Wed May 05, 2021 6:59 am
I've seen an object which was flying that I could not identify. Do I think it was bug-eyed monsters from outer space? I do not.
It was in the mid-nineties, when I lived in a house which had, until just a few years before, housed members of the United States Air Force serving at Royal Air Force Bentwaters. The back of my house looked out in the direction of the entrance to the old base, the main runway, Cold War hardened aircraft shelters and, in the far distance, the old top secret site on Orford Ness and the antenna arrays of the abandoned Cobra Mist Top Secret over-the-horizon radar experiment.
One night between Christmas and New Year, I stepped out into my back garden to smoke a last cigarette before going to bed. The sky that night was half-covered by cloud with stars visible through the gaps. Over the trees I saw two white lights, it looked as though someone had parked a car a few hundred feet above the forest. Slowly, very slowly, the lights moved further apart. Eventually it became apparent that the lights were attached to something which was getting nearer and nearer, flying in a straight line from over the base to my house. Eventually, whatever it was flew over my head.
Of course, it’s not really possible to say if it was a small aircraft low down or a huge one much higher up because there was nothing to give it scale. The impression I had, though, was of a B-52 bomber on final approach; a B-52 has a wingspan of 56 metres. This wasn’t a B-52; it was a dark, kite-shaped aircraft with the blunter end moving forward with a white light on each, for want of a better description, wing-tip.
It flew over the top of my house but made no sound, none at all, not even the sound a glider would make rushing over your head. It moved very slowly. I ran to the front window and watched it carry on in a roughly north-westerly direction until it just disappeared from sight as it got further away, never deviating from its course or, apparently, changing speed.
I have no idea what it was. It was an object, it was flying, I can’t identify it. Therefore, it was a UFO. Beyond that I have no real idea; my very best guess would be that an American pilot who had previously stationed at RAF Bentwaters, was flying some kind of experimental aircraft, details of which have still not been released; I presume that he came to have a look at his old base. But who knows? All I know is that I’ve been mad about aeroplanes since I was seven, I spent hours at airshows and peeping through the wire at airbases as a teenager; I learned to fly at seventeen and joined the Royal Air Force as aircrew at eighteen. I’ve seen a few aircraft in my time and I’ve never seen one like that.
If anyone can identify it, I'd be chuffed.