Tag Archives: UFO files

The UFO Files: Our Man in Sheffield

I spent two decades on the trail of the UK Ministry of Defence’s cache of secret UFO papers. But little did I know that my FOI campaign triggered off a mole-hunt among the spooks – and a probe to discover … Continue reading

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UFO Files exclusive: Cold War spyplane incident

The release by Britain’s Ministry of Defence of 15 of its last remaining UFO files at the UK’s National Archives has revealed details of a stunning Cold War close encounter witnessed by the entire crew of a US Air Force spy-plane. Formerly secret … Continue reading

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Alien Art: 70 years of UFO sightings

70 years ago Kenneth Arnold reported nine strange ‘saucer-like’ flying objects in the sky – and launched the modern UFO mystery. On landing his plane in Oregon on the afternoon of 24 June 1947 the businessman and private pilot became world … 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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Portillo’s State Secrets: Mysteries

The BBC2 series Portillo’s State Secrets unearths previously classified documents from The National Archives, revealing fascinating facts from Britain’s past. The episode on 26 March covers ‘Mysteries‘ and I have compiled this blogpost for The National Archives to accompany the … Continue reading

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UFO files – saved!

After six decades of official indifference UFO records have been finally recognised by Britain’s Ministry of Defence as being ‘historically significant’. MoD’s ‘Guidance for Record Reviewers’, lists files on ‘unidentified flying objects‘ alongside those concerning nuclear testing, Special Forces and … Continue reading

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The End of the UFO Files

The tenth and final collection of British UFO files have been released by The National Archives. From 2008 more than four million visitors from 160 countries have visited the project website to download files that would normally have been hidden … Continue reading

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The UFO Files Rebooted

The second edition of The UFO files was published by Bloomsbury on 13 September 2012. You can order the book from Amazon here or via the publisher’s website here. The National Archives press release on the book can be found … Continue reading

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It’s all very silly season…

My research into the folklore of the ‘silly season’ was featured by BBC News Online (30 August) and in the gossip column of the Sheffield Star (21 August). Colin Drury writes: “….IT is the time of year known among journalists as the … Continue reading

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UFO Files make waves

The release of the ninth collection of MoD UFO files by The National Archives continues to make news across the world.  On the first day of the launch (Thursday, 12 July) the website received almost 60,000 visitors – an uplift … Continue reading

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