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The retired school teacher was gardening when he noticed the sun glinting off the flying object as the Hercules flew in to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire.
He said: 'I don't believe in things from outer space but that thing was definitely tracking the plane.
So far Mr Powell has remained in the dark since the sighting from his home in Westbury, Wiltshire, at 3.45pm on July 22.
A spokesman said: 'The MoD examines reports solely to establish whether UK airspace may have been compromised by hostile or una
The UFO researcher explained that a formation known as lenticular clouds are often mistaken for UFOs, as they form at high altitudes into a smooth lens or
saucer like shape.
Nick Pope, who used to investigate UFOs for the MoD, said: 'It's an intriguing image. It's difficult to offer a definitive view, as the photo isn't that clear, but the fact that the witness saw something at the time - as opposed to noticing the anomaly after the image was developed - shows there was something there in the sky.
'This is more than just a glitch with the camera or the film.'
But Russ Kellett, 44, vice-chairman of the British Flying Saucer Bureau, seemed to have solved the mystery.
The UFO researcher explained that a formation known as lenticular clouds are often mistaken for UFOs, as they form at high altitudes into a smooth lens or saucer like shape.
He added: 'There is just a dark area of cloud and a light area of cloud. There are no reflections, no lights.
'I wouldn't have given it a second glance'.