Date: 19th may, 1986
place detected: cities of Sao Paulo, Sao Jose Dos Campos, Rio de Janeiro (brazil)
Objects were detected by Radar from Brazil’s Air Space Defence Centre, in brasilia, and it was claimed they were interfering with Air Traffic (mentioned by Brigadier Lima).
(pictured….F15 fighter… not F-5E)
Fighter aeroplanes (3 mirages and 2 F-5E, although in some it says 3? F-5E planes, so not sure which) were sent to intercept/chase these Unidentified Flying Objects; they were multi coloured UFO’s the size of ping pong balls.
Brigadier General, Moreira Lima, later mentioned that “i cannot give an explanation for this, because we do not have any”.
One F-5 pilot, mentioned that unidentified flying objects followed his plane, 7 on one side, and six on the other.
Later,on Globo Television News, a pilot said the UFO’s were “the shape and size of ping pong balls, flying at speeds of 840 mph”.
The jets actively chased them for 3 hours (source Manchete Television News Network), but were forced to go back due to low fuel.
Another witness to this, was Ozires Silva,(president of the state run Oil company Petrobas-flying a Xingu plane), who was trying to land at San Jose dod campos airport (a Brazilian Air Force base), but was unable to, due to radar showing 12 UFO targets in the area.
He however, told the pilot to chase the lights (did so for around 25 minutes), and also informed the Centre of Air Defence via radio. Ozires Silva, was also known as a colonel, hence him landing where he did.
Soon the journalists picked up the story and Brigadier Lima, made a statement saying ” It is not a question of believing or not, this requires technical information, and we have neither replies nor technical explainations for what happened”.
The head of Air Defence Operations – Colonel Ney Antunes Cerqueira..
There was a promise of an official report on the incident, to be available to the public 30 days from the event….. however, this was not forthcoming, and was kept secret.
A detailed account of all this can be seen here ; please also see nicap, for the report and FOIA documents.
Ozires Silva link in portuguese (try translating into English on google).
I have been informed that….an announcement in May 2005, by the Brazilian government in Brasilia, and consequently by the Brazilian Air Force, to officially open their files regarding Extraterrestrial sightings throughout the country was a major step forward.
Their files go back to 1954 and reveal that unique aerial sightings were labeled “H Traffic”. This came about after pressure was placed on them from a team of Brazilian experts, who insisted on public access to this information. Among these individuals was A.J. Gevaerd who is familiar with The Academy’s work and information.”
Also of interest, on brazilian ufo naval sighting (short video on history channel, other links can be seen here too), unrelated to above sighting, can be seen here .