posted on Jul, 1 2007 @ 05:32 AM
Not long afterwards the editor of the Cumberland News newspaper contacted Jim and asked if he could borrow the negative to send a copy out to
Australia. Apparently the photograph had appeared in the press there and staff working at the Woomera test range area in Southern Australia had seen
it. Jim was told that the day after he took his photograph, a Blue Streak space rocket was due to be launched from Woomera in Australia. The countdown
was postponed when two automatic survey camera had independently spotted two large figures in the firing area during the countdown phase. They were
very similar in appearance to Jim's mysterious visitor. At the time of the launch, the photograph had not reached Australia and the staff had no
knowledge of the bizarre image.
The Woomera missile test range was run by Group Captain Tom Dalton-Morgan from 1959-1963 and he came forward with his own story. Prior to the test
firing of an earlier "Blue Streak" rocket, observers stationed 100 miles down range called to tell Tom that there was a "light" heading his way at
incredible speed, towards restricted air space. Tom and several scientists watched as the light circled the facility, then shot away and vanished. He
remarked that he "could not conceive of any plane or missile that was able to perform the maneuvers seen by my team". He said UFOs were frequently
seen in the area and that in 1964 they had aborted the launch of another test when a "white being" was seen on the automatic security cameras.
The incident seems to be vaguely mentioned in the "Flight trial of F1 - 5th June, 1961," report by Officer in Scientific Charge H.G.R. Robinson:
During the period immediately prior to 25th May outstanding problems concerning range safety and instrumental coverage were resolved with the Range
The report also lists a long series of various technical incidents with the several subsequent Blue Streak missiles test launches. Obviously no Blue
Streak was launched on May 23, 1964 or before the first launch on June 5, 1964.
Jim Templeton then also discovered that Blue Streak rockets were being manufactured in the UK at Spadeadam, a location several miles away from Burgh
Marsh on the Carlisle to Newcastle road.
There is a letter in the Public Records Office in Kew, London uncovered by ufologist Jenny Randles which is dated 1964 December 29th referring to the
Cumberland Spaceman by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). In it are references by the Department of Scientific and Technical Intelligence (DSTI) of an
investigation into the matter. Another letter there dated 1964 June 15th is from a reporter enquiring about the aborted launch and the film in
question which shows an extraordinary object hovering nearby that is 'impossible to miss'. A response to this letter from the MOD informs the
reporter that he should contact them if he wishes to view the film.
Mysteriously, in the series of film canisters holding the Blue Streak missile launches, one is missing. The missing canister is the film of the
launches for the week beginning Sunday, May 23, 1964.
UFOs have been seen in the Burgh Marsh and Carlisle area over the years and it is believed by some investigators and witnesses that the focus of their
attention lies in the Chapel Cross Atomic Power Station some 15 miles north-west of Carlisle.
Some reports of this matter detail that a subsequent roll of film developed for Jim Templeton had some negatives missing, which he suspects were taken
by the government. These reports are unconfirmed.
Nobody came up with a credible explanation for the photograph since then. Nobody understands how the supposed being on the photograph was invisible to
Jim and his family. That the two places on the planet where these figures have been seen are the two locations pivotal to the Blue Streak missile
programme remains puzzling. The visiting "Men in Black" are still not identified.
Even today, more than three decades later, the picture still defies any rational explanation.
"Encounters" magazine, July 1996.
"Secrets Of The Paranormal," hosted by Jenny Randles BBC2.
"Flight trial of F1 - 5th June, 1961," report by Officer in Scientific Charge H.G.R. Robinson.
", article in the saily Mail newspaper, London, December 13, 2002.
Dr John Becklake, The Science Museum:
"The concept and the size and the power of Blue Streak was almost equal to anything else in the world. It was equivalent to the Atlas missile which
America was developing. I mean the technology came from America, it's true, but the development which went on in Britain and the actual Blue Streak
itself with a thrust of about 140 tons, was about equal to anything in the world. It wasn't as powerful as some of the Russians', but it was in the
first division if you like."
"Well the news that Blue Streak was cancelled as a weapon [13th April 1960] came to us as we, the whole team, including our Chief Engineer, were
travelling to the Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham to make a presentation on Blue Streak as a weapon. There was no intimation given by
the Government to Rolls Royce or De Havilland even twenty four hours before. And it came as a complete shock. I remember that day very vividly
After the cancellation as a weapon, Blue Streak missiles - or more accurately, rockets - were the backbone of the ELDO project, a European space
initiave by the U-K. The Blue Streak rocket was transported by ship from Spadeadam, U-K, to Woomera, Australia. The tests had many small incidents,
but overall they were remarkably successful. The rocket by then was more known as "Europa" than "Blue Streak," and the 5 June launch was a
European project: U-K provided everything but the upper stages of the rocket which were german and French. Nevertheless, in 1968, the U-K Government
abandonned its civilian rocket program.