UFO mysteries emerge from top secret project

Опубликованно 16.05.2018 01:39

UFO mysteries emerge from top secret project

In 1996, the Mod commissioned a defence contractor to produce a comprehensive report on U.K. UFO sightings. The report was compiled at a time of huge public interest in UFOs fuelled by the wildly popular “X-Files” TV series and 1997’s 50th anniversary of the purported UFO incident in Roswell, New Mexico.

Careful to avoid using the term UFO, the report described sightings as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP).

Code-named Project Condign, the report analysed a database of sightings between 1987 and 1997 and was delivered to officials in 2000. The study, entitled ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) in the UK Air Defence Region,’ found that that sightings could be explained by a variety of known phenomena, both man-made and natural. The incidence of relatively rare natural phenomena was also noted. “No evidence exists to associate the phenomena with any particular nation,” it said.

Project Condign has been compared to Project Blue Book, a U.S. air force effort to investigate UFOs that closed in 1969.

Nick Pope, a former MOD UFO investigator who is now an author and journalist, told Fox News that he was involved in setting up the study with his counterpart in the Ministry’s Defence Intelligence Staff. “The reason for the study was that while we’d been investigating UFO sightings on a case-by-case basis for decades, we’d done very little trend analysis,” he explained, via an emailed statement. “Project Condign was supposed to rectify this and be a proper intelligence assessment that would look for patterns in data we already had.”

“We were trying to draw everything together and say in relation to UFOs: ‘OK, what’s our best assessment of what we’re dealing with, what are the threats, and what are the opportunities?’,” he added.

Initial discussions about the study started in 1993, according to Pope, who had left the MoD’s UFO project by the time work on the report itself started.

“The study was highly classified and extremely sensitive, not least because the Mod consistently told parliament, the media and the public that UFOs were of limited interest and ‘no defence significance’,” Pope said. “Our concern was that if the existence of the study became known, it would have exposed an internal position on the phenomenon that was different from our public position.” UFO? Pilots, Air Traffic Control Muse Over Curious Object Overhead (Audio)10:28

Air traffic control at Albuquerque Center asked an American Airlines flight above southern Arizona to keep an eye out for anything passing overhead after a Learjet noted that “something” passed them at over 37,000 feet on February 24. “I don’t know what it was, it wasn’t an airplane but it passed us going in the opposite direction,” said the Learjet pilot, then another pilot quipped “a UFO!” Several minutes later the pilot of the American Airlines flight said something passed 2 – 3,000 feet above them. “[Unintelligible] if it was a balloon or whatnot, but it was really big and white or sort of had a big reflection on it, several thousand feet above us, going the opposite direction.” The area is known for high air traffic, particularly military, as an article from The Drive notes. Credit: FAA via StoryfulMarch 28th 20182 months ago/display/newscorpaustralia.com/Web/NewsNetwork/Network News/National/

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