UFO Files 2nd edition
The inside story of real-life sightings
Date of publication: September 2012
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Fully revised and updated 2nd edition,
‘What does all this stuff about flying saucers amount to? What can it mean? What is the truth?’
Winston Churchill, Prime Minister’s Personal Minute, 28 July, 1952
The UFO Files reveals extraordinary reports by ordinary people along with details of official interest and investigations stretching back to before the First World War – for although the terms UFO and Flying Saucer were not coined until the middle of the twentieth century, people have long seen things in the sky that they could not explain.
David Clarke uncovers an array of startling stories from possible UFO reports hidden among Met Office investigations of aerial phenomena in the 1920s to the conclusions of Project Condign, the hush-hush British Intelligence UFO study completed in 2000. As well as covering Roswell and Britain’s own Rendlesham Forest mystery, Clarke raids the records for dramatic stories of abductions and close encounters, ghost aircraft and crop circles, and UFO reports by civilian aircrew and military personnel. Dramatic witness statements and interviews – many undertaken by the author himself – combine with rarely seen photographs, drawings and newly available documents to offer a unique guide to one of our most intriguing mysteries.
Contents: 1. Strange Lights in the Skies; 2. The Flying Saucer Age; 3. Cold War UFOs; 4. Close Encounters; 5. Crop Circles and Alien Abductions; 6. Turn of the Century UFOs; 7. Closing the UFO Files
David Clarke is head of the Journalism department at Sheffield Hallam University. He has a long-standing interest in UFOs and other aerial phenomena, and has worked with The National Archives in promoting UFO material recently released by the Ministry of Defence. He is an author and broadcaster who has acted as consultant to a range of radio and television productions on contemporary legend and extraordinary experiences.