Yorkshire UFO sightings revealed as Ministry of Defence records declassified

FROM War of the Worlds to Et and beyond, the idea of extraterrestrial life has captured imaginations for decades.

For 25 years the Ministry of Defence even kept top-secret records of all reported UFO sightings, such as the “irregular pattern of lights coloured white, blue, yellow and red” spotted in the Yorkshire sky in April 1999.

It turns out, however we are a long way from any close encounters of the fourth kind after details of hundreds of UFO reports were declassified.

The Ministry of Defence says the real life British X-Files were used only to determine whether flying objects posed a threat to national security, and the UFO desk was wound up in 2009.

In February this year The Press reported how dozens of people say they saw a flying object over New Earswick, prompting police to investigate reports of “space debris” crashing to the ground. The newly released files list several more sightings in Yorkshire.

In August 2002, a driver reported seeing a “purple and white pulsating jellyfish-like object, with smaller light circles surrounding the main object,” near Rosedale Abbey, on the North York Moors.

The keen-eyed motorist claimed the UFO followed his car for four miles before disappearing. One report describes how an eyewitness was left in awe after spotting something in the night sky above Filey in September 2009.

“It was a brilliant and dazzling, pure white, horizontal ring of light. I was completely transfixed by it and watched it for a few minutes before I panicked and ran back to my parents’ flat. It was the strangest experience of my life.”

Not everyone who reported sightings to the Ministry of Defence was convinced they had seen a UFO though. One report from January 2009, from near RAF Menwith Hill, claims there were: “aircraft performing manoeuvres which should rightly be impossible within the bounds of Newtonian science.”

The report continues: “Much as I would love it to be aliens I am sure they are just some sort of classified aircraft, presumably used for spying on the Chinese. If you wanted to keep these amazing things secret, perhaps it would be better not to put big orange lights on them?”

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1:04pm Mon 24 Jun 13

Mister Matosis says...

"FROM War of the Worlds to Et and beyond, the idea of extraterrestrial life has captured imaginations for decades."

Surely it would have been more applicable to use 'E.T.' as a cultural reference?
"FROM War of the Worlds to Et and beyond, the idea of extraterrestrial life has captured imaginations for decades." Surely it would have been more applicable to use 'E.T.' as a cultural reference? Mister Matosis

8:38pm Mon 24 Jun 13

Silver says...

Mister Matosis wrote:
"FROM War of the Worlds to Et and beyond, the idea of extraterrestrial life has captured imaginations for decades."

Surely it would have been more applicable to use 'E.T.' as a cultural reference?
I prefer the term lunatics
[quote][p][bold]Mister Matosis[/bold] wrote: "FROM War of the Worlds to Et and beyond, the idea of extraterrestrial life has captured imaginations for decades." Surely it would have been more applicable to use 'E.T.' as a cultural reference?[/p][/quote]I prefer the term lunatics Silver

9:14pm Mon 24 Jun 13

booker4 says...

Michael Lewendon left daughters house in burghfield heading for tilehurst home, early morning between 6.30 to 8.30, as we approached church lane, I glanced out at the trees on my side of the van we was in, there are bad bends in the road at this point, and... my wife screamed out "WATCH OUT" hit brakes just managed to stop before going in ditch on my left, " what's wrong with you " she said by this time I was looking straight ahead afraid to look again without her confirmation, "have a look out my side window.
,What does it look like " I said " a spaceship" was her answer drove the van up the road a bit to get a better look, stopped the van and I got out of it to get a better view, WOW PWEW from being scared to death one minute to amazement in heart if that's the feeling, felt privaliged, felt as if I was gifted to see such an event, this craft was hovering over a field no more than 50 yards away about 200 feet in the air it was 100--200 yards across 30 yards deep, looked saturn like in shape, had a set of windows running through the middle all different colours, looked as if they were flashing but maybe it was the rushing clouds inside the craft that gave this impression, the clouds were all small but were different shades, and they looked as if they were thundery, rushing through the ship, It was at this point I decided to tell myself to remember every detail as I was seeing something that was going to get investigated and my information could be of.
signigavance, we watch it for about five minutes no more, the ship moved off in an arc shape to our right going up as it moved, its path took it straight over the atomic research base 500 yards away, then it went parrallel to the M4 motorway towards London, here is where we lost sight of the ship, it dissappeard out of our sight (to far off to see) I drove up the road 500 yards and parked the van to see it thier was any thing that I could add to this ufo sighting, YES the weather it was a bright morning don't think I saw the sun up yet but it was bright moring the best sky ive ever seen all light blue not a cloud in the sky anywhere, none not even a planes energy trail nothing. But thier was two other objects in the sky, the moon looking like this ( in shape although tilted more, under this moon I saw a star shinning as bright as any flickering quite large for a star I thought maybe its the space station, the star or space station was just below it.
about a quarter of an inch between your fingers looking up at it, remembering all the events of that day was going to be easy, or so I thought, we told our family first about the sighting and some were sceptic and others laughed, three days later there was a news article asking if anyone had seen any ufos lately, I was exspecting the press to be full of this siteng but thier was none, it was then I felt as if we were being tested for our integrity or our abilty to be trusted wierd feeling, did nothing about it for 4 years or so, something triggered off my wondering why?
Started reading up about ufo sighting and people near where I live who I could ask some questions, and I told him all I told you, then he asked me what day it was? forgot the date? couldn t remember the date? for over two years couldn t nail down the date? nightmare? then the other week I ask my wife to see when our passports run out? keeps them in a draw with other things birth certificates, insurancecs, etc, she came down the stairs with a piece of paper torn off dated 11th september 2004 and she had written on it SPACEDAY, brilliant as so I thought, easy now to find evidence? EVIDENCE OF THE SPACESHIP? So easy, no chance,
(1) M4 motorway cams must have recorded it, the traffic police, and the BBC, have access to these road cams, no reply?
(2) weather photos of that morning sky again BBC and weather stations have this evidence no reply?
(3) Google earth must have evidence of the spaceship that day where is it? no reply?
(4) M.O.D Base has twenty or more cameras that could have recorded its flight?
Researchers the police, google earth, weather cam sites, mod, all got this evidence?
can t belive there's no evidence other than our sighting?
michael
Michael Lewendon left daughters house in burghfield heading for tilehurst home, early morning between 6.30 to 8.30, as we approached church lane, I glanced out at the trees on my side of the van we was in, there are bad bends in the road at this point, and... my wife screamed out "WATCH OUT" hit brakes just managed to stop before going in ditch on my left, " what's wrong with you " she said by this time I was looking straight ahead afraid to look again without her confirmation, "have a look out my side window. ,What does it look like " I said " a spaceship" was her answer drove the van up the road a bit to get a better look, stopped the van and I got out of it to get a better view, WOW PWEW from being scared to death one minute to amazement in heart if that's the feeling, felt privaliged, felt as if I was gifted to see such an event, this craft was hovering over a field no more than 50 yards away about 200 feet in the air it was 100--200 yards across 30 yards deep, looked saturn like in shape, had a set of windows running through the middle all different colours, looked as if they were flashing but maybe it was the rushing clouds inside the craft that gave this impression, the clouds were all small but were different shades, and they looked as if they were thundery, rushing through the ship, It was at this point I decided to tell myself to remember every detail as I was seeing something that was going to get investigated and my information could be of. signigavance, we watch it for about five minutes no more, the ship moved off in an arc shape to our right going up as it moved, its path took it straight over the atomic research base 500 yards away, then it went parrallel to the M4 motorway towards London, here is where we lost sight of the ship, it dissappeard out of our sight (to far off to see) I drove up the road 500 yards and parked the van to see it thier was any thing that I could add to this ufo sighting, YES the weather it was a bright morning don't think I saw the sun up yet but it was bright moring the best sky ive ever seen all light blue not a cloud in the sky anywhere, none not even a planes energy trail nothing. But thier was two other objects in the sky, the moon looking like this ( in shape although tilted more, under this moon I saw a star shinning as bright as any flickering quite large for a star I thought maybe its the space station, the star or space station was just below it. about a quarter of an inch between your fingers looking up at it, remembering all the events of that day was going to be easy, or so I thought, we told our family first about the sighting and some were sceptic and others laughed, three days later there was a news article asking if anyone had seen any ufos lately, I was exspecting the press to be full of this siteng but thier was none, it was then I felt as if we were being tested for our integrity or our abilty to be trusted wierd feeling, did nothing about it for 4 years or so, something triggered off my wondering why? Started reading up about ufo sighting and people near where I live who I could ask some questions, and I told him all I told you, then he asked me what day it was? forgot the date? couldn t remember the date? for over two years couldn t nail down the date? nightmare? then the other week I ask my wife to see when our passports run out? keeps them in a draw with other things birth certificates, insurancecs, etc, she came down the stairs with a piece of paper torn off dated 11th september 2004 and she had written on it SPACEDAY, brilliant as so I thought, easy now to find evidence? EVIDENCE OF THE SPACESHIP? So easy, no chance, (1) M4 motorway cams must have recorded it, the traffic police, and the BBC, have access to these road cams, no reply? (2) weather photos of that morning sky again BBC and weather stations have this evidence no reply? (3) Google earth must have evidence of the spaceship that day where is it? no reply? (4) M.O.D Base has twenty or more cameras that could have recorded its flight? Researchers the police, google earth, weather cam sites, mod, all got this evidence? can t belive there's no evidence other than our sighting? michael booker4

10:29pm Mon 24 Jun 13

Jacob Edwards says...

What a load of drivel.

Amongst the pigeon English, love the bit about Google Earth. Sorry to disappoint, but Google Earth is not a live broadcast.
What a load of drivel. Amongst the pigeon English, love the bit about Google Earth. Sorry to disappoint, but Google Earth is not a live broadcast. Jacob Edwards

1:27am Tue 25 Jun 13

Magicman! says...

Some of these sightings were probably just Ball Lightning.
Some of these sightings were probably just Ball Lightning. Magicman!

8:36am Tue 25 Jun 13

Fake Professor says...

I'm amazed and disturbed that no-one takes your coherent, convincing and solidly evidenced story seriously, Michael. It simply must be some kind of cover-up. Especially the Google Earth part.
I'm amazed and disturbed that no-one takes your coherent, convincing and solidly evidenced story seriously, Michael. It simply must be some kind of cover-up. Especially the Google Earth part. Fake Professor

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