Podcast 9: GHOST ROCKETS in the Sky


What do the Vikings, Alfred Nobel, Ingmar Bergman, IKEA, Volvo, Pippi Longstocking, Absolut Vodka, and ABBA all have in common?


Oh, and yes, we can’t forget the Swedish Chef.  There are lots of cool things Sweden is known for, but there’s one thing that comes from our Scandinavian friends that we bet you’ve never heard of: Ghost Rockets.

Ghost Rockets?  Yes, you read that right.  Starting in 1946, mysterious rocket-like objects were seen by the thousands, many verified by radar, so much so that they were even investigated by the Swedish military.

Most, of course, turned out to be nothing more than meteors, but there were a sizable number of reports that were truly anomalous and could not be explained by authorities.  In other words, they were Unidentified Flying Objects.

Little known outside of Scandinavia, the case has usually only been mentioned in passing by most UFO investigators. However, in Sweden, it’s as big a deal as Roswell.

Ghost Rockets is a documentary portraying the members of UFO-Sweden and their search for answers to the Ghost Rockets mystery. The project also includes a collaborative UFO-investigation into previously classified documents from the Swedish military.

Following the meticulous investigation by Clas Svahn of UFO-Sweden, the documentary chronicles the decades long mystery that continues even to this day.

Join John and Adam as they discuss this intriguing phenomenon and what, if anything, it might have to do with Nazi technology and the Flying Saucer wave post WWII.

A ghost rocket or a meteor. Photographer Erik Reuterswärd suspected a meteor was depicted in his widely circulated photo. The Swedish Army, who released the picture, was less certain.

A ghost rocket or a meteor. Photographer Erik Reuterswärd suspected a meteor was depicted in his widely circulated photo. The Swedish Army, who released the picture, was less certain.


Excellent documentary made by Swedish filmmakers Michael Cavanagh and Kerstin Übelacker.  In fact, we think it’s so good, that it should be used as a template for ALL paranormal documentaries from this point onward.

In short, the bar has been raised.

Too often filmmakers nowadays feel the need to inject a bunch of obnoxious graphics and silly recreations (here’s looking at you American producers), instead of just trusting that the story they’re telling is intriguing enough on its own.

Not so with Ghost Rockets.   Cavanagh and Übelacker allow the story to unfold naturally without any added fluff, and the result is nothing short of extraordinary.  In fact, it’s often mesmerizing.  It also doesn’t pander, patronize, or pummel it’s audience or its subject matter and, much like the mystery it’s investigating, doesn’t feel the need to offer any definitive explanations.  It’s a true enigma, and therein lies it’s power.

What’s most fascinating about the ghost rocket phenomenon is that it predates the flying saucer craze (which arguably started in 1947) by one year.  Of course, there were also the “foo fighter” incidents during the war, but those were mostly known only to the military at the time.  As to whether or not there’s a connection to all of these things, we’re not entirely sure, but the evidence sure seems to suggest one.

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Swedish Air Force officer Karl-Gösta Bartoll searches for a “ghost rocket” seen to crash into Lake Kölmjärv on July 19, 1946.


In fact, investigators at the time even suspected they might be the Russians testing captured German-made V-1 or V-2 rockets.  This theory was ultimately rejected by Swedish and U.S. authorities, as they claim no rocket fragments were ever found.  This, however, doesn’t mean that these objects weren’t of terrestrial origin and a continuation of some top secret German program.

We know that many are looking for an extra-terrestrial answer to many of these mysteries, but for anyone who’s looked deeply into this subject, the German connection cannot be dismissed. The fact that people started seeing these objects just after WWII, certainly suggests a more down-to-earth hypothesis.

That said, the mystery continued for decades after the war, and the film highlights one such case from 1980 (which also reminded us of the Shag Harbor incident that happened in Nova Scotia in 1967).

Regardless of what you may or may not believe about UFO’s, Ghost Rockets is definitely worth checking out.  And, if you’re anything like us (and the people in the film), it’ll reignite that child-like wonder in the magical and mysterious – you know, the things that make life more interesting.

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