In part two, i have added links to the many BBC articles/posts on the MOD Ufo files, and later i have added other references to the files(a selection), some of which are better reported than others (i cannot add them all,as there were many links to these files,from all other the world).
National Archives File 1 (released may 2008)
MOD releases UFO files (BBC Newsnight video- 13th may 2008)
Files released on UFO sightings (BBC 14th may 2008)includes newsnight video.
The documents, which can be downloaded from the National Archives website, cover the period from 1978 to 1987.
They include accounts of strange lights in the sky and unexplained objects being spotted by the public, armed forces and police officers.
One man explained in great detail his “physical and psychic contact” with green aliens since he was a child.
In pictures: The UFO files (BBC 14th may 2008)
Dear MoD: where is ET? (BBC 14th may 2008)
For decades the Ministry of Defence kept what it knew about UFOs locked away in its archives. Now, the contents of what have been called Britain’s X-Files are finally being revealed. One of the UK’s leading UFO experts told Radio 4’s Today programme about his hunt.
Nationl Archives File 2 (released October 2008)
Airliner had near miss with UFO (BBC 20 October 2008) includes video
The captain of the Alitalia airliner shouted “Look out” to his co-pilot at the sight of a brown missile-shaped object shooting past them overhead.
Civil Aviation Authority and military investigations could not explain the 1991 incident near Lydd in Kent.
The unsolved close encounter features in UFO-related military documents made available by the National Archives.
MoD releases UFO sighting files (BBC 20 October 2008)
A total of 19 files covering sightings between 1986 and 1992 have been made available online.
One of the file details three unidentified flying objects near Belfast International airport in December 1989 and January 1990.
Another relates to a sighting over nearby Glenavy in 1989.
RAF Aldergrove said there were no fixed wing aircraft in the area at the time, but that two helicopters were in the vicinity within five minutes either side of the sighting.
UFO Sightings Revealed (BBC newsline-23rd october 2008)includes video
UFOs over London? (BBC London- inside out- february 2009) **general discussion
Recently declassified files reveal that 285 UFO sightings were reported to the Ministry Of Defence (MoD) in 2008 – twice the number in the previous year.
Many of these reports were filed by Londoners who claim to have seen bright lights, spherical objects in the sky – and even little green men.
Dr Who link to UFO sighting rise (BBC 8th April 2009) *not referring to a particular UFO file release,but more general
Nick Pope, the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) former UFO project head, was commenting on figures released by the MoD which show sightings have gone up.
He said other sightings reflected the growing popularity of Chinese lanterns.
In 2006, 97 UFOs were reported across the UK. This rose to 135 in 2007 and 285 in 2008, with 18 Wales sightings.
Bride’s shock over UFO reports (BBC 3rd August 2009)
“I received text messages from numerous friends a couple of days after the event saying that there was a large picture in the Democrat of a mysterious sighting in Coalisland at around half eleven last Saturday night.
“The lanterns were lit in memory of our close family and friends that predeceased us.”
Details of UFO sightings around the UK, including a number in Northern Ireland, were released by the Ministry of Defence last October.
One of the file details three unidentified flying objects near Belfast International Airport in December 1989 and January 1990.
National Archives File 3 (released march 2009)
UFO files reveal close encounter (BBC 22nd march 2009)
A boomerang-shaped object seen from an airport control tower and a woman’s encounter with an “alien” are among the secrets revealed in official UFO files. The woman reported seeing a glowing, spherical object rise into the air in Norwich after meeting a man who said he came from a planet similar to Earth.
MoD took UFO sighting seriously (22nd March 2009)
Officials briefed ministers on the sighting of a diamond-shaped object near Pitlochry, Perthshire, in 1990.
A memo suggested the media be told “no definite conclusions” could be reached.
The documents show officials were more concerned about secret weapons being developed by other countries rather than alien visitors.
The sightings were brought to the attention of the MoD by the Daily Record newspaper.
National Archives File 4 (released August 2009)
In pictures: UFO archives opened (BBC 16th August 2009) 7 images
Details of UFO sightings released (BBC 17th August 2009)-video 2mins 25secs
Investigators believe the television programme The X-Files may be to blame, rather than an increase in aliens.
Minister warned over ‘UK Roswell’ (BBC 17th August 2009) includes video
In 1985 Lord Hill-Norton wrote to Michael Heseltine about the “Rendlesham incident” in 1980, when US airmen in Suffolk said they saw strange lights.
He said an unauthorised aircraft may have entered and left UK airspace.
In 2003, an ex-US security policeman said he and another airman had shone patrol car lights as a prank.
The case is among the latest MoD files on UFOs released by the National Archives.
MoD reveals ‘alien abduction bid’ (BBC Staffordshire 17th August 2009)
The figure told the boys: “We want you, come with us,” according to a report from 1995 which has been released by the Ministry of Defence.
The boys told police they had seen the figure in a field just before midnight on 4 May in Chasetown.
However the farmer who owned the field later told police he had seen nothing.
Released files offer UFO answers (BBC Cornwall 17th August 2009)
Ministry of Defence reports include details on sightings across the region of a large, low-flying object, which made a humming sound, on 31 March 1993.
Witness descriptions are similar to a secret US spy plane, the files reveal.
UFO ‘fired laser’ over cemetery (BBC Liverpool 17th August 2009)
The sighting was made by a young man on his way home after a night out in Widnes on 15 July 1996.
Police described the man as a “sensible sort of lad and genuine”.
He is said to have seen a yellow light four storeys high, which made a high-pitched noise “like cats wailing” and fired beams at a railway line.
According to the police log the bright yellow light followed the youngster as he crossed a footbridge from Avondale Drive into Upton.
Are UFO sightings linked to sci-fi films? (BBC Magazine 17th August 2009)
Newly released documents show that UFO sightings in the UK leapt five-fold in the same year that the alien invader blockbuster Independence Day was released. So is there a link between UFOs and science-fiction?
Fortunately, Will Smith was on hand to save the planet. This did happen. At least in cinemas.
Independence Day was the blockbuster film of the year, but the fiction it portrayed may have had an impact on the real world – a huge jump in the number of reported sightings of UFOs.
Hotel lights sparked UFO reports (BBC 17th August 2009)
The latest declassified series of MoD reports on UFO sightings contains one from Northern Ireland.
The report, from the Aeronautical Information Section, lists four sightings reported to the authorities.
UFO sightings revealed in archives (BBC 17th august 2009) video 2mins 6secs
The National Archives has released details of UFO sightings reported between 1981 and 1996.
Most reports are for the UK but there are also reports of sightings in Belgium, just a few miles from British waters.
Dr David Clarke from Sheffield Hallam University explains some of the reports to the BBC’s David Sillito.
Evan and Ed’s review (BBC Radio4 today audio on Rendlesham Forest-17th August 2009)
Is the truth out there? As official UFO files are released online by The National Archives, including papers relating to the Rendlesham Forest sightings and the MoD’s final position statement on the incident, the National Archives’ consultant Dr David Clarke explained what the newly-released records tell us. [the audio is the 6 audio down on the page].
National Archives File 5 (released February 2010)
Newport driver ‘fell ill’ after Ebbw Vale UFO sighting (BBC Wales 18th February 2010)
The incident on 27 January, 1997 is detailed in Ministry of Defence papers.
Such an episode is classed by ufologists as a “close encounter of the second kind” – UFO sighting followed by an associated physical effect.
Was MP Michael Howard buzzed by aliens? (BBC 18th Feruary 2010)
Reports of a UFO hovering over former Conservative Home Secretary Michael Howard’s home are among thousands of odd sketches, strange sightings and alleged close encounters detailed in newly released UK documents.
More than 6,000 pages of reports describe people’s experiences with unidentified flying objects, mainly between 1994 and 2000.
Among them are details of how the Ministry of Defence (MoD) received reports of a large, triangular unidentified flying object hovering in the sky above Mr Howard’s home near Folkestone, Kent, on 8 March 1997.
Government correspondence, local newspaper reports and details of an RAF investigation into the sighting all feature in the files.
UFO sightings – MoD ‘blanked out’ insults about reports (BBC 21st February 2010)
The Ministry of Defence had agreed to publish its full archive of reported sightings in response to a deluge of Freedom of Information Act requests.
National Archives File 6 (released August 2010)
Files reveal pilot’s ‘near miss’ with UFO at airport (BBC Manchester 5th August 2010)
The ‘close encounter’ was officially reported by the flight crew of a Boeing 737 back in January 1995.
The pilot and first officer described seeing a ‘large grey object’ fly so close past the plane it made them duck.
The details are included in the latest batch of MoD files to be released on alleged UFO sightings.
MoD intervened in Leeds gambler’s bet on alien visit (BBC Leeds+ West Yorkshire 5th August 2010)
The punter from Leeds had £17 placed at 100-1 with Ladbrokes on aliens being found by the end of the 20th Century.
The bookie said it would not pay up as the United Nations had not confirmed the existence of extraterrestrials.
Churchill ordered UFO cover-up, National Archives show (BBC 5th August 2010)
Ministers even went on to commission weekly reports on UFO sightings from a committee of intelligence experts.
The papers also include a wartime account claiming prime minister Winston Churchill ordered a UFO sighting be kept secret to prevent “mass panic”.
The files show reports of UFOs peaked in 1996 – when The X Files was popular.
The Joint Intelligence Committee is better known for providing briefings to the government on matters relating to security, defence and foreign affairs.
But the latest batch of UFO files released from the Ministry of Defence to the National Archives shows that, in 1957, the committee received reports detailing an average of one UFO sighting a week.
MoD releases 1974 Welsh UFO files (6th August 2010) includes video- lasts 1min 58secs.
A 1974 “UFO incident” which was dubbed the Welsh Roswell was dismissed as an earthquake and a meteor combining, official files show.
The incident captivated many, who believed it was a spaceship crashing. Simon Pusey reports.
Rendlesham Forest UFO mystery still leaves questions (BBC Suffolk- 18th December 2010)
Mysterious craft and lights around the airbases of Woodbridge and Bentwaters in Suffolk were reported around 26/27 December 1980.
BBC Suffolk’s Mark Murphy presented a special 30th anniversary radio show from the forest in December 2010.
Mr Murphy promoted his favourite theory, but questions remained.
Does not discuss the UFO files, as they are released (below),but thought i would add this.
National Archives File 7 (released March 2011)
What was UFO sighting in Sri Lanka? (BBC 3rd march 2011) includes video
The man took images of the UFO which were found in declassified papers held by the Ministry of Defence.
Dr David Clarke, author of The UFO Files and senior lecturer in journalism from Sheffield Hallam University, said more UFO sightings happen when Hollywood films are made about aliens.
Britain and US ‘were investigating’ UFO sightings ( BBC world News America) includes video.
Matt Frei talks to Bill Birnes, host of the History Channel documentary series UFO Hunter, about the release of previously classified documents that show the British and US governments have been investigating UFO sightings for years.
Mr Birnes says that in his own investigations, he has come across evidence of “other worldly” objects.
UFO files reveal ‘Rendlesham incident’ papers missing (BBC 3rd march 2011) includes video
The missing files relate to a report of mysterious lights from US servicemen at RAF Woodbridge in Suffolk in 1980.
The disappearance came to light with the release of 8,000 previously classified documents on UFOs.
Officials found a “huge” gap where defence intelligence files relating to the case should be, the papers show.
Is the truth about UFOs out there? (BBC 3rd march 2011)
There is a standard letter, which is found throughout the files with minor variations, which was sent to hundreds of people who entered into correspondence with the government about unusual phenomenon.
There was also a desk set up at the RAF which sometimes dealt with unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and their possible implications for air defence. Officials who were devoted to defence intelligence also dealt with UFOs from time to time.
So the government has felt the urge to go through the motions for UFOs – even if there was a definite lack of actual spacecraft buzzing over Whitehall.
Is the truth out there about UFOs? (BBC 3rd March 2011) video on Daily Politics show 1min 56secs
Dr David Clarke, UFO consultant to the National Archives, explains how parliament debated UFOs in the House of Lords in 1979 and discusses fears about the sightings in the Cold War era.
National Archives File 8 (released August 2011)
UFO claims were not investigated (BBC video- 11th August 2011)
Files reveal Blackburn MoD police UFO sighting (BBC Lancaster 11th August 2011)
The files include a written description of how the object flew over the Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) on 24 February 1979. They also include a drawing.
The object was said to be about 30ft (9m) across. As it flew off over Darwen, it lit up several streets.
Nine orange bright lights were also seen in the Lytham area in June 2006.
Welsh UFO sightings revealed in latest government files ( BBC 11th August 2011)
A UFO spotted over St Tudwal’s Islands in the Llyn Peninsula in Gwynedd and a “slow-moving disc” seen at a festival in Llanfyllin, Powys, are included.
The 34 files released by the National Archives cover 1985 to 2007.
Accounts of sightings over Anglesey, Denbighshire, Cardiff and Swansea are also detailed.
The files include requests for information about UFO sightings in south Wales made by various newspapers and confirmation that a reported UFO incident over Swansea in 1998 was either RAF Sea Kings or Vampire planes.
Ministry of Defence files on UFO sightings released (BBC 11th August 2011)
Newly released government files on UFOs show a lack of will and resources to study thousands of reported sightings.
The Ministry of Defence files released by the National Archives cover reported sightings of UFOs from 1985 to 2007.
In one, a military officer predicts embarassment if the public discovered a “lack of funds and higher priorities” were stopping UFO investigations.
The 34 files include sightings of lights over Glastonbury and a “flying saucer” in Nottinghamshire.
The truth isn’t out there (BBC Radio4 Today 11th August 2011)
He got the shot – the picturesque winter scene you can see above – and he says he did not notice anything out of the ordinary. When he developed the picture though he saw a clear flying saucer shape.
This was not the first time Alex had taken a picture of a UFO. In 1962, as a 14 year-old schoolboy, he had taken a picture which showed five saucer shaped objects in the distance.
National Archives File 9 (released July 2012)
UFO Wales: New X-files shed light on ‘alien’ sightings (12th July 2012) includes video
These are just three of the cases uncovered in files released by the National Archives examining UFO sightings across Wales.
The papers span four decades, and include nearly 7,000 documents.
But one of the biggest Welsh UFO mysteries, the ‘Dyfed Triangle’, may have been an elaborate practical joke.
It is the latest in a growing number of documents released detailing the UK’s obsession with claims of extra-terrestrial sightings that began to surge in post-war Britain.
The papers reveal that between 1996 and 2008, more than 20 detailed sightings were reported to the police and Ministry of Defence in Wales.
Spotting UFOs: The MoD’s X-files (BBC radio 4 Today)
Five years ago, the Ministry of Defence started releasing their files on UFO sightings which had once been kept secret.
The Today programme’s Sanchia Berg has been keeping an eye on them.
Blair was briefed on UK UFO files (BBC 12th July 2012)
Writer Nick Redfern urged him to “consider making available for public scrutiny all of the many and varied UFO reports compiled by the government”.
The request came as the government began to implement Freedom of Information (FOI requests).
Some 6,700 pages of UFO documents have been released by the National Archives.
Chelsea FC sighting
The documents also include details of a briefing made before a House of Lords debate on UFOs in 1979, and reveal that former prime minister John Major had been asked by a fellow MP in 1996 whether the government would set up a national inquiry into UFO sightings.
What was it really like working on UK’s ‘X-Files’ ? (BBC 12th July 2012)
Files released by the National Archives reveal for the first time detail of the role of UFO Desk officers, what they really thought about the possibility of alien visits, and their briefings to Tony Blair on UFO policy.
Between 1950 and 2009 a special Ministry of Defence unit investigated more than 10,000 UFO “sightings” – a rate of one every two days.
Most, it appears from papers released on Thursday, had an everyday explanation, from aircraft, to balloons, reflected lights or other innocent activity.
One of the newly-released papers, from December 2008, shortly before the desk was transferred to the RAF’s Air Command, indicates what life was like for those posted to UFO duties.
Other references to the MOD files
The Sun British X files papers revealed also with video from sky news… it mentions
“UFOs hovering over Waterloo Bridge? Green men known as Elgar? This can only mean the British ‘X-Files’ have been opened up to the public for the first time” (extract from article).
Daily Telegraph “British government releases UFO files” including video (1min 53secs). it mentions: “The most comprehensive Government files on UFO activity are opened to the public for the first time today and they disclose that even air traffic controllers and police officers have seen mysterious craft in the skies over Britain”
Reuters “Green aliens, ufos said to visit“
“Aliens from outer space have been visiting Britain for years and UFO sightings doubled after the film Close Encounters was released in 1977, according to secret files collating reports by members of the public.
The alien craft come in all shapes, sizes and colors but their occupants are uniformly green, the Ministry of Defence files show” (extract from article).
The Guardian “The truth is out there: National Archives lifts lid on UFO files“ “The files consist of a variety of documents, including numerous individual sightings, accounts of investigations and briefings prepared by MoD staff for ministers on the subject. “There are a lot of conspiracy theories that have grown up about the military interest in UFOs. What we are getting to see in these papers are the actual facts,” said Dr David Clarke, a lecturer in journalism at Sheffield Hallam University, in a podcast prepared for the National Archives on the release” (extract from article). Included is a podcast at the bottom of the article.
news.scotsman.com “Truth is out there as government releases ufo files“
“ACCOUNTS of bright lights in the sky and even alien abduction have been made public for the first time in a batch of “X Files” released by the Ministry of Defence.
Recent UK ufo sightings in 2008…. a reality check please! Posted by dandare on July 4, 2008
CBC News ” Britain releases latest batch of UFO files
The Telegraph “ UFOs, alien abduction and Tina Turner feature in close encounters secret files “ with short video
The Guardian ” Odd, intriguing and alarming UFO files released
***Third instalment of Uk UFO Files by MOD available to download NOW (march 21st 2009) ***Posted by dandare on March 22, 2009 -not all links work now!!
UFO sightings: The British X-files in full [the Guardian]
” As the National Archives reveal enough reports of mysterious Unidentified Flying Objects to keep Mulder and Scully in business for some time, here is the list extracted from the reports ” (extract from article).
UFO sightings: the Will Smith effect examined [the Guardian]
” New Unidentified Flying Objects statistics show the numbers of sightings each year – plus the official explanations for them. So, what is the effect of science fiction in the movies and on TV? ” (extract from article).
Flying Toblerones, mysterious illnesses and silky-white substances are among hundreds of close encounters described in previously top-secret files released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
from sky news 18th feb 2010
UFOs: the (boring) truth is out there (the guardian)
More British X-Files Released! (Fortean Times)
Thge national Archives have an article (August 2010) here
There’s a UFO over Michael Howard’s house… (the independant)
UFO files: Mork and Mindy visited East Dulwich (the Telegraph)
UFO files: Huge flying jellyfish spotted over Scotland (the Scotsman)
UFO files: Lancaster bomber seen with mystery UFO (the Telegraph)
Alien invasion hoax fooled MoD, archive papers reveal (the Guardian)
Secret ‘X-Files’ Of UFO Sightings Released (Sky News)
UFO sightings caught on film (the telegraph)
UFO files: RAF tornado crew spotted UFO over North Sea (the Telegraph)
UFO files: threat of alien invasion taken seriously by military (the Telegraph)
U.K.’s real-life version of the “X-Files” (CBS News)
The UFO Files: Tony Blair briefed on alien defence policy (the Telegraph)
UFO X-Files Released By U.K. Reveal Desire To Weaponize Alien Technology (Huffington Post)
Sheffield University Dr David Clarke on the MOD ufo files (Audio) here
- MOD UFO files [part one of Three] (dandare.wordpress.com)
- Inexplicable UFO sightings (latestufos.wordpress.com)
- UFO’s Do Not Exist! : The Grand Deception and Cover-Up of the UFO Phenomenon (panoffolin.wordpress.com)
- World UFO Sightings April 2013 [part 1 of 2] (dandare.wordpress.com)