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In a video reportedly obtained by The Sun, an American Army commander makes a startling admission in what’s been referred to as the U.K.’s Roswell incident.
The Rendlesham Forest incident, as its known, took place in December 1980 near Suffolk. Army staff stationed in the area reported seeing a metallic triangle that seemed to be dripping a molten metallic substance. They also saw a light that looked like a large red eye. The sighting was documented via voice, and the senior soldiers also drew images afterward of what they had seen.
In recently uncovered video footage, former base commander Charles Halt admits to the possibility that it was a true UFO encounter. The footage comes from a 2010 documentary on the Rendlesham Forest incident that never ended up airing. In the video, Halt says that the two personnel involved, Staff Sgt. Jim Penniston and Airman John Burroughs, “may have been abducted.” They were “unaccounted for” for hours. The statements seem speculative, merely admitting the possibility of a UFO encounter.
However, given recent developments in the UFO realm, it doesn’t seem as crazy as it may have in the past. The Pentagon recently admitted to having a secret UFO program, the $22 million Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which looked into reports of unidentified flying objects from 2007–2012 (and perhaps still does so today). As many on Twitter pointed out, in a year of strange government moves and resulting headlines, this was one of the more tame government revelations of 2017.
Many UFO incidents have ended up having completely logical explanations, though. In the Rendlesham Forest incident, for example, evidence of the UFO’s landing on the ground was said to be simple rabbit holes. And a November UFO over Southern California turned out to be a test launch of a Trident II missile by the U.S. Navy.
Still, maybe it’s appropriate to dig out that old X-Files “I Want to Believe” poster again.
Christina Bonnington is a tech reporter who specializes in consumer gadgets, apps, and the trends shaping the technology industry. Her work has also appeared in Gizmodo, Wired, Refinery29, Slate, Bicycling, and Outside Magazine. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has a background in electrical engineering.