Several UFO incidents, including multiple witness sightings by military personnel and ground traces with above-normal radioactive readings were reported in late December 1980 at the Rendalsham Forest in Sufolk, England. The forest is close to two US Air Force Bases; RAF Brentwaters and RAF Woodbridge. The direct involvement of more than 60 witnesses - not civilians, but highly trained military personnel - adds further credence to the story.
Lt Col. Charles Halt, was the deputy commander of the RAF/USAF/NATO airbase where reports had several personnel and civilians seeing strange lights near the installations.
A memo written by Halt emerged in 1994. On Official letterhead and paper, he describes three patrolmen entering the forest after strange lights had been reported by nearby RAF Woodbridge in Suffolk. The patrolmen investigating the lights had asked for permission to go outside the grounds fearing a plane had crashed or been forced down.
In later interviews Burroughs recalled that time seemed to be running in slow-motion and that he had little control over his body. Cabansag earlier reported witnessing a triangular craft spoken of by Penniston but he later changed his story saying that the time of the encounter is a 'blank' in his mind.
Penniston was the most experienced of the trio having served for seven years and recovered many crashed aircraft. On retiring in 1993 he had received 27 medals. He had got within twenty metres of the craft taking many photographs The photographs were handed in to the USAF and the men never saw them again.
He said in an interview that the air surrounding it was electrifying with tingling in his skin and hair. He also had a sense of moving in slow-motion.
Penniston did not recall noticing any seams or openings as he had neared the object. He slid his hand over the warm surface. Suddenly there was a flash of light and Penniston along with Burroughs were thrown to the ground. 'the craft then rose a flew slowly away in a careful line through some trees. The craft maneuvered and disappeared. Animals in a nearby paddock went into a frenzy. The patrolmen said that they could hear what sounded like a woman screaming.
The next day there was a considerable amount of landing evidence in the report area. These included ground indentations and high radiation readings at the alleged landing sight. The levels of radiation peaked in the indentations. A nearby tree had considerably high readings down one side toward the depressions.
That evening there were many more 'lights in the sky' reports in the Suffolk area.
After retiring Penniston admitted to years of nightmares about his experience and agreed controlled regressive hypnosis. Two sessions were monitored by a psychologist and video taped. When he undertook his second, Penniston gave chilling accounts of alien messages that they were collecting sperm from humans to take back to a planet located in our future.
He spoke of a world of darkness and pollution faced major problems of survival, particularly reproduction. He went on to explain that the visitors were here to target specific individuals of both sexes to remove sperm and take them back to the future.
Colonel Halt became directly involved in the UFO incidents when he led a second patrol into the forest two nights later. He made an audio tape recording describing live the puzzling events of that night. While the entire tape runs for about twenty minutes, it covers a span of over three hours. The tape describes their efforts to carry on radiation readings in the area of the previous encounter. As the night goes on, the voices become increasingly excited as strange lights again appeared above the forest.
Col Halt has recalled that the group were observing the craft from about 200m away. "It looked like the sun winking at you. It was moving from side to side and when we put on night vision goggles it looked like it had a hollow centre, a dark centre," Halt said. "It was a bit like the pupil of an eye looking at you, winking. And the flash of light - through the goggles - almost burnt our eyes.
Halt said that the object moved about and pulsed, appearing to throw off glowing particles. It then broke into five different objects and then disappeared.
On the Unsolved Mysteries program in 1991, Col Halt described the object: "We could see it very clearly.......I noticed other beams of light coming down from the same object falling on different places on the base. My boos was standing in his front yard and he could see it the beams of light falling down, and the people in the weapons storage area and other places on the base also reported the lights.
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The bases began tracking the objects at about 9.30pm. About two hours later, the RAF launched a deHalviland Venom jet interceptor from RAF Waterbach. The pilot saw a bright light and managed to lock it on to his radar. Just as he was making a report to base, the light disappeared.
The craft re-appeared and began what seemed a friendly chase. The British pilot could not get in front of the object which continued to perform maneuvers at his planes tail. Another interceptor was launched to render assistance with the pilot saying that the object was :"the clearest thing I've ever seen on radar."
The second pilot also suddenly lost the object and the bewildered airmen returned to base.
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Force-funded study at the University of Colorado under Dr. Edward Condon