One of Britain’s more infamous UFO cases has finally been solved. It involved the reported sighting of a UFO that landed at a US nuclear base, home to several US nuclear warheads, in Britain on Dec. 26, 1980. It became known as Britain’s Roswell as several witnesses, including an air force officer, Lt Colonel Charles Halt, reported seeing an alien aircraft.
Known as the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident it has been the subject of numerous articles, books and documentaries.
However, a recent report gained through Access to Information stated that it actually involved a prank committed by Britain’s SAS troopers on US soldiers, after the Americans had mistakenly arrested several British soldiers. There is also a suggestion that alcohol may have been a factor.
The Daily Mail explains what happened that fateful Boxing Day:
A Vietnam veteran and deputy commander of the camp, Halt was exasperated. Rumours of a bizarre sighting in the woods had been rife on the twin bases at RAF Woodbridge and RAF Bentwaters, near Ipswich, which were shared with the U.S. Air Force. […]
In Rendlesham Forest, beyond the camp’s perimeter, the war-hardened Air Force colonel witnessed something that could not possibly be of earthly origin — and he was willing to stake his entire military reputation on that fact.
‘I believe the objects that I saw at close quarter,’ he later swore in an affidavit, ‘were extraterrestrial in origin, and that the security services of both the United States and the United Kingdom have attempted — both then and now — to subvert the significance of what occurred.’
This was the beginning of the case dubbed Britain’s Roswell: an encounter with apparently alien technology so extraordinary that no attempt by sceptics to dismiss it has been able to explain away all the basic facts of the story.
However, despite this setback, polls indicate the majority of atheists still believe in Aliens. READ: Believe in Aliens? Then you’re probably an atheist or Muslim: Study reveals how religion affects your likelihood of believing in ET
This included Stephen Hawking who believed that earth would one day be plundered of its resources by a malevolent alien race. READ: Stephen Hawking: Intelligent Aliens Could Destroy Humanity, But Let’s Search Anyway