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UFO FILES: The Untold Story

U.F.O. Files The Untold Story By Partick Huyghe (Pt 1A) - New York Times (10-14-1979)

U.F.O. Files The Untold Story By Partick Huyghe (Pt 2A) - New York Times (10-14-1979)

U.F.O. Files The Untold Story By Partick Huyghe (Pt 3A) - New York Times (10-14-1979)

U.F.O. Files The Untold Story By Partick Huyghe (Pt 4A) - New York Times (10-14-1979)

U.F.O. Files The Untold Story By Partick Huyghe (Pt 5A) - New York Times (10-14-1979)

U.F.O. Files The Untold Story By Partick Huyghe (Pt 6A) - New York Times (10-14-1979)

Air Force records show that the C.I.A. was notified several times of these [UFO] penetrations over nuclear missile and bomber bases

     The Defense Department message bears the classification CONFIDENTIAL. “Subject: Suspicious Unknown Air Activity.” Dated Nov. 11, 1975, it reads:
By Patrick Huyghe
The New York
10-14-1979

“Since 28 Oct 75 numerous reports of suspicious objects have been received at the NORAD COC [North American Air Defense Combat Operations Center]. Reliable military personnel at Loring AFB [Air Force Base], Maine, Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan, Malmstrom AFB, [Montana], Minot AFB, [North Dakota], and Canadian Forces Station, Falconbridge, Ontario, Canada, have visually sighted suspicious objects.

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Numerous daily updates kept the Joint Chiefs of Staff informed of these incursions by U.F.O.’s in the fall of 1975. Representatives of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency as well as a handful of other Government desks received copies of the National Military Command Center’s reports on the incidents. One report said that an unidentified object “demonstrated a clear intent in the weapons storage area.” …

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CIA Pilot Reports Triangular UFO

CIA Pilot Reports Triangular UFO

“It Defied All the Laws of Aerodynamics”

“… it was very bright out there on the
ocean, and this thing came up to me.”
–The Navy Pilot

     Before veteran UFO researcher and author Wendy Connors retired from her work, she searched out and accumulated a wealth of UFO-related audio recordings for her “Faded Discs” project. This enormous, time-consuming task involved listening to hundreds of hours of audio from old TV and radio programs, UFO witness interviews, military accounts and the like, and she carefully converted each reel-to-reel tape, audiocassette, record album, transcription disc, wire recording and whatever other format came her way to digital format, thus preserving deteriorating recorded history for posterity. Sometimes, she literally had to wash the dirt off old recorded media using a special cleaning solution, patience and tender loving care in order to restore clarity.
Robert Barrow

By Robert Barrow
The UFO Chronicles
7-20-17
(Originally Published 8-29-11)

It was truly my pleasure a few years ago to review some of her copyrighted digital conquests for Errol Bruce-Knapp’s informative “UFO Updates” section of the Virtually Strange Network (see link and check out the “UFO Updates” section daily, where current contributor messages update continuously under the “100 latest messages” category in the Archive area), and despite auditioning hours and hours of incredible historical UFO audio for those reviews, I was impressed particularly by one gem, an interview conducted with a man claiming to be a Navy pilot who flew missions for the CIA in the 1970s. Tucked inconspicuously among a host of no less important audio entries, this is pure, apparently authenticated, UFO history gold.

What really strikes one about this particular interview is that the witness had provided personal information to establish his sincerity. Major identifying info was removed, for obvious reasons, long before I was given the opportunity to hear the recording, but based upon other factors its veracity appeared plausible. Having been in the military, I’m more than a little familiar with the term, “military bearing,” and the voice on the recording reflected this. Also, for well over a year in the early seventies I operated my own hospital clinic at an Air Force pilot training base and spoke with pilots every day — remarkable people conditioned to remain calm, cool and rational through almost any threatening situation. The recorded voice I heard remained very much in this vein, though, understandably, immensely curious about the UFO experience.

I’m going to share a transcript of the incident with you today. I’ve gone on to edit out some conversation having no bearing on the incident itself, but the major portions are here. I did have difficulty hearing some words because tape, even when digitalized, can have limitations due to its age (and my age!), and there remained some minor electrical “hum” caused by original recording equipment and old telephone lines — so I’ve indicated spots where words were unclear to me. My transcript is mostly word-by-word accurate, but in some instances I had to choose the best guess (again, little to deter meaning here). If any words appear to contradict others, that’s probably due to my inability to get a clear reading of the sound. I’m only human (or reasonably so!).

Of considerable interest — the pilot’s mention of a “sponge rubber” appearance to the object’s surface may seem unusual, but the thing is that there were similar descriptions offered by other UFO witnesses — not many at first, but they were out there. In fact, also from 1977, Wendy’s collection included a report where the pilot and co-pilot of a Lear 35 jet encountered a huge object that followed their aircraft for 10 to 15 minutes, and the object’s surface looked like “porous foam rubber.”

This astounding account would be a nail-biter if featured in a movie script, and just when you might say to yourself, well, it might have involved a secret military device, the pilot’s description of radar confirmation will blow rational thought right out of your head. This is creepy, fascinating stuff.

And so follows the incredible account offered by a man introducing himself as a Navy pilot, talented and trusted enough to conduct CIA missions, who literally claims to have just returned from an extraordinary UFO encounter. If he is who he purports to be, and if he is still with us, we might say thank you, Sir, both for your service and for your report, memorialized for the archives instead of disappearing into the dust of time, thanks to the concern and skill of Wendy Connors.

(The conversation is between the pilot and Robert Gribble, who operated the original National UFO Reporting Center out of Seattle, and occurs in 1977.)

I fly for the CIA. I’m a reconnaissance pilot.and I just came from Tokyo. I just landed about ten minutes ago. At a level 5-1-0 and at about halfway in a straight line between Tokyo and Hawaii, I was about halfway, I’m not sure. I was out of radar contact, just on my own, alone there, but I still had radio contact. I don’t know if there was a full moon or not, but it was very bright out there on the ocean, and this thing came up to me. No wings, about double the length of my airplane — I was flying a Phantom F-411 — but double the length, which would be about 45 feet, round-shaped, not circular, more triangular, but no bottom and no top. All equidistant sides of a triangle. They weren’t sharp, they were sort of rounded-off edges, and the ends of it were flat and no noise, no wings, no thrust, no windows, no, you know, nothing which would give it a reason to fly.

NO APPENDAGES OF ANY KIND?

No, none. On the sides of the Phantom, I don’t know if you’re familiar with (THE BASE?)) but we do have very high-intensity spotlights which (ARE BUILT INTO?) the fuselage (UNCLEAR) side of an aircraft that are used to, when you are unloading bombs at night at the runway you turn them on so the guys can see (UNCLEAR) with the bombs underneath them. And so I turned on the lights on the sides (AND HAD A VERY CLEAR PICTURE OF IT?)). . .and it was there, it wasn’t my imagination.

DID THE LIGHT ACTUALLY REFLECT OFF THIS THING OR ILLUMINATE IT?

It didn’t reflect, it was a porous material, probably. It looked like sponge rubber, that’s what it looked like. But it was not metallic. It (UNCLEAR), it couldn’t be porous. It looked like maybe asphalt would look from a distance, something like that.

I MEAN, WAS THAT LIGHT ACTUALLY ILLUMINATED?

No, It just sort of went ahead and hit it. (UNCLEAR)

HOW CLOSE DID THIS THING GET?

The closest it got was about 70 feet from the wing. Now, I have radar, and it was on radar and the image wasn’t like that close, but it got up to about 50 feet from the left wing and then as far as about 200 feet and stayed there for about a half an hour. This was at Mach 2.2, roughly, you know, 1900 miles an hour.

DID YOU SEE THIS AS IT WAS COMING IN TOWARDS YOU?

I didn’t see him come up on me, no, I just sort of looked over and it was there, and then I just looked and looked and looked and thought it was a shadow or something, so then I turned on all the lights and then I saw it. It was definitely there. I could see the dimensions, I could see the top and the bottom and the ends of it. The dimensions of the height, I would say, were, oh, I would say about 10 feet — 10 feet by 10 feet.

WAS THIS THING LAYING FLAT OR WITH THE APEX UP?

It always had the apex up, but it would slowly rotate on the apex and in all the time it was there it started from the apex being up, to the apex completely rotating around and took about 15 minutes to do it. It would move a little bit and stop, move a little bit and stop and move a little bit and stop. It didn’t look like that was necessary for flight. I think it was just turning for — I don’t know why but it wasn’t necessary for flight, you could tell that.

AND DID IT MAINTAIN THE SAME POSITION IN RELATION TO YOU WHILE IT WAS DOING THIS?

More or less, I would say. But it didn’t stay close for very long, it only stayed at 50 feet for about a couple of minutes, and it stayed just out of real good sight most of the time. It sounds like I’m crazy, but they seemed to know what was good sight and what wasn’t for me. I have perfect vision, 20/20 and I’m a captain in Naval intelligence by the way, and I’ve been with the CIA for about two years.

OKAY. DID YOU GET ANY BUFFETING OFF OF THIS?

No, none. No buffeting, no turbulence, nothing.

HOW ABOUT INSTRUMENT INTERFERENCE?

No, perfect.

WERE YOU IN CONTACT WITH ANY GROUND STATIONS FOR A RADAR CHECK?

There is no radar in that area. I tried three times to see if I was in communication with somebody and ask if there was aircraft in my area that was, you know, maybe a little off course and they said no, the closest aircraft was (HE SAYS EITHER 40 OR 400) miles away, they said, and I said are you positive and they said yeah, and there was two radar ships, they were both out of range, and oddly enough, he disappeared right after this guy said I would be in range in about three minutes and about a minute after that this guy pulled away.

DID YOU GET THE IMPRESSION YOU WERE BEING OBSERVED?

I think they were more interested in the airplane than they were in me, but I did have that impression, yeah. I also had the impression that they knew what was going on. I know it sounds a little nutty, but no one else seems to care about it. I’ve been flying all my life and I know what an airplane is and what it isn’t. There’s not too many airplanes that can go as fast as that at that altitude, first of all, and 2.2 is pretty fast.

DID YOU HAVE ANY UNUSUAL PHYSICAL OR MENTAL SENSATIONS WHILE ALL OF THIS WAS GOING ON?

No. The only thing that sort of bothered me was that I haven’t slept for about 30 hours, but that’s not any big deal for me, I’ve done it a lot before. I was just coming from two other missions and I just hadn’t had a chance to sleep and just wanted to get home, so — I’ve been flying a long time but I can say I’ve done that a lot so it was nothing and I’ve been able to do that before, so. . .

OKAY. AND YOU DEFINITELY SAY THAT THE TEXTURE OF THE SURFACE WAS PITTED?

Yeah, not big holes, but it was rough. It wasn’t metallic.

WHAT WAS YOUR ALTITUDE?

Flight level was 5-1-0. I did climb a little bit to see what sort of, I was curious, I climbed to 60,000 feet and almost instantly(UNCLEAR). . .are you a pilot?

NO SIR.

Well, that plane can climb very fast, one of the best planes we have. The actual (UNCLEAR) is classified, but anyway I gave it full power and put the nose up (AT ??? FEET?), and there’s only maybe eight or ten other aircraft in the whole world that can keep up with that — and this thing kept up with no strain at all. It made no effort at all to get right next to me. He started to move almost instantly when I did (AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT?)) allowed him to do that.

IT MOVED RIGHT ALONG WITH YOU?

Yeah, no problem at all. When he left me, I (UNCLEAR) stayed there for a little while and put into a dive to see if I could outrun him, and from 50,000 feet to about 49 I kept up to about three point something Mach, which is really moving and he stayed right up with me with no problem at all. And then the guy said, well, you’ll be within radar range within about three or four minutes — and about a minute after that he pulled away from me, going forward at at least triple the speed with no effort at all, I mean with no acceleration. He was just there and then he was a speck and then he was gone at the same altitude.

DO YOU REMEMBER THE TIME ON THAT?

Well, this was about, I’d say, 12 hours ago, no, about ten hours ago.

HOW LONG DID THAT WHOLE EVENT TAKE PLACE?

I’d say all together about a half an hour — 20 minutes or a half an hour. I did get the time but the time was Korean time. I can’t remember whether I . . .it would be an hour off if I gave you that time. It was just, I can’t remember if it was four a.m. or four p.m., it was one or the other in Korean time. I can’t remember if I reset the clock or not after I left Korea.

OKAY.

But the main thing I want to tell you is that this thing had no. . .you know, I can sort of tell if an aircraft is really working to keep up with you speed-wise and it sort of has characteristics. But this had no effort at all keeping up with me. There was no lag. They could accelerate easily as fast as they want to, go up and down as fast as they want to. It defied all the laws of aerodynamics. There was no reason for it to fly.

OKAY. WHEN THIS THING PULLED AWAY FROM YOU WAS IT AT HIGH SPEED?

Yeah, it was next to me and within 10 seconds it was a speck on the radar. The radar screen I have has about a 150 mile range. I could (UNCLEAR) it exactly. It took it less than 10 seconds to get out of radar range, less than 10 seconds to go 150 miles. I saw it going across the radar range. On the radar there is three modes. There is 150 miles, there is 250 miles and 500 miles. So to see it on the 500 mile range I upped the range from 150 to 500, and in the time it took me to flip the switch was another three seconds, and he had already gone past the 500 mile range. It wasn’t on the radar anymore, which means it had already gone through that other range. You can imagine a circle, a 500 mile circle around you, that’s what it’s like. We have intelligence radar which is the best you can get. You can pick up a skydiver (SAID EITHER 40 OR 400) miles away, a free-falling skydiver will pick up on radar.

DID THIS THING LEAVE ANY TRAIL ONCE IT TOOK OFF?

No. We have a (HAWKEYE?) heat-sensing missile and the heat sensing missile has a computer which can track the exhaust of a jet. The exhaust of a jet stays in the sky the same way the wake from the water stays in the water, and you can track it the same way. Well, that computer was on, too, and there was no thrust, no heat, no energy coming from it. This thing will sense heat up to 20 miles away at altitude and there was no heat coming out of it, and that’s very sensitive also. You can start up a gasoline engine in a car 20 miles away from this thing and turn on the missile, and it will find the heat and then blow it up. That’s how accurate it is.

DID YOU GET A GOOD, SOLID RETURN ON YOUR RADAR?

Perfect, yeah. I don’t know if it will help any to tell you this, but the people at Approach Control in the Navy, they didn’t seem to care. I wanted to speed up and get around him, too, to see what the other side of this thing looked like, but I could not outrun him, he could slow down and speed up as fast as I could. A Phantom can go from 2.2 Mach to 50 miles an hour in about 10 seconds, that’s how fast and you couldn’t slow down if you wanted to, and I tried that and he was still just as fast. There are very few airplanes that can keep up with a Phantom. There’s no Russian airplane that can. So either it’s one of ours or it’s someone else and, like I said, there’s no reason for it to fly and had no energy coming out of it, no heat, no power source, nothing.

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Mysterious UFO Caught on Film Across Cornwall | VIDEO

Mysterious UFO Caught on Film Across Cornwall 7-18-17

People have been taking to social media with startling footage of what looks suspiciously like a UFO over various spots in Cornwall.

     Over the last couple of days the strange, shimmering black object has been spotted over Truro city centre, Carluddon clay tip, Fistral beach in Newquay, over the A30, above Roche Rock and by a surfer above the sea off the Cornish coast.
By LeeTrewhela
www.cornwalllive.com
9-191-17

The first to spot it was surfer Kiefer Krishnan, who caught it on his Go-Pro camera, which he posted on his Instagram account on Monday.

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UFO Photographed Over Chelmsford (UK)

UFO Photographed Over Chelmsford 7-17-17

     A man has described his surprise at seeing two large UFOs in the sky over Chelmsford.

The resident, who did not want to be named, saw the objects in the

By Clare_Youell
Essex Live
7-19-17

air over Manor Road where he lives on Monday afternoon (July 17).

The two UFOs, which were different shapes, were first spotted by a group of people in the street just outside the city centre.

The man who contacted Essex Live said he was in his garden when he saw a small group of passers-by staring up into the sky.

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“When I looked up I saw two large objects in the sky. They were jet black underneath. They were quite big and quite high up. They were sort of rolling over and over in the sky.

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Military Jet Chases UFO, Report Witnesses | VIDEO

Military Jet Chases UFO Report Witnesses - Joshua Tree 5-21-17

     A California witness at Landers reported that a group of people at a UFO conference watched and videotaped a military jet “chasing” two lights sources that may have been two independent objects, according to testimony in Case 84123 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The sighting occurred about 10 p.m. on May 21, 2017, at the conference in Joshua Tree, CA, that included one participant shooting video with night vision goggles.


By Roger Marsh
www.OpenMinds.tv
7-13-17

“Luckily one of my participants caught this and many of our other sightings (from all three nights no less), with his black-and-white night vision video camera,” the witness stated. “His additional footage of some of the other incredible sightings will be posted at a future date once they are compiled.”

The witness described the event.

“At just before 10 p.m. (did not note exact time), some of my participants and I saw a large, amber-colored light low to the horizon just behind Giant Rock from where my whole group of about 50-plus people were gathered and using 15 pair of night vision goggles. A contingency of about 20 of us ran to get a better view of it. To the naked eye it appeared to be a large, orangish (amber) light, that, quoting some of the 20 people; ‘flew like a bumble bee.’”

One of the guests had a good look.

Military Jet Chases UFO Report Witnesses (Witness Drawing) - Joshua Tree 5-21-17
“One guest came running with a pair of the goggles in hand and got a good look at it. She said that through the goggles it looked like ‘a large diamond-shaped UFO.’ She drew a picture of it, attached here. This object then flew behind a small hill right behind the entire Sky Watch larger group. As those of us who ran off walked back to join the others, three military jets flew over in the direction of the object now gone from sight behind the hill. Some of us commented that if they were following it, meaning the jets, they were a few minutes too late.”

The group then heard the sound of a low flying jet from behind the hill.

“Suddenly clearing the top of the hill and right over our heads, came a very fast military jet chasing a faster, large, red-glowing light. The military jet had both red and white blinking strobe lights and glowing afterburners and was very loud as it flew directly above our heads. The large red light had no blinking lights and no sound at all. It became clear to all 50-plus witnesses, this was no jet. Those folks present who looked with the aid of the goggles said they were seeing either two lights, or one object with two light sources on it.”

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Witness in Ontario photographs “rectangular box-shaped” UFO

A witness in the town of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada can not identify a strange object photographed on July 11, 2017 from an apartment balcony. The witness described the object as “rectangular box-shaped,” and says the object hovered slowly overhead and at one point changed direction.

Witness photograph. (Credit: MUFON)

Witness photograph. Click image to see full-size. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness submitted the report to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) earlier today, along with several pictures the witness took from the witness’ apartment balcony.

The witness claims to have spotted that object at about 4:15 pm. The witness described the object’s movement as “floating” or “sailing” overhead. When it got closer to the witness, the object changed direction. The witness said the object was about the size of a small vehicle, such as a Mini Cooper.

“It looked like a large, rectangular, metallic box,” explained the witness. “How it was airborne, and how it remained so, completely puzzled and mystified me.”

The witness titled the report: “Unidentifiable, 3D rectangular box-shaped object drifting very smoothly over the city.”

Witness image cropped. Click to see full sized . (Credit: MUFON)

Witness image cropped. Click image to see full-size. (Credit: MUFON)

Here is the complete report, verbatim:

On July 11, 2017 at approximately 16:15 – 16:20 hrs., I witnessed an unidentifiable flying/floating object sailing over my area (East Hamilton, Ontario), from my apartment balcony. My balcony faces N/E, toward the bay of Lake Ontario. I stepped out to take a look at the construction crew tearing down an old high school across the road from my building, and to check on the current temperature, when this object caught my eye, drifting at first in my direction (fully south), coming from the north area of the city, closer to the lake. It was fairly large, and I estimated it to be almost the size of an Austin Mini Cooper car. It looked solid/3D, and was rectangular and box-like in shape. The colour was a dark grey, but parts of it appeared to be a lighter grey. It changed direction as it approached my area, turning left, and heading toward the town of Stoney Creek (south-east/east). My neighbourhood is on the border of Stoney Creek, and this object floated away over that town and out of sight. I captured a few photos of it with my mobile phone, but by the time I went into my apartment to get my phone and returned to the balcony with it, the object had moved further away, so the photos don’t show it very well. I had no idea what this object was when I first noticed it, or when it sailed past my location. It looked like a large, rectangular, metallic box. How it was airborne, and how it remained so, completely puzzled and mystified me. I was talking on my house phone (cordless handset) with a friend while all of this was going on, and I remember just laughing slightly when I first saw it, telling her, “Holy CRAP… there’s a UFO heading this way, and by that, I mean an unidentifiable flying object.” Then after it started to turn toward the east I said, “Well, now there’s a large metallic, rectanglar box just sailing past this neighborhood… gonna grab my phone and take some photos.” So I stepped inside, grabbed the phone, and took about a half-dozen photos, before it sailed too far away. I don’t know how to describe my feelings at the time, really… nothing extraordinary, because I had no idea what this object could be. I was just really puzzled/curious, more than anything, because I couldn’t figure out what it was. I’m still wondering about it, and would love to hear if anyone else happened to witness it too, and may have some idea of what it could be?!

The images do show a rectangular-shaped object in the sky. The slow movement would usually indicate something floating in the sky, such as a balloon, and party balloons do come in all shapes and sizes. Balloons do not often seem to make a change in directions, but it is possible if the wind changes direction. However, it is not immediately apparent what the object is.

Close-up of object in witness image. Click to see full-sized image. (Credit: MUFON)

Close-up of object in witness image. (Credit: MUFON)

Incidentally, we recently posted a UFO report from nearby Toronto from July 2, 2017.

Map of Hamilton. (Credit: MUFON)

Map of Hamilton. (Credit: MUFON)

The vast majority of UFO sightings turn out to be mundane objects, but once in awhile there are sightings that are much more difficult to explain. MUFON conducts investigations on sightings submitted to their website, and if they share their conclusions, we will let you all know. Meanwhile, others will likely chime in and we will try to keep you up to date with any discoveries. Please feel free to share your thoughts on the object in the comments below.

 

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Flying ‘Triangle’ Reported By Police Officer | UFO CHRONICLE –1960

New Angle Added to Flying Saucers - Omaha World-Herald (9-16-1960)

     A police officer says he saw a flying triangle.

Officer Don Anderson at the West Los Angeles police station said a woman called at 7:30 am to report she saw an object hovering about 300 hundred feet to four hundred feet above the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Santa Monica. Several others called about it.

Officer Anderson went outside and saw it too. …

Omaha World-Herald
9-16-1960

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UFOs Witnessed by Pop Star Kesha | VIDEO

UFOs Witnessed by Pop Star Kesha

     Kesha has good reason to feature several spaceships on her Rainbow album cover: she apparently experienced a UFO sighting.

The singer behind the emotional new ballad “Praying” recounted the

By Ashley Iasimone
www.billboard.com
7-8-17

far-out experience in a new interview on the Zach Sang Show. She didn’t mention an actual encounter with any extraterrestrials, but she did see what looked like “little balls of fire in the sky.”

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Secret UFO Sighting Dossier Hushed Up

Secret UFO Sighting Dossier Hushed Up

A secret database filled with UFO incidents reported by airline crews is being kept away from prying eyes

     THE public may never learn of the recent UFO sightings made by pilots in our skies thanks to a piece of EU legislation, it has emerged.

Airline staff report a number of strange sightings to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) every year, it is understood.

By Margi Murphy
The Sun
7-5-17

Since the MoD closed its UFO desk in 2009, the CAA has become the last British government organisation to retain an interest in UFOs and keep files on incidents involving civilian aircrews.

But it has decided not to release a dossier detailing sightings or incidents between 2011 and 2017.

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UFO Files Exclusive: Cold War Spyplane Incident

UFO Files Exclusive: Cold War Spyplane Incident

     The release by Britain’s Ministry of Defence of 15 of its last remaining UFO files at the UK’s National Archives has revealed details of a stunning Cold War close encounter witnessed by the entire crew of a US Air Force spy-plane.

Formerly secret RAF files opened at The National Archives include a detailed account of an incident on 19 October 1982 when a USAF RC-135 plane, monitoring Soviet military activity, was buzzed by ‘a big object’ over the Eastern Mediterranean.

David Clarke

By David Clarke
ddrdavidclarke.co.uk
6-30-17

According to the files, British personnel at RAF Troodos, a remote base on the island of Cyprus listened in amazement to the radio calls of the American crew as the encounter unfolded at 35,000 feet above the sea.

The UFO – – described as covered in ‘a multitude of flashing lights 20 at a time’ – was picked up on the spylane’s radar as it approached from the south.

It then circled around the plane, call-sign Beano 73 – and closed in as the navigator appealed for help from the ground.

Two US Navy F-14 fighters were scrambled from an aircraft carrier and a RAF Phantom was diverted from a night flying exercise to intercept the UFO, south of the island of Cyprus.

As the three interceptors approached the USAF crew saw the UFO depart towards the African coast. Nothing was seen by the fighter pilots.

The files reveal how RAF personnel at the Troodos radar station monitored the entire incident for a period of 90 minutes, beginning shortly after 4pm local time.

Radome at RAF Troödos Station
Radome at 280 Signals Unit base, RAF Troodos, Mt Olympus, Cyprus – one of the most important overseas British installations (credit: Wikipedia/Ed Weissman)
But nothing was seen by British air defence stations – ‘nor was it seen on any ground or seaborne radar, including at 280 SU [280 Signals Unit – RAF Troodos]’.
Following the encounter a secret investigation was launched by the British authorities. The results were sent to the US Department of Defense in November 1982.
Neither the British or US government have ever released information about this incident before the files were opened this week.

Officially the US Air Force’s UFO Project, Blue Book, was closed in 1969. The British Ministry of Defence closed its own UFO desk in 2009 and its secret space intelligence unit, DI55, said it was no longer interested in ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’ (UAP) in 2000.

But the newly-released RAF file reveals that officials ordered a transcript to be made of the tape recording that captured radio transmissions made between the spyplane crew and ground controllers.

Copies of the report were circulated to Assistant Chief Scientist (RAF), DD Ops (GE) RAF, DI55 and DSTI.

Film provided by the RAF Troodos radar station was carefully studied by photographic experts in London and large prints, taken from the radar picture, were prepared for scrutiny by intelligence officers.

The file does not reveal what happened to this evidence. The results of the joint UK/US investigation do not appear in the file.

RAF File - Cold War spyplane incident
An extract from the RAF file on the incident [David Clarke/The National Archives]

But a tentative explanation is offered by a senior RAF official, who wrote: ‘We have a strong suspicion that the “UFO” was a mirage effect from lights on the coast of Israel or Lebanon’.

A signal reporting the sighting sent from RAF Troodos to MoD UK on 20 October describes the UFO as ‘larger than [a] RC-135’.

Boeing RC-135 aircraft are used by the USAF and RAF to support intelligence gathering. They have been used in every armed conflict including Cold War operations around the borders of the former Soviet Union. The aircraft are 136ft (41m) in length with a wingspan of 130ft (nearly 40m).

The RAF signal reporting the encounter says the ‘object’ was first spotted:

“…initially about two miles from wing of RC-135…moved position around aircraft and closed…object tailed Beano 73 for 90 mins on its northeast/southwest race track….”

The signal says the UFO was seen by the ‘whole crew’.

Three RC-135s were purchased by the RAF in 2017 to serve with 51 Squadron based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. The crew includes two pilots, a navigator and up to 25 mission staff.

Elsewhere in the file a RAF Group Captain collated information on UFO reports received by his air defence staff for a thirty year period ending in 1996, in response to a Parliamentary Question from the Labour MP for Don Valley, Martin Redmond.

He asked all radar stations including the Ballistic Missile Early Warning Station at RAF Fylingdales on the North York Moors to submit UFO data to HQ No 11 Group.

His report says he could find “no reports or mention [was] found of UFOs detected by ADGE [Air Defence Ground Environment] units or 11/18 Group aircraft using radar equipment“.

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