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Was the Rendlesham UFO incident a prank ?

Posted on Tuesday, 1 January, 2019 | Comment icon 250 comments

The incident occurred just outside RAF Woodbridge. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Taras Young
A new theory has suggested that the incident was in fact a revenge plot orchestrated by British special forces.
It's the UK's best known UFO case and even now, more than 38 years later, the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident continues to remain a topic of heated debate among UFO researchers.

The strangeness began on December 26th, 1980 when US servicemen stationed at RAF Woodbridge witnessed an unknown object descending in to the woods. Upon investigating, they encountered a glowing metallic object which seemed to move through the trees as they approached. When they returned the next day, they found three triangular impressions in the ground at the same spot.

On December 28th the object appeared a second time, prompting deputy base commander Lt Col Charles Halt and a group of servicemen to venture out in to the woods to investigate.

But what did the men really see that night and could there be a conventional explanation ?

Now according to Sheffield Hallam University lecturer Dr David Clarke, an anonymous tip-off from a man claiming to have been a member of the SAS at the time of the incident has indicated that the whole thing may have been little more than a clever prank.

The story goes that a group of British soldiers had parachuted in to RAF Woodbridge as part of an exercise designed to test the base's defenses. They were quickly captured and imprisoned for 18 hours by US personnel who repeatedly referred to them as 'aliens'.

Keen to get their own back, the British soldiers concocted an elaborate revenge scheme.

On the night of the incident, the men secretly rigged up lights and colored flares in the forest as well as black helium balloons and remote control kites to make it look like there was a UFO.

Former MoD UFO investigator Nick Pope however remains skeptical.

"Having run the MoD's UFO project and having undertaken a cold case review of the incident I can confirm that no explanation for the Rendlesham Forest incident was ever found," he said.

"We looked at all the theories... and none of them fit the facts."

Source: East Anglian Times | Comments (250)

Tags: Rendlesham, UFO

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #241 Posted by Dejarma on 19 January, 2019, 4:37
honestly mate=== maybe i'm stupid but i've no idea what you're talking about!!!
Comment icon #242 Posted by Golden Duck on 19 January, 2019, 4:39
Honestly mate! It was only four posts ago!
Comment icon #243 Posted by Dejarma on 19 January, 2019, 4:46
yeah sure but it doesn't get awayfrom the fact i dont get your point, mate.. if i'm stupid for not getting it; i'll be the first to say i'm an idiot!! but i still dont get your point== sorry. maybe other members can step in & explain it to me?
Comment icon #244 Posted by Golden Duck on 19 January, 2019, 5:01
Post #222 @garth said: The very next post @Trelane asks You subsequently ask: Post #222 is germane to the Rendlesham Incident. Can you tell me otherwise?
Comment icon #245 Posted by Dejarma on 19 January, 2019, 5:02
Comment icon #246 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 19 January, 2019, 5:20
You're off-topic, mate
Comment icon #247 Posted by Saru on 19 January, 2019, 13:08
Let's keep things civil please folks. I would say that any discussion pertaining to the Rendlesham Forest incident would be considered "on-topic" for this thread.
Comment icon #248 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 19 January, 2019, 18:26
Anyway, back to Redlesham.      How can you be sure about that? That's a point. I suppose they could have responded to the FOIA with  "a matter of national interest" and clammed up. I see.  I don't personally support "hologram" and I think that observing the military's reaction to all of this is interesting, to say the least
Comment icon #249 Posted by stereologist on 20 January, 2019, 16:59
Although we see it in the movies it is not possible to project an image into thin air. The light has to come to the eye from various points to form an image. There has to be some sort of matter involved. One way is a screen. Another is the use of something like smoke or water droplets. It as been proposed that a two photon scheme could be used in which the excitation energy is two lasers that cross and cause an electron to be energized so that it releases a visible photon when it drops back. Such systems would require high energy lasers that would be damaging to eyes not projected by goggles. ... [More]
Comment icon #250 Posted by Trelane on 20 January, 2019, 19:14
There was no such equipment under development at the time. Hell, computers were still archaic and cumbersome at the time. It didn't gain traction as concept until the mid 90's. Ironically, it was due to sci-fi films that got the think tanks working on viability tests. I wouldn't think that anything as reported (constant movement) could be classified as a hologram. That's a really great point @Earl.Of.Trumps. Many FOIA requests are denied due to that exact fact. Even in regards to some pretty mundane things. For example the experimental carbine rifles during field tested to replace the M16/M4 s... [More]

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