| Although UFO sightings are down from their peak years, voyagers from space are still among us, and there’s video over Champaign to prove it.
The skies here have had decades of brightly lit flying objects, to go by News-Gazette clippings.
That flying saucer parked just south of Champaign? Sorry, that’s the State Farm Center. But the Foo Fighters, who took their name from what Air Force pilots in World War II called UFOs, did play there in 2000 and 2005.
The big boom for UFO spottings started in 1947, said Mark Rodeghier, the director of the Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Chicago. There were many reports during the 1950s and 1960s, with some going back in Illinois to 1897.