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"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.”
Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence [Soames] what assessment his Department made of the photograph of an unidentified craft at Calvine on 4 August 1990; who removed it from an office in secretariat (air staff) 2a; for what reasons; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Soames: A number of negatives associated with the sighting were examined by staff responsible for air defence matters. Since it was judged that they contained nothing of defence significance were not retained and we have no record of any photographs having been taken from them.
Source : Hansard 23rd July 1996
…. UFO experts hit out when it emerged a dossier into Britain’s most significant sighting is to be kept secret for another 50 years.
The file is said to contain astonishing colour photographs of a 100ft craft hovering over the village of Calvine in the Scottish Highlands in 1990.
A 30-year rule meant it was due to be declassified on January 1 — but the Ministry of Defence has now blocked release until 2072 without explanation.….
The Sun [UK] - 10th Oct 2020
…. My predecessor had undertaken the investigation and I was staggered to learn that it hadn’t proved possible to trace the aircraft…..
This was unprecedented and suggested that someone inside the MoD had sabotaged the investigation and blocked the UFO project from getting to the truth. Dark forces were at work…..
When the relevant files were released, the photos were missing.
The Sun [UK]- 10th Oct 2020
… The MoD files that contain documents relating to this case have been released and are available at the National Archives, though MoD says that no trace has been found of the images, aside from one poor quality photocopy of a line drawing...
At some point in 1994 my Head of Division.. had somehow convinced himself that the craft was a secret, prototype aircraft or drone – probably American...when one day he took the photo away and locked it in his desk drawer. On the other hand, he was probably the one who drafted the Parliamentary assurances, so maybe he was just covering his back.
Nicholas Papal Website
originally posted by: GrumpyPants
a reply to: mirageman
Scotland's airspace was used extensively by black aircraft and development of systems to detect them.
There are still aircraft that haven't been been publicly revealed that were using the Machrihanish airfield. Most of what actually happened there is still deep classified.
Simon Holland (not a 'real' professor) was once a UK television science reporter for many years.
originally posted by: Guest101
......As a result of this diplomatic bust-up, Nick’s Head of Division removed the Calvine incident photo from Nick’s office wall.
According to Nick Pope, the actual Calvine color photographs were set to be released in the new year. However, this release has now been blocked for another 50 years …
...I’ll be delighted if the Calvine photos are released in the New Year, but I’m not getting my hopes up. I’ll believe it when I see it.
.... MoD says that no trace has been found of the images, aside from one poor quality photocopy of a line drawing...
originally posted by: mirageman
The only person who has ever claimed to have seen the photo is Nick Pope. A ufotainer. Who's career revolves around endless speculation about UFOs.
“You’d have this surreal moment when they’d stop mid-sentence, stare at it, point and say ‘what the hell’s that?’ — this wasn’t the archetypal distant, blurred UFO photo. This was up close and personal, reach out and you can touch it stuff. ‘I don’t know what it is, but it’s not one of ours,’ was our stock answer to the inevitable question.”