||Way back on February
25th, 1942, batteries of antiaircraft guns near Los Angeles, California, fired
a barrage of nearly 2,000 rounds of 12 pound, high explosive shells at what
appeared to be an invading aircraft. This craft was apparently
unharmed and unmoved by this attack.
This story has been embraced by
paranormalites as evidence of a UFO appearing in public five years before the
Kevin Arnold sighting that started the wave of UFO paranoia. It lends
credence to their basic ideas that UFOs are magically invulnerable to any kind
of damage (and the laws of physics, apparently), that UFOs are so enigmatic
that they hover in mid-air for no obvious reason while the native primates lob
high-impact projectiles at their ship, and that UFOs have been with humanity
at least since World War 2 (though many would place that length of contact
much more distantly).
Of course, there is a skeptical side to
this issue. A man named Paul Novak has built an excellent site around
this and other skeptical issues. You can find it here.