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UFO If You Want To – The PM Wasn’t For Sharing

Fascinating releases today from the National Archive on UFO sightings.

Churchill and Eisenhower apparently got together to cover up a UFO sighting, which was witnessed by an RAF crew on their way back from a bombing raid.

The reason apparently was because Churchill believed it would cause mass panic and it would shatter people’s religious views.

Reports of sightings of UFOs peaked in 1996 in the UK – when science fiction drama The X Files was popular.

The documents also include reports of a famous incident dubbed the “Welsh Roswell” in 1974, where members of the public reported seeing lights in the sky and feeling a tremor in the ground.

Other cases included in the files are:

* A near-miss with an “unidentified object” reported by the captain and first officer of a 737 plane approaching Manchester Airport in 1995.

* A mountain rescue team called to investigate a “crashed UFO” in the Berwyn Mountains in Wales in 1974.

* Attempted break-ins at RAF Rudloe Manor in Wiltshire – sometimes referred to as Britain’s “Area 51” – the US’s secretive desert military base.
* The Western Isles incident, when a loud explosion was reported in the sky over the Atlantic in the Outer Hebrides.
* The 14-minutes of “missing” film relating to the Blue Streak missile test launch in 1964, believed by some to show a “spaceman”.
* A gambler from Leeds who held a 100-1 bet on alien life being discovered before the end of the 20th Century, and who approached the government for evidence to support his claim after the bookmakers refused to pay out. The MoD said it was open-minded about extra-terrestrial life but had no evidence of its existence.

There’s also this article which talks about a scary encounter between Michael Howard and some aliens. It’s believed that the aliens are still receiving counselling.

What though about this photographic evidence taken at Wembley during a 1978 ELO gig?

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I will be spending today mostly here at my annual pilgrimage