- "Well, flying saucer maybe, they were quite fashionable in the fifties. Just like bobby socks and hair cream."
- ―The Doctor, Dreamland.
Flying Saucers are a commonly used form of transportation by various intelligent species.
Although objects like these have been observed in the skies throughout all of human history, with well documented examples dating back to the medieval ages at least; the term has become extremely popular since the later half of the 20th century, and is often used interchangeably with U.F.O., both terms having become virtually synonymous with "alien spacecraft", although neither is supposed to mean specifically that. Curiously, the name "flying saucer" was first coined in 1947 to refer to a formation of nine unidentified flying objects (UFOs) observed by aviator Kenneth Arnold while in flight; even though the objects described by Arnold were actually shaped more like crescents.
The concept of saucer-shaped flying craft has also been researched by multiple agencies on Earth as well; and many people still hold the belief that at least some UFO sightings originate in man-made objects that have been kept secret from the public. Another relatively popular explanation (especially among cryptozoologists) consists in the idea that at least some of the observed "flying saucers" are actually living organisms native to the higher layers of the Earth atmosphere, and which seldom, if ever, touch the ground. This idea has been written upon in detail by Leonard Cramp, Trevor J. Constable, Ivan T. Sanderson and Karl Shuker, among many others.
Occurrences in fiction
Flying saucer users
A list of species known to utilize this type of vessel for interplanetary travel:
- Adipose (Doctor Who)
- Aliens (A Centaur's Life)
- Aliens (Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers)
- Aliens (Gadget and the Gadgetinis)
- Aliens (Independence Day)
- Aliens (Invasion of the Saucer Men)
- Aliens (Teenagers from Outer Space)
- Alphans (Starship Invasions)
- Antareans (Cocoon)
- Baltians (Men In Black)
- Bugs (Men In Black)
- Colonists (The X-Files)
- Daleks (Doctor Who)
- Dexoids (Yogi and the Invasion of Space Bears)
- Dominators (Doctor Who)
- Energy Beast (The Godzilla Power Hour)
- Frunobulaxians (Pinky and the Brain)
- Greys (multiple occurrences in fiction, and possibly real life)
- Hurrians (The Gentle Vultures)
- Ice Warriors (Doctor Who)
- Kanamits (To Serve Man)
- Kilaaks (Destroy All Monsters)
- Lurons (Doctor Who)
- Martians (Devil Girl from Mars)
- Martians (Mars Attacks!)
- Martians (The Three Stooges)
- Nedenah (Doctor Who)
- Pairans (Warning from Space)
- Prin (The Lost World)
- Rigellians (The Simpsons)
- Slime Creatures (Slime Creatures from Outer Space)
- Vree (Babylon 5)
- Xiliens (Godzilla movies)
- Yargonians (Yargo)
- Zeta Reticulans (Starship Invasions)
Other occurrences of flying saucers in fiction:
- The Jupiter 2, which carries the protagonists from the classic TV series Lost in Space, is an example of an Earth ship that uses this design.
- In Star Trek, many Federation ships are largely composed of a saucer-shaped section which can be separated from the rest, essentially becoming a flying saucer. This is most notably observed with the USS Enterprise-D in Star Trek Generations.
- A flying saucer has been observed in the Tintin adventure Flight 747 to Sydney, although the aliens responsible for it remain unseen.
- One such object is seen frozen in an ice cave in the animated comedy Ice Age.
- The Qarashteel use them, but not as starships, only as atmospheric probes.
- Mator's species consists of living, intelligent flying saucers.
Examples of such creatures in science fiction include:
- Some of the life forms described in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's tale The Horror of Heights.
- The creatures from the pilot episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- Hedorah, when in its flying form, somewhat resembles an organic flying saucer.