National Archives - UFO Documents.............................................................................................
21 September 2009
The UFO Files, published by The National Archives, is a collection of the most impressive reports from the Ministry of Defence's secret files on real-life UFO sightings. These reports are brought together for the first time, covering sightings from the early 1900s right up to the present day.
The book includes sightings from civilians, as well as from military personnel and intelligence agencies. It looks at investigations conducted by British Intelligence and the CIA in response to UFO sightings, and their views on UFO threats to national security.
Official reports, dramatic witness statements and personal interviews, many conducted by the author himself, are combined with rarely seen photographs and drawings.
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Highlights of The UFO Files.
Winston Churchill's lifelong curiosity about UFOs. The full story of the Ministry of Defence's secretive study of the UFO phenomenon, which began in 1950 and ended with the 'Condign report' in 2000. Interviews with Venom pilots scrambled to intercept UFOs which buzzed the nuclear-armed USAF base at Lakenheath in Suffolk in 1956. Details of a First World War encounter between a UFO and a British military pilot over London, when a pilot opened fire on an elongated object 'which looked something like a railway carriage with the blinds drawn'. Wartime accounts from RAF crews who sighted strange balls of fire - known as 'Foo Fighters' - that pursued their aircraft during night time raids over Germany. The radar detection of a massive formation of UFOs over the English Channel in March 1941, leading RAF Fighter Command to believe a large-scale raid was under way. The formation of a UFO investigation team by the MOD in 1967 in response to political and media pressure. Stories from the MOD's 'Alien Abduction' files – including a Devon lorry driver's encounter with a UFO and its occupants in 1968 and a Manchester woman who wrote during the 1980s pleading for help following an abduction experience. The story of the Channel Islands UFO sightings, reported by pilots and passengers on a flight across the English Channel in April 2007. Captain Ray Bowyer reported seeing a 'sparkling yellow' object suspended on the horizon
About the author
Dr. David Clarke is Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University. He has a long-standing interest in UFOs and other aerial phenomena, and has worked with The National Archives in promoting UFO material recently released by the Ministry of Defence. He is an experienced journalist as well as acting as researcher and consultant to a range of TV and radio productions. He is the author of The Angel of Mons (2004).
Find information on the most recent UFO releases, including a videocast by David Clarke, at nationalarchives.gov.uk/ufos