According to Huffington Post
, "The photo was one of six taken by a pair of hikers who spotted a strange diamond-shaped object in the sky over Pitlochry, Scotland, on Aug. 4, 1990. It appeared to hover in the air near an Royal Air Force Harrier jet. Eyewitnesses reported seeing the unusual object above the ground for nearly 10 minutes before it zoomed away at high speed."
This is not the first UFO disappearance in Britain of important information. Key documentation that related to the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident
has also disappeared without any explanation. Rendlesham consists of mysterious lights reported by US servicemen at RAF Woodbridge in Suffolk in 1980. The missing papers were found when 8,000 UFO files were released to the public, a huge gap found by officials where the files should have been.
Whether the British government deleted the current missing UFO files is debatable, based on the country's history of claiming "missing files." In 1977, Prime Minister of Grenada Sir Eric Gairy planned on calling for the United Nations to set up a unit to investigate Britain's missing UFO files. What sets this case apart are numerous eyewitness accounts, high-level interest from government officials, and the abrupt disappearance of the UFO photos and negatives.
Nick Pope, previous head of Britain's Government UFO Project and leading expert on UFOs, stated in the Huffington Post article that the missing poster-size image of the UFO "clearly was a technology significantly ahead of anything we had in our infantry or even on the drawing board. 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 the stock answer to the inevitable question."
When Pope was head of the MoD division for 21 years, his superior was said to have taken the UFO image down and store it somewhere.
The original photos were sent to the defense intelligence staff, who then sent them on to imagery analysts at the Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Center," said Pope. "At the time, [the Ministry of Defence] hadn't even publicly acknowledged that there was any intelligence interest in UFOs. Though we'd never say so publicly, the bottom line was that we wanted the technology. It was better than anything we had and we wanted it for our own military aircraft and drones."
According to the latest data
, "governments around the world have been in regular contact with aliens for many decades. 'Aliens have made both formal and informal contact with thousands of people throughout the world from all walks of life." But according to released documents by the Ministry of Defence in 2010, Winston Churchill may have ordered a UFO sighting to be kept secret.
Such claims from Timothy Good, a former U.S. Congress and Pentagon consultant, are the first to be made publicly by a prominent academic. Most are from UFO theorists with nothing to support the evidence.