Over 20 years ago, U.S. airmen reported seeing a "strange glowing object" near a British air base in the early morning of December 27, 1980. The detailed report is now being released as part of a U.K. declassification program. Before this week, while the information was widely spread by UFO researchers, the document itself had only been seen by about 20 people, who requested access to it through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.
The report reveals that two a U.S. security officers saw an object emitting a "red sun-like light," moving through the trees of Rendlesham forest. The two men, along with a third patrolman, investigated the lights. "The individuals reported seeing a strange glowing object in the forest," wrote Lt. Colonel Charles Halt, who was deputy base commander at RAF Bentwaters. "The object was described as being metallic in appearance and triangular in shape, approximately two to three metres across the base and approximately two meters high. It illuminated the entire forest with a white light. The object itself had a pulsing red light on top and a bank of blue lights underneath. The object was hovering or on legs. As the patrolmen approached the object, it maneuvered through the trees and disappeared. At this time the animals on a nearby farm went into a frenzy."
An hour later, the UFO was again seen near the back gate of the base. Halt's report says, "Later in the night a red sun-like light was seen through the trees. It moved about and pulsed. At one point it appeared to throw off glowing particles and then broke into five separate white objects and then disappeared. Immediately thereafter, three star-like objects were noticed in the sky, two objects to the north and one to the south, all of which were about 10 degrees off the horizon. The objects moved rapidly in sharp angular movements and displayed red, green and blue lights. The objects to the north appeared to be elliptical through an 8-12 power lens. They then turned to full circles. The objects to the north remained in the sky for an hour or more. The object to the south was visible for two or three hours and beamed down a stream of light from time to time."
The next morning, Halt and his men discovered three circular depressions, seven inches in diameter, in the ground. A radiation level 10 times higher than normal was recorded in the depressions. The airmen tried to capture the sightings on camera, but decided their film wasn?t working right. Also, nothing showed up on radar.
A Ministry of Defense memo included in the report says, ?No evidence was found of any threat to the defense of the United Kingdom, and no further investigations were carried out. No further information has come to light which alters our view that the sightings of these lights was of no defense significance. No unidentified object was seen on radar during the period in question, and there was no evidence of anything having intruded into U.K. airspace, and landed near RAF Woodbridge?In the absence of any hard evidence, the MoD remains open-minded about these sightings."
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