THE biggest film of the year opened this week with its central idea that aliens have been visiting Earth for generations.

And a former Government UFO investigator says the Ridley Scott film Prometheus is right – and he reckons that we’ll have official contact within the next 15 years. Nick Pope spent 21 years in the Ministry of Defence’s top-secret ‘Project UFO’ department and now says he is convinced there has been a cover-up to deny the existence of extraterrestrial life. In an EXCLUSIVE interview with Midweek Sport Nick, 46, reveals the three pieces of evidence he discovered that convinced him we are not alone.

He says a new multi-million pound radar telescope called the SKA – due for completion in 2024 – will back up his claims, by finding proof of life outside our solar system. He says: “After studying more than 300 reports of alien craft in our skies every year for 21 years I’ve no doubt in my mind that there’s life elsewhere in the Universe, and I’m equally convinced that some of this life will be intelligent. “Ours is the generation that is likely to prove that we are not alone.

“In terms of extraterrestrial visitation, some UFO evidence defies conventional explanation.” Nick reckons a shadowy MoD cover-up is making it increasingly difficult to nail down info. His Project UFO department was canned in 2009, the official reason being ‘budget cuts’.


He explains: “The whole business of reporting UFO sightings has gone underground. “Everyone in the MoD has been told not to say the word UFO when filing reports, and to instead use terms like ‘unusual helicopter’ or ‘unconventional aircraft’. “That makes it much harder to find details of sightings using Freedom Of Information requests.” But Nick, originally from London but now living in America, says the world as we know it is about to be turned on its head. He adds: “The question of life in the galaxy is the biggest question we can ask ourselves.

“The day we get the answer to that question our world will change forever. “It could happen today – but my guess is that it will be in 2024 when the SKA telescope becomes fully operational. “And when we do encounter aliens, they’ll be like nothing we’ve ever imagined.”

The most intriguing case I investigated was the so-called ‘Cosford Case’ in 1993. It had such overwhelming evidence that it could not be dismissed and to this day is officially a mystery. It began with wave of UFO sightings in Somerset involving over a hundred witnesses, many of these respected police officers and military personnel. The UFO – described as a huge triangular craft – also flew directly over two RAF bases. It was so vast it almost covered the sky, and was creepily slow. Velocity We had eyewitness reports, radar tapes from the MoD, and RAF bosses trying to come up with some kind of explanation. But the Cosford Incident has never been solved. The official – classified – report by RAF Police based at RAF Cosford stated that the UFO passed over the base “at great velocity “… at an altitude of approximately 1000ft”. It described two white lights with a faint red glow at the rear, with no engine noise being heard. Later on that night the Meteorological Officer at RAF Shawbury, Shropshire, also saw the UFO. He described to me how it had moved slowly across the countryside towards the base at a speed of no more than 30 or 40mph. He saw the UFO fire a narrow beam of light “like a laser” at the ground and saw the light sweeping backwards and forwards across the field beyond the perimeter fence, as if it were looking for something. Then he told me that the light beam had retracted in an unnatural way and that the craft had suddenly accelerated away to the horizon many times faster than a military aircraft. Here was an experienced RAF officer who regularly saw aircraft and helicopters, telling me about something he said was unlike anything he’d ever seen in his life. Could our UFO sightings be attributable to some U.S. black-ops prototype? The answer I got back was extraordinary. The Americans had been having their own sightings of these large, triangularshaped UFOs and wanted to know if the RAF might have such a craft, capable of moving from a virtual hover to speeds of several thousand mph in an instant. My Head of Division later briefed the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, stating: “There would seem to be some evidence that an unidentified object of unknown origin was operating over the UK.” This is about as close as the MoD will ever get to saying that there’s more to UFOs than hoaxes.

While this incident happened in 1980, I was asked by the Government to conduct a ‘cold case’ review of the facts in 1994. What struck me about the event was that most witnesses were highly-trained U. S. Air Force personnel based at the twin bases of RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge, in Suffolk. Witnesses even included the Deputy Base Commander, Lt Col Charles Halt. Frenzy In the Rendlesham Forest incident the UFO was seen actually LANDING. Eye-witnesses reported seeing a large triangular craft with strange symbols written on its side. Nearby farm animals were working themselves up into a frenzy. One of the security police officers, Jim Penniston, got close enough to touch the side of the object. He and another of the airmen present, John Burroughs, attached sketches of the craft to their official USAF statements. One of these sketches details strange symbols Penniston saw on the craft’s hull, which he likened to Egyptian hieroglyphs. Two nights later, the UFO returned. Lt Col Halt, was informed and together with a small group of men went out into the forest to investigate – largely to DEBUNK the tale. But Halt and his team actually ENCOUNTERED the UFO, which at one point fired beams of light down at his party and at the nearby Woodbridge facility. Halt later said: “Here I am, a senior official who routinely denies this sort of thing and diligently works to debunk them, and I’m involved in the middle of something I can’t explain.” Defence Radiological Protection Service found radiation levels to be seven times more than should be expected. I can’t say for certain what happened but the investigation was a cock-up from start to finish. Draw your own conclusions.

IT is the most spectacular image ever sent to the Ministry of Defence. It’s also MISSING. The saga began on August 4, 1990 when two members of the public out walking in the vicinity of Calvine, near Pitlochry (left), in Scotland, sighted a massive, diamond-shaped, metallic UFO. It was virtually stationary and hovered silently for what the witnesses believed was several minutes, before accelerating away vertically at massive speed. During the sighting a military aircraft, believed to be a Harrier, was also seen, but it wasn’t clear if it was escorting the craft or attempting to intercept it. Analysts Somehow the MoD managed to persuade the witnesses to part with not just the photos, but the negatives too. The photos were then sent to the Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS) who then sent them on to analysts at JARIC (Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre). When I joined Project UFO in 1991 a poster-sized enlargement of the best photo was prominently displayed on the office wall. Sometimes, people would come to our office to discuss non-UFO business and some weren’t aware of the project. You’d have this surreal moment when they’d stop mid-sentence, stare at it, point and say “what the hell’s that?” This wasn’t the archetypal distant, blurred UFO photo. This was up close and personal, reach out and you can touch it stuff. “I don’t know what it is, but it’s not one of ours” was our stock answer to the inevitable question. I asked my DIS opposite number about the image. “It’s not the Americans”, he said, before pointing to the left and saying “and it’s not the Russians”. There was a pause, before he concluded “and that only leaves …” His voice trailed off and he didn’t complete the sentence, but his finger was pointing directly upwards. Then one day my Head of Division took the photo away and locked it in his desk drawer. It was never seen again. The same thing had happened with some Defence Intelligence Staff files on the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident that it turned out had been ‘inadvertently’ destroyed.




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