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Ron Jakowski UFO spotting

UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects), also known as flying saucers or flying discs, are alien interstellar spacecraft in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.

Description

The UFO is generally a circular interstellar spacecraft that appears in certain areas of Los Santos, specifically Blaine County.

So far, four types have been discovered, which share their traits with one other and only change in design:

  • FIB UFO: Two of them look identical, with a circular shape that looks more like the "classic" UFO. These have a dark body and several lights of varying colors on them, while the top side has FIB markings. Both only differ in that one disappears when being very close and the other one is just flying in the sky, also emitting a strange sound that affects aircraft engines. A third one is crashed in the sea, just off the coast of Paleto Bay and can be found with a submarine. This one apparently also has FIB markings on it, but can be hard to distinguish due to the lack of light when deep in the ocean and the dirty texture of the sunken UFO.
  • Fort Zancudo UFO: This UFOs looks like a stealth aircraft, with a body resembling the real world B-2 Spirit, but with many flat panels extending out in all directions and forming a rough circular shape, that moves periodically as a result of stabilizing in the air. It features a central turbine, composed of two circular sections that move on both sides. Under the cab, there is a spherical device that looks like a rotatory cam that moves periodically and blue lines on exposed frames that would be the propulsion system. This UFO also seems to emit loud noises; if the player gets near it, it will emit a incredibly loud screech, and the screen will begin to distort. Vehicles may be pushed off the UFO and disabled until the vehicle is out of range. In October 2020, during the Los Santos Summer Special's Halloween Week in Grand Theft Auto Online, a larger version of this UFO appears docked in one of Fort Zancudo's hangars, guarded by soldiers. It could only be seen during a temporary business battle in Grand Theft Auto Online.
  • Crashed UFO: This UFO looks identical to the FIB UFOs, except without the FIB Marking. It is only available in a resupply mission in Grand Theft Auto Online. The mission featuring this UFO can only be triggered if the player completes 600 resupply missions and starts a new one between the hours of 21:00 and 23:00. If all conditions are met, the game has the random possibility of starting this mission.

There are no ways of acquiring or piloting any of them, as they are all props (like the Twinjet). The UFO above Fort Zancudo has a locked-vehicle script and seems to be protected by force-fields, as the player can be thrown away from it while trying to parachute to the top. The UFO above Sandy Shores will push the player away if approached too closely, while the UFO on top of Mount Chiliad will simply vanish (it is not solid).

Be careful when approaching them in an aircraft; when the player is near any of the UFOs, these will cause a temporary engine shutdown, making it a risk to collide with them when travelling directly toward them. The UFOs are immune to weapons and are unable to be locked-on with the Buzzard or the P-996 Lazer targetting.

Fort Zancudo UFO writings

The words "Segregate and Rearrange" are present on the cockpit of the Fort Zancudo UFO (rearranging the letters from "segregate" gives us "easter egg"). The word rearrange in this phrase tells us, in the manner of a cryptic crossword clue, to rearrange the letters in the word segregate. Another thing telling us to rearrange letters is that segregate means to set apart or put together.

Mount Chiliad Drawing

A mysterious drawing on a wall in the Mount Chiliad cable car station appears to show the mountain with lightning emanating from it and an odd symbol, possibly an eye or a UFO, on top. Other notable details on the drawing are depictions of a UFO, a person on a jetpack, a cracked egg, and multiple boxes with Xs in the middle of them. Nothing else is known about the meaning of the drawing.

Under the observation platform on top of the mountain is the same symbol featured on top of the drawing. Carved on the side of the platform are the words "Come back when your story is complete". This serves only to inform the player that they must reach 100% completion in order to see the UFO. This same symbol is also painted on the side of the mountain and in the Beam Me Up area in Sandy Shores, along with a drawing of a rain cloud and the moon, another way to inform the player of the UFOs viewing requirements, in this case being stormy weather and the time being 3AM.

Locations

These cannot be seen from a great distance. Therefore, a bit of searching is needed:

Possible origins

There's not much proof of who really owns them and why, but there are multiple theories:

  • They could all belong to the same race of Aliens.
  • The type with FIB markings could be an Easter Egg to movies and myths that some seeming government agencies are really co-operating with the saucer people. Many pedestrians, like Tramps, in GTA San Andreas, as well as GTA IV and EFLC often ramble about these aliens.
  • Some believe that the US government secretly operates advanced saucer-type stealth aircraft from Area 51. The unique one above the military base is likely an Easter Egg to this. (GTA San Andreas included a military base location inspired by Area 51, called Area 69.)

Gallery

Videos

GTA 5 - Easter Egg #3 - The UFO Crash
GTA 5 - Easter Egg #6 - Flying UFO (100% Completion, Fort Zancudo & Sandy Shore)
How to get the Secret UFO Tattoo in GTA Online (Alien Easter Egg)
GTA Online UFO Events (Snowy Weather)
GTA Online Halloween Events - Sightseeing Alien UFO

Trivia

  • In GTA Vice City, a large UFO prop can be found in the InterGlobal Films studios, possibly used in one of Steve Scott's films.
  • In GTA San Andreas, a similar UFO prop can be found at the Lil' Probe'Inn.
  • The Flying UFOs are absent in Grand Theft Auto Online. However, if the player goes to the exact location of the UFOs, the screen will still distort, but the spacecraft will not be visible nor solid. Also, the engine of the player's helicopter will NOT be shut off unlike in Grand Theft Auto V.
    • This may be a glitch or a bug. By going to the UFOs location, the game's sound system will start to glitch and will lag even after getting far away from the location or even when switching to Grand Theft Auto V. This can be fixed by restarting the system.

"Procopio Sharks" painting, by Francis Christle. The sunken UFO is depicted in the bottom of the picture.

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