a reply to: Arbitrageur
I don't have a problem with Nick Pope as much as the OP. It's taken him 20 years to become the minor media personality he is today. He saw a gap in
the market while the X-Files was still at its 1990s peak, dubbing himself as Britain's Fox Mulder. He wrote a book or two and slowly worked his way to
where he is today. He's never claimed to be a "whistle blower" in fact quite the opposite. He also doesn't promote complete crap like some other
UFOtainment personalities I could mention. I'm sure Nick makes a nice living serving up soundbites on rolling 24 hour news channels and reading out
the scripted lines for the likes of Ancient Aliens etc.
I do have a couple of problems with some of the things he's claimed though.
I'll start with Rendlesham.
1. Nick continually refuses to confirm or deny whether nuclear weapons were held at Woodbridge/Bentwaters (Twin RAF bases leased to the USAF during
the Cold War).
He says this is due to his security oaths. However there is a declassified US military document (sorry I can't find it at the moment) that confirmed
before the bases closed how many tactical nukes were held there. So it's not actually a secret.
However I can find Michael Portillo, former UK Secretary of State for Defence between July 1995 & May 1997 confirming that nuclear weapons were held
at the bases though (see timestapped YT link below):
Surely once the UK Secretary of Defence has said this it's no longer a secret? Like when President Obama mentioned Area 51.
2. In the book "Encounter in Rendlesham Forest" Nick makes the claims :
We know that a UFO landed next to one of the most sensitive military installations in the NATO alliance......
We know that light beams from the UFO struck the ground just feet in front of the Deputy Base Commander and ....onto the base in particular, into the
Weapons Storage Area....
We know that the UFO was tracked on radar...."
The evidence for a UFO actually landing is weak. Only one witness claims to have seen 'a craft'. The landing marks found next day are unimpressive.
(Pictures can be found in the Rendlesham thread
The light beam shining on the ground is based on the infamous 'Halt Tape
' . It has been
difficult to corroborate this with anyone else on the base except Monroe Nevels who was with Halt in the forest.
The radar tracks are elusive. There are people who've said they saw brief blips on radar. But there isn't any hard proof.
3. NIck's other signature case is the 1993 'Cosford' UFO case. He often describes it as a huge and triangular shaped object that traversed across
British airspace in 1993. It was sighted by multiple independent witnesses, including RAF personnel at two separate bases. He paints this as a still
There are two MoD documents referring to the case : DEFE 24-2086 and DEFE 24-1967.
The first one contains various documents and correspondence dealing with investigation into the case and witness statements. An excerpt from that In
Nick Pope's own words
It seems that an unidentified object of unknown origin was operating in the UK Air Defence Region without being detected on radar; this would
appear to be of considerable defence significance, and I recommend that we investigate further, within MOD or with the US authorities.
However Spanish ufologist Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos investigated the case and provided information that points to a likely explanation. Information
which is contained within the documents in large parts.
Earlier in the night (ie. 30th March 1993), the Russians launched a radio satellite into orbit. The rocket booster of the Cosmos 2238, as it was
known, re-entered the earth’s atmosphere, breaking into pieces in the early hours of the 31st March 1993.
Astronomer Gary Anthony obtained a NASA data computer simulation of the trajectory of the decaying booster. Its path shows it would be easily visible
whilst crossing the British Isles around the same time as the first sightings. It passed over the South West of Britain around 1.10 and 1.15 am.
Correspondence also confirms that Nick Pope spoke to RAF Fylingdales who (eventually) confirmed a Russian rocket had re-entered the atmosphere around
the relevant time with a margin of error of about an hour.
The lower altitude sightings seen at RAF Shawbury that occurred about an hour after the decay of the booster rockets were identified as a Welsh police
helicopter following a stolen car down the A5. Snr. Ballester Olmos also contacted Nick Pope with an explanation for the sightings a year later
enclosing copies of a NORAD statement and computer simulation showing the UFO as the booster rockets from the Russian Cosmos 2238 satellite.
In his reply (dated 6th April 1994) Nick Pope stated:
“I think it is clear that most of the UFO sightings that occurred on the night in question can be attributed to this event.”
Source : MoD - DEFE 24/1967/1
Despite that Nick leaves his on the record conclusion out of interviews on paranormal TV and radio shows.