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UFO files: photographs of 'UFO next to RAF jet'

Photographs taken of a UFO hovering next to an RAF jet over Scotland were treated very seriously by military investigators, newly-released Ministry of Defence files showed today.

Witnesses saw the mysterious large diamond-shaped object hanging in the air for about 10 minutes before it ascended vertically at high speed.

Military experts concluded the aircraft was a Harrier, but could not identify the UFO despite apparently commissioning detailed line drawings of it.

Fearing there could be significant media interest, the MoD took the unusual step of briefing ministers about the sighting.

The incident also discloses that British military intelligence officers tasked with investigating UFO reports took a close interest in claims the US was developing a top secret spy-plane.

The sighting is included in military UFO documents made available online today by the National Archives.

The seven files, produced by the DI55 branch of the Defence Intelligence Staff, relate to the period between November 1987 and April 1993 and contain details of around 1,200 separate UFO sightings.

They demonstrate that British officials were more concerned about advanced new aircraft being developed by the Russians and Americans than little green men.

The files include numerous cuttings from magazines and newspapers relating to rumours that the US military was developing a hypersonic spy-plane known as Aurora.

Attached to one article about Aurora from September 1991 was a note from an MoD official that read: "Attention is really focusing on this now, notwithstanding a recent USAF 'denial briefing'.

"This is bound to prompt further questions/Parliamentary interest."

There is also an intelligence report quoting an October 1991 sighting in Kazakhstan of a UFO with "a semi-transparent halo and rays 'shooting out' in different directions".

Other incidents recorded in the files include:

:: A woman who said she was approached by an alien with a "Scandinavian-type accent" as she walked her dog near Norwich in November 1989;

:: A spate of UFO sightings in London in 1993 which were explained by the presence of a brightly illuminated airship advertising the new Ford Mondeo;

:: A sighting by crews of six RAF Tornado jets of a UFO over Germany in November 1990 which they believed to be a stealth aircraft;

:: A recommendation that the Royal Ulster Constabulary should investigate a missile-shaped UFO, accompanied by a "muffled bang", reported near Belfast Airport in December 1989;

:: Details of how the crash of a USAF pilot into the North Sea in September 1970 made headlines again in 1992 over claims that he was on an operation to intercept UFOs;

:: The MoD's decision to halt a project to computerise UFO records amid concerns about public reaction if it became known.

But the British military officials appear to have paid most attention to the sighting of the diamond-shaped object next to the RAF Harrier on the A9 at Calvine, north of Pitlochry in Scotland, on August 4 1990.

Two members of the public took colour photos and provided them to Scotland's Daily Record newspaper, which in turn passed six negatives to the MoD for comment.

The military responded by drawing up guidelines for responding to media questions about the incident.

An official wrote in a memo: "Such stories are not normally drawn to the attention of ministers, and the MoD press office invariably responds to questions along well-established lines emphasising our limited interest in the UFO phenomenon and explaining that we therefore do not have the resources to undertake any in-depth investigations into particular sightings.

"On this occasion, however, the MoD has been provided with six photographic negatives of an alleged UFO by the Scottish Daily Record and has been asked for comments almost certainly for inclusion in a forthcoming story."

The memo noted there was no record of Harriers operating in the area at the time and suggested the media should be told "no definite conclusions (were) reached regarding (the) large diamond-shaped object".

The files contain blurry photocopies of two of the pictures next to aviation journal reports about a secret triangular-shaped stealth aircraft said to have been developed by the USAF.

And in late 1991 the MoD apparently commissioned line drawings of the UFO, noting that the "sensitivity of (the) material suggests very special handling".

Dr David Clarke, a UFO expert and journalism lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, said the newly-released documents showed the MoD was "not in the slightest bit interested in aliens".

"They're only interested in the defence implications," he said.

"The question is what are the Russians testing, and could any of these sightings be something of that kind? As soon as they have eliminated that, they're not interested."

:: The files can be accessed at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ufos and will be free to view for the first month.

Nick Pope, the former MoD official turned UFO specialist, said of the latest files: "There are some UFO sightings here which had us genuinely puzzled. The UFO phenomenon provoked discussion, debate and disagreement, even within the MoD."

The newspaper report which accompanied Kerrys message:

Not the message I was expecting.

Body found washed ashore in Southsea
20 February 2009
By Fran Duckett-Pike

Police are investigating after the body of a man was discovered in the
sea off Southsea seafront.

The body of 44-year-old Paul Vigay was discovered in the sea at
Eastney on Friday morning. Police said Mr Vigay, of Manners Road,
Southsea, had been reported missing at 11pm on Thursday night. The
body was discovered by a member of the public who was out on the
beach walking their dog.

Police were called at 8.10am yesterday to the seafront next to the Royal
Marines Museum, in Eastney where the body was found 10 metres from
the shoreline. Police cordoned off the area. Police say Mr Vigay's death
is not being treated as suspicious.

A Hampshire police spokeswoman said: 'We were called by a member
of the public after they saw the body in the water. 'The police, with the
help of the coastguard, brought him in.'
She added: 'Investigations are under way.' The Portsmouth Coastguard
Rescue Team and an inshore lifeboat were on the scene assisting the

Local residents said they were shocked to hear about what happened in
an area that is usually very quiet.............................

Another resident added: 'I have no idea what has happened. I heard a
police siren and I looked out the window and saw the police cars. It was a
bit of a surprise - and it's not a nice surprise. I know the police
interviewed a couple of dog walkers.'

Undertakers were called to take the body away and a post mortem
examination will be carried out to try to establish the circumstances which
led to Mr Vigay's death.

Anyone with information should contact Portsmouth Police on 0845 045
4545 or 01962 841534, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555

Rest in peace Paul until we meet again in the ever  lasting circle.