Aykroyd’s UFO Sightings
Aykroyd has been outspoken about UFO and paranormal experiences he’s had in life, one of which was confirmed by thousands of people. During a trip to upstate New York in the ‘80s, Aykroyd said he awoke in the middle of the night, telling his wife something outside wanted him to come see them.
“They’re calling me, I want to go outside. Something outside wants me to come out and see them,” he said.
Aykroyd’s wife convinced him to go back to sleep, but when he awoke in the morning, the news was buzzing with reports across Canada, New York, and Vermont reporting that thousands of people felt an urge the night before to go outside around 3 a.m., whereupon they witnessed a several-mile-high spiraling pink vortex.
In 2002, Aykroyd was working on a documentary for the SciFi channel with a number of recognized names in the world of ufology, including Linda Moulton Howe, Steven Greer, and John Mack. They had filmed eight episodes of a series that was close to airing.
One day after filming, Aykroyd stepped outside for a cigarette and answered a phone call from Britney Spears who wanted to talk about an upcoming SNL episode. While he was on the phone he said he turned and looked out onto 42nd street in New York and noticed a black SUV with a tall man dressed in black giving him a dirty look. Aykroyd turned away, but then did a double-take within a matter of a second and the car had vanished.
Two hours later, Aykroyd and the cast were told the show had been cancelled completely and would never air. To this day they were never given a reason why.
Aykroyd said in another interview for OpenMinds.tv that he had another encounter with a UFO during a trip to Martha’s Vineyard. He said he was on the ground looking up and estimated he saw two UFOs moving in synchronicity at an altitude of roughly 50,000 feet in the air, moving at a speed of roughly 20,000 mph and travelling faster than any known aircraft.
More so than most celebrities who speak on the subject, Aykroyd has undoubtedly done his research, citing important cases and experts in the field of ufology when discussing the topic. When he’s not (and when he is) promoting his vodka, bottled to resemble the Mayan crystal skulls, Aykroyd continues to adamantly investigate the UFO phenomenon. Now someone just needs to put him in a room with Tom Delonge and record the conversation that ensues.
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The 1952 Washington, D.C., UFO Incident, Explained
The Great 1952 Washington, D.C., UFO Incident
It was around 11:40 p.m. on Saturday night, July 19, 1952. Air traffic controller Edward Nugent was at his radar screen at Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C., when he saw seven unusual blips on the screen. No known aircraft were in the area and there was no explanation for the presence of the objects. Nugent called his superior, Harry Barnes, to come and look. Together, they watched the mysterious objects dart across the sky. They even checked to make sure the radar was working properly.
Nugent and his boss checked with the control tower and learned that both controllers in the tower had also seen the blips. They called nearby Andrews Air Force Base, where controllers also saw strange objects on their radar screens.
Two of the objects clearly hovered over the White House, with another one over the Capitol. Controllers at both airports began tracking the objects, which they estimated to be traveling at about 130 mph when they suddenly disappeared from the radar screen. Then appeared again, zipping all around the sky. One made a 90-degree turn and another one suddenly went in reverse, both maneuvers that American airplanes could not make at the time.
An airline captain, S.C. Pierman, was waiting on the tarmac in the cockpit of his DC-4 at National Airport for authorization to take off. While waiting, he saw six objects moving about the sky. Over a 14-minute time period, Pierman would see the objects and then they would disappear, reappearing moments later. He was talking to controller Barnes this entire time. Every time Pierman reported a sighting, a blip appeared on Barnes’s radar screen. At 5:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, July 20, the objects disappeared entirely.
Were these really unidentified flying objects (UFOs)? Did they come back again on another day for a second look? What was the significance of the 1952 UFO sightings and how did the sightings become known as the Great UFO Flap of 1952?
The Objects Return on July 26, 1952
At around 8:15 p.m. one week later, a stewardess and a captain were on an inbound flight into Washington National Airport. They observed strange lights above their plane. At the same time, an officer at Andrews Air Force Base also observed the objects. Other pilots in the air at the time saw them, too. Similar to the occurrence from the week before, the “encore performance” of the UFOs ended around dawn on Sunday morning. The objects disappeared from sight and off of the airport radar.