IN THE age of digital telescopic zooms and phone cameras there are now more so-called UFO pictures and videos captured around the globe than ever before.
But despite the advances in technology, most images are arguably still blurred or grainy at best.
Some still say that the best ever UFO caught on camera was one of the first – an image which was shot 67 years ago.
Just two snaps were taken of the “flying saucer” Evelyn and Paul Trent claimed to see as it flew passed their farm ranch between McMinnville and Sheridan in Yamhill County, Oregon, USA.
All those years on and many still believe these were genuine pictures caught on a simple Kodak camera, although last year there were a number of claims saying it was a hoax using a truck wing mirror as the spacecraft.
One who believes it could be a real flying saucer caught on camera is Russ Calaghan.
The UFO researcher made the claim at a UFO conference in Hull on Saturday.
He told the 70 Year Anniversary of the Modern UFO Era event: “The Trent photographs are one of the most plausible.
“Some people say you can see the cable dangling from the wire or that the light is different in the two pictures and the sun is in the wrong place.
“But, if you zoom in I can see no cable.
“And it looks pretty cloudy in this one, so I can see no sun – look at the close up – that, to all intents and purposes, is a flying saucer.”
UFO mania began in the US in june 1947 when a salesman from Boise in a small plane near Mount Rainier, Washington, said “nine shiny objects” were “flying at high speed near his plane”.
A month later an Air Force colonel revealed the 509th Bomb Group had captured a downed flying saucer near Roswell, New Mexico, with an alien crew.
His report was denied by superiors the next day who said it was a crashed weather balloon, but the Roswell incident took UFO sightings off the scale.
So did the Trents just pull off a fantastic hoax off the back of the craze that started three years earlier, or was this one of or the first UFO ever snapped?
Their story was that on May 11 1950 in the evening, Evelyn Trent walked back toward the house and saw a “flying metallic disc” moving towards her.
She ran to get husband Paul who grabbed the Kodac and took two photos, before it flew off.
After being developed and shown to a friend, the pictures made the front page of their local paper, the Telephone Register, then the story went national, on TV, and later worldwide.
The Trents became celebrities for a time and were flown to New York to appear on TV. They loaned the photo negatives to the international News Service, which circulated them worldwide, according to Oreganlive.com.
the late couple were reportedly never paid for the pictures, and although there were some inconsistencies in their recounting, pretty much stuck to the original account.
The pictures have been analysed ever since with some researchers claiming they must be genuine and others believing they were hoaxed using a hubcap hanging from wire from the telphone line.
In 1997, the Trents were interviewed by Bryan Denson of The Oregonian for a 50th anniversary piece and Mrs Trent said the craft made no sound, but a wind descended from the saucer.
She also claimed they had been “bugged” since the sighting.
In September last year, a number of UFO sites ran a theory that the Trents had photographed a wing mirror from Mr Trent’s truck hanging from the washing line to create the UFO effect.
One report on the badufos.blogsot even produced claims to have found a police record of Mr Trent getting a ticket for having a missing side mirror at 6.30pm the day the photo was taken.