Some newly released evidential files point to this possibility. According to reports, a number in excess of 70 witnesses, some of them being police officers and even military personnel, have reported sightings in South Wales, and the English counties of Devon, Cornwall and Shropshire in the early hours of Wednesday March 31, 1993, witnesses described a large, low-flying object which made a low humming sound.
A briefing note given to the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Anthony Bagnall, who was the head of the Ministry of Defence’s UFO desk at the time, stated that there seemed to be some evidence of an unidentified craft evading UK defences.
He said; " he would not normally concern Sir Anthony with UFO sightings but continued: “You may wish to be aware of a recent particularly unusual incidence of UFO sightings over the UK, involving descriptions that match some of the reported characterisations of the so-called ‘Aurora’.”
The Aurora was the name given to a secret project involving an unmanned US reconnaissance aircraft which was developed in the secret “Black Ops" in the 1980s and alleged to be capable of hypersonic flight and perhaps even unimaginable speeds and right angle turns.
The plane was the subject of intense interest, and the British Government denied having given permission to experimental US flights over the UK.
In a message from April the 22nd, the head of the UK's UFO desk wrote: “Some of the reports state that the object was moving at a very high speed, while some say that it was hovering or moving very slowly. Many of the reports refer to the object being very large, flying low and making a humming sound. My staff have spoken to a number of the military and police witnesses, many of whom commented that the object was unlike anything they had ever seen before”.
The statement continued: “In summary, there would seem to be some evidence on this occasion that an unidentified object (or objects) of unknown origin was operating over the UK. If there has been some activity of US origins which is known to a limited circle in MoD and is not being acknowledged it is difficult to investigate further.”
Sir Anthony reacted stating: “In spite of the quantity of the many witnesses who reported the unusual sightings on March 31, I can add nothing to the debate.”
The head of the UFO desk was later pressed to play down the subject.
He wrote a further briefing note on May 7 saying that he had been contacted by the British UFO Research Association (Bufora) which told him the sightings coincided with the re-entry of a Russian rocket into the Earth’s atmosphere, and that, although the re-entry could have explained some of these high altitude sightings, it was unable to explain many of the lower altitude sightings or the humming sound.
He added that; “As you will see, we may have an explanation for some – but certainly not all – of the recent UFO sightings.”
The letter was returned with an additional hand-written note which said: “Thank you. I suggest you now drop this subject.”
The sightings included one by two police officers in the small town of Treharris who reported having seen two bright lights, with some kind of vapour trail travelling at just 200m above their heads on Gelligaer Common at about 1am.
He apparently said; “Continuing questions of this nature cause us some concern and our secretary of state has been advised that I would be contacting the United States authorities in order to restate the MoD position and to seek confirmation that if any such unusual aircraft activity were to be envisaged by the United States Government which would in any way affect the United Kingdom, the United States Government would approach the Ministry of Defence to seek prior agreement.”
The sightings came from RAF Cosford, where police reported seeing two bright lights “flying at great velocity” above the area of the local airfield. There was no engine noise and a red glow from the rear of the lights, as they slowly faded over the horizon. According to a Met officer at RAF Shawbury the lights moved “erratically at hundreds of miles per hour unlike any aircraft” and that they appeared to be looking for something. The officer in question, who also heard a low humming sound emanating from the source of the lights, said he had never seen anything like it before.
Below are some other cases from Welsh UFO sightings;
Witness Statement: I live in Tredegar South Wales and last night 23/05/09 me and my friends saw a very strange “burning orange” object in the sky moving very fast, i took a photo of this.source ufo.co.uk
Below; Helicopter spots unusual aircraft over the Bristol Channel in South Wales - 00:40 am (23:40 GMT) on June 8