posted on Oct, 20 2009 @ 06:22 AM
Originally posted by kiwifoot
This is a story from last month, however I spent ten minutes searching ATS and couldn't find it at all, so here you are!
This story also appeared in various forms in other newspapers, including
this story on the
website of "The Sun"
that I mentioned in a recent thread 2009 - A "Record Year"
In case it is of interest, I'll repost some of the relevant facts and figures below.
One of Britain's best known ufologists (Nick Pope, formerly of the Ministry of Defence) was reported as commenting that, in terms of numbers of UFO
reports in Britain, we are on track for a "record year".
HUNDREDS of UFOs have been spotted in UK skies since January - putting 2009 on track to be a record year.
Brits have reported 231 mysterious hovering objects to the Ministry of Defence so far this year - against a previous record of 285 for the WHOLE of
In 2007 the count was 135, and there were just 97 in 2006.
Former MoD UFO investigator Nick Pope said yesterday: "This is sensational. We are now on target for a record year.
"I thought the number of UFOs reported last year was high, but we now know that they are being seen in increasing numbers."
However, while 231 reports to the British Ministry of Defence in six months is a higher rate than in recent years, if the same rate were duplicated
for the second six months of 2009 then the resulting total of 462 reports would NOT in fact be record breaking...
There have been several years in which that number of reports has been exceeded.
I'm fairly sure I have seen a book or Ministry of Defence document containing a table of relevant statistics for at least some recent years, but I
don't recall seeing anything online. So, it may be of interest if I do a bit of work to collate below some of the relevant figures (which are numbers
given to Parliament in discussions of UFOs reported in Hansard on various dates
I have previously made available here on ATS).
1959 : 22 reports
1960 : 31 reports
1961 : 71 reports
1962 : 46 reports
1963 : 51 reports
1964 : 74 reports
1965 : 56 reports
1966 : 95 reports
1967 : 362 reports
1968 : 280 reports
1969 : 228 reports
1970 : 181 reports
1971 : 379 reports
1972 : 201 reports
1980 : 350 reports
1981 : 600 reports
1982 : 250 reports
1983 : 390 reports
1996 : 609 reports
1997 : 425 reports
1998 : 193 reports
1999 : 229 reports
2000 : 210 reports
In any event, the total number of reports
to the Ministry of Defence (or any other organisation) is of pretty limited value in determining the
total number of sightings, given the relatively low level at which UFO sightings are reported.
All the best,