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  • The date is late December, 1980, and US military forces have been invited to Britain on behalf

  • of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

  • After the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan the year before, all of NATO is on edge and

  • US troop presence in Europe has been increased as a precaution.

  • The US Air Force and the Royal Air Force both operate two air bases known as Woodbridge

  • and Bentwaters, home to several squadrons of fighters, bombers, and unknown to the public,

  • a small stockpile of American nuclear weapons meant to be employed against the Soviet Union

  • in case of war.

  • Strange lights have been reported in the sky by both military and civilian personnel over

  • the preceding few weeks, but nobody has paid much attention to them, being explained away

  • as military aircraft or simple meteors.

  • Deputy base commander Colonel Charles Halt however has been witness to these objects,

  • and is troubled by his, or any of his staff's, inability to explain their presence.

  • He resolves to investigate the phenomenon if an opportunity ever presents itself.

  • He would not have to wait long.

  • On the night of December 26th, US Air Force security police notice strange lights in the

  • forest outside the small air base.

  • The lights seem to fluctuate as they move through the treetops, and the airmen fear

  • that an aircraft has suffered some form of malfunction.

  • They radio for permission to investigate the site, which is off base and technically outside

  • of their jurisdiction as American security police.

  • Nonetheless, fearing a serious emergency with a military or civilian aircraft, the airmen

  • are given permission.

  • Four security policemen thus set off into the forest to investigate, though one of them

  • is convinced that there has been no crash, as he believes he saw the lights actually

  • land safely on the forest floor.

  • This security policeman, staff Sergeant Bud Stefens refuses to leave the base perimeter

  • and investigate the site, terrified by what he believes he had seen.

  • Airman First Class Cabansag, Staff Sergeant Jim Penniston, and Airman First Class John

  • Burroughs thus drive into the forest alone.

  • It's not long before they spot a bright, shining light coming through the trees.

  • They attempt to follow it with their vehicle but are unable due to the difficult terrain,

  • and are forced to proceed on foot.

  • As they move closer to the mysterious light though, their radios begin to malfunction,

  • so Sergeant Penniston orders Airman Cabasang to remain by the vehicle where the radios

  • are unaffected so he can relay back to central security control if need be.

  • The two airmen notice that animals on a nearby farm seem to be in a highly agitated state,

  • further setting the men on edge as they continue forward through the thick brush.

  • Radio comms even back to Cabasang, barely a hundred meters away, completely fail, and

  • Sergeant Penniston orders Airman Burroughs to head back to the tree line so he can maintain

  • a radio link back to Cabasang.

  • Burroughs however is so afraid that he refuses to leave Sergeant Penniston's company, and

  • the two continue on together.

  • Now just fifty meters away, the men get a look at the source of the light.

  • It's a metallic object, glowing brightly and causing the air to be charged with electricity.

  • The men's hairs start to stand on end as they approach even closer, making out more details

  • of the luminous object.

  • Despite the light, the skin of the craft seems to be black and metallic, and is triangular

  • in shape measuring three meters in width and two in height, roughly the size of a tank.

  • White light seems to be emitted from both the top and bottom, with flashing blue and

  • red lights along the side of it.

  • Sergeant Penniston uses a camera he has brought with him to snap photos of the object, and

  • notices that there seems to be no seams, rivets, or other signs of a manufactured origin- it's

  • as if the entire craft was made out of one solid piece of metal.

  • Touching the object with his hand, he's surprised to find it warm, and as he slides his hand

  • along the smooth metal, discovers a series of raised symbols etched along the left side.

  • As he moves his hand along the symbols though, something incredible happens.

  • The craft emits a blinding white light, causing the men to stumble backwards.

  • Sergeant Penniston is so afraid the craft is going to explode, that he ducks for cover

  • behind a thick oak tree.

  • Suddenly, the craft is completely engulfed in white light and lifts up off the ground,

  • quickly shooting through the trees and up into the night sky.

  • The men immediately report back to base and are told that they have misidentified some

  • natural phenomenon.

  • Penniston however has kept detailed notes of the entire encounter in his logbook, which

  • he presents at a debriefing.

  • The men are told simply to forget what they think they saw.

  • The photos taken are confiscated and never seen again.

  • Base Deputy Commander Colonel Charles Halt hears about the UFO when he returns to base

  • the following morning.

  • He orders Airman Casabang to report to his office and debriefs him personally, but with

  • no further evidence the case remains a curiosity and nothing more.

  • Until just 24 hours later.

  • Colonel Halt is at a party attended to by both British and American officers when he

  • receives a call- the UFO is back.

  • Halt wastes no time, and immediately leaves the party, assembling a patrol to investigate

  • the sighted craft once more and hopefully debunk it.

  • Upon entering the forest, Halt and his men discover that other patrols have already arrived,

  • but are experiencing difficulties with the electronics in their patrol vehicles and their

  • radios.

  • Nobody has seen the exact whereabouts of the craft however, so Halt takes his team towards

  • the original landing location from two nights ago.

  • As they arrive, they spot a glowing red object moving through the forest ahead of them.

  • Halt, who is carrying a mini tape recorder, begins making notes as he observes

  • the craft.

  • As the men investigate the light in the distance, they notice that the farm animals nearby which

  • had been going crazy, seem to have quieted down, as if something was terrifying them

  • into silence.

  • Undaunted, the men push on and run straight into a flashing red light directly ahead of

  • them.

  • The men spot the light moving slowly towards them and incredibly spitting off what appear

  • to be chunks of molten metal as the light moves.

  • Undaunted, the American airmen move towards the light again.

  • Colonel Halt and his men move towards the light, and to conserve tape the Colonel stops

  • recording.

  • The men push through the woods and cross a small creek, when incredibly, they spot not

  • just one, but multiple lights.

  • As the men watch, they suddenly spot numerous lights, almost as if they have been lured

  • into the midst of their own personal light show.

  • Incredibly, one of the craft seems to emit a beam of light that lights the ground a few

  • dozen meters in front of the men.

  • On the recording the other men with Colonel Halt can be heard excitedly cursing and muttering

  • in fear when the Colonel stops the tape again.

  • By now, he has had enough and believes he and his men may be in danger, so he orders

  • them to return to the base.

  • Incredibly, the lights continue to put on their lightshow, with one even flying over

  • the airbase and being spotted by the Colonel and his men beaming a light down to an unspecified

  • location on the base.

  • Shortly after the incident, the British Ministry of Defense and the United States Office of

  • Special Investigations conducted an investigation into the incident, declaring that there existed

  • nothing of any notable concern that had occurred that night.

  • Many, including Colonel Halt himself, believe that the governments of the United States

  • and Great Britain covered up the incident and suppressed much of the evidence, though

  • the Colonel's own recording was kept safe and released to the public in the 2000s.

  • Much of the physical evidence, such as indentations at the landing site and radiation counts recorded

  • by Colonel Halt and his team would be explained away as being nothing more than rabbit burrows

  • or normal background radiation spikes.

  • However, if we are to believe Colonel Halt's version of events, then this might be nothing

  • more than disinformation meant to silence any discussion about the incident, or to at

  • least ruin the credibility of the witnesses.

  • In the end, the best evidence we have is the Colonel's tape itself, and it's clear on the

  • tape that whatever happened that night, a half-dozen American airmen, and a deputy commander

  • of an American air base, all believed that they were truly witnessing physical phenomenon

  • taking place before their very eyes.

  • Whether it was alien or not, or perhaps simply a mass delusion, we may never know.

  • Wanna see more evidence of military encounters with extraterrestrials?

  • Check out Actual Video of US Military Intercepting UFOs, or check out this other video instead!

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