From midnight on Wednesday, 24 files containing more than 6,000 pages of material can be downloaded from The National Archives UFO page.
Close Encounters of the Second Kind: the latest release of UFO files (18 February) - 5th tranche of Ministry of Defence UFO files by The National Archives.
An unfortunate man from Ebbw Vale, Wales, got more than he bargained for when an unidentified 'tube of light' enveloped his car as he drove home one night, covering it in 'dust and dirt' and causing his mobile phone and radio to fail.
Once home, the man was physically sick and later developed a skin condition, which required medical attention. The incident, officially reported 28 January 1997, features among the intriguing stories found in the latest instalment of UFO files released today by The National Archives.
The fifth online release is the largest to date, containing 24 files and totalling over 6,000 pages of material spanning 1994-2000.
Other highlights include:
- A UFO sighted by Boston and Skegness Police captured on film and then spotted by a ship's crew in the North Sea. Simultaneously, an unidentified blip was picked up on radar over Boston. A detailed investigation followed, which identified some of the lights as the planet Venus rising and the blip on the radar as 'a permanent echo' made by a tall church spire.
- A Birmingham man arrived home at 4am to find a large, illuminated blue triangle hovering over his garden. The craft 'shot off' leaving behind a 'silky-white' substance on tree tops in his garden, which he saved in a jam-jar. The file that contains the report of the incident does not reveal what happened to the substance.
- Copies of original statements taken from the UK's 'Roswell', Rendlesham Forest, and calls for an inquiry into 600 alleged sightings in Bonnybridge, Scotland, known as the 'Bonnybridge Triangle'.
- A West Lothian electrician spotted a 'Toblerone-shaped' UFO hovering over a field. A sketch of the craft is included in the report.
The files are available to download for free for a month at nationalarchives.gov.uk/ufos . The site also hosts a videocast dramatising highlights from the files alongside a detailed guide to researching the files by Dr David Clarke. The UFO files - The inside story of real-life sightings by Dr Clarke is available to buy from The National Archives online bookshop.