A ONCE top-secret British MoD report concluded unidentified flying objects (UFOs) are real, and can travel at alarming speeds.
The declassified Ministry Of Defence (MOD) study into a string of UK sightings concluded it is “indisputable" they exist and said they had the ability to "hover, land, take-off, accelerate to exceptional velocities, alter their direction of travel, and vanish”.
In a bid to shake off the obvious link between the term UFO and aliens, MoD investigators labelled them "unidentified aerial phenomena" (UAP) instead.
But the conclusive findings, that something unexplained is manoeuvring in our skies, remained the same.
Named Project Condign, the major study began from the UK’s Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS) in 1996, but was not published until 2000.
However, there was then a Freedom of Information Act battle of several years before it was made public.
The official aim of the study was to establish if UAPs posed any threat to national security - and if if any science or technology found to be behind them, if that were the case, could be reverse engineered for military means.
Once released, and passed to the National Archives, the author of the report was never identified.
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In the executive summary, the person wrote: "That UAP exist is indisputable.
"Credited with the ability to hover, land, take-off, accelerate to exceptional velocities and vanish, they can reportedly alter their direction of flight suddenly and clearly can exhibit aerodynamic characteristics well beyond those of any known aircraft or missile – either manned or unmanned.”
But the report stopped well short of making the jump that these could be alien crafts.
It continued: “No evidence exists to suggest that the phenomena are hostile or under any type of control, other than that of natural forces.
“There is no evidence that any UAP, seen in the UK Air Defence Region, are incursions by air-objects of any intelligent (extra-terrestrial or foreign) origin, or that they represent any hostile intent.”