Close encounters of the blurred kind
Military sightings of UFOs, an "alien abduction" in London and an unidentified aircraft shadowing a Lancaster bomber feature among thousands of close-encounter documents released by Britain's National Archives.
The extra-terrestrial files released yesterday reveal how the phenomenon was discussed at the highest level of government and security services worldwide, including at the UN and the CIA.
One of the 35 newly-released files shows 15 unidentified aircraft were detected on radar approaching the UK between January and July 2001 in the months leading up to 9/11.
The Ministry of Defence received just one UFO report (on September 11 itself.
Dr David Clarke, author of the book The UFO Files, said: "Before the Freedom of Information Act, we had to wait 30 years or more before we could see files on UFOs." The files are available to download free for a month from the website www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ufos.