17 February, 2015

Kent's Top 10 UFO Sightings

Data from the National Archives has shown that Dartford is a popular place for Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) - so how does the rest of the county rank?

The term ‘UFO’ was not coined until 1953, by the United States Air Force, as a catch-all phrase for all of these objects. According to the force, a UFO is: “any airborne object which by performance, aerodynamic characteristics, or unusual features, does not conform to any presently known aircraft or missile type, or which cannot be positively identified as a familiar object.” Before this, UFOs were often described as ‘flying saucers’ or ‘flying ‘discs’.

Studies have concluded that most UFO observations are misidentified conventional objects or natural phenomena—most commonly aircraft, balloons, types of clouds, or astronomical objects such as meteors or bright planets - not to mention the small percentage being hoaxes.

Between 5 per cent and 20 per cent of reported sightings are not explained, and therefore can be classified as unidentified in the strictest sense. Despite various studies concluding that these flying objects don’t pose any threats to national security, or merit further scientific study, interest remains strong.

Here we list the top ten sightings of UFOs in Kent.

Number 1
DATE: January 6 2012
TIME: 1pm
Two mysterious floating objects were captured on film by an unsuspecting snapper as they drifted over Chatham. The strange orbs, or very similar ones, were later sighted in Essex.
The first image was captured by Ernestas Griksas, 21, who was taking a picture of a cherry-picker outside his home in Chatham at around 1pm. He didn’t notice the bizarre apparition until afterwards, when looking at the pictures.
Speaking at the time, Mr Griksas said: “There are two white discs I can’t explain. I’m nowhere near a flightpath. One is slightly fainter as if it is further away or going at a different speed.”
Nick Pope used to run the British Government’s UFO Project and is now recognised as one of the world’s leading experts on the subject.
He told Kent News: “Assuming the photos are genuine, they’re very interesting, although with one photo, nothing unusual was seen at the time, which raises the possibility that this was caused by a fault with the camera.
“We could be dealing with some sort of atmospheric plasma phenomenon, or some other rare meteorological effect. Other possibilities include a secret prototype aircraft or drone, though I wouldn’t expect to see them in these sorts of locations.
“It’s difficult to say, now I no longer work at the Ministry of Defence and have no way to access radar data or to get images analysed in a proper, scientific way.”
He added: “The south east is now the hotspot for UFO sightings.”

Number 2
DATE: October 10, 2013
TIME: 12.25pm
An eyewitness identifying himself solely as Nigel gave a detailed statement on a UFO facebook page about his sighting in Tenderten: “We were sitting in the garden, sky was perfectly blue without cloud. I heard a jet flying over, looked up and noticed a a319 easy jet, however approximately 2000/3000ft directly above the jet, there was a completely stationery bright silver object that was metallic in appearance, cylinder shape and other features.
“Aproximately every 15 seconds it would appear to pulse briefly, giving the appearance of vanishing, it would then re-appear in exactly the same position, slightly black briefly before re-gaining the silver tube appearance.
“It was high and I remember thinking surely the jet would have identified another object with radar. We watched it for around 6 minutes when it suddenly completely vanished , no sound and lights of any form.
“I know my planes extremely well, but this for me was stunning sighting on the off chance of looking up and clear skies. It was to high to try a record with my mobile phone. Location wise approximately above Ashford south.”

Number 3
LOCATION: Tenderten
DATE: February 8, 2013
TIME: 1pm
An unidentified flying object was spotted in the skies over Ashford during ‘daylight hours’ according to an eye witness who was driving along the A2070.
The UK UFO sightings website received a witness statement from Martin Davey who says he was a passenger in a car when he spotted what he described as “the strangest object ever”.
In his post on the website he said he saw the UFO heading towards Tenterden just after 1pm, saying “I saw the strangest object ever very low to the ground floating or gliding away from the A2070 towards Tenterden direction.
“It was huge and how something that size flies is a mystery. It looked like an upside-down sharp-edged metal flower.”
“It was like a dark tin foil colour and smooth with a line of dots along the base of the bottom of the top bud. I watched for maybe a minute in utter disbelief at what I was looking at as it was nothing like I’ve seen before.”
Mr Davey described how the unidentified object went out of view as he passed some bushes and then disappeared.

Number 4
LOCATION: Dartford
DATE: Summer 1998
TIME: n/a
Irene Brennan gave an account of a bizarre light she saw drifting in the aky around Dartford: “I was driving down to Maidstone in Kent from Suffolk (in the evening) and somewhere on the road after the Dartford tunnel I noticed a bright light in the sky that seemed to be staying in the same place all the time,” she said.
“It stayed in the same position for quite a long while as I drove down the motorway and I approached it and literally drove underneath whatever it was.
“[It] was triangular shaped with lights at each corner and as I looked up I could see that the underside of the object was divided into sections. I wondered if it could have been a Harrier or the “invisible” Stealth bomber or something but I didn’t see any wheels hanging down, just the lights at the corner of the triangle”.

Number 5
LOCATION: Tonbridge
DATE: June 5, 2008
TIME: 12.55am.
Government documents released in 2009 revealed that defence officials had examined a report of a UFO seen over Tonbridge the previous June.
The Ministry of Defence releases details of UFO sightings every year.
The Tonbridge sighting took place on June 5 at approximately 12.55am, with an unidentified eyewitness saying that: “An object was flying around in circles at aeroplane level and sounded like an industrial train. There was a strange flashing on the object.”
That was not the end of the incident - just over three weeks later on June 28, a further sighting was reported, with the location specified only as Kent.

Link: http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/top_ten_kent_ufos_have_they_been_spotted_in_your_area_1_3958024


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