A retired Air Force colonel says he has new evidence to throw light on one of the most notorious UFO reports in history -- the 1980 sighting near the Bentwaters Royal Air Force Base in the UK.
Col. Charles Halt has collected sworn statements from air traffic controllers, on duty in 1980 at Bentwaters. They tell him that they witnessed a UFO on radar performing incredible aerial maneuvers. And they were afraid of talking about this until they retired.
On Dec. 27, 1980, unusual lights were seen by military personnel in the Rendlesham Forest, located between dual bases RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge. Several witnesses say they saw fast-moving objects in the sky, in addition to a reported landing of a triangular craft in a clearing.
When the encounters continued into a second night, Halt, deputy base commander at Bentwaters, leading a group into the forest, experienced part of the unexplained light show for himself, including an unknown object moving through trees and appearing to drip a molten substance (as depicted in the illustration at the top of this story).
In addition to a tape recording Halt made as the UFO sightings unfolded, he also filed the following report in which he describes a laser-like beam of light streaming from one UFO down to the ground where he and his men were standing:
Halt -- pictured below in 1981 -- told The Huffington Post that what he and the others experienced in the forest was under intelligent control.
"The military has nothing to do with it, other than the cover-up, but I can tell you, there is some type of superior intelligence that can change size, change shape, do funny things. What I saw, I'm firmly convinced, didn't have anything that we know or could relate to, inside it. Maybe they're not a being as we know, maybe they're an entity that just has intelligence, and we just can't relate to it."
Photo credit: Col. Charles Halt, Ret.
Halt says he eventually obtained signed sworn statements, after many years, from air traffic controllers who were on duty during the 1980 Bentwaters events.
"They saw the object go across their scope -- a 60-mile scope -- in two or three seconds. Thousands of miles an hour," he told the BBC. "It came back across their scope again, stopped near the water tower. They observed it. They watched it go over into the forest where we were."
It was only after years passed and the air traffic controllers retired that they decided to tell Halt about what they saw on their radar scope in 1980. "They told me that they knew anytime an air traffic controller reported a UFO, they got de-certified. So they said nothing."
Watch this BBC video of Halt's account:
We previously reported how Halt accused the U.S. government of covering up UFO information, and he believes there's a top secret agency that's in charge of anything to do with possible extraterrestrial visits to Earth.
"There is a contract civilian agency, that is fed information, that is controlling everything. It's made up of either former military, high-level government agencies or high-ranking, very knowledgeable scientists. I can almost guarantee you. That's the way we do it. And disinformation is the biggest thing," Halt told HuffPost on Friday.
Halt is most disappointed with what he feels has been decades of inaccurate information spread about the Bentwaters incident. This includes the disappearance of key government files concerning the case. In 2011, the UK released thousands of previously classified UFO documents, but the ones pertaining to the Rendlesham Forest sightings mysteriously vanished.
"It doesn't surprise me at all, because they were probably taken from them by somebody, or sent somewhere by direction. Trust me -- that's the way it works," Halt said. "It's very disappointing on one hand, and it's also frightening. Who knows what else is going on?"
The following segment from a 2007 documentary, "Best Evidence: Top 10 UFO Sightings," includes a recreation (described by eyewitness Halt) of that eye-shaped glowing object moving through the trees of Rendlesham Forest in 1980 as it appears to drip some sort of molten material.
We asked Halt if a UFO cover-up policy could have been and still is a good decision.
"No, I think we need to know. I think the public can handle it. Let's face it: If a UFO lands tomorrow in Washington or wherever, you're still going to pay your mortgage and will still go to work. You'll still put gas in your car, unless something dramatic happens."
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