UFOs ... are they out there?
It will declassify dossiers dating to the late 60s after pressure from flying saucer spotters.
The ‘ufologists’ are now hoping to get to the truth behind some of Britain’s most baffling UFO mysteries.
They include The Cosford Incident – dozens of UFO ‘sightings’ in western Britain in 1993, The Berwyn Mountain Incident when a UFO ‘crashed’ in North Wales in 1974 and The Flying Cross Incident in Devon in 1967 when two cops in a car ‘chased’ a UFO.
It is also hoped they will clear up The Manchester Incident when, in 1995, a BA Boeing 737 was ‘buzzed by a UFO’ and The Rendlesham Incident when a brilliant light plunged into a Suffolk forest on Boxing Day, 1980.
The MoD is releasing the files because Freedom of Information Act data requests by ufologists are taking up too much staff time.
It said it hoped to “counter the maze of rumour. . . over its role in UFO phenomena”.
The files will be available for a fee through the National Archives in Kew.
France put its X Files on the web last year. They can be studied free.