Was a five-star Admiral and the former head
of the British ministry of defence MOD (1973) Chairman - Military Committee
of NATO (1974-1977)
who was kept in the dark about the UFO subject
during his official capacities. He was asked by a number of close associates
" WHY - as a commander of the British Defence Forces - AND as a member
of N.A.T.O. - do you continually make statements about UFO's ?" - He states
that this subject (UFO's) has great significance and should no longer be
denied and kept secret. He emphatically states, "That there is a serious possibility that we are being visited
- and have been visited for many years - by people from outer space, from
other civilisations" He goes on to state that
we need to find out who they are, where they come from, and what they want.
"This should be the subject of
rigorous scientific investigation, and not the subject of rubbishing by
"quote made in July 2000 by Hill-Norton"
It was his reputation for
excellence and traditionalism within the armed services that seems so incongruous,
to some, when laid alongside Lord Hill-Norton's very public interest in
UFOs. He founded the pressure
group UFO Concern,wrote the forward to three of Timothy Good's books, including 'Unearthly
Disclosure' , and raised the matter of secrecy surrounding several British
UFO incidents in the House of Lords. Upon chairing the House of Lord's investigation
into UFOs, he publicly criticised the
Ministry of Defence for destroying UFO-related documents after just 5 years
in the archives.
"I have asked a number
of questions about the base (RAF Feltwell in Suffolk) and never get a satisfactory
In 1980 two air bases owned by the RAF, namely RAF/U.S.A.F
Bentwaters and RAF/U.S.A.F Woodbridge were leased to the U.S. Air Force
and reputedly held a large stockpile of tactical nuclear weapons. Woodbridge
was also the home of the 67th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron - a
unit that reported directly to the U.S. Department of Defence in Washington.
At approximately 2 a.m. on the 27th December
1980,an unidentified object was picked up by radar at RAF Watton in Norfolk
(UK). The object went off the screen in the area of Rendlesham Forest in
Suffolk. RAF/U.S.A.F Bentwaters also tracked the unidentified object - Bentwaters
being in the direct vicinity of Rendlesham Forest.
At approximately 3 a.m. two U.S.A.F security
guards observed unusual lights outside the back gate of RAF Woodbridge and
three patrolmen were sent to investigate. These three men reported seeing
a strange , glowing object seemingly of metallic appearance and of a triangular
shape. They reported it being approximately two to three meters across the
base and two meters tall, giving off a bright white light which illuminated
the entire forest. Also it had a pulsing red light on top and a bank of
blue lights underneath - it was hovering but apparently had legs. When the
men approached the object it manoeuvred through the forest and out of view,
to be briefly seen again an hour or so later near the back gate.
Various theories have been
put forward to explain away the Rendelesham Forest events including the
idea that the lights were caused by a lighthouse on the coast - this theory
is unfounded when the geography and topography of the area is examined.
Another convoluted theory put forward by a skeptic (Channel 4 Television
10th April 2002), endeavoured to link the events to a craft (of some description)
being carried by U.S.helicopters at about the same time, only illustrates
the depths that "so-called educated skeptics" will sink to in
order to enforce their opinions. One fact is certain - whatever happened
it was witnessed by staff at the base - including very senior staff members
as well as locals living nearby.
Lord Hill-Norton stated "I have no doubt that something landed at
this U.S. Air Force base and I have no doubt that it has got the people
concerned into a considerable state. The Ministry of Defence has doggedly
stuck to it's normal line, that nothing of Defence interest took place.
Either large numbers of people - including the commanding general at Bentwaters,
were hallucinating - and for an American Air Force nuclear base - this is
extremely dangerous - or what they say did happen. In either of these circumstances,
there can be only one answer - that it was of Extreme Defence Interest to
Lord Hill Norton has further stated "The evidence that there are objects which have been seen
in our atmosphere, and even on terra firma, that cannot be accounted for
either as man-made objects or as any physical force or effect known to our
scientists, seems to me to be overwhelming... A very large number of sightings
have been vouched for by persons whose credentials seem to me unimpeachable.
It is striking that so many have been trained observers, such as police
officers and airline or military pilots. Their observations have in many
instances.. been supported either by technical means such as radar or, even
more convincingly, by..interference with electrical apparatus of one sort
or another"......actual quote.