Rendlesham Forest: Britain’s Roswell

Many people familiar with UFOs will know Roswell, New Mexico as the sight of a UFO crash-landing that involved the U.S. military. Though Great Britain has its own famous UFO-related situation that brought attention to its military forces, the details of the events might be even stranger.

In late December 1980, there were reports of unexplained lights near Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England. At the time, the U.S. air force was using the RAF Woodbridge military base under the command of wing commander Gordon E. Williams, Colonel Ted Conrad, and his deputy Lieutenant Colonel Charles I. Halt. Over a two or three-day period, dozens of United States Air Force (USAF) personnel became entangled in the event.

The incident took place over a four day period from December 24 to the 27 within the vicinity of two former military bases: RAF Bentwaters, North of Rendlesham Forest, and RAF Woodbridge, which extended into the forest from the West and was bounded on its northern and eastern edges by the forest. The most famous events of the case occurred on the 26th and 27th of December. On the 26th at three o’clock in the morning, a security patrol reported strange lights near the East Gate of RAF Woodbridge descending into Rendlesham forest. At first, servicemen thought it was a downed aircraft. Upon investigation, they found an unknown object, and at the same time, felt their bodies and hair electrically charged. Hart tape-recorded what he saw and serviceman Sgt. Jim Penniston made detailed notes on the craft discovered. The craft was described as being smooth and opaque like black glass and triangular in shape with triangular landing gear, bright blue, red, and yellow streaks of light at its sides, a triangular top-piece, and strange symbols carved across one side of the craft, stretching 3 inches by 2 feet across the craft. Penniston recorded the symbols in his notebook and touched the craft, which he described as being very warm. The craft then became brighter and silently took off.  The following morning, December 26th, servicemen returned to the area and found 3 small impressions in the ground that formed a triangle, as well as burn marks and broken branches on nearby trees. These marking were plaster casted and photographed by the servicemen.

The following day, Penniston claimed to have visions of a specific set of binary code that kept on repeating in his mind. He wrote them down in a notebook, upon which all understanding of the code left his mind until 2010, when an interviewer helped him to decipher the code. The code translated to:

52.0942532N 13.131269W
16.763177N      89.117768W
34.800272N     111.843567W
29.977836N        31.131649E
14.701505S      75.167043W
36.256845N      117.100632E
37.110195N        25.372281E
ORIGIN 52.0942532N 13.131269W

Oddly, the numbers in this translated code are coordinates that, when analyzed by experts, were coordinates for areas around Rendlesham forest where UFOs were reported before the case involving Jim Penniston and his triangular UFO. Another strange realization about the translated code is that it says that this craft originated in the year 8100, a claim that the craft originates from the future. This claim is sketchy at best and remains controversial. But UFO-ologists can all agree that this case will be one remembered for generations as Britain’s strangest UFO encounter.

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