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16 September 2008, JellyBean @ 6:25 am

A former RAF officer has claimed that UFOs are real and may have invaded UK airspace, saying that official resistance to such theories is “stupid and arrogant”.

In 1971, Wing Commander Alan Turner, MBE, saw a number of UFO’s on radar at RAF Sopley on the south-west coast of England. Although sworn to secrecy, he has finally decided to break his silence and speak publicly about his experiences.

On that particular day, Turner and 13 colleagues were on duty monitoring the skies on radar screens for any signs of Soviet incursion. What they saw alarmed them.

Tewnty miles east of them, they saw five number of radar blips. Shortly after a sixth and then seventh appeared. They were all following the same direction.

In Wing Commander Alan Turner’s own words:


“They were tracking south-east, each exactly six to seven miles apart and moving at exactly the same speed. At about 40 miles from the point they appeared on radar, they disappeared, to be followed almost immediately by a replacement at the point of origin.

“The objects were about 3,000ft above ground level when they first appeared and climbed so rapidly that, by the time they disappeared from radar they were in excess of 60,000ft.

“To climb to such a height in only 40 miles was beyond the ability of almost any fighter aircraft at that time.”

Turner then diverted an RAF Canberra jet to try and intercept the UFO’s. Neother the pilot or co-pilot saw anything visually, but they did see an object on their port side which climbed very quickly.

Within a few days, Turner and his colleagues were questioned by two men dressed in civilian clothes in the Squadron Leader’s office. Neither men identified themselves but questioned them thoroughly about the incident.

“I, along with all the others who were in the room on that day, were told in no uncertain terms not to relate what we had seen until cleared to do so,” he said.

On further investigation, Turner found out that the phenomenon could not have been caused by weather balloons or any other classified or non-classified projects. There was nothing in the air at that time which could explain what they saw.

“I have no idea what they were, but I certainly wouldn’t rule out the possibility that they were UFOs. There is certainly a chance that we have been visited by extra-terrestrials,” he said. “It is terribly arrogant and silly to think that we are alone in the universe.”

According to Turner, he has spoken to other ex-RAF mates who cay that they have seen similar things but did not report them as they felt that their integrity could be brought into question. He says he understands their feelings, but for him the time is right to disclose what he saw.

Many of these men who were in the armed forces on both sides of the Atlantic in the early 1970’s are starting to come forward with their stories. Perhaps in the current climate of acceptance, they feel more secure in revealing their stories, or is it because they are now older and more secure that they feel safe to reveal all?

Ref: Scotland on Sunday

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