Trindade Island UFO hoax

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A photograph of the alleged UFO taken by Almiro Baraúna. The object is the small gray dot just to the right of the image center.

The Trindade Island UFO hoax was an alleged unidentified flying object that photographer Almiro Baraúna claimed to have observed and photographed over and near Trindade Island on January 16, 1958. Baraúna admitted in 2010 that the incident was a hoax.


At 12:00 p.m. on January 16, 1958, Brazilian ship Almirante Saldanha, while participating in projects associated with the International Geophysical Year, was preparing to sail from Ilha de Trindade, off the coast of the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo. Among the crew was photographer Almiro Baraúna, who claimed to have captured several photographs of a UFO during the voyage.[1] Investigators, including those associated with the U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book, reported that the incident was a hoax and that the photos had been manipulated.[2][3] Baraúna admitted the hoax in 2010, and described how he had done it.[4]

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  1. ^ Huneeus, J. Antonio (26 August 2010). "Rare document on the Trindade UFO case". Open Minds. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  2. ^ The Trindade Island UFO: A detailed study of Photos 1 and 2
  3. ^ "From the Desks of Project Blue Book: Trindade Island Case File – 16 January 1958". The Black Vault. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  4. ^ Mori. "Trindade Island case photographer admits hoax". Forgetomori. Retrieved 2020-11-18.