Did an extra-terrestrial craft land in a Suffolk forest during the winter of 1980? The maker of a new film, The Rendlesham UFO Incident, believes so
Dubbed “Britain’s Roswell”, the Rendlesham Forest incident, which took place over a series of nights in December 1980, continues to fascinate UFO enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists. It is easy to understand why. Consider the following three statements, for example:
1) “This was not some vague ‘lights in the sky’ sighting – the UFO actually landed.” – Nick Pope, a Ministry of Defence employee from 1985 to 2006.
2) “When I arrived [at the scene], it was going in and out through the trees and at one stage it was hovering.” – Sgt. Adrian Bustinza, a security police commander who investigated the incident at the time.
3) “Okay, we’re looking at the thing; we’re probably about two to three hundred yards away. It looks like an eye winking at you… And the flash is so bright to the starscope that it almost burns your eye.” – Taken from the Halt tape, recorded on December 27 1980 by United States Air Force lieutenant colonel Charles Halt.
As the years have passed, the facts have become increasingly hazy, as statements change and new witnesses come forward. But what we do know for sure is that, in the early hours of December 26 1980, US military personnel (sections of the US Air Force were temporarily stationed at RAF bases in Woodbridge and Bentwaters) spotted strange lights above Rendlesham Forest.
One of these men, John Burroughs, accompanied by his supervisor and one other individual, went to investigate the blue, red, orange and white lights. In his subsequent witness statement, published in 1981, Burroughs explains: “As we went down the east-gate road and the road that leads into the forest, the lights were moving back and they appeared to stop in a bunch of trees… Also, the woods lit up and you could hear the farm animals making a lot of noises, and there was a lot of movement in the woods. All three of us hit the ground and whatever it was started moving back towards the open field… We got up to a fence that separated the trees from the open field. You could see the lights down by a farmer’s house. We climbed over the fence and started walking toward the red and blue lights and they just disappeared.”
Jim Penniston, who accompanied Burroughs into Rendlesham Forest on December 26, claims to have encountered a craft, covered in hieroglyphic-like characters. “I estimated it to be about three metres tall and about three metres wide at the base,” Penniston later explained. “No landing gear was apparent, but it seemed like she was on fixed legs. I moved a little closer. I had already taken all 36 pictures on my roll of film. I walked around the craft, and finally, I walked right up to the craft. I noticed the fabric of the shell was more like a smooth, opaque, black glass.”
Burroughs does not recall this. Indentations on the forest floor, as well as damage to the trees in the area where the lights had been spotted, were found the following morning, however. Radiation levels recorded at the site of the indentations were also unusually high.
In the book Encounter in Rendlesham Forest, which was published last year, Penniston writes: “I left the forest a different man… I was in awe of the technology and yes, a knowing that it was not an aircraft which could have been manufactured in 1980 or even now.” Both Penniston and Burroughs have since suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Two nights later, a different set of military personnel experienced a similar series of events. On this occasion, when the lights were spotted, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Halt was prepared. A pragmatic character, Halt intended to disprove the wild rumours swirling around RAF bases Woodbridge and Bentwaters. Arming himself with a recording device, he set out to investigate. The subsequent audio tape is now considered one of the most valuable pieces of evidence in the Rendlesham Forest incident.
The transcript of the tape runs to some 18 minutes but includes statements from Halt such as: “I see it too… it’s back again… it’s coming this way… there’s no doubt about it… this is weird… it looks like an eye winking at you… it almost burns your eyes… he’s coming toward us now… now we’re observing what appears to be a beam coming down to the ground… one object still hovering over Woodbridge base… beaming down”. Halt has since given interviews in which he claims that these occurrences were picked up by British radar. “I didn’t know this until recently,” he told AOL News. “Because people have come forward after they’ve retired. There were two radar confirmations.”
The following night, December 28, one final group of men claim to have encountered something out of the ordinary in Rendlesham Forest. Larry Warren, an 18-year-old soldier who was not even at either RAF base on the night of the first incident, was sent out on patrol with Sgt Adrian Bustinza and a number of other military personnel. Sometime after 11pm, the men departed their trucks and headed towards the field where lights had been seen on the previous two nights.
There, Warren claims to have seen “disaster preparedness officers out here with geiger counters, going in an almost half-clockwise motion around this thing on the ground.” A small red light was then seen approaching from the direction of the coast. “It moved in a downward arc, so fast. [It] stopped and hovered about 20 feet off the ground,” said Warren. “It was the size of a basketball, [an] American basketball. [It was] self-illuminated, not quite red, yet that’s the closest I can describe it.”
Things were about to get even stranger, though. This red light suddenly exploded and a craft appeared on the forest floor. According to Warren, it had “no windows, no markings, no flag or country of origin. Nothing. You could hardly look at it head on, and if you looked at it through the side of your peripheral vision you’d get a shape of it… and there it was, clear as a bell.”
At this stage, Warren and Bustinza were asked to retreat by a senior man. From a distance, they then claim to have witnessed Wing Commander Gordon Williams approach the craft and encounter some alien being with “what looked like eyes, facial features, bright clothing and some other device.” Warren is clear that a “silent stand-off”, rather than any communication, took place.
At around 4.30am, Warren returned to his base but Bustinza claims to have seen the craft depart. “When it took off, it was, like, hovering. It went up and, like, took off at about a forty-five-degree angle, and if you would have blinked, you would have missed it… And we got a cold draft of air that lasted about a good ten seconds. You know, like when you get a good blow of dust or wind. No noise though; I do remember that.”
It is understood that almost half of all UFO correspondence directed at the Ministry of Defence relates to the Rendlesham Forest incident. Despite claims of a cover-up, the MoD’s stance has never wavered. It states: “No evidence was found of any threat to the defence of the United Kingdom, and no further investigations were carried out. No further information has come to light which alters our view that the sightings of these lights was of no defence significance.”
Daniel Simpson takes a different view, however. The director of The Rendlesham UFO Incident, a fictionalised account of the story set in the modern day and filmed on location in Rendlesham Forest, is convinced that either there has been a military cover-up or that something extra-terrestrial occurred in December 1980. And moreover, he believes he has uncovered further evidence to prove it. While filming in Rendlesham Forest – “It does have a very strong atmosphere of something strange” – he asked the Forestry Commission to investigate a series of hatches, which Simpson describes as “mysterious”.
“I got the Forestry Commission to tow one of those hatches off with a four wheel drive and there’s a ladder going down,” he explains, as we discuss his film. “Now, they will tell you that those are drainage systems for the airfield but it’s a very elaborate drainage system.”
A drawing from Jim Penniston’s original witness statement
Simpson believes that “the twin bases [RAF Woodbridge and Bentwaters] are connected by tunnels underneath, which isn’t that far out a thing to suggest, because a lot of these bases do have an underground facility, especially as it’s a nuclear facility. You don’t keep nuclear weapons on ground level, they have to drop down.”
He continues: “I recently heard a very interesting story of a guy that went up to the Bentwaters air base and, because it’s privately owned, some of those buildings are rented out to people. A company up there wanted to have their internet sorted out and this guy dug down and – he was a telecom guy – he came back and he was sheet white. He couldn’t believe it. He said he’d just come across these cables, two foot down, and they were cables delivering such a powerful internet connection – but they were cables from 1980. I haven’t ever told anyone that story. They [the cables] were from 1980 and yet they were so in advance of what we’ve even got now. I’m told that all the time what we get [technologically] is much behind what they [the military] actually know.”
So what, I wonder, is the truth? Simpson appears conflicted about whether this is a military cover-up at a nuclear facility or something even more alarming. “I honestly believe something very strange went on there and I believe that somewhere is the evidence to prove it but that’s hidden away. I think it’s an extra-terrestrial encounter. I do.”
I put a series of theories to Simpson, which I hope might explain away the idea that extra-terrestrial life landed in a forest in Suffolk 35 years ago. But he bats them all away. Could the lights have come from nearby Orford Ness lighthouse, for example? “The lighthouse theory is rubbish,” he scoffs. “Lighthouses don’t fly down into forests, split up into five different lights and zap off into space at Mach-3. They don’t move through the trees and get mistaken by up to 20 witnesses from the United States Air Force.”
Daniel Simpson’s film, The Rendlesham UFO Incident, was shot on location in Rendlesham Forest
Recent media events brought the UFO and disclosure story back into the headlines, if only for a very brief moment.
Boiled down it goes something like this: a disgruntled Pentagon employee goes public about a secretive black-budget program that looks at the UFO/alien phenomenon as a potential threat, in the process discloses new UFO footage and other vague details about the government’s experience with ET’s.
Mr. Elizondo, in his resignation letter of Oct. 4, said there was a need for more serious attention to “the many accounts from the Navy and other services of unusual aerial systems interfering with military weapon platforms and displaying beyond-next-generation capabilities.” He expressed his frustration with the limitations placed on the program, telling Mr. Mattis that “there remains a vital need to ascertain capability and intent of these phenomena for the benefit of the armed forces and the nation.” [Source]
The news cycle works in such a way that our perception of the world is greatly influenced by the sudden appearance of news items like this, how these items are framed, and then how quickly they disappear without follow-up. A story hits all the major outlets with gale force, the pundits and spin doctors do their overnight magic, then the story disappears, leaving behind only the imprint, or the feeling it gave us.
This dramatically instructs our worldview on as issue without out ever fully informing us on the issue. Our reaction to it is thus distorted by a distorted picture. It’s called framing.
This is exceptionally relevant to the UFO conversation because the story is framed as threat and as an issue on which our knowledge and experience is limited. It thereby omits broad accounts of contact and communication with alien races through altered and higher states of consciousness, such as telepathy, lucid dreaming, astral projection and astral travel, and meditation, as well as through the use of shamanic plant medicines, DMT and psilocybin containing mushrooms.
Terence McKenna spoke on this while asking the question, ‘are aliens the future us?‘ He explains how entheogens like DMT open up a type of telepathy of the soul, allowing one to transcend space and time and to re-emerge in the here and now with information about our situation on planet earth today.
The vast majority of human encounters with extra-terrestrial intelligences happen in the form of one-to-one communication, often initiated by highly empathic or intuitive people.
Communication in this context often cites alien races like the Plaideans, the Dogons, the Arcturians, and many others. Channelers demonstrate another form of conscious, positive contact, and there are volumes written about Seth, Bashar, Ashtar, and others who transmit wisdom to earthlings who’ve allowed themselves to be conduits.
James Gilliland of the organization Enlightened Contact with ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (ECETI) has been having what he claims is open contact with ET’s for decades. Gilliland trains other to have ET contact, as does researcher Steven Greer, both of whom describe positive and enlightening experiences with extraterrestrials.
The Next Frontier in Human Consciousness
In this light, the extraterrestrial presence here on earth is the next frontier in the exploration of human consciousness.
Intuitive counselor Gigi Young explains how this perspective reframes the whole issue of disclosure, making it one of personal evolution rather than one of government control.
“When will governments disclose?
Like much of our experience here, we want to make disclosure an external event: files revealed, alien beings discussed and advanced tech released. The reality is that these are things that occur authentically **after** we reach a certain level of self awareness and cosmic connection ourselves and not a moment before.
Disclosure is actually a quantum leap of consciousness where in we deeply shift, begin to remember who we are, and then the external world flows with information to match.
The more that we clamour for governments to release files and “tell the truth” (Soft disclosure! Full disclosure! Medium disclosure! ) the more energy they can harvest from us and the more leverage they have to control the narrative. This includes aspects of the government that are actively pushing their distraction narratives in the New Age and Ufology, by the way.
These stories from the government/military/whistleblowers become crooked because there is no inner truth to hold them accountable; our intense external focus indicates that we are not looking inward and connecting with our own cosmic consciousness and capacity to remember.
We don’t need disclosure, we don’t need to be told who we are, we need to remember who we are. We need to play with our own capacities to journey beyond this world. We need to continue waking up and releasing dependancy on people to tell us who we are and what we are capable of.” ~ Gigi Young
Beings of Feeling
Humans are beings of feeling. We abandon our senses when emotional. Intuition is our guide when logic and reasoning come up short, and even the cutting edges of scientific endeavor are guided by that ‘gut feeling,’ a form of innate curiosity.
We also abandon ourselves to fear, which is the main currency of government control. And while it would be naive to presume that all alien beings were friendly, a continually evolving body of experience suggests that there are indeed benevolent extraterrestrials positively influencing the human race.
About the Author
Dylan Charles is the editor of Waking Times and co-host of Redesigning Reality, both dedicated to ideas of personal transformation, societal awakening, and planetary renewal. His personal journey is deeply inspired by shamanic plant medicines and the arts of Kung Fu, Qi Gong and Yoga. After seven years of living in Costa Rica, he now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and enjoys spending time with family. He has written hundreds of articles, reaching and inspiring millions of people around the world.
Gamma radiation can travel a long distance, and can potentially prove harmful under the right conditions, but its longevity means that it gives us the opportunity to learn more about distant star systems, and the enormous explosions that take may place within massive stars as they turn into supernovas or bubble away into black holes.
As exciting as these events are to observe, one MIT astronomer by the name of John A Ball has an even more intriguing theory as to what these gamma bursts are caused by. In a paper entitled Gamma Ray Bursts The ETI [extraterrestrial intelligence] Hypothesis, Ball suggests that the explosions that trigger gamma bursts might actually be communications from across the stars.
According to Ball, gamma radiation could contain 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 bits of information in a tiny two-microsecond burst, which would be “comparable to the estimated total information content of Earth’s biosystem-genes and memes and including all libraries and computer media”.
As far-fetched as this idea might sound, it does make a certain amount of sense.
Plus, if humanity had the power to blow up a star in order to issue an enormous message to the universe, we’d definitely try communicating through gamma radiation – especially considering everything we know about how these signals could last endlessly as they travel across the stars.
Indeed, other celestial anomalies that we spot across the stars could be aliens’ attempts to communicate with other species. Blinking lights in space have been observed, and these do match up to a certain extent with our own species’ attempts to communicate with extraterrestrial life. Heck, even a comet that behaves strangely could be an alien race’s odd way of trying to make friends.
There is, though, one big challenge standing in the way of proving Ball’s theory: in order to figure out whether aliens are actually trying to communicate with us, we’ll need to decipher their code.
This is no easy ask-first off, we don’t know which, if any, of the gamma bursts that we spot across the night’s sky might contain hidden messages from aliens.
Then we have the challenge of actually trying to spot patterns in otherwise random data. It’s easy to jump to conclusions when seeing a repeating pattern and assume that this is part of a message, but it could just as easily be caused by a dust cloud or a large planet obscuring our view of a natural burst of light whenever it reaches a certain point in its orbit.
For now, there’s not enough concrete proof to help decide whether or not Ball’s theory holds up, but this doesn’t mean that it isn’t worthwhile.
It’s entirely possible that any strange data burst that reaches us from another star system might well be the result of aliens trying to contact us. At present, though, it’s just not possible to predict what form such a communication might take.
The Pentagon recently authorized the release of footage of a Navy pilots close encounter with an unidentified flying object. This was presented along with the implied announcement that the U.S. government has set up a secretive military program to identify and monitor extraterrestrial threats, the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program. The program only ran from 2012 to 2017, they say, which is a short five years in the longer timeline of U.S. government investigations into UFO activity, going back the Roswell incident in 1947.
Rather than fully disclosing the contents of the U/S. government’s knowledge of ET’s and UFO’s, the recent announcements can be seen as psyop to confuse and misdirect the UFO research community away from other important pieces of this timeline. This type of obfuscation offers cover to black budget programs while subtly announcing the presence of a war plan against extraterrestrials.
Absent from the current conversation about UFO’s is the broad body of investigation into alien activity around nuclear missile facilities, and a number of credible reports indicating that UFO’s have been able to disarm ICBM’s and other components of the nuclear arsenal.
This story is told in detail in a documentary film entitled UFO’s and Nukes: the Secret ink Revealed. This story has a much greater significance to our world than the slow drip of information on UFO sightings and a propaganda campaign to hijack the narrative on UFO’s.
The preview can be seen here, and a full version of the film is temporarily available on YouTube, below.