The UK National Archives have released the single largest collection of UFO files to date with over 8 500 documents released.
The documents released are policy and intelligence documents covering a 60 year span from the 1950s almost to the present day. The 35 files include papers produced by the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office and United Nations.
Although insightful, this release will also prompt furious discussion and accusations due to what was left out or were ‘lost’.
It is revealed that in April 1979 the Home Office issued guidance to all police forces, fire services and councils about what to do in the event of a ‘nuclear satellite crash’. ‘Nuclear satellite crash’was their special code for UFO wreckage from space that could be radioactive.
Another revealing document talks about how in November 1978, the House of Lords held a three-hour debate on UFOs – the only full debate on UFO’s ever held in Parliament.
One of the highlights from the UFO reports released today are two striking colour photographs of a strange “atmospheric occurrence” taken by a member of the RAF in 2004.
The photographer was on holiday in Sri Lanka when he heard a clap of thunder. Then he saw a doughnut-shaped cloud in the sky that “did not rise but headed from the high atmosphere towards the earth.”
The document most likely to prompt conspiracy theories aout UFO’s details the now famous Rendlesham Forest incident.
It emerged that when the MoD (Ministry of Defence) trawled its records in 2000, the Defence Intelligence files for 1980-82 that would have covered the incident were found to have been inexplicably destroyed. Files from the years directly before and afterwards survive.
Did someone purposefully remove these documents? Does the government feel that the revelations of this incident would be too much for the public?
More recently, 15 unidentified aircraft were detected on radar approaching the UK in the months before 9/11.
On September 11 itself just one UFO report was received.
You can read / download these documents for yourself at The National Archives