Gordon Cooper UFO Encounter
Gordon Cooper was a Colonel in the United States Air Force, and an astronaut for NASA. He was a crew member in Project Mercury and the first American to sleep in space during a 34 hour mission. Despite his high rank and heavy involvement in space exploration, Gordon Cooper was very open on his opinion of UFOs. He claimed up until his death that UFOs were real and that the government has been covering up the truth ever since Roswell.
In 1951 during a flight over Germany, Cooper saw his first UFO. And it is rumored he saw many others during his time in space. In 1957 two military photographers that he had setting up a precision landing system urgently came to him after experiencing something strange. They said a “strange-looking, saucer-like” craft landed near their work site. It had a tripod extend as landing gear. The craft was silent and never made a sound. The two took photos and approached it to get a closer look but it then took off and disappeared. Cooper contacted the Pentagon, where he was ordered to send the photos to them immediately and to make no copies. He took a long look at the photos before sending them away, and was impressed by the clarity of the photographs. The photos showed exactly what the two men described. He then sent them away where they were never seen again.
Gordon Cooper believed that the United States Government covers up UFO evidence and was responsible for making those photos disappear. Despite his high rank he still believed there were secrets being kept from everybody, including himself. Gordon Cooper passed away in 2004 still holding strong to the belief that UFOs are real and their evidence is being covered up by a higher authority.