The British MOD UFO Files
Ministry of Defence Department
|The British MOD UFO Files
Ministry of Defence Department (DI55)
The MoD department, which has dealt with more than 12,000
reports including 135 last year - was used to assess threats posed by
any Unidentified Flying Objects sightings throughout Britain. Any
reports made would now not be investigated or followed up as the
hotline had been closed, a spokesman said.
UFO experts expressed
anger at the decision. MoD chiefs made the decision to close the
£50,000 a year department, established in 1950, after deciding there was
no benefit investigating sightings which were an inappropriate use of
It comes after the team was moved from the
MoDs team, similar to the FBI team featured in the TV programme the X
Files, was moved a year ago from the Whitehall Headquarters to the RAF
Command in High Wycombe, Bucks.
After an application under the
Freedom of Information Act, the MoD admitted that responding to every
UFO sightings diverts MoD resources from tasks that are relevant to
Defence. No decision was announced and the disclosure was instead
buried on its website earlier this month.
Pope is most notable for having served as a regular term between 1991
and 1994 as that agency's official first point of contact and
investigator of UFO reports and sightings, in the department then known
as Sec(AS)2a (Secretariat of the Air Staff)
It said that in more
than 50 years no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential
threat to the United Kingdom. After investigation, around 5 per
cent of reports remain unexplained.
The MOD has no opinion on the
existence or otherwise of extra-terrestrial life, the spokesman said. The
MOD has no specific capability for identifying the nature of such
Accordingly, and in order to make best use of Defence
resources, we have decided that from the December 1st, 2009 the dedicated
UFO hot-line answer-phone service and e-mail address will be withdrawn. He
added: MOD will no longer respond to reported UFO sightings or
Nick Pope, who ran the Ministry of Defence UFO
project from 1991 to 1994, said it was outrageous. Were leaving
ourselves wide open to terrorist attacks, he told The Sun. The
spokesman said the program to release departmental files on UFO
matters to the National Archive would continue.
Britain's Closest Encounters
opening installment looks at an incident dubbed the 'Welsh Roswell'. In
1974, locals near the Berwyn mountain range experienced an earthquake
and reported seeing green lights in the sky. Some have claimed that a
UFO crashed into the mountain and that the government has tried to cover
up the truth.
More than 6,000 pages of UFO sightings include reports of 'flying Toblerones', blue triangles and silky white substances.
The files span from 1994 to 2000 and contain accounts told to the police, military and Government.
of all shapes and sizes have been witnessed flying over a wide range of
locations - including Chelsea FC's stadium and the former home
secretary Michael Howard's home in Kent.
A funeral director
reported feeling physically sick and developing a skin condition after
his car was enveloped by a "tube of light" in Ebbw Vale in Wales.
Another report contains details of a blue triangle hovering over a garden in Birmingham.
The man who discovered it claimed the craft shot off and left a
"silky-white" substance which he collected in a jam jar. A Toblerone
shaped UFO. An electrician in West Lothian spotted the
"Toblerone-shaped" UFO hovering over a field.
Nick Pope, who used to run the British Government's UFO project, described the reports as "the real-life X-Files".
"The X-Files was hugely popular during the period covered by these
files," he said. "But these are the real-life X-Files. Some sightings
were explained and some weren't, some were funny and some were just
believe the records highlight how shapes of reported UFOs have changed
over the last half-century and say this could be due to portrayals on
Perhaps the spookiest sighting released by the National Archives was reported by the police themselves.
and Skegness officers captured their UFO on film. They reported it to
the coastguard who in turn alerted ships in the North Sea, where a crew
saw further UFOs.
At the same time, an unidentified blip was picked up over Boston by RAF defence radar.