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
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
The sighting is included in military UFO
documents made available online today by the
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
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
"This is bound to prompt further
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
:: 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
:: 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
"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
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
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
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
Eastney on Friday morning. Police said Mr Vigay, of
Southsea, had been reported missing at 11pm on Thursday
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
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
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
Rescue Team and an inshore lifeboat were on the scene
Local residents said they were shocked to hear about
what happened in
an area that is usually very
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
interviewed a couple of dog walkers.'
Undertakers were called to take the body away and a post
examination will be carried out to try to establish the
led to Mr Vigay's death.
Anyone with information should contact Portsmouth Police
on 0845 045
4545 or 01962 841534, or Crimestoppers anonymously on
Rest in peace
Paul until we meet again in the ever lasting