Foo fighters!

Foo-Italy, 1945

Italy, 1945

The term foo fighter was used by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II to describe various unidentified flying objects or mysterious aerial phenomena seen in the skies over both the European and Pacific theaters of operations. They were formally reported from November 1944 onwards.


Author Renato Vesco revived the wartime theory that the foo fighters were a Nazi secret weapon, in his book, Intercept UFO, reprinted in a revised English edition as Man-Made UFOs.
Foo Fighter

19 Feb. 1945

Night flightEdit

During April 1945, the US Navy began to experiment on visual illusions as experienced by night time aviators. This work began the US Navy's Bureau of Medicine (BUMED) project X-148-AV-4-3. This project pioneered the study of aviators' vertigo and was initiated because a wide variety of anomalous events were being reported by night time aviators.[1]


  1. "The Real Foo Fighters - A Historical and Physiological Perspective on a World War II Aviation Mystery" Skeptic Magazine, vol. 17, n. 2 (pp. 38-43)


  • Jerome Clark, The Ufo Book: Encyclopedia of the Extraterrestrial, Visible Ink, 1998, ISBN 1-57859-029-9
  • Timothy Good, Need to Know: UFOs, the Military, and Intelligence, Pegasus Books, 2007, ISBN 978-1-933648-38-5

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