Although the recent files released by the UK MoD are not currently available for download a number of people with access to them have released various
snippets. One previously unknown case has recently been made public by Dr. David Clarke on his blog.
It involves a United States Air Force RC-135 Rivet spy plane being buzzed by a large object over the East Mediterranean on October 19th 1982.The whole
crew witnessed the strange object while monitoring Soviet military action in the area.
Within the file are details of how the British base at RAF Troodos (on Mt. Olympus
in Cyprus) picked up radio transmissions from the aircraft flying at 35,000 feet. The crew reported picking up the unknown on radar with “ a
multitude of flashing lights 20 at a time
’. The navigator issued an appeal for assistance as it then made a circle around the RC-135.
The RAF reports said 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 US Navy dispatched two F-14 Tomcats on an intercept course along with an RAF F-4 Phantom which was on exercise south of Cyprus. As the three
fighters approached the UFO vanished in the direction of the North African coast. Neither the US F-14 or RAF F-4 pilot spotted the UFO visually. But
RAF personnel at the Troodos radar station picked up the transmission around 4pm local time and continued to monitor the situation until around
The 280 Signals Unit based at RAF Troodos picked up nothing visually or on radar. Nor did any other British observation posts. However immediately
after this encounter the authorities in Britain launched a full and secret inquiry. The full report was completed in November of 1982 and findings
sent on to the US DoD.
Copies of the report were made and sent to Assistant Chief Scientist (RAF), DD Ops (GE) RAF, DI55 and DSTI. Film and radar paints from RAF Troodos
were scrutinized by intelligence officers but the file does not say what the results of the investigation were.
A senior RAF officer is quoted as saying
‘We have a strong suspicion that the “UFO” was a mirage effect from lights on the coast of Israel or Lebanon’.
The UK MoD UFO files were all supposedly released in a final fanfare around 2013 with the UFO desk closed in 2009.
Strangely these 'new' files remained under the radar until John Burroughs (witness of the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident) found reference to them
elsewhere. Their release was delayed for 3 years. Even now they are not in digital format for download, like previous releases, and reports are that
they have heavier redactions as well.
So here we have another previously unknown UFO case now in the public domain. Although we don’t know what the ‘official conclusion’ was.
Make of it all what you will.
Full story : Dr David Clarke Blog
Here is a full list of the files recently released by the UK MoD:
UFO Policy - 2004 Apr 27 - 2004 May 07
DEFE 24/2821: UFO reports: C31 air traffic control; low flying UFOs; with
DEFE 24/2822: UFO reports: C3I air traffic control; low flying UFOs; with redactions
DEFE 24/2823: UFO reports: C3I air traffic control; low flying UFOs; with redactions
DEFE 24/3122: Defence policy issues: UFOs; with redactions
DEFE 24/3129: UFOs: administration and general; with redactions
DEFE 24/2879: UFOs: reports; correspondence; with redactions
DEFE 24/2862: UFO reports; with redactions
DEFE 24/3126: Air Defence Ground Environment: UFO reports; with redactions
DEFE 24/3127: Air Defence Ground Environment: UFO reports; with redactions
DEFE 24/3124: Air Defence Ground Environment: UFO reports; with redactions
DEFE 24/3128: Air Defence Ground Environment: UFO reports; with redactions
UFO Policy - 1971 Dec 09 - 1996 Dec 11
UFO Policy - 2000 Jun 13 - 2000 Dec 12
edit on 2/7/17 by mirageman because: tidy up