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UFOs in the United Kingdom

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Britain to Publish Files on UFO Sightings

Reuters, November 28, 2002

The British government will publish files on reported UFO sightings as part of a shake-up of its laws on freedom of information. Among the documents to be published is the "Rendlesham File," which deals with one of the country's best known sightings of an unidentified flying object.  R

British FOIA Rendlesham File Released

The Times (London), 20 November 2002

The so-called Rendlesham File, now available for public inspection, is a fat catalogue of increasingly despairing correspondence between the Ministry of Defence and members of the public after the sighting of unexplained lights in Rendlesham Forest, near the RAF base at Woodbridge, Suffolk, in December 1980.  R

British Ministry of Defence established secret UFO investigation group

Ananova News, 2nd January 2002

Official papers have revealed the Ministry of Defence set up a secret flying saucer working party in the 1950s. The papers show the group involved experts from the Directorate of Scientific Intelligence and the Joint Technical Intelligence Committee. R

British MoD Expert Tells Why He Views Some UFOs as E.T.

Interview with Nick Pope, by Michael Lindemann

From 1991 until 1994, Nick Pope worked the "UFO desk" at Air Secretariat 2-A, British Ministry of Defense. His job was to assess UFO reports for any possible defense significance. What he learned gradually convinced him that at least some UFOs were most certainly technological objects of unknown origin, potentially of great significance to the defense of Great Britain.  R

Chat with UFO Investigator Nick Pope

ABC News, Nov. 20, 2001

ABCNEWS’ Chris Wallace interviews Nick Pope, an official with the British Ministry of Defense, known as “the real Fox Mulder” from The X-Files, for his investigations into the UFO phenomenon in the latest edition of ABCNEWS.com’s Internet Exposé UFO2000: The Search Continues.  R

Conspiracy Or Indifference?

Nick Pope

Nick Pope details the British Government’s policy and knowledge in relation to UFOs, and examines the evidence for a cover-up.

Conspiracy Or Indifference?

Nick Pope

Nick Pope details the British Government’s policy and knowledge in relation to UFOs, and examines the evidence for a cover-up.

Flying Saucer Working Party - British MoD program to study UFOs

British Ministry of Defence / Nick Pope website

The Flying Saucer Working Party was set up in October 1950 by Ministry of Defence Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Henry Tizard, who felt that UFO reports should not be dismissed out of hand without some serious study. He duly authorised the setting up of a small study team to look into the phenomenon. This is the group's final report, which was released to Georgina Bruni and a handful of other researchers in 2001 by the MOD, following requests made under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

Official British Government UFO History

Georgina Bruni and Nick Pope, UFO Magazine

This world exclusive article will reveal for the first time the secret history of the British Government’s early involvement in the UFO issue, giving an insight into the politics and personalities responsible for shaping official policy.

Official British Government UFO History - Part 2

Nick Pope & Georgina Bruni

Our world exclusive article in last month’s issue of UFO Magazine provoked exactly the sort of debate that we expected, with all sorts of comments and questions being raised. We thought it would be helpful to pick up on a number of these points, make some other more general observations and update readers on what is an ongoing area of research.

Secret UFO Report To Churchill Revealed After 50 Years

The Observer (UK), October 21, 2001

Scientists and generals drew up a top secret report on Unidentified Flying Objects and then decided to cover up a wave of rumours and sightings that swept Britain in the 1950s, The Observer can reveal.  R

The Current Status of British Ufology

Steve Gamble, 1992

In September of this year (1992) the British UFO Research Association (BUFORA) celebrates its 30th Anniversary. With this in mind, now might be a good opportunity to review British UFOlogy today. R

The Real X-Files

Nick Pope

I’ve worked for the Ministry of Defence for nearly fifteen years now, and have had a variety of fascinating posts. But by far and away the most amazing was my tour of duty in a division called Secretariat(Air Staff)2a, where for three years my responsibilities included researching and investigating the UFO phenomenon.

U.K. Civil Aviation Authority case files 1978-1984 (Word format)

NARCAP (National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena)

Since 1995, the British Civil Aviation Authority, CAA, has been releasing case files of aviation related observations and incidents involving UFOs/UAP. The CAA has been carefully and quietly collecting and analyzing data regarding near-collisions between aircraft and UFOs/UAP since at least the late 1970’s .

UFO Organizations in the United Kingdom


Comprehensive listing of UFO organizations in the U.K.

UFOs and the governments of the USA and UK

Armen Victorian, Lobster Magazine, June 20, 2000

In Britain, Air Staff 2 (a), a desk in the Ministry of Defence, manned by junior civil servants such as Nick Pope, J. Palmer, Owen Hartop, Kerry Philpott, and Ralph Noyes, respond to public inquiries.  R

UK opens its own 'X-file'

CNN, Nov 29, 2002

It could have been an "X-Files" episode: More than 20 years ago, U.S. airmen reported seeing a "strange glowing object" near a British air base. The report, dozens of pages long, is only now being released as part of an opening-up of the inner workings of the UK government.  R

UK UFO Groups

UFO Research Midlands

A comprehensive list of UK UFO and Paranormal Organizations.

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UFO Roundup Articles: United Kingdom

UFO Roundup

UFO Roundup is a weekly compilation of UFO related events and stories. This page contains the collection of U.K.-related articles from the UFO Roundup archives.