Combination of witness evidence and baffled military experts prompted extraordinary government briefing following unexplained 1990 incident, files
Photographs taken of a UFO hovering next to an RAF jet over Perthshire were treated seriously by military investigators, just-released Ministry of
Defence files show.
Witnesses saw the mysterious, large diamond-shaped object hanging over the A9 at Calvine, north of Pitlochry, in August 1990. The object remained in
position for about 10 minutes next to an RAF Harrier before the UFO ascended vertically at high speed.
UFOs are no stranger to Scotland. Bonnybridge and West Kilbride have a history of unusual sightings dating back decades. At the start of this year a
man from Banknock recorded an apparent UFO sighting (pictured) that remains unexplained.
In the 1990 incident, two members of the public took colour photos and provided them to the Daily Record, which in turn passed six negatives to the
MoD for comment. The military responded by drawing up guidelines for responding to media questions about the incident.
Military experts could not identify the UFO despite apparently commissioning detailed line drawings of the object.
Fearing there could be significant media interest, the MoD took the unusual step of briefing ministers about the sighting.
An official wrote in a memo: "Such stories are not normally drawn to the attention of ministers, and the MoD press office invariably responds to
questions along well-established lines emphasising our limited interest in the UFO phenomenon and explaining that we therefore do not have the
resources to undertake any in-depth investigations into particular sightings.
"On this occasion, however, the MoD has been provided with six photographic negatives of an alleged UFO by the Scottish Daily Record and has been
asked for comments almost certainly for inclusion in a forthcoming story."
And in late 1991 the MoD apparently commissioned line drawings of the UFO, noting that the "sensitivity of (the) material suggests very special
The incident also discloses that British military intelligence officers tasked with investigating UFO reports took a close interest in claims the US
was developing a top secret spy-plane.
The sighting is included in military UFO documents made available online from Sunday by the National Archives.
The seven files, produced by the DI55 branch of the Defence Intelligence Staff, relate to the period between November 1987 and April 1993 and contain
details of around 1,200 UFO sightings. They demonstrate that British officials were more concerned about advanced new aircraft being developed by the
Russians and Americans than "little green men".
The files include numerous cuttings from magazines and newspapers relating to rumours that the US military was developing a hypersonic spy plane known
Attached to one article about Aurora from September 1991 was a note from an MoD official that read: "Attention is really focusing on this now,
notwithstanding a recent USAF (US Air Force) 'denial briefing'. This is bound to prompt further questions/Parliamentary interest."
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