top-secret Government papers on Scottish UFO sightings were released for the first time yesterday.
TOP-SECRET Government papers on Scottish UFO sightings were released for the first time yesterday.
The X-Files dossier includes everything from alien abductions on the A70 to a US “black ops” spy plane in Machrihanish.
And the Record’s very own Mulder and Scully have been sifting through the reports to determine whether there really could be something out there.
The MoD claim they have no interest in “flying saucer matters” – but the files prove otherwise.
Official papers reveal former PM Tony Blair was briefed on alien invasion scenarios.
And in 1995 a government official called for a full study of UFO data as national security implications had never been properly assessed.
The hundreds of files prove debate over the existence of little green men has raged for decades in Westminster.
One report contains the minutes of the 1950 MoD Flying Saucer Working Party.
The archive also reveals that until the post was abolished in 2009, UFO Desk Officers undertook alien investigations for the MoD. Here, we look at some of the more interesting cases.
1. The most startling account in recent years was the apparent abduction by aliens of two men on the A70 outside Edinburgh.
The incident in 1992 forms the basis of a film starring Scots actor Billy Boyd, out later this year.
Colin Wright and Garry Wood claim a UFO “dropped a curtain of white light in front of the car” as they drove along. Both men say they blacked out then woke up facing the other way on the wrong side of the road having been out cold for over an hour.
The pair underwent hypnosis and are said to have recalled the entire motorway abduction.
? Conclusion: We wouldn’tlike to pour cold water on this story but anyone who has seen Derren Brown knows people say strange things under hypnosis.
2. In August 1996, the MoD took an interest in reports of a UFO close to Dundee Airport.
A witness said it “looked like three balls in the shape of a pyramid, larger than stars”.
Investigators showed concern that the lights seemed to follow her while she was in her car.
? Conclusion: An unexplained flying object over an airport is probably, er… a plane.
3. / In 1992, MP George Foulkes asked questions about the existence of a US “black ops” team developing an aircraft codenamed Aurora at RAF Machrihanish in Kintyre.
The MoD’s official response was that they had no knowledge of the existence of Aurora – but a UFO Desk Officer who investigatedthe claims said he would “not be surprised if it did exist”.
? Conclusion: Hard evidence like pictures of the aircraft or sightings of hordes of US scientists who would have worked on the project is thin on the ground.
4. In 1999 in Ayrshire, a police officer and an air traffic controller spotted a 10-mile wide object floating over Prestwick tower.
? Conclusion: We spotted similar UFOs from the windows of Record HQ in Glasgow … or were they just clouds?
5. Since 2005, there have been dozens of reports of weird “golden orbs” in the sky over the UK.
? Conclusion: Sightings of these mysterious “orbs” rocketed at just the sametime as Chinese sky lanterns became a “must-have” party accessory.