As the last cases to be dealt with by the MoD’s UFO Department before it was shut down in 2009 are revealed, John Wickham of the British UFO Research Association says that “people just want to believe in different things”, when it comes to sightings of unidentified objects.
Dr David Clarke has been the National Archives “UFO consultant” for five year project, during which it has made public more than 52,000 pages of official government files relating to mysterious sightings. Here he reflects on the last release of documents.
Previously confidential documents released by the National Archive contain hundreds of reports of UFO sightings from the public recorded by the Ministry of Defence’s “UFO desk”. Here is a selection of some of the most unusual.
RAF servicemen reported seeing a mysterious “blob” burst in the sky near to their base as two transport aircraft were coming in to land.
An apparently tantalising UFO sighting by a group of soldiers was swiftly resolved by investigators, who were able to trace the cause back to a nearby wedding.
Newly released UFO files from the National Archives show that the UK’s most enduringly fascinating sighting remains the Rendlesham Forest incident, in 1980, when US servicemen reported encounters with aliens in Suffolk woodland.
A couple driving from Matlock to Stoke-on-Trent reported being tracked along much of their journey by a “shape-changing” UFO craft – or a series of them.
For more than half a century, the government unit responsible for keeping Britain’s own “X Files” meticulously monitored Britain’s skies to record all reports of flying saucers.
Observers might argue that stranger things have been recorded in the building itself, but the Ministry of Defence was asked to look into a sighting of a UFO flying over the Houses of Parliament.
For more than half a century, the government unit responsible for keeping Britain’s own “X Files” meticulously monitored Britain’s skies to record all reports of flying saucers. Read and search the full documents released today by the National Archives with the tool below.