Eric Joyce MP: The MoD and those pesky UFOs

The MP for Falkirk, Eric Joyce, has claimed some UFOs logged by the Ministry of Defence were actually secret flights by experimental aircraft.

Eric Joyce, Independent MP for Falkirk (credit: Daily Telegraph)

Eric Joyce, Independent MP for Falkirk (credit: Daily Telegraph)

Joyce was a major in the British Army and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Defence Minister Bob Ainsworth in the last months of Gordon Brown’s time as Prime Minister. He resigned in September 2009, just before Ainsworth approved the closure of the MoD’s UFO desk.

On a section of his blog marked ‘The MoD and those pesky UFOs‘ Joyce refers to the recent press stories and adds:

“Most of the copy is the funny stuff, folk being abducted and so forth. Then there’s some thoughts behind the occasional surge in reports from the public – the increased use of chinese lanterns and the movie Close Enounters, for example…

“The reports might have mentioned that there would have been another reason for the occasional upsurge in reports – that is, that they were real….When Stealth bombers were being developed, they routinely flew over the airspace of friendly nations – certainly including the UK and Scotland.

“Indeed, over the years, experimental aircraft of all sorts, usually secret, would have been seen by the public and MoD assets (including US airbases in the UK)  on the ground would have tracked them.  Given that many such flights were secret, the MoD would presumably at the time have given the usual wacky reasons re: UFO sightings.

“The MoD would also have wanted to check genuine sightings to ensure they were what they thought they were – i.e. the US or ourselves, and not either the US doing something cheeky we hadn’t been told about or, even more ‘of interest’, some other nation like the (then) Soviets being even more cheeky.

“That stuff will still be going on, although with the end of the Cold War the spend on ‘invisiblity’ re: aircraft is probably well down, along with sightings of experimental aircraft.  Unless you live in Arizona, or some such.”

He adds: “Not all UFOs were full of little green men and women.” Well, he was in the right place to know.  Thanks to the Magonia blog for the lead.

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