Has North Devon been visited by aliens? In Britain s X-Files ,a number of apparent sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects have been witnessed in the skies above Barnstaple and Bideford. The strange occurrences are all detailed in the 1978 to 1987 UFO
Has North Devon been visited by aliens? In Britain's X-Files ,a number of apparent sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects have been witnessed in the skies above Barnstaple and Bideford. The strange occurrences are all detailed in the 1978 to 1987 UFO national archives, which have been released by the Ministry of Defence following a large number of requests under the Freedom of Information Act.On one particularly spooky night in May, 1985, RAF Chivenor received an unusual number of reports of apparent UFO sightings.Between 11pm and midnight on Tuesday, May 28 mysterious lights were witnessed across the clear Devonshire skies.The most detailed report spoke of an object the size of a Sea King helicopter and a set of lights in what appeared to be a race track pattern.The witness, an RAF Corporal saw two sets of lights extremely close together and described their formation as better than that of the Red Arrows.In Newton Tracey and Bideford three tiers of white, red and green lights were seen silently lighting up the sky.On the same night, Exeter police also received similar reports of an object travelling between Taunton and Exeter and clusters of light flickering over South Brent. Another UFO sighting in the same month was described in a letter sent to the Ministry of Defence from a Barnstaple resident.The witness, who had an interest in UFOs, told of a large cylindrical object with a light at each end approaching from the Ilfracombe direction before turning and vanishing.The following year another Corporal reported an object consisting of two large yellow lights connected and preceded by a small white flashing light hovering above Fremington.In October 1987 a Bideford resident claimed to see a white light three to four times bigger than a star heading towards Torrington but vanishing after just a few seconds.