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Published:December 20th, 2010 12:35 EST
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UK's Most Famous UFO Incident: Aliens Or US Military Screw Up?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"UFO hunters claim that Britain`s most famous aliens incident may have been caused by US airmen trying to cover up a major operational blunder.

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There has been widespread and continuing belief that the mysterious lights and flying saucer seen in a remote forest next to a US Air Force base on Boxing Day 1980 were alien ships.

But now as the 30th anniversary of the bizarre incident approaches, locals have suggested the real explanation lies with an American helicopter crew who bungled the transfer of an Apollo space capsule and tried to cover it up with the UFO claim.

They believe the "alien spacecraft" was actually the crew pod from a space rocket which was accidentally dropped in Rendlesham Forest, Woodbridge, Suffolk by the helicopter from the nearby Bentwaters air base."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/ufo/8212726/UFO-hunters-claim-alien-incidents-are-US-airmen-covering-up-blunders.html

The 1980 Rendlesham Forest UFO incident is the British equivalent of America`s Roswell case, and most British ufologists will continue to believe alien ships visited the US Air Force base on Boxing Day 1980.

But given the choice of believing that extraterrestrial spacecrafts visited England on that fateful day, or that the American military personnel screwed up, I`ll go with the "another military screw up" explanation. It`s worth noting that the phrase "FUBAR" is a military expression.

Other possible explanations include a meteor shower and a Russian rocket breaking up on re-entry. I don`t condemn or make fun of those who go with the UFO explanation, it`s comforting to know that we are not alone in the universe.

I just wish that the next major UFO incident doesn`t take place in a remote forest in England or out in the boonies in the United States.

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