A UFO sighting was deemed so credible it convinced a government minister who investigated it.
- Flt Sgt Roland Hughes was returning to base over West Germany
- Object, 100ft across, was ‘gleaming silver, metallic disc’
- Radar confirmed it was travelling at speeds far greater than any aircraft at the time
The sighting by an RAF fighter pilot on a training mission over West Germany in 1952 has been revealed for the first time by papers released by the Churchill Archive at Cambridge University.
Flight Sergeant Roland Hughes was returning to base when he was followed by a ‘gleaming silver, metallic disc’ which flew alongside him before disappearing at incredible sped.
The object was caught by RAF radars, which confirmed it was travelling at speeds far greater than possible for any aircraft of the time.
Hughes reported the sighting and was sent to visit Duncan Sandys, then aviation minister, to give his account in person.
He described seeing a flash of ‘silver light’ which rapidly descended towards him until he could see that it was a ‘gleaming silver-metallic disc’.
He said its surface was shiny, ‘like tin foil’, and ‘without a single crease or crinkle’.
He could see, with ‘astonishing clarity’, the craft’s ‘highly reflective and absolutely seamless metallic-looking surface’.
Flying at high altitude in clear visibility in his de Havilland Vampire, he estimated its size at 100ft across – ‘about the wingspan of a Lancaster bomber’.
None of the other three pilots – all returning to RAF Oldenburg in northern West Germany – saw the object because they were executing a ‘banking turn’ and not looking in the same direction.