Published: 1:14 PM 6/21/2013
By Jasper Copping
RAF servicemen reported seeing a mysterious “blob” burst in the sky near to their base as two transport aircraft were coming in to land.
The incident was apparently observed by an air traffic controller, who followed it on radar, as well as two security personnel on the ground.
It is one of the most tantalizing UFO sightings to emerge from a set of Ministry of Defence files released by the National Archives today.
Details are contained in a first person account from the air traffic controller, who had been working as shift supervisor at RAF Lyneham, near Chippenham, in Wiltshire, when the incident occurred.
He was helping two C-130 Hercules aircraft to land, when he saw a large, stationary “blob” on the radar screen. He contacted the pilots and directed them around it.
He then left the radar room and went upstairs to the “visual control room”, where he could still see the object on instruments.
However, he could not see anything out of the windows, so he went back downstairs to the radar room.
Suddenly, he recalled, “the ‘blob’ burst and fragmented, shooting off in all directions at massive speed.”
Shortly afterwards, he received a call from an “agitated” airman on guard duty who had contacted air traffic control to report seeing a bright light to the east, which had burst, with fragments shooting off in all directions.
The account states: “He (the guard) said he had never seen anything travel so fast and it was definitely not an aircraft. His account caused the hairs on the back of my neck to stand up. Several minutes later another airman telephoned and gave a similar account.”
He said he reported the incident to the Ministry of Defence, first by telephone, and then in writing. The retired Flight Sergeant begins his account by stating that he is “one of the world’s biggest skeptics when it comes to UFOs.”
He also states that he had had almost 20 years’ experience of working on radar and “analyzing the quirks” which they can produce, such as bird activity and atmospheric variation.
However, he adds, “I can offer no realistic explanation for what I saw; therefore it was literally an unidentified flying object.”
The incident occurred just before Christmas in 1994, or 1995 - the former officer could not recall. Details of the account are among the newly released files from 2007 to 2009, because in 2009, the retired officer and a UFO research group attempted to get information from the MoD on the issue.