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Flying Humanoid Sightings and Theories

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With interests in science and nature, the author explores topics from a unique and sometimes controversial perspective.

Unidentified flying humanoids appear to maneuver in our atmosphere as easily as astronauts in outer space.

Unidentified flying humanoids appear to maneuver in our atmosphere as easily as astronauts in outer space.

UFOs in Human Form

Sightings of flying humanoids are truly one of our world’s most bizarre unsolved mysteries. The narrative is usually as simple as it sounds. Witnesses report strange objects in the sky, but not the usual UFOs or flying saucers. They’re seeing humans, or human-like creatures, suspended in the air, apparently flying on their own.

These rare events first gained worldwide attention after several reports from Mexico in the early 2000s, but their history and reach go far beyond that.

Though it may take a little imagination, it is fairly easy to speculate on the origins and even the agendas of spacecraft from another world, but the truth behind these flying humanoids is hard to fathom. It’s also reasonable to debunk sightings of strange flying craft as misidentified airplanes, or even top-secret planes yet to be unveiled to the public.

But how do we reconcile the shape and form of a human flying in midair with our current understanding of modern technology, physics, and the universe? There aren’t a whole lot of human-shaped things flying around in the sky! What else could account for these sightings?

What are flying humanoids and where do they come from? Many say they are extraterrestrial beings, just another example of the UFO phenomenon, but others attach a far more intriguing meaning to their appearance. Let’s take a deeper look at these Superman wannabes and try to get to the bottom of things.

Sightings in Mexico and Around the World

Back in 2000, Mexican UFO researcher Salvador Guerrero was keeping an eye on the skies in hopes of spotting something interesting. What he ended up seeing was no doubt way more interesting than he ever bargained for! Guerrero witnessed, and filmed, a human floating in midair and moving through the sky. There was no parachute, and the being had an unmistakable humanoid form. This was an unidentified flying humanoid!

More sightings, and footage, followed from across Mexico. The strangest involved several distinct humanoid shapes apparently locked in some sort of engagement in the skies over Mexico City. One of the entities appeared to have large wings.

In another report, citizens of a small town claimed that “witches” were haunting their skies, and circling a cemetery overhead. The claim was accompanied by a grainy and blobbish image of the offending witch floating through the sky, but more interestingly police officers were allegedly attacked by the entity.

Sightings of flying humanoids aren’t limited to Mexico. Over the years, reports have emerged from places like the United States, South America, India, China, and England.

With different people from various cultures seemingly spotting the same thing all across the globe, it appears we have a new kind of UFO sighting on our hands. What has spurred on this sudden phenomenon? Or, is it even a new phenomenon at all?

When we look back through the pages of history, is it possible that flying humanoids have been with us all along?

Legends of Flying Humanoids in Antiquity

We don’t have to look hard to find an example of flying entities in ancient legend, religion, and lore. An easy place to start is with the angels of Judeo-Christian and Islamic traditions. We all know angels as beings with mystical powers, usually depicted with wings and the ability to fly.

Angels have many jobs, from warriors to messengers to guides. Some, known as Ishim angels in the Jewish faith, are said to watch over humans here on Earth. We might also call them guardian angels.

Angels are found in many religions and cultures around the world. Other civilizations throughout history had their magical beings as well, all with incredible powers which often included the ability to fly. The Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans had gods with different purposes, just as the archangels are said to have different jobs. Always the heavens are recognized as a holy place, and the gods travel to and from with ease.

Looking at these and other cases of flying entities from myth and religion, we might wonder if the flying humanoids everyone is seeing in modern times are actually angels or ancient gods.

Then again, it’s also possible that prehistoric people were seeing flying humanoids long before the idea of angels or gods came about and, without any other way to explain them, decided these flying people must be divine and magical.

Flying Humanoid Theories

Some people point to humans using rocket packs as a possible explanation for these sightings, but this isn’t reasonable. Real rocket packs are extremely dangerous to operate, and there aren’t very many of them around. Flight times are very limited, and it would be suicide for any operator to fly to the heights these humanoids are said to attain.

The prevailing opinion among many researchers is that flying humanoids are related to the UFO phenomenon. Technically, they are objects in the sky, and they are flying, so, therefore, they are unidentified flying objects. Within the UFO context, these could be aliens from another world simply piloting a one-man craft of some kind, or using some other technology unknown to us.

Another theory lies within the realm of cryptozoology. The legendary Mothman is an example of a flying humanoid creature that is said to inhabit the Point Pleasant, West Virginia, area. The Mothman notoriously appeared during the year leading up to the tragic collapse of the Silver Bridge in 1967, but sightings continue sporadically.

The Jersey Devil is another such flying creature, this one is said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Could there be some undiscovered animal out there, perhaps a giant bat or some other creature that may have the power of flight and be easily mistaken for a human?

The final explanation is of a supernatural origin. Could these humanoids be angels, demons, or some being from another place and time that our ancestors have built religious images around? Here, the possibilities are almost endless.


Of course, there are also other possibilities, such as fraud, fakery, and the misidentification of things perfectly boring and earthly. Some skeptics say explanations range from bunches of balloons inadvertently arranged in just the right shape, or unseen tethers and zip lines that seem to move objects through the sky, or even parachutists seen from a great distance.

Any number of these things could account for odd objects in the sky, and the fact that more people than ever have access to digital video recording equipment may simply mean that we’re all aware of odd occurrences more than at any time in history.

But what if they are real? These sightings seem so strange, so outlandish, that there’s a part of our minds that simply doesn’t accept them. Had there been no video footage to accompany the claims surely even many ufologists would dismiss flying humanoids as far too weird for belief. But the footage does exist, and there does seem to be something going on here.

Are they UFOs? Unclassified animals such as the Mothman or Jersey Devil? The angels and demons of legend? Top secret government experiments? Ultimately, we may never know the truth, and until there is concrete proof there will always be skeptics who see balloons where others see flying humanoids.

What Are Unidentified Flying Humanoids?

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Daniel on February 22, 2020:

They are in a black suit like a divers they are 8to 10ft tall they have one arm that is longer. They also can walk or float and fly. They have a cape. They look like the undertaker in wrestling the face is evil what I seen was it was hunting or strategically planning on position. Seen in Oregon in our city as many as 5 that I know of it flys but does not cause conflict or harm as of yet. Their has also been a bright light in the sky when it’s been seen. It is very evil looking I will say it has bad intentions

ELIZABETH R. on June 12, 2018:

I had my own sighting of a winged humanoid fifteen years ago this Thanksgiving. Two other people also saw it. It was all black with a very wide wing span. With those little skinny human looking legs. Never forget it!

james on April 24, 2016:

I saw one of those in the early 90's,i was about 6 or 7 i think,it was all in black whatever it was sitting best way to describe it. You know those sattlelite heaters that just shows the bright red heat when its pretty hot? Whatever it was sitting on on the bottom on the seat i saw a bright red heat hard to explaine but i wonder what they are

Walker on August 23, 2015:

Saints, shamans, witches, etc, are documented as levitating already and claims to flying. These are people using their natural capabilities to behave as a field of energy. Ive known a flying man in Mena,Arkansas, they are just as human as you or I but have harnesses something weird inside themselves to fly.

bonnie on January 05, 2015:

They are aliens because they can fly and aliens can fly

cryptid (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

That's interesting, Sparkster. I love where they say they can't rule out a "person-shaped balloon". Whah? Seems like it had to be a guy in a flying suit, a parachutist and the pilots just don't recall the chute, or, you know, something else.

Marc Hubs from United Kingdom on October 29, 2014:

There was a news report about a flying human whizzing past an Airbus here in the UK recently. The flying humanoid was spotted by the pilots and 300 passengers! Here's the news report:

cryptid (author) from USA on October 29, 2014:

Interesting thoughts, Robert. All certainly possible, and it would explain a lot about not only flying humanoids but many other paranormal entities.

Robert on October 28, 2014:

I have a few explainations for all these sightings that I can reasonably explain. First, since the beginning of time churches and cathederals have had carvings on them of flying creatures called Gargoyals. In modern times there are sightings of Flying saucers, scientists and therorists try to explain all this away with all kinds of theories such as Allien beings, ballons, apparritions, swamp grass, ect. In the Bible book of Ephesians, chapter6; verses 11-18 it warns us to put on the "Whole armour of God, verse 12 says: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Now I know that in today's society there are many that don't believe in the Bible, but give it a second look on the explainations applied here and it trully makes a of sense. Furthermore, most of these descriptions do match the descriptions and carvings of demons or demon like creatures. Let's face the facts there are many things here on Earth that we cannot explain away. and with science trying to explain things with there theories there are more explainations then in a Dictionary. Give it some thought, I certainly have. When these things can appear and suddenly dissapear, it makes you think that there might be a more reasonable explanation for all this, also remember we here of all the explainations for alliens, but what if they trully are Demons in disquise?

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on August 03, 2014:

Intresting :) Never heard of this phenomenon before. Liked the video and can't really explain it. Great work.

cryptid (author) from USA on April 09, 2014:

Fascinating stuff, james. Thanks for sharing that!

James John Bell from Union, Washington on April 09, 2014:

Interesting. Regarding the legends of angels and similar entities there is a lot written about them in the writings of the Theosophists. Winged humanoids are the 'left behind' from other ages of existence, according to them (There are lots of famous theosophists, like Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudolf Steiner, etc). The summary, which reads like science fiction, is that those early souls that did not ascend at the end of their age of existence became the fallen of the next age, and we're currently on the cusp of the fifth age and so they categorize out various winged humanoids that existed in previous ages (their past ages have familiar names like Age of Atlantis, Age of Lemuria, etc)

cryptid (author) from USA on October 31, 2013:

That's an amazing story Denise! Thanks for sharing!

Denise S. on October 30, 2013:

I always doubted these things until I saw one myself last August in Kodiak, Alaska around 8:30 in the evening. It was still light and I noticed it when it was just overland near a beach. I pulled over to look at it. Two other people came out of a house and I pointed it out to them. All of us thought it looked like a person. I didn't notice any color. It appeared to be all black. I called my husband who picked it up with binoculars from our home. It headed out to sea until it could no longer be seen. If others hadn't seen it along with me I would have doubted what I saw later.

cryptid (author) from USA on May 08, 2013:

Thanks everyone! Flying humanoids are very strange indeed, and who knows what they really are. I agree there's probably a lot of hoaxed videos and misidentification out there, but there's always the possibility of that one piece of genuine video . . .

Jenn-Anne on May 07, 2013:

I really enjoyed reading this hub! I first heard about unidentified flying humans a few years ago and have seen some of the footage. I have to admit it seems pretty far-fetched and I strongly suspect there are a lot of hoaxes out there. Still, it makes you wonder! Voted up!

Malin from California on May 07, 2013:

Interesting Hub. I've heard of various categories of aerial phenomenon, but this is the first I've heard of Unidentified Flying Humanoids outside of angels/religion or Mothman/cryptozoology contexts. Definitely stirred my interest in the subject.

Marc Hubs from United Kingdom on May 07, 2013:

Wow! As if UFO's are not enough of a mystery as it is... and now... flying humanoids too?? What on Earth is going on? lol.