From: David Clarke <email@example.com> Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 18:35:27 +0100 Fwd Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 20:35:17 -0400 Subject: Britain's Secret UFO Hunters Britain's Secret UFO Hunters Discovery channel, Wednesday, 24 July, 10.30pm 'a look at claims that UFO sightings in the UK were covered up during the Cold War.' TV and Satellite Week, 20-26 July 2002: ALIEN NATION by Richard McClure In August 1950, two young RAF pilots saw a bright object flying rapidly over Farnborough airfield that was unlike anything they had seen before. The grey, disc-shaped craft flew directly overhead, before disappearing from view. 'There were electric sparks coming from it. I was awestruck,' recalls Stan Hubbard, one of the pilots. 'It was quite beyond this world's technology.' Hubbard and Frank Jolliffe reported their sightings, but after being ordered not to discuss the incident, heard no more about it as, officially, the Government claimed to take no interest in UFOs. But secretly - as the Discovery documentary Britain's Secret UFO Hunters reveals - the Government was so concerned that it set up a secret department to investigate the possibility that 'alien beings' had visited Earth. Led by Wing Commander Myles Formby, the investigation was based in the attic room of a government building overlooking Whitehall, referred to only as Room 801. Like the agents played by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the Men in Black movies, the team's job was to monitor suspected extraterrestrial activity. Over the next few years, Room 801 became the nerve centre of official UFO research - though the Government continued to deny its existence. In 1952, the investigation became more urgent after a UFO sighting in the skies above Washington DC. Prime Minister Winston Churchill sent a memo to the Ministry of Defence, demanding to know: 'What does all this stuff about flying saucers amount to? What is the truth?' But after examining three reliable sightings in Britain, including the Farnborough incident, a secret report - only recently discovered - found no evidence of alien activity. It declared that Hubbard was either 'the victim of an optical illusion, or that he observed some quite normal aircraft and deceived himself about its shape and speed,' and concluded that no further investigations were necessary. Fifty years on, Hubbard is still convinced he had a close encounter with alien beings. 'I find the report completely insulting,' he saus. 'What I saw was the real thing - and it was not of this planet.' For a full interview with Wing Commander Stan Hubbard, see: 'Flying Saucers Over Farnborough' by David Clarke and Andy Roberts, in this month's UFO Magazine (UK) on sale from 27 June, details at: www.ufomag.co.uk See also 'Britain's Secret UFO Hunters' in the Daily Mail, Saturday, 20 July 2002.
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