Tag Archives: MoD

Michael Swiney (1926-2016)

Retired Royal Air Force officer Michael Swiney, who observed three UFOs while flying a training mission in 1952, has died aged 90. Swiney’s close encounter occurred shortly after a wave of unexplained sightings during the NATO operation Mainbrace. According to Captain Ed … Continue reading

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Farewell to the ‘mystical astronaut’: Edgar Mitchell 1930-2016

Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon who became a celebrity believer in the UFO myth, has died aged 85. The Guardian newspaper once described the retired NASA astronaut as being an unlikely name on the list … Continue reading

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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. Joyce was a major in the British Army and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Defence Minister … Continue reading

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Ten Years of Saucery

Happy birthday to us! April 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Flying Saucery gossip column I co-write with sidekick Andy Roberts for our favourite monthly ‘zine, Fortean Times, that celebrates its 300th issue this month. Since 2003 we have provided FT readers with an eclectic … Continue reading

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Haunting my bookshelves in 2012:

Here’s my choice of other key books that floated my folkloric boat during 2012: The Legend of Spring-heeled Jack: Victorian urban folklore and popular cultures, by Karl Bell (Boydell Press).  As readers of my blog will know, the mysterious figure … Continue reading

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Worryingly big sea monsters

Last week it was UFOlogy in a Field. This week it’s UFOlogy in a pond. No, I’m not talking about the ‘submarine saucer’ (Nessie), but a subject I’ve mentioned elsewhere in my blog on ‘Sea Monster Files.‘   Two years … Continue reading

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The Inconvenient Truth is Out There…

The truth about the British Government’s interest in UFOs has been released by The National Archives. In what I believe to be the most important revelation so far in the British disclosure programme, the MoD’s Defence Intelligence Staff admit that … Continue reading

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Churchill did not ‘order a UFO cover-up’

In Bad Science this week Ben Goldacre asked “Why don’t journalists link to primary sources?”. He opined that if readers were directed to the original sources of headlines like ‘wind farms blamed for the stranding of whales’ (Daily Telegraph), they … Continue reading

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