Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident 1980

One, if not the most infamous UFO Alien sightings of modern times, comes to us from Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk England. No self respecting UFO Alien sighting site should be without dedicated pages to this unique incident and we here at UK Area 51 are no different.

Given the vast amount of information now in the public domain surrounding this event shortly after midnight on December 27, 1980, we have decided to make our analysis and comment a serial publication. We make a start with the report filed from Lt Colonel Halt as released by the MoD (Ministry of Defense) to give you a taster of what was experienced by him and other members of his team that night. We will also be analyzing further many original MoD documents including the tape recording Lt Colonel Halt made during his walk into Rendlesham Forest that cold and foggy night and providing our unique steer on these events culminating in one of the best evidential UFO sightings of all time.

So, to kick things off here is an actual transcript of Col Halts report of these events (recently released from the MoD under the freedom of information act) following his experiences in Rendlesham Forest on the night of December 27, 1980…..

Subject: Unexplained Lights

To: RAF/CC

Early in the morning of 27 Dec 80 (approximately 0300L), two USAF security police patrolmen saw unusual lights outside the back gate at RAF Woodbridge. Thinking an aircraft might have crashed or been forced down, they called for permission to go outside the gate to investigate.The on duty flight chief responded and allowed three patrolmen to proceed on foot. The individuals reported seeing a strange glowing object in the forest. The object was described as being metallic in appearance and triangular in shape, approximately two to three meters across the base and approximately two meters high.

It illuminated the entire forest with a white light. The object itself had a pulsating red light on top and a bank(s) of blue lights underneath. The object was hovering or on three legs. As the patrolmen approached the object, it maneuvered through the trees and disappeared. At this time the animals on a nearby farm went into a frenzy. The object was briefly sighted approximately an hour later near the back gate.

2. The next day, three depressions 1 1/2″ deep and 7″ in diameter were found where the object had been sited on the ground. The following night (29 Dec 80) the area was checked for radiation. Beta/Gamma readings of 0.1 milliroengens were recorded with peak readings in the three depressions and near the centre of the triangle formed by the depressions. A nearby tree had moderate (.05 – .07) readings on the side of the tree towards the depressions.

3. Later in the night a red sun-like light was seen through the trees. It moved about and pulsed. At one point it appeared to throw off glowing particles and then broke into five separate white objects and then disappeared. Immediately thereafter, three star-like objects were noticed in the sky, two objects to the north and one to the south, all of which were about 10 degrees off the horizon. The objects moved rapidly in sharp angular movements and displayed red, green and blue lights. The objects to the north remained in the sky for an hour or more. The object to the south was visible for two or three hours and beamed down a stream of light from time to time. Numerous individuals, including the undersigned (Lt Col Halt), witnessed the activities in paragraph 2 and 3.

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In our first part of the alledged alien landing at the Bentwaters RAF Woodbridge base in Rendlesham Forest we looked at the original report filed by Lt Colonel Charles Halt of the united states air force.

In this report, the Colonel suggested that on the 28th December 1981 he and other USAF personnel witnessed an alien craft landing in the Rendlesham Forest woods just outside the military base. In this installment of the Rendlesham Forest incident we will dissect this report further.

Contrary to the dates provided on the report it would appear that the initial event actually took place on the night of the 26th December 1980. Local Suffolk Police were called to the scene at 4.11am on the 26th December 1980 to view for themselves the unidentified lights hovering in the sky and forest of Rendlesham. The police report on record suggests that nothing of significance was observed at the time other than the lights emanating from the local Orfordness light house.

A further visit to the site from the local Suffolk Police was undertaken on the morning of the 27th December to observe the ‘landing marks’ sighted within the forest itself. It is reported that the officers attending assumed the three depressions in the ground to have been caused by Rabbits.

The conflicting dates recorded by that of Colonel Charles Halt and the local Police force bear further scrutiny. You would be forgiven for thinking that a highky ranked Lt. Colonel in the USAF would be in a position to correctly identify dates in which arguably a significant event in his life was observed. However, in this case it appears not. This raises further questions regarding the motives for inputting the incorrect dates of the sightings.

It is noted that on the 26th December 1981 the overall commander of the Woodbridge base, commander Gordon Williams was present on the 26th and some references to himself and others confiscating evidence obtained at the site is known. Several portable cameras were being used by witnesses of the event and it is understood that this evidence along with soil samples taken from the landing site were also confiscated by Gordon Williams.

To surmise for a moment upon these conflicting dates; could the reason behind these statistical errors be due to some form of disinformation to render reliable evidence inadmissible?

Consider this;

Investigation of the released MoD files show that inquiries around the radar reports of the 27th & 28th of December 1980 drew a blank in terms of confirmed sightings of unidentified flying objects. It is now however known that the dates from which this information was requested are now incorrect meaning that they (the MoD) were looking at the wrong information.

As I say perhaps the dates were deliberately changed to ensure that any British investigation focused on the wrong time frame….In our first part of the alledged alien landing at the Bentwaters RAF Woodbridge base in Rendlesham Forest we looked at the original report filed by Lt Colonel Charles Halt of the united states air force.

In this report, the Colonel suggested that on the 28th December 1981 he and other USAF personnel witnessed an alien craft landing in the Rendlesham Forest woods just outside the military base. In this installment of the Rendlesham Forest incident we will dissect this report further.

Contrary to the dates provided on the report it would appear that the initial event actually took place on the night of the 26th December 1980. Local Suffolk Police were called to the scene at 4.11am on the 26th December 1980 to view for themselves the unidentified lights hovering in the sky and forest of Rendlesham. The police report on record suggests that nothing of significance was observed at the time other than the lights emanating from the local Orfordness light house.

A further visit to the site from the local Suffolk Police was undertaken on the morning of the 27th December to observe the ‘landing marks’ sighted within the forest itself. It is reported that the officers attending assumed the three depressions in the ground to have been caused by Rabbits.

The conflicting dates recorded by that of Colonel Charles Halt and the local Police force bear further scrutiny. You would be forgiven for thinking that a highky ranked Lt. Colonel in the USAF would be in a position to correctly identify dates in which arguably a significant event in his life was observed. However, in this case it appears not. This raises further questions regarding the motives for inputting the incorrect dates of the sightings.

It is noted that on the 26th December 1981 the overall commander of the Woodbridge base, commander Gordon Williams was present on the 26th and some references to himself and others confiscating evidence obtained at the site is known. Several portable cameras were being used by witnesses of the event and it is understood that this evidence along with soil samples taken from the landing site were also confiscated by Gordon Williams.

To surmise for a moment upon these conflicting dates; could the reason behind these statistical errors be due to some form of disinformation to render reliable evidence inadmissible?

Consider this;

Investigation of the released MoD files show that inquiries around the radar reports of the 27th & 28th of December 1980 drew a blank in terms of confirmed sightings of unidentified flying objects. It is now however known that the dates from which this information was requested are now incorrect meaning that they (the MoD) were looking at the wrong information.

As I say perhaps the dates were deliberately changed to ensure that any British investigation focused on the wrong time frame….

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Following on from our earlier installments of the infamous Rendlesham Forest UFO encounter we now look at the tape recording made by Colonel Halt and his team of men whom bravely ventured into Rendlesham Forest on the night of 28th December 1980 (not the 29th December as indicated within Colonel Halt’s report).

I have little doubt as to the authenticity of this recording given the palpable trepidation, anxiousness and in some cases fear which are evident in the recordings which are in my view impossible to fake.So, sit back and delve your senses into one of the most notorious UFO sightings of our time. Over the coming weeks we will analysis this transcript in more detail and focus upon some of the more intriguing aspects of their discoveries that night….

Full Transcript of Lt Colonel Halt and other officers of the USAF taken from the original recording.

LT COLONEL HALT: 150 feet or more from the initial, I should say suspected impact point. Having a little difficulty, we can’t get the light-all to work. There seems to be some kind of mechanical problem. Let’s send back and get another light-all. Meantime, we’re gonna take some readings from the Geiger counter, and err, chase around the area a little bit waiting for another light-all to come out again.

SGT BUSTINZA: … to security control… that’s mark… 155… number…

LT COLONEL HALT: OK, we’re now approaching an area within about 25-30 feet. What kind of readings are we getting… err…

SGT NEVILLES: Just minor clicks,

LT. COLONEL HALT: Minor clicks.

LT COLONEL HALT: What are the impressions?

SGT NEVILLES: Just one, but…

LT COLONEL HALT: Is that all the bigger they are?

SGT NEVILLES: Well, there’s one more well defined over here.

SGT BUSTINZA: …Sergeant Bustinza to security control…

LT COLONEL HALT: We’re still getting clicks

SGT BUSTINZA: … Sergeant Bustinza. Well we’re outta gas… we’re at east gate…east gate, over

LT COLONEL HALT: Can you read that on the scale?

SGT NEVILLES: Yes Sir. We’re now on a five tenths scale and we’re reading about..er..third, fourth…

LT COLONEL HALT: OK, we’re still comfortably safe here?

SGT BUSTINZA: you don’t have a light-all or … or anything… duty security. Can you hear me?… Sergeant… a light all, with gas please.

LT ENGLUND: We’re still getting minor readings… we’re getting a good indentation.

SGT BUSTINZA: … security D to security.

SGT NEVILLES: This one’s dead.

LT ENGLUND: Let’s go to the third one over here.

SGT NEVILLES: Sort of, whatever it is.

SGT BUSTINZA: … Sergeant Bustinza … security…

SGT NEVILLES: Yes, now getting some residual.

LT. COLONEL HALT: How can you read that? The meters definitely giving off pulse.

LT ENGLUND: About the center.

LT COLONEL HALT: Yes, I was gonna say, let’s go to the center of the area next, see what kind of reading we get out there. Keep reading the clicks. I can’t hear the clicks. Guess you all… is that about center .

LT ENGLUND: Yes

LT COLONEL HALT: OK let’s go to the center.

SGT NEVILLES: Yes I’m getting more…

LT COLONEL HALT: That’s about the best deflection of the needle I’ve seen yet. OK, can you do an estimation? We’re on a point five scale, we’re getting… having trouble reading the scale.

LT ENGLUND: At err, approximately 0125 hours.

SGT NEVILLES: We’re getting rad at err a half a millirem

UNKNOWN VOICE: Chuck.

LT COLONEL HALT: … best point, I haven’t seen it go any higher.

LT ENGLUND: Well, it’s still flying around.

LT COLONEL HALT: OK we’ll go out toward the…

LT ENGLUND: Now it’s picking up…

LT COLONEL HALT: This out toward the indentation were we first got the strongest reading. It’s similar to what we got in the center.

SGT NEVILLES: Right near the pod. It’s right near the center.

LT ENGLUND: This looks like an area here across where there could be a blast. It’s in the center.

LT ENGLUND: It jumped up towards seven…

LT COLONEL HALT: What?

LT ENGLUND: It just jumped towards seven tenths there.

LT COLONEL HALT: Seven tenths, right there in the center?

LT ENGLUND: Ah, Ah.

LT COLONEL HALT: We found a small blast what looks like a blasted or scruffed up area here. We’re getting very positive readings. Let’s see, is that near the center?

LT ENGLUND: Yes it is.

SGT NEVILLES: Well, we assume it is..

LT ENGLUND: This is right in the center… dead center…

SGT NEVILLES: picking up more as you go along the whole area there now…

LT COLONEL HALT: Up to seven tenths…

SGT BUSTINZA:… 55, this is our last call…

LT COLONEL HALT: … or seven units. It’s going on the point five scale.

LT COLONEL HALT: OK why don’t we do this, why don’t we make a sweep now I’ve got my gloves on now. Let’s make a sweep out around the whole area about ten foot out and make a perimeter run around it, starting right back at here at the corner, back at the same first corner where we came in. Let’s go right back here… now I’m gonna have to depend upon you counting the clicks.

LT ENGLUND: Right.

LT COLONEL HALT: OK, get the light-all on it.

LT ENGLUND: Lets sweep around it.

SGT NEVILLES: It was flying.

LT COLONEL HALT: Put it on the ground every once in a while.

BACKGROUND: We have lights nearby…

LT ENGLUND: This looks like an abrasion on the tree…

LT COLONEL HALT: OK, we’ll catch that on the way back, let’s go around.

LT ENGLUND: We’re getting interest right over here. It looks like it’s an abrasion pointing into the center…

LT COLONEL HALT: It is.

LT ENGLUND: … of the landing area.

LT COLONEL HALT: it may be old though. There’s some sap marks or something like that. Let’s go on back around.

UNKNOWN VOICE: Err…

SGT NEVILLES: It also gives some extension on it.

LT COLONEL HALT: Hey, this is an awkward thing to use, isn’t it?

SGT NEVILLES: Normally you see I carry it on my… on my ears but this one broke.

LT COLONEL HALT: Are we getting any further? I’m gonna shut this recorder off until we find something.

SGT NEVILLES: Picking up

LT COLONEL HALT: Pickin up. What are we up to? We’re up to two-three units deflection. You’re getting in close to the pod?

SGT NEVILLES: Picking up something… picking up.

LT COLONEL HALT: OK. It’s still not going above three to four units.

SGT NEVILLES: Picking up more though, more frequent.

LT COLONEL HALT: Yes, you’re staying – you’re staying steady up around two to three to four units now.

SGT BUSTINZA: 155

LT ENGLUND: Each one of these trees is facing at a blast, what we assume is a landing site, all have abrasion facing in the same direction towards the center. The same…

LT COLONEL HALT: Let’s go around a circle here. Turn back down here.

MASTER SGT BALL: Try the other tree.

SGT NEVILLES: Picking up something …a …

LT COLONEL HALT: Let me see that. You know I’ve got a funny … you’re worried about the abrasion. I’ve never seen a tree that’s, err…

MASTER SERGEANT BALL: That’s a small sap mark.

LT COLONEL HALT: I’ve never seen a pine tree that’s been damaged, react that fast.

SGT NEVILLES: You got a bottle to put that in?

LT COLONEL HALT: You got a sample bottle?

LT ENGLUND: Yes put out the… that’s for the soil sample… .

SGT NEVILLES: Yes Sir.

LT COLONEL HALT: From now on let’s let’s…

LT ENGLUND: You’ll notice they’re all at the same…

LT COLONEL HALT: Let’s, lets, lets identify that as point number one. That stake there. So you all know where it is if we have to sketch it. You got that Sergeant Nevilles?

SGT NEVILLES: Yes Sir. Closest to the Woodbridge…

LT COLONEL HALT: Closest to the Woodbridge base.

SGT NEVILLES: Be point one?

LT COLONEL HALT: Be point one. Let’s go clockwise from there.

SGT NEVILLES: Point two?

LT ENGLUND: Go ahead…

LT COLONEL HALT: Point two. So this tree is between two and point three.

MASTER SGT BALL: Burroughs and two other personnel requesting … riding on a jeep, that err, your location.

LT COLONEL HALT: Tell them negative at this time. We’ll tell them when they can come out here. We don’t want them out here right now.

LT COLONEL HALT: OK the sample, you gonna want this sample number one? Have em cut it off, include some of that sap and all… is between indentation two and three on a pine tree about err… about five feet away… about three and half feet off the ground.

SGT NEVILLES: …I’ll just put it in there for now, I’ve got some more…

LT COLONEL HALT: There’s a round abrasion on the tree about three and a half, four inches diameter. It looks like it might be old, but er, strange there’s a crystalline…pine sap that’s come that fast.

SGT FRAIL:… Sergeant Frail…

LT COLONEL HALT: You say there are other trees that are damaged in a similar fashion?

LT ENGLUND:…center of the landing site….

LT COLONEL HALT: OK, why don’t you take a picture of that and remember your picture. Hey, I hope you’re writing this down. It’s gonna be on the tape.

SGT NEVILLES: You got a tape measure with you?

LT COLONEL HALT: This is your picture, the first picture will be at the first tree, the one between err… mark two and three. Meantime, I’m gonna look at a couple of those trees over here.

UNKNOWN VOICE: We are getting some…

LT COLONEL HALT: We are getting readings on the tree. You’re taking samples from on the side facing the suspected landing site?

LT ENGLUND: Four clicks max.

LT COLONEL HALT: Up to four. Interesting. That’s right were you’re taking the sample now.

LT ENGLUND: Four.

LT COLONEL HALT: That’s the strongest point on the tree?

SGT NEVILLES: Yes sir, and if you come to the back, there’s no clicks whatsoever.

LT COLONEL HALT: No clicks at all in the back.

SGT NEVILLES: Maybe one or two.

LT COLONEL HALT: It’s all on the side facing the… interesting.

LT COLONEL HALT: Looks like it f… twisted as it got… as it sat down on it, looks like something twisted it from side to side.

LT ENGLUND: Ah, Ah

LT COLONEL HALT: Very strange. We’re at the same tree we took a sample of with this, what do you call it… the starscope.

LT ENGLUND: Ah ah, Stargazer

LT COLONEL HALT: Getting a definite heat reflection off the tree, about three to four feet off the ground?

LT ENGLUND: Yes… the same side in…

LT COLONEL HALT: the same place were the …is

LT ENGLUND: …we’re getting heat directly behind us. I think we got the same thing off to your right.

LT COLONEL HALT: There are three trees in the area immediately adjacent to the site within ten feet of the suspected landing site; we’re picking up heat reflection off the trees.

LT ENGLUND: Shine the light on that .

LT COLONEL HALT: What’s that again?

LT ENGLUND: Well, shine the light on again Bob

LT COLONEL HALT: Why, you having trouble finding it… turn the light on.

LT ENGLUND: … then when you want em you’ll notice the white

LT COLONEL HALT: Hey…

LT COLONEL HALT: You’re right there’s a white streak on the tree.

LT ENGLUND: Indicates er…

LT COLONEL HALT: Let’s turn around and look at this tree over here now. Just a second. Watch, because you’re right in front of the tree. I can see it. OK, give me a little side light so I can find the tree. OK, ahh…

SGT BUSTINZA: Alpha 2 security…

LT COLONEL HALT: I’ve lost the tree.

LT COLONEL HALT: OK stop! Stop! Light off. Hey, this is eerie.

MASTER SGT BALL: Why don’t you do the pods spots…

LT COLONEL HALT: This is strange! Hey, does anyone wanna look at the spots on the ground? Whoops! Watch you don’t step…

BACKGROUND: Five beeps from a vehicle arriving on the scene.

LT COLONEL HALT: … you’re walking all over them. OK, let’s step back and don’t walk all over em. Come back here – somebody and put a beam on em. You’re gonna have to be back about ten, fifteen feet. You see it …

LT ENGLUND: OK fine…

LT COLONEL HALT: OK, lights off.

LT COLONEL HALT: What do you think about the spot?

LT COLONEL HALT: Yeah.

LT COLONEL HALT: … ready at the first spot? OK, that’s what we’ll call spot number three. Let’s go in the back corner and get spot number one. Spot number one, here’s spot number one right there, spot number one right there. Do you need some light? There it is right here. … you focused?

SGT NEVILLES: Focused.

LT COLONEL HALT: OK… looking at spot number one through the starlight scope.

LT ENGLUND: Picking up a slight increase in light as I go over it.

LT COLONEL HALT: Slight increase in light in spot number one. Let’s go look at spot number two. Spot number two’s right over here. Right here, see it?

LT ENGLUND:… Slight increase.

LT COLONEL HALT: OK, get focused on it. Tell me when, OK lights on. Let’s see what we get on it.

LT ENGLUND: Slight increase.

LT COLONEL HALT: Just a slight increase?

LT ENGLUND: Try the center.

LT COLONEL HALT: The center spot, not really center, slightly off center. It’s right there.

LT ENGLUND: Right here.

LT COLONEL HALT: OK, we’re gonna get your reading on it right there.

LT ENGLUND: OK.

LT COLONEL HALT: Tell me when you’re ready.

LT ENGLUND: Ready.

LT COLONEL HALT: OK lights on. It’s the center spot we’re looking at now; almost the center.

LT ENGLUND: Getting a slight increase.

LT COLONEL HALT: Slight increase there. This is slightly off center toward the err… one – two side. It’s er… some type of abrasion or something in the ground were the pine needles are pushed back were we get a high radiact… err high reading about a deflection of er, two to three, maybe four, depending on the point of it.

LT ENGLUND: Someone wanna check it?

SGT NEVILLES: Yes.

LT COLONEL HALT: Are you sure there’s a positive after effect? SGT NEVILLES: Yes, there is, definitely. That’s on the center spot, there is an after effect.

LT ENGLUND: What does that mean?

SGT NEVILLES: It means that when the lights are turned off, once we all focused in, allowed time for the eyes to adjust, we are getting an indication of heat source coming out of that center spot… as err… which will show up on the …

LT COLONEL HALT: Heat or some form of energy, it’s hardly heat at this stage of the game.

SGT NEVILLES: But it is still heat…

LT COLONEL HALT: Looking directly overhead, one can see an opening in the trees, plus some freshly broken pine branches on the ground underneath. Looks like some of them came off about fifteen to twenty feet up. Some small branches about inch or less in diameter.

LT COLONEL HALT: 01.48. We’re hearing some strange sounds out of the farmers…

SGT NEVILLES: Twenty eight… seven…

LT COLONEL HALT: … barnyard animals. They’re very very active and making an awful lot of noise.

SGT NEVILLES: … definite pigmentation…

LT COLONEL HALT: You saw a light? Slow down. Where, where?

SGT NEVILLES: Right on this position here. Straight ahead in between the trees…

LT ENGLUND: There it is again… beginning of the gap… right there

SGT NEVILLES: It throw the hell off my flashlight there.

LT COLONEL HALT: Hey I see it too. What is it?

SGT NEVILLES: We don’t know sir.

LT COLONEL HALT: OK, it’s a strange small red light, looks to be out maybe a quarter – half mile, maybe further out. I’m gonna switch off for a…

LT COLONEL HALT: The light is gone now. It was approximately 120 degrees from the site.

SGT NEVILLES: It’s back again.

LT COLONEL HALT: Is it back again?

SGT NEVILLES: Yes sir.

LT COLONEL HALT: Well douse flashlights then. Let’s go back to the edge of the clearing then, so we can get a better look at it. See if you can get the starscope on it. The light’s still there and all the barnyard animals have gotten quiet now. We’re heading about 110 -120 degrees from the site, out through the clearing now. Still getting a reading on the meter about 2 clicks. Needles jumped 3-4 clicks getting stronger.

SGT NEVILLES: Now it’s stopped. Now it’s coming up. Hold on, here we go. Now it’s coming up about approximately 4 foot off the ground. The compass has 110 degrees.

LT COLONEL HALT: Right, I just turned the meter off. Better say that again, about 4 feet off the ground, about a 110 degrees, getting the reading of about 4 clicks.

SERGEANT NEVILLES: Yes sir… Cough; excuse me, now it’s died.

LT COLONEL HALT: I … I think it’s something here on the ground. I think it’s something… very large…

SGT NEVILLES: … a tree right over…

LT COLONEL HALT: We just bumped into the first light that we’ve seen. We’re about a 150 -200 yards from the site. Everything else is just deathly calm. There’s no doubt about it, there’s some kind of strange flashing red light ahead.

SGT NEVILLES: Yeah, It’s yellow.

LT COLONEL HALT: I saw a yellow tinge in it too. Weird. It appears to be making a little bit this way?

SGT NEVILLES: Yes sir.

LT COLONEL HALT: It’s brighter than it has been…It’s coming this way. It’s definitely coming this way.

MASTER SERGEANT BALL: Pieces are shooting off.

LT COLONEL HALT: Pieces of it are shooting off.

MASTER SERGEANT BALL: at about 11 o clock…

LT COLONEL HALT: There’s no doubt about it; this is weird.

MASTER SGT BALL: Look to the left

SGT NEVILLES: There’s two lights. One light to the right and one light to the left.

LT COLONEL HALT: Keep your flash light off. There’s something very very strange. Check the headset out see if it gets any stronger. Give us…

SGT NEVILLES: OK, I have an indication that this is a vague reading too

LT COLONEL HALT: A vague reading?

SGT NEVILLES: The cable has been removed

LT COLONEL HALT: OK… pieces are falling off it again

MASTER SERGEANT BALL: It just moved to the right… went off to the right

LT COLONEL HALT: Yeah … strange, Auh.

LT ENGLUND: Went off to the right.

LT COLONEL HALT: Strange. Ahhh. One again left. Let’s approach the edge of the woods at that point. Can we do without lights? Let’s do it carefully, come on.. OK we’re looking at the thing, we’re probably about 2-3 hundred yards away. It looks like an eye winking at you, it’s still moving from side to side and when we put the starscope on it, it’s sort of a hollow center right, a dark center, it’s…

LT ENGLUND: It’s like a pupil…

LT COLONEL HALT: It’s like the pupil of an eye looking at you, winking . … and the flash is so bright to the starscope, that err… it almost burns your eye.

LT COLONEL HALT: We’ve passed the farmer’s house and are crossing the next field and we now have multiple sightings of up to five lights with a similar shape and all, but they seem steady rather than pulsating a glow with a red flash. We’ve just crossed the creek…

LT ENGLUND: Here we go…

LT COLONEL HALT: What kinda readings are we getting now? We’re getting three good clicks on the meteor and we’re seeing strange lights in the sky.

LT COLONEL HALT: 2.44: We’re at the far side of the farmers, the second farmers field and made sighting again about 110 degrees. This looks clear out to the coast. It’s right on the horizon. Moves about a bit and flashes from time to time. Still steady and red in color. Also, after negative readings in the field, we’re picking up slight readings 4-5 clicks now on the meter.

LT COLONEL HALT: 3.05: We see strange err, strobe like flashes to the err … almost sporadic, but there’s definitely something there, some kind of phenomena. 3.05: At about err… 10 degrees horizon err directly north, we got two strange objects, err …half moon shape, dancing about with colored lights on them. but err. it has to be about 5-10 miles out, maybe less. The half moons have now turned into full circles as though there was an eclipse or something there for a minute or two.

LT COLONEL HALT: 3.15: Now we’ve got an object about ten degrees directly south…

SGT NEVILLES: There’s one to the left.

LT COLONEL HALT: 10 degrees off the horizon, and the ones to the north are moving, one’s moving away from us.

SGT NEVILLES: It’s moving out fast.

LT COLONEL HALT: They’re moving out fast.

MASTER SGT BALL: There’s one on the right heading away too.

LT COLONEL HALT: Yeah, they’re both heading north. Hey, here he comes from the south; he’s coming in toward us now.

MASTER SERGEANT BALL: Shit.

LT COLONEL HALT: Now were observing what appears to be a beam coming down to the ground.

MASTER SGT BALL: Look at the colors… shit

LT COLONEL HALT: This is unreal.

LT COLONEL HALT: 3.30: And the objects are still in the sky, although the one to the south looks like it’s loosing a little bit of altitude. We’re turning around and heading back toward the base. The object to the sou… the object to the south is still beaming down lights to the ground.

LT COLONEL HALT: 0:400 Hours one object still hovering over the Woodbridge base at about 5-10 degrees off the horizon. Still moving erratic and similar lights beaming down as earlier.

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In our next installment of the infamous Rendlesham Forest UFO incident we further examine the transcript of the original audio recording made by Colonel Charles Halt of the USAF whom along with several men experienced something strange in the woods over two cold days in December 1980.

The original audio recording provides us with a fascinating insight into their investigation into the woods and today we examine some of the comments made and the equipment used during their investigation to better understand the clarity of the situation.

The Geiger Counter

It is important to look at this equipment in more detail given the emphasis on the readings (and the implications of such) produced that night. The Geiger counter used by the US air force was a type which was primarily used for only high level readings and as such, was not designed to capture accurately the type and size of the readings given the scale of the readout display which would have been small at the bottom end of the meter.

The readings recorded that night varied from 0.1 – 0.7 and evidence within the released UFO files provide us with some interesting comparison information of these readings. Nick Pope whom was the MoD’s operative charged to investigate UFO sightings and investigated this case, wrote to Defence Radiological Protection Service to ascertain whether these readings were unusual.

Their reply stated that normal background radiation levels would vary dependent upon many factors however the readings recorded that night of between 0.1-0.7 milliroentgers (nr) per hour were significantly higher than the average background levels of 0.015 nr. Further, their reply stated that they would not expect background readings to be any more than a factor of two.

If the meter readings from the somewhat limited equipment were producing the correct levels then there was a significant increase in radioactive levels in the forest that night way above normal levels. However, given the limited nature of the equipment in determining an accurate reading we have to accept this evidence with a certain amount of skepticism.

Starlight Scope

The equipment used in the Rendlesham Forest investigation was known as the Starlight Scope (also referred to as Stargazer and Starscope) which in essence was a hand held night vision scope allowing users to see at night using moonlight or starlight. There are many references to this equipment within the transcript including when looking at the unidentified lights which ‘burned the eye’ as they placed the scope upon the object. Given what they were focusing upon appeared to be a light the effects produced by the scope would not be considered unusual however, the readings identified at the ‘landing site’ primarily among the two trees identified are to be considered unusual given the retention of light, and in this case, heat traces which you would not expect from a dormant tree.

Unexplained Lights

Towards the end of the transcript Colonel Halt and his men encountered a large light in amongst the trees of Rendlesham Forest. They describe the light as a ‘pupil’ ‘winking at you’ and further comment suggests that ‘pieces are shooting off it’. The Starlight scope also produced some interesting information in relation to the lights given Halt’s comments around the ‘hollow’ nature of the light when viewing with the equipment. This effectively tells us that the centre of the light was not producing any discernible effects whereas the circumference was producing some form of a ring of light giving the impression of the pupil of an eye. It appears the light was pulsating/flashing at points which I understand is where the ‘winking’ effect was produced through the scope and by the naked eye.

These lights and the detailed description of these events endured a high degree of scrutiny after the event was made public. The mainstream explanation was the nearby lighthouse of Orford Ness which was in a direct path to the UFO landing site. However the lighthouse in question is some 6 miles away and although would have produced some degree of light through the trees in my view does not explain the impact that these lights had upon the men witnessing them. The clear strength of the UFO, the knowledge of the local area of the men present (they knew the lighthouse location and not once was this mentioned as a possible explanation anywhere within the transcript) and the professional nature of the witness in my mind does not intimate that what they were witnessing was indeed a lighthouse beam some 6 miles away..,.

I am sure you will agree the transcript is one of the most interesting aspects of the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident and provides us with a unique insight into the walk into the woods with these men witnessing something quite extraordinary.

In our next installment we will look at the resulting investigation including an internal letter from the UK MoD confirming that a UFO indeed did land in Rendlesham Forest that night which in addition, contained alien life forms…….

UFO Sightings – Aliens