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Files released in August 2009
The files contain a wide range of UFO-related documents covering the years 1981-1996.
Find out more about close encounters, stray satellites, bright lights and Britain’s very own Roswell – Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk.
Rendlesham Forest incident, December 1980
The file DEFE 24/1948 covers the Rendlesham incident, Britain‟s best-known UFO incident. It involves several sightings of lights in the forest, outside the perimeter fence of RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk, by United States Air Force personnel in December 1980. They claimed a UFO had landed in the forest, leaving traces including markings on the ground and radiation. The events were detailed in a famous memo to the MoD by Lt Col Charles Halt (USAF deputy base commander), who was present during one of the sightings. Halt‟s memo opens this file (p6), which consists largely of correspondence between the MoD and members of the public from 1983-1995.
Note: This file has previously been released to individuals requesting it under the Freedom of Information Act. Details of this are given on p4 of the file.
Further material can be found in DEFE 24/1970 (UFOs: Parliamentary correspondence 1985-1995). This file includes background material covering a range of Parliamentary Questions and private inquiries to the Ministry of Defence from MPs, often forwarding letters from constituents, on UFO matters.
The file contains the Ministry of Defence‟s final position statement on the Rendlesham incident in a briefing for the House of Lords Defence Debate (p10-11), along with a letter from the late Lord Hill-Norton, a former Chief of Defence Staff, to the Rt Hon Michael Heseltine, then Secretary of State for Defence, where he described the incident as, “a potential „banana-skin‟ looming for the MoD” (p366-367).
UFOs reported over Belgium - 1989-1990
A story which appears in a number of the files concerns a wave of sightings that occurred in Belgium during 1989-90. The files reveal how in March 1990 the Belgian Air Force scrambled F-16 fighters to intercept UFOs reported by police officers and others.
An official statement from the Belgian Air Force sent to the MoD in November 1993 is at DEFE 24/1970 p86-87. A letter from Malcolm Rifkind to Lord Hill-Norton explains the MoD was not informed of the incident at the time and concluded there was no threat to the UK DEFE 24/1970 p58-59.
In addition see (not an exhaustive list):
DEFE 24/1970 p66, p70-71, p75-76 and p86-87
DEFE 24/1960 (p320-324) - a four-page account of the UFOs detected by NATO radars and F-16 fighters over Belgium in 1990, which remain unexplained. The account, from General Wilfried de Brouwer, Chief of Operations, Belgian Air Staff confirms that F-16 pilots obtained “lock-ons” with their radars but were unable to explain the phenomena.
DEFE 24/1962 (p177-179)
DEFE 24/1965 (p272)
Cosford incident, 31 March 1993
The file DEFE 24/2086 covers sightings of bright lights seen across central England in the early hours by police officers and military witnesses (including a police patrol at RAF Cosford, near Wolverhampton). The file includes more than 30 sightings during a six-hour period. The MoD‟s UFO desk asked the RAF to replay radar tapes but this found nothing unusual had been detected. However, the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (ACAS), Sir Anthony Bagnall, was briefed that there was evidence a UFO had evaded UK defences. It soon emerged that the majority of sightings were caused by the Russian rocket that launched the Cosmos 2238 satellite, re-entering the earth‟s atmosphere.
UFO sightings in London, 1993-94
Dozens of sightings of a brightly illuminated oval object were reported over London, caused by what was actually a Virgin airship advertising the launch of the Ford Mondeo. Some accounts include sketches and several people refused to believe the UFO was the airship (see DEFE 24/1963, 1959, 1960 – more details of pages are given in the regional highlights for London, below).
A number of reports of UFOs sighted by pilots and air crews, along with near-misses between UFOs and airliners, are included in these files. DEFE 24/1961 (p381) – a “lit object” passed close to an aircraft approaching Manchester in January 1995 DEFE 24/1960 (p294) – a “black lozenge-shaped UFO” passed close to an aircraft over Berkshire in August 1994 DEFE 24/1963 (p198) – a UFO Solar balloon was blamed for an incident at Gatwick in July 1991 DEFE 24/1970 (p86-87), DEFE 24/1960 (p320-324) – UFOs seen by Belgian Air Force F-16 fighter pilots in March 1990 DEFE 24/1960 (p424-425) – An air crew flying from Moscow to Tokyo in March 1994 reported seeing a huge object was seen entering the Earth‟s atmosphere over the Arctic that created a shockwave 200 miles long. The crew reported that the UFO came in over the [North] pole at an estimated speed of 10-15,000mph. They initially....
believed it must have been a Space Shuttle, but subsequently found it was already down.
UFOs on radar
DEFE 24/1970 (p125) – Ministry of Defence statement from 1993: “I am not aware of instances where radar operators have detected an object, judged it to be solid, and not been able to identify it…” continuing, “..we have never detected a structured aircraft in UK airspace, that has remained unidentified”.
Parliamentary Questions in 1989 and 1990 regarding crop circles are found at:
DEFE 24/1970 (p175-178, p229-231, p275-278)
Attempted alien abductions
DEFE 24/1961 (p191-207) – Staffordshire Police report May 1995 on two youths who claimed they saw a UFO land in a field at Chasetown. A face appeared and a voice said: “We want you, come with us.”
UFO attack on cemetery
DEFE 24/1976 (p180) – Cheshire police report from July 1996. A young man returning home near Widnes ran after seeing a UFO over a cemetery. He reported that beams of light were projected onto the ground, a wailing noise was heard and smoke rose from the ground. Investigations at the scene found a hole burned in a railway sleeper still smouldering when police arrived.
Glastonbury Festival UFO
DEFE 24/1960 (p295-305) – two female festival-goers reported a UFO over the jazz field in June 1994.
Scotland UFO sightings
DEFE 24/1959-1961 (a number of Scottish sightings are included in these files) – Bonnybridge, near Stirling, was featured in the national press during 1994-1995 as Britain‟s hotspot for UFO sightings. A local councillor wrote to John Major asking for an inquiry and tried to twin the town with Roswell.
Originally posted by ottozia
Just watch the video it's quicker and consolidates all the info.
Unfortunatley still no real new info, just more of what we already know.