Thursday, March 3, 2011

The great UFO hoax

Courtesy: John KeelingCourtesy: John KeelingBack in 1967 a group of students strategically placed UFOs across the country. Two 'landed' in Kent.  ... 1967 was a huge year for UFO sightings in the UK and a group of engineer apprentices at the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough decided to make the headlines.

Through meticulous planning they created a fleet of UFOs and planted them on the same line, the same distance apart, across the country from the Bristol Channel to the Kent coast. In Kent, one 'landed' on a golf course in Bromley and another on the Isle of Sheppey both to be found by members of the public.

The discoveries caused quite a stir and even Ministry of Defence was alerted before it was realised that the whole thing was an elaborate hoax. Here is some BBC archive footage of a Kent 'space ship' as it is being inspected by the authorities:

via BBC - Kent - History - The great UFO hoax.

A "war of the worlds" rag week hoax by aircraft engineering apprentices was treated as a real alien invasion of Britain – for a few hours at least, according to newly released Ministry of Defence files. The army's southern command, four police forces, bomb disposal units, RAF helicopters and the MoD's intelligence branch were all mobilised in the early hours of Monday 4 September 1967 to meet the threat.

They went into action after the police and RAF were flooded with calls from the public reporting the discovery of six small "flying saucers" in locations in a perfect line across southern England from Sheppey to the Bristol Channel. It was not until a Scotland Yard bomb disposal squad with orders to check one of the objects with portable X-ray equipment arrived at Bromley police station, south London, that the hoax was uncovered – the Ever Ready batteries were a bit of a giveaway.

Another of the "saucers" was sent to be examined by Home Office scientists at Aldermaston and a third was inspected by the chief designer of the guided weapons division of the British Aircraft Corporation. One saucer which was found at Chippenham, Wiltshire, was blown up in a controlled explosion. The Whitehall papers released at the National Archives show that within Whitehall the "1967 flying saucer hoax" was regarded at the MoD as an "obviously very successful practical joke". ....

via Alien invasion hoax fooled MoD, archive papers reveal | World news | The Guardian.

Are these articles purposely vague and frustrating? Who did the hoax being reported? How did they do it? What materials did they use? What did people see? Did they fly or where they all found on the ground? What is "rag week"? Who found the objects? Where are the interviews with the people from the time? What were the consequences for the hoaxers? Lets have some reporting.




Chrng said...

Probably not top of your list of must knows, but Rag Week is the joining week for Uni's and colleges when students get up to all sorts of high jinks and jolly japes.

Like summoning a fleet of UFO's to invade southern England.

Xeno said...

Good to know. Thx

Mirlen101 said...

I find this to be typical reporting . Seems that the obvious questions you , I or other normal ( I use the word "normal" loosely of course ;-) people would ask are not what the average reporter would ask or write about ! Some stories get written about over and over for extended periods of time without having one bit of extra information . Or having what we would see as the basics . The logical questions being answered .The media seems content with parroting what they get fed by the associated press, which is a pathetic joke ! Same story , word for word gets spread throughout the media ! Like a bunch of mindless drones !