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Mr Dennis, a man of the utmost credence in Isleham, states quite seriously that on Tuesday night he saw a floating light in the sky. Struck by the unusual spectacle he watched it proceed in a straight light across the railroad and on to Fordham. Mr Dilley, the Newmarket and Isleham carrier was on the road near Fordham at the same time but saw nothing.
Source: Cambridge Weekly News (November 1909)
Extracted from 'A Cambridgeshire Scrapbook' courtesey of Mike Petty, www.mikepetty.org.uk
It happened in the early seventies during the cold season (Unsure of month). I remember, as I was alone and went to bring in some coke/coal for the central heating boiler from a concrete coal box behind the bungalow. It was a cold night and although I lived on the edge of a village (Littleport in Cambridgeshire). The front of the bungalow faced a main road (the A1101) of the village, and the rear faced open flat fields with only very few houses for miles.
Suddenly as I was bending getting the fuel into the scuttle, everything went dead silent, not a sound. At the same time I felt some kind of static electricity over my body which did seem to get slightly more intense as the experience went on. I stood up and naturally faced the open blackness of the fields (it was evening and dark). I immediately saw what I have described over the years as an old fashioned spinning top with what looked like maybe windows or some kind of line markings at the top, almost cone shaped.
This was for many years the only kind of image I had seen that looked like the object I had seen.
It did seem to be spinning but not sure of that. I did feel there was something on top, but can't recall accurately. The colour I have always described as a dirty gold colour. The size is difficult to say but was like a small fist held at arms length, perhaps a large egg size if my arm was stretched out.
I stared for a few moments at the silent object and felt a kind of calmness, but still felt the hairs on my head (I had hair then) bristling and charged in someway. What was possibly only a few seconds did seem like a few minutes ended soon after I considered running to the bungalow and getting a camera, but at that point the object shot straight up and then veered diagonally and out of side in a blink of an eye.
The only other thing in the sky was the silver moon (can't recall the size of the moon now, but was quite large, and don't now recall anything of the stars).
I did tell my parents along with my brother and sister, but due to their unease, the subject was dropped. At that time there was little information available to me but I did start what has turned out to be a life time of research trying to find answers. It was not until I received Haunted skies Volume Two as a Christmas gift from my son, I was mesmerised when on page 254 I saw for the first time an exact reproduction of what I saw that night, even down to that colour (which was described as bronze). In all my years of research I have never seen a more exact image of the object I saw that night. It was most reassuring to know that somebody has at least once seen the same shape in the sky and I was not a bit of a fruit loop as I have been thought of by some.
The commonly cited sequence of events is that recorded in the original Project Blue Book file by the US Air Force, subsequently analyzed by the Condon Committee's report and by atmospheric physicist James E. McDonald.
The incident began at the USAF-tenanted RAF Bentwaters, Suffolk, on the evening of 13 August 1956. This was a dry, largely clear night with, observers noted, an unusually large number of shooting stars, associated with the Perseid meteor shower.
At 21:30, Radar operators at the base tracked a target, appearing similar to a normal aircraft return, approaching the base from the sea at an apparent speed of several thousand miles per hour. They also tracked a group of targets moving slowly to the north-east which merged into a single very large return (several times the strength of that from a B–36) before moving off the scope to the north, as well as a further rapid target proceeding east-west.
A T–33 trainer from the 512th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, crewed by 1st Lieutenants Charles Metz and Andrew Rowe, was directed to investigate the radar contacts, but saw nothing. No visual sightings of the objects were made from Bentwaters in this period with the exception of a single amber star-like object which was subsequently identified as probably being Mars, then low in the south-east.
At 22:55, a target was detected approaching Bentwaters from the east at a speed estimated around 2000–4000 mph. It faded from the scope as it passed over the base (possibly suggesting anomalous propagation as a source for the target, although ground–based radars almost always have a blind spot overhead), reappearing to the west. However, as it passed overhead a rapidly moving white light was observed from the ground, while the pilot of a C–47 at 4000 feet over Bentwaters reported that a similar light had passed beneath his aircraft. At this point, Bentwaters alerted the US-tenanted RAF Lakenheath base, 40 miles to the north–west, to look out for the targets.
Ground personnel at Lakenheath made visual sightings of several luminous objects, including two which arrived, made a sharp change in course, and appeared to merge before moving off. The angular size of these objects was compared to that of a golf ball at arms length, and they were stated to dwindle to pinpoint size as they moved away, an observation which seemed to rule out a bolide or bright meteor.
The final phase of the incident was described in some detail by T/Sgt Forrest Perkins, who was the Watch Supervisor in the Lakenheath Radar Air Traffic Control centre, and who wrote directly to the Condon Committee in 1968. Perkins claimed that two RAF De Havilland Venom interceptors were scrambled and directed towards a radar target near Lakenheath. The pilot of the first Venom achieved contact, but then found that the target manoeuvred behind him and chased the aircraft for a period of around 10 minutes despite the latters taking violent evasive action; Perkins characterized the pilot as "getting worried, excited and also pretty scared".
The Lakenheath-Bentwaters Incident was a series of radar and visual contacts with Unidentified Flying Objects that took place over airbases in eastern England on the night of 13–14 August 1956, involving both RAF and USAF personnel. The incident has since gained some prominence in the literature of ufology and the popular media.
I was just going to bed, and saw what I initially thought was the moon. However it was a bright light about the size of a balloon. This was joined by a second and then a third, and they were quite low down in the sky and heading east. I watched them for a few moments, then went to the front of the house to see if I could see them. They had gone much higher in the sky and they were dimmed. They then became slightly brighter, and lined up equidistantly. By then they were about the size of stars. I watched them until 1.55 a.m. when I went to bed. In that time, there was no sound and they did not move, but the two outside lights faded slightly from time to time. Whilst I was watching, two aircraft passed. The first one was heading north, then a short time later another plane headed west. Presumably they were from either Lakenheath or Mildenhall airbases. I got up about two hours later, and although all the stars were out, these lights were no longer there.
We were having a barbeque the whole family were in the garden lovely sunny evening with a few very high thin clouds which were travelling south to north. I was lying in the hammock when I spotted the dark object travelling high, about 1500 feet maybe. No noise that we could hear it passed over us at a very constant speed which appeared to be quite a bit slower than a plane, it passed directly above us and was travelling in dead straight line counter to the wind. My dad tried to look at it through the telescope and said it looked like it had weird sickle shaped wings, tear drop body and something very small dangling underneath. The effect with the naked eye was rather like a paragliding chute with something in the middle and nothing underneath. Would love to know if any one else saw this! We do live near big American air bases so I see a lot of planes, my dad is a plane nerd and a bird spotter and neither of us had ever seen anything like this.
Driving home from Ely. see black cube shape in the sky it seem to be over Sutton. it was not moving approx 1000ft may be 1/2 mile away, bigger than a house. I thought it was a balloon. but as I got on the long rd to Eirith. near home, I noted no ropes no basket? then looked away for say 2/3 sec, when I look back it was gone? Don't know what it was.
"I was standing in my garden casually looking up at the sky when I saw a very large bright white light moving at a moderate speed heading south west.
At first I thought it was just a satellite but the object stopped and hovered for about 5–10 seconds then continued to move at a much slower speed and then completely disappeared."
The UFO was sighted near the village on Sunday evening and was travelling in the direction of Melbourn.Elizabeth Phillips, of the Causeway, Bassingbourn, said: "My partner rang me after he had been out to collect my son from Melbourn.
"He said he had seen a strange ball of light in the sky, and when I went outside I could see it as well. "It was travelling quite fast and was far too big to be a Chinese lantern or anything like that."
RAF Bassingbourn is a former military airbase located in Cambridgeshire approximately 3 miles (5 km) north of Royston, Hertfordshire and 11 miles (18 km) south west of Cambridge. During World War II it served first as an RAF station and then as a bomber base of the U.S. Eighth Air Force. Now known as Bassingbourn Barracks, it functions as a Phase One recruit training base and is home to Army Training Regiment Bassingbourn.
Gedney, Lincolnshire (close to the Cambs border)
I have just spent the weekend at Laurel Park camp site in Gedney, Lincolnshire near Long Sutton. There were lights that danced about directly above the camp-site forming triangle shapes. They moved very fast.
Doreen Annetts from March said she had seen a similar set of lights as she drove home early on Tuesday morning after dropping her husband off at work.
She spotted the lights over-head as she travelled along the Twenty Foot from Hobbs Lot bridge at around 5am.
Mrs Annetts said the lights were very bright and looked to be in the same formation as those captured on film by a 23–year–old Wisbech man on Monday November 17 and featured in last week's Citizen (local newspaper).
She said: "I knew it wasn't an aeroplane because they usually have various little lights. I'm not somebody who imagines things."
Michael Marshall from Bourne also called to say he had seen the lights. He spotted them from his hill–top home at around 9.15pm on November 18.
He said they had come in from an easterly direction and were moving over Wisbech.
And a Chatteris man said his daughter had captured some lights on her camera phone a couple of months ago.
He said they were coloured and there were lots of them.
A March woman told how she had spotted a bright light track across the sky as she looked out of the bedroom window of her Green Street home.
She had believed it was a shooting star at first but then noticed it was leaving a trail behind it.
She saw it at around 9pm to 9.30pm on Tuesday.
A Wmblington couple also spotted a strange orange light in the sky over their Norfolk Street home.
They spotted it at around 10.55pm on Children in Need night. They said the object moved silently through the sky before suddenly disappearing.
"We get a lot of jets over this area and they are noisy. This was quiet and was quite spooky," said the woman.
And finally Reg Wenn from Chatteris sent in a photo of an object he captured from his home in Acre Fen.
He said: "I have been tracking one of these for over 16 years, it appears in the sky south of my home from time to time, I managed to get a picture of it a few weeks back."
"This thing appears and disappears like switching a light on and off."
UFO Craft caught on cam, when reviewing footage I saw this, just one of many craft and phenomenon in our skies.
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