UFOs definitely do exist. If you look up into the sky and see something but don’t know what it is, then it is by definition an Unidentified Flying Object. This could be something as simple as an aircraft you can’t identify or a species of bird you’ve never seen before. If a radar operator spots something she doesn’t recognize, then it’s a UFO, at least until someone or the object itself identifies it.
Many, perhaps even most, people often associate UFOs with alien spacecraft that have come to visit Earth for whatever reason. Though this correctly fits with the definition of UFO, it is unfortunate that it is often the only known meaning. In the interest of getting to what is probably the underlying issue of this debate title though, let’s look into this a bit more.
For all of recorded history, and probably even before that, people have encountered things they can’t explain and have then tried to come up with their own ideas of what it was that they saw. In medieval times it was dragons, sea monsters, and magical phenomenon. In modern times it’s aliens and “UFO”s. That’s not to say that those people didn’t actually see something; they probably did and just couldn’t identify it. Whether those afore mentioned things actually exist or not is not the subject of this article, but they do demonstrate that unidentified objects are seen all the time.
Do the alien variety of UFOs actually exist? That’s another article. There have been many cases of people seeing strange things in the sky and who have been unable to find out for sure just what those things were. Attempts by the US Government to keep things like this quiet surely only add to the controversy over them, which is probably the idea. Let the people argue among themselves about whether or not it was an alien ship so that they don’t find out about some top secret project. A good example of this kind of thing is the F-117 Nighthawk. Like any military aircraft, and especially this one, there was a time when its development and testing was a closely guarded secret. Having seen one myself at an airshow I know that, when seen at a distance, in the air, and from the front or back, they look very much like the typical flying saucer shape often attributed to UFOs.
So what does all this mean? UFOs are definitely real, factual objects. The issues surrounding them arise when trying to identify them.