Sweden’s Ghost Rockets

The Roswell UFO crash of July, 1947 is one of the most publicized UFO events in American pop culture. In fact, the little town of Roswell has exploited this event to a point that it has become a cottage industry for many of its residents. Nearly every storefront window is decorated with green alien blow-up dolls and cardboard flying saucers. It seems more of a joke than a page from New Mexico’s history.

Sweden hasn’t turned their UFO sightings into a joke, but it has been turned into a documentary. Most Americans have never heard of the Ghost Rockets of Sweden. But this series of events began about seventeen months prior to the Roswell event and it is, by far, a bigger story than the Roswell crash. One big reason is that is wasn’t just a single event. In fact, it even continues to this day.

The first reports of a sighting of something unusual occured on February 26, 1946. Witnesses claimed they saw a missile-shaped craft crashing into a lake. Over the next few months, similar reports were received from all over Sweden at different lakes. The most remarkable sightings occurred on July 19, 1946 (almost exactly one year before the Roswell incident). On that day, four Ghost Rockets crashed into four different lakes, all within the span of four hours.

Sketch of a Ghost Rocket

A witness’ sketch of a Ghost Rocket. The handwritten notes, when translated, describe the rocket as having a green stripe on the side and a heat wave exhaust pattern at the rear.

Initially, these sightings were assumed to be a meteor shower. But when some witnesses described a small, metallic aircraft it was then assumed that the Russians were testing missiles. To prove this theory, the Swedish military searched an area where some of the sightings took place. Their investigation centered on lake Kölmjärv, conducting an underwater search for three weeks. They did discover fresh impact craters on the lake bed and damage to some aquatic plants. It definitely appeared as though something crashed into the lake, however no craft was ever recovered.

The United States and British military forces attempted to offer Sweden additional manpower and technology to help in the investigation. But, the world was still in the throes of the second world war and Sweden’s Prime Minister, Per Albin Hansson, feared that granting US and British troops entry into their country would risk Sweden’s “neutral” status, and enrage Stalin and Hitler, causing a bigger problem than a few unidentified falling objects crashing into lakes.

Now, nearly seventy years later, Ghost Rocket activity is still being witnessed. The stories are familiar — missile-like craft crashing into Sweden’s lakes or landing on the surface of a lake and slowly sinking beneath the surface. According to these new witness reports, the UFOs vary in size. Some are described as having wings, others appear to be wingless. But, they all seem to be too small to carry a human-sized pilot.

The Ghost Rockets documentary will cover the history of this weird chain of events, including the investigations. It has already been shown to limited audiences in some Swedish theaters. It will finally make its TV debut on Swedish television this coming November.

What are they? Where do they come from? And why are they choosing Sweden as their target? These are the questions everyone asks. Unfortunately, the Ghost Rockets documentary will still leave that up to your imagination.

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