At 12:00 p.m. on January 16, 1958, Brazilian ship Almirante Saldanha, taking part in projects of the International Geophysical Year, was preparing to sail away from Trindade Island.
Among the crew, there was a member of the Brazilian Air Force, Captain José Teobaldo Viegas, the submarine photographer Almiro Baraúna, several scientists and a group of highly trained explorers.
Reportedly Captain Viegas was on the deck with several scientists and members of the crew when he suddenly noticed a flying object.
Witnesses present reportedly saw the U.F.O. at the same time.
It reportedly came toward the island from the east, flew towards the “Pico Desejado” (Wished Peak), made a steep turn and went away very quickly to the north-west.
As soon as the object was noticed, Almiro Baraúna was sought for photography. After getting the camera and going up the quarter-deck, he managed to take 4 pictures of the object.
After being disclosed, the pictures were exhaustively analyzed. All the pictures were considered genuine, taken from a real occurrence, with the certification of military personnel. The photographs even received confirmation from Juscelino Kubitschek, president of Brazil at that time.
Other investigators of the case have questioned the authenticity of the photos. Project Blue Book (the controversial U.S. Air Force investigation into the UFO phenomenon) concluded that the photographs were hoaxed. The credibility of Barauna himself has been questioned.
In 2010 a Brazilian TV show a friend of the author of the famous photos, Almiro Barauna, tells in a recorded interview that she:
“heard from the photographer himself: he hoaxed the images, it was a montage. ‘He got two spoons, joined them and improvised a spaceship, using as background his home fridge. He photographed on the fridge door and object with a perfect lighting, because the calculated everything, he wasn’t dumb. He laughed a lot’, said Emilia Bittencourt.”
But the contorversy did not end with this report: little more than a day after the TV show aired, Barauna’s niece, through Jose Americo Medeiros, states that she actually didn’t confirm the hoax. And while some are already suggesting the TV show concocted the whole thing, one has to take all these statements with due caution.
The Brazilian Navy produced a report based on testimony of the crew of the ship that witnessed the incident, and in this report they say the photos were analyzed as well and no tricks were found.
So we have this woman who claims to have heard the faked disk story and the photographer who admitted had forge photographs before, but on the other hand you have Mr. Almiro himself reporting what he and dozens of other sailors saw, in a Navy Report, was an UFO sighting. Unfortunately, the negatives just disappear after the Navy’s investigation.
What do you think about it?