The details of a 1952 UFO sighting by an RAF fighter pilot have been revealed for the first time.
Flight Sergeant Roland Hughes had been flying his Vampire FB9 over Germany when he found himself being intercepted by a "gleaming silver, metallic disc" which flew alongside him for some distance. RAF radar stations on the ground also picked up the object which was said to be moving faster than any known aircraft.
When Hughes reported the encounter to his senior officers he was sent to speak to the aviation minister Duncan Sandys. Sandys was so intrigued by Hughes' story that he went on to tell several senior civil servants about the case including the government's chief scientist to whom he wrote a letter stating that the account coupled with the radar evidence was "convincing".
"It is one of the most tantalising ever official accounts of an encounter with a UFO – deemed so credible it even convinced the government minister who investigated it."
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