Fighter Jets Chase UFO Down The M5
Massive controversy has erupted over a video purportedly showing two military jets attempting to intercept a UFO in UK airspace. Coming just months after MoD terminated their UFO project, the video already has well over half a million hits on YouTube, after The Sun broke the story last month. Some people were insistent that the footage was a CGI fake, while others believed that this was a real incident. The MoD refused to comment on the story, which added fuel to the fire, while the fact that British Forces TV ran a feature on the controversy also led to speculation that the authorities were somehow promoting this story. The footage has been debated on hundreds of websites, blogs, forums and email lists. Click on www.thesun.co.uk to read The Sun's story and see the footage and click www.youtube.com to see the British Forces TV feature.
History Channel US are now showing a new series entitled Ancient Aliens, conceived after the success of the eponymous one-off documentary last year. Largely based around the work of Erich von Däniken, author of books such as Chariots of the Gods?, the series explores the controversial theory that extraterrestrials with superior knowledge of science and engineering landed on Earth thousands of years ago and shared their expertise with early civilizations. I was interviewed for this series, so should be in some of the episodes. Check out
www.history.com for details of the series.
The Volcano And The UFO
The eruption of the Icelandic volcano and the subsequent grounding of flights over much of Europe has led to one or two interesting developments with regard to UFOs. Firstly, it led to arguably the biggest skywatch in UK history as UFO enthusiasts took to the internet, urging everyone to get outside and look to the skies, on the basis that with no aircraft flying, any lights in the sky were likely to be something unusual. In a related development, various people claimed to have spotted odd lights and shapes in media footage of the ash cloud. Finally, some conspiracy theorists suggested there was something sinister in the closing of European airspace, with speculation that this was part of a plan to allow some UFO-related event to occur, free of terrestrial interference.
Behind The Paranormal
On 11th April there was a landmark 3 hour radio show devoted to Britain's best known UFO case, the Rendlesham Forest incident. Participants included Charles Halt, John Burroughs, Larry Warren, Peter Robbins and Bill Birnes. I was on an aircraft at the time and unable to participate, but pre-recorded an interview that was used to introduce the show. Click on www.behindtheparanormal.com to listen to the show on Paul and Ben Eno's website and watch out for announcements of future Rendlesham specials on this site.
I Know What I Saw
With I Know What I Saw, film maker James Fox has produced one of the best-regarded UFO documentaries ever made. The critically acclaimed documentary was broadcast on the History Channel last year. A large part of the film ties in with the press conference held at the National Press Club in Washington DC in November 2007, which James organised in conjunction with investigative journalist Leslie Kean, at the Coalition for Freedom of Information. The idea was to bring together people with verifiable backgrounds in government, the military and the aviation community, who have either seen a UFO or conducted official investigations into the phenomenon. Consequently, the film is full of politicians, retired generals, pilots, air traffic controllers, military radar operators, police officers and government officials. The DVD is on the point of being released and contains extras that you won't have seen on TV. Click on www.iknowwhatisawthemovie.com for details.
On 1st May I'll be speaking at a conference in Amsterdam, organised by Nexus magazine, though like most overseas commitments at present, this depends on the Icelandic volcano and the various flight restrictions involved. Click www.nexusconference.com for details.
Nick Pope has written four books. Open Skies, Closed Minds is an overview of the UFO phenomenon with the emphasis on his official Ministry of Defence research and investigation. The Uninvited is an overview of the alien abduction mystery. Operation Thunder Child and Operation Lightning Strike are science fiction novels about alien invasion, incorporating UFO and abduction data. All four titles are available from most good bookshops and all the usual Internet book sites.
Nick Pope has a website, which can be accessed at www.nickpope.net