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RAF Woodbridge, Rendlesham ForestSuffolk27-Dec-803:00USAF security police witness unusal lights on the base perimeter, reporting a “strange glowing object” in the forest – plus a metallic shape. It involves several sightings of lights in the forest, outside the perimeter fence of RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk, by United States Air Force personnel in December 1980. They claimed a UFO had landed in the forest, leaving traces including markings on the ground and radiation. The events were detailed in a famous memo to the MoD by Lt Col Charles Halt (USAF deputy base commander), who was present during one of the sightings. The MoD explanation was that the lights were a meteor shower and local lighthousehttp://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1948.pdf6
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WavreBelgium31-Mar-90UFOs detected by NATO radars and F-16 fighters over Belgium in 1990. The account, from General Wilfried de Brouwer, Chief of Operations, Belgian Air Staff confirms that F-16 pilots obtained “lock-ons” with their radars but were unable to explain the phenomena.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1960.pdf330
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Gatwick airportSussex15-Jul-910:00Near miss for a Boeing 737 pilot with a black lozenge shaped object passing within 100 yards. Solar balloon was blamedhttp://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1963.pdf198
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RotherhamSouth Yorkshire12-Jan-9319:00Two young men claimed they saw “8 apache helicopters, flanking a very strange object - flat with a dome, very big tail fine with strobe light on top”; another object was flying overhead at very high speed with flashing lights. Witnesses claimed they went up to helicopters and spoke to pilots.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1959.pdf368
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RAF Cosford, WolverhamptonWest Midlands31-Mar-931:15Sightings of bright lights seen across central England in the early hours by police officers and military witnesses (including a police patrol at RAF Cosford, near Wolverhampton). The file includes more than 30 sightings during a six-hour period. The MoD’s UFO desk asked the RAF to replay radar tapes but this found nothing unusual had been detected. However, the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (ACAS), Sir Anthony Bagnall, was briefed that there was evidence a UFO had evaded UK defences. It emerged that the majority of sightings were caused by the Russian rocket that launched the Cosmos 2238 satellite, re-entering the earth’s atmospherehttp://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-2086.pdfWhole file
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Looe Mills, LiskeardCornwall31-Mar-931:10Police sergeant reports two “silvery white” stars hovering and then moving off in parallel.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1976.pdf109
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SlaidburnNorth Yorkshire30-Jun-9321:00Deep rose pink UFO shaped like "an old style country hat" reported by car passengershttp://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1959.pdf288
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LondonLondon3-Jul-9322:00Dozens of sightings of a brightly illuminated oval object reported over London. Caused by a Virgin airship advertising the launch of the Ford Mondeo. Some accounts include sketches and several people refused to believe the UFO was the airshiphttp://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1963.pdfWhole file
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LondonLondon3-Jul-9321:30“Saucer-shaped, domed top, brilliant white light with flashing light top and bottom” - RAF suggested it could have been an airship, but witness didn’t agree.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1959.pdf0:00
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DundeeScotland24-Jul-9322:30Man and wife saw a ball of light hovering over the River Tay from their home in Dundee. Split into four lights and departed in a straight line.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1961.pdf241
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RedditchWorcestershire1-Aug-9321:30Cross shaped UFO size of a jumbo jet with purple and orange lightshttp://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1959.pdf249
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CamborneCornwall4-Aug-930:00Sighting by police patrol: bluey-white light/circular shape seen in cloud, descended rapidly towards the ground.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1959.pdf213
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JerseyChannel Islands20-Aug-933:45Report from a camper on Jersey who heard a "glamping, bubbling, squelshing sound" outside her tent in August 1993 followed by a bright light shining on the roof. She reported the incident to Jersey airport.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1964.pdf138
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KetteringNorthamptonshire24-Aug-9321:45Flying saucer shaped object with flashing lights. Very large.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1959.pdf220
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KetteringNorthamptonshire26-Aug-9321:45Sighting of a low-flying “brilliant object” by two dog walkershttp://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1964.pdf240
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St AustellCornwall29-Oct-932:30Midshipman in Royal Navy reported a UFO to police: 30ft long, 15 ft high with bright lights: “witness telepathically heard voices saying: ‘hello do not be alarmed, we will not harm you.”http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1959.pdf114
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RAF LynehamWiltshire6-Dec-9316:25Bright white light, split into three, no noise, seen from guardroom.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1959.pdf54
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LouthLincolnshire9-Dec-9316:30Three lights in shape of a triangle, no noise. People stopped cars for better view. UFO hovered over coast, turned on axis, shot off at 500 mph towards northwest and up.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1959.pdf23
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BlairingoneScotland3-Mar-9418:40Very large light on a black triangular UFO seen from A977 by man and wifehttp://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1960.pdf447
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Moscow/Tokyo flightArctic17-Mar-9416:50Report from air crew at 33,000ft, 200 miles east of Moscow. Reported seeing a huge object making "controlled re-entry with horseshoe-shaped shockwave". It was reported to have come in over the North Pole at an estimated speed of 10-15,000mph. They initially believed it must have been a Space Shuttle, but subsequently found it was already downhttp://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1960.pdf0:00
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Blackburn roadWest Lothian, Scotland26-Apr-940:15Silvery grey colour, large outer circle and small inner circle moving in formation, followed car containing wedding guests leaving reception in Edinburgh. Reported to police and airport.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1960.pdf0:00
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GlastonburySomerset24-Jun-9423:30UFO encounter at Glastonbury festival. Two women reported seeing moving coloured lights were swooping down on them in the jazz field while "cold sober"http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1960.pdf295
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Heathrow AirportBerkshire5-Aug-9415:50Small black object described as 3-4feet long, looking like a toy rocket crossing left-to-right in front of aircrafthttp://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1960.pdf294
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Southampton14-Aug-9423:20UFOs photographed over Southampton city centrehttp://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1960.pdf265
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PortsmouthHampshire2-Oct-9423:30Caller reported pieces of metal falling from a triangular object. Switchboard told him not to worry himself and to throw away the pieces, and reassured him there was no threat to national security.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1960.pdf186
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LanarkshireScotland25-Oct-9423:00:00Ghost aircraft seen by driver on M6 in Lanarkshire. Small dark object carrying four lights flew into the trees and vanished.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1960.pdf162
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RAF LeucharsScotland3-Nov-94Five separate UFO reports made to RAF Leuchars in the space of four days.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1960.pdf149
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ReadingBerkshire7-Nov-949:00A circle of light followed a couple in a car. The woman driver worried that she and her boyfriend could have been exposed to radiation.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1960.pdf137
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Norwich prisonNorwich15-Nov-947:45Prison officer sees row of bright lights over city centrehttp://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1960.pdf101
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Clacton on SeaEssex28-Nov-9417:00Police sighting of large triangular object with bright pulsing lightshttp://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1960.pdf85
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Penicuirk, EdinburghScotland7-Dec-9421:10Report of a large bright light in the sky with four smaller red "crafts" flying into the centre of the light. Sketch attached.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1961.pdf343
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A47, Lady Bower DamDerbyshire8-Dec-9422:07Large orange light moving horizontally then dropped behind hills with a cloud of smoke. Police informedhttp://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1960.pdf46
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ManchesterNorth West1/6/199518:55A “lit object” passes close to an aircraft approaching Manchesterhttp://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1960.pdf381
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OldswinfordWest Midlands30-Jan-95Report of loud bangs and booms during the night. The individual reporting the incident found a piece of metal on his patio which he was worried may be radioactive.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1961.pdf332
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Turnhouse airfield, EdinburghScotland4-Feb-9521:50Man reported seven objects around an aircraft as it took off from Turnhouse airfield.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1961.pdf312
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Boscombe DownWiltshire7-Feb-9510:15Report of UFO surrounded by flashing lights landing in a field.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1961.pdf312
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M62 motorwayLeeds-Manchester7-Apr-95Several sightings reported by motorists travelling on the M62 over a few weekshttp://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1961.pdf216
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HalifaxWest Yorkshire15-Jul-9522:50People at a family barbecue reported seeing a UFO shaped like the planet Saturn with red portholes and blue lights. The object disappeared towards Sowerby Bridge making jerky movements. Drawing attached.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1961.pdf88
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NewmarketSuffolk24-Oct-9518:30Report of a UFO glowing white light seen by a man whilst putting his car away. The man called NASA, who confirmed a space shuttle was in orbit, but he became convinced he had seen a UFO. http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1974.pdf104
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Hatfield PeverelEssex15-Nov-9523:15Enormous' flat oval shaped object was reported by a person in a field in Hatfield Peverel.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1974.pdf62
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RAF WaddingtonLincolnshire5-Jan-9618:20Member of the public called RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, to report white light seen from Newark with night-vision goggles. Later air traffic radar saw contacts on radar which they decided were caused by atmospheric conditions - nothing of defence concern.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1975.pdf237
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Pentland Hills, EdinburghScotland7-Feb-9618:50UFO shaped "like old-fashioned jelly mould"http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1975.pdf227
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BreconWales7-Mar-9621:20Newspaper cutting and MoD report describing experience of family who saw a “a circle of bright red lights” moving over their car on a country road. They appeared to be attached to a large object with 10-20 steady lights shaped like a clock-face. The family were very frightened.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1975.pdf174
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Alton BarnesWiltshire27-Apr-9621:55Caller to RAF reported seeing a strange light through binoculars that lit up clouds. He signalled at the light with his torch and the UFO signalled back by flashing on and off. “He was reluctant to give his name and address and assumed the call had been intercepted”.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1975.pdf83
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TintagelCornwall15-May-961:10RAF police called by civilian who reported “suspicious object believed to be UFO” hovering above his house.Triangular shaped and enormous in size with many bright lights.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1975.pdf25
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Tenbury WellsWorcestershire29-May-9623:30UFO with flashing light hovered above a woman’s car, causing her to lose control of the car.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1975.pdf12
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BirminghamWest Midlands16-Jun-960:10Police officer saw triangular UFO with red lights from car park of airport, no noise, turned slowly towards city centre. Nothing seen by airport control.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1976.pdf240
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BirminghamWest Midlands16-Jun-960:10Police officer saw triangular UFO with red lights from car park of airport, no noise, turned slowly towards city centre. Nothing seen by airport control.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1976.pdf240
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Boscombe DownWiltshire7-Jul-9622:30Man and his wife saw intense gold coloured sphere hovering 5-700 ft from ground at close range. “Came across as a very sensible and sober character.”http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1976.pdf200
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ManchesterNorth West7-Jul-960:00RAF received call from a man in Manchester who said he had seen an RAF Hercules chasing a large triangular UFO as low as 70ft from the ground, and took photographs.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1975.pdf172
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WidnesCheshire15-Jul-962:00Young man returning home at 2am saw a bright yellow object hovering and broke into a run. Light hovered over cemetery and high pitched sound like a cat wailing was heard as beams of light came down, striking the ground. On returning to cemetery with his father, they found four railway sleepers smouldering, with a large hole burnt through one of the sleepers.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1976.pdf180
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InvernessScotland30-Jul-961:00UFO reported by three police officers, large inverted triangle shape. Checks made on radar.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1976.pdf0:00
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UxbridgeMiddlesex31-Jul-963:00Car driver reported big bright light and humming noise - “beam came down and man came out and walked down Uxbridge high street….looked as if it tried to land, let the man out and flew off". Seen by four friends and the milkman.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1976.pdf0:00
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Ditchling BeaconSussex15-Aug-961:15Woman saw a dark oval object rise up from Ditchling Beacon and heard crackling noise.http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/ufos/defe-24-1976.pdf240
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