Opening the X-Files
(English Text from David Clarke Website)
On 20 October 2008 the UK National Archives opened a second collection of UFO files covering seven years of sightings reported to the Ministry of Defence. Covering the years 1986 through to 1992 this tranche contains some 4,500 pages of material, spread across 19 separate files.
This UFOlogical treasure trove can be downloaded free of charge until 20 November, from a newly re-launched website designed to cater for massive interest from across the globe. When the first collection of files was made available in May, the event received blanket coverage in the national and international media. In the first few days 1.7 million downloads were made from the UFO page - double the traffic measured for the launch of the Domesday survey online two years earlier.
I have spent three months working with staff from The National Archives to prepare the new material and will be acting as their resident expert and spokesman over the next few weeks. I also recorded a special Video-Cam in which I give a brief introduction to the file contents.
Visitors to the UFO page (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ufos) can download both the Video-cam and a guide to help them navigate around the highlights from the files. These include everything from tales of alien abductions to accounts of near-misses between passenger jets and UFOs.
Key incidents covered in the papers include:
For full details of these and many other fascinating stories visit the TNA UFO site here: