More than 6,000 pages of material spanning from 1994 to 2000 holds hundreds of other-worldly experiences with unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and apparent aliens across Britain.
Aircraft of all shapes and sizes have been witnessed flying over a wide range of locations — including Chelsea Football Club and the former Home Secretary Michael Howard’s home in Kent.
One man told police he was physically sick and developed a “skin condition” after an eerie “tube of light” enveloped his car in Ebbw Vale, in Wales, at 10.40pm on January 27, 1997.
The man, who worked as a funeral director, was sent to the doctor after his alleged brush with the unknown.
This is just one of hundreds of bizarre reports received by the police, military and Government, suggesting that the truth might be out there after all.
This fifth instalment released under a three-year project between the MoD and The National Archives consists of 24 files of sightings, letters and Parliamentary Questions.
The records feature papers relating to the famous “Rendlesham Forest” sightings, often dubbed “Britain’s Roswell”.
Experts believe the records highlight how shapes of reported UFOs have changed over the last half-century.
This could be explained by representations of UFOs in popular culture — such as TV shows like The X-Files.
Many reports in this latest file describe aircraft as big, black and triangular in shape with lights along the edges, whereas the predominant form in the 1940s to 1950s was disc-shaped.
Dr David Clarke, author of The UFO Files and senior lecturer in journalism from Sheffield Hallam University said: “In the 1950s the next big leap in technology was thought to be a round craft that took off vertically and it’s intriguing to note that this is the same period when people began to report seeing ‘flying saucers’ in the sky.
“In the period the latest file release covers, triangular-shaped US stealth bombers and Aurora spy planes featured heavily on TV, such as The X Files, between 1993-2002, and films, such as Independence Day released in 1996 and the shape of reported UFOs corresponds.
“It’s impossible to prove a direct link between what people are reading and watching and what they report as UFOs but one interpretation could be that the latest advances in technology may be influencing what people see in the sky.”
* The files are available to download for free for a month from the website nationalarchives.gov.uk/ufos