Fwd = [UASR]> Britain's UFO secrets revealed
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Original Subject: [UASR]> Britain's UFO secrets revealed
Original Date: Sun, 04 Jun 2000 16:05:16 -0700
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UK Observer - June 4, 2000:
On 15 February 1999 an air traffic controller in Scotland noticed
something strange on his radar screen. A bright blip on his screen
suggested there was a very large object travelling at 3,000mph over
the Scottish coastline heading south-west to Belfast.
The size of the blip suggested the object was 10 miles long and
two miles wide. Two minutes later the object disappeared from the
Three months earlier, MoD documents record that a commercial
pilot flying over the Midlands reported an unusual object travelling
at 'very high speed' with a very bright strobe light flashing once
every 20 seconds.
Although the two incidents were unrelated, both were reported to a
little-known department in the Ministry of Defence, known as
Secretariat (Air Staff) 2a. This is the secretive section in Whitehall
which collates reports of unidentified flying objects that cross
Whitehall has traditionally treated reports of UFO sightings as
highly classified and only released information to the public after 30
years. But the parliamentary Ombudsman insisted that the MoD
hand this information to Colin Ridyard, a research chemist from
Dr Ridyard had been seeking information relating to UFO sightings
by pilots or radar operators between July 1998 and July 1999.
Initially the MoD refused on the ground it would be too expensive.
But after the intervention of the ombudsman, Michael Buckley, the
MoD agreed to release the information as a one-off exercise for
�75. The Ministry handed two reports to Ridyard, yet official
information from the Civil Aviation Authority suggests there had
been additional sightings. During the same period the CAA said it
reported two more UFO sightings to the MoD, neither of which the
According to official CAA reports, in the same month that a radar
picked up an enormous object flying across Scotland, a pilot flying
over the North Sea became startled when his aircraft became
illuminated by an 'incandescent' light. Three other aircraft in the
area reported seeing a ball of light moving at high speed. Air traffic
controllers reported there were no strange aircraft in the area, but
five minutes later an operator at a weather station picked up a fast-
moving object on his radar.
The other incident which CAA reported to the MoD occurred in
June 1999 when the pilot of a B757 flying over the North Sea
reported an unidentified military-looking aircraft passing close by in
the opposite direction. Nothing was seen on the plane's radar or by
air traffic controllers. The MoD told the Authority that there were no
military aircraft known to be in that area at the time.
Although an MoD spokeswoman would not discuss individual
sightings, she said all these events had perfectly normal
explanations. 'Some-times radars have spurious readings caused
by military aircraft in the vicinity, and radar-jamming facilities and
bright lights on the underside of aircraft can be caused by events
on the ground.'
In a letter to one of Ridyard's local MPs, Defence Minister John
Spellar said: 'My department has no interest or role with respect to
UFO/flying saucer matters or to the question of the existence or
otherwise of extraterrestrial life forms - about which we remain open-
However, declassified government documents in the Public
Records Office from June 1965 reveal that 'it was official MoD
policy to play down the subject of unidentified flying objects and to
avoid attaching undue public attention or publicity to the subject...
as a result we have never had any political pressure to mount a
large-scale investigation'. Other documents from that time state:
'The press are never to be given information about unusual radar
sightings_ and [unusual visual] sightings are in no circumstances
to be disclosed to the press.'
But Ridyard said: 'This is not about little green men, but about
freedom of information. It is clear there are many strange incidents
that happen in the British skies that are kept secret. There may be
issues of aircraft safety or natural phenomena, but by keeping this
information secret these incidents cannot be scrutinised by the
public or the scientific community.'
One of the most infamous incidents relating to a UFO sighting in
Britain only came to light through US freedom of information
legislation. This revealed that in December 1980 three security
patrolmen investigating a potential air crash near the US Air Force
base in Suffolk saw a strange glowing triangular object hovering in
the forest near the base which had a 'pulsing red light on top and
blue lights underneath'.
An official report by Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Halt , the deputy
base commander, included a description of the events and stated
that the next day three depressions were found in the forest where
the object was discovered which showed radiation readings. Later
that night three star-like objects were seen in the sky moving
'rapidly in sharp angular movements'.
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