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HUNDREDS of sightings of unidentified flying
objects are made public today - including police
reports of a flying saucer near Manchester.
The National Archives are inviting UFO hunters to
delve into Ministry of Defence files, many of them
kept under wraps for years.
There are sightings all over the country including
one in 1986 when police, travelling on a moorland
road between Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire
spotted an `illuminated unidentified object'. They
told the MoD in an official police report: "This
took the form of a continuous but intermittent
yellow/red light of a uniform roundish shape. There
was no sound or smell coming from it, it was at
about 20 degrees on the horizon hovering, but
moving slightly in all directions from its axis."
They claimed that it remained for about 20 minutes
and could be clearly seen. The weather was fine and
dry and there was good visibility.
Manchester Airport air traffic control was
contacted at the time and they reported that no
planes were flying in their control area.
Other sightings include a UFO which apparently
almost collided with an airliner flying towards
Dr David Clarke, a UFO expert, says the files
contain everything from close encounters between
aircraft and unexplained objects to stories from
members of the public who believe they were in
contact with ETs, extra-terrestrials.
Dr Clarke said: "Making the material available to
all those who have an interest in this subject
means that everyone, expert or amateur, can make an
informed decision on the mystery of UFOs."
The first reports of `flying saucers' were in 1947
in Washington when a private pilot, Kenneth Arnold,
reported seeing nine strange objects that moved at
tremendous speed across the sky.
His sighting triggered a wave of similar reports.
The UFO has become a synonym for an alien
spaceship, but for the military forces of the world
it refers to something in the sky the observer can
see but does not recognise.
Dr Clarke said: "In the vast majority of cases,
investigations have discovered ordinary
explanations for UFO reports such as bright stars
and planets, meteors, artificial satellites,
balloons, aircraft seen from unusual angles and
space junk burning up in the atmosphere.
"But there are some cases where no common
explanation can be found."
"It seems disclosure is getting much closer Guys"
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