When the objects first appeared on the screen they flew
Alan Turner was determined to solve the mystery. He diverted an RAF Canberra jet, which was on a return flight from
When the pilot got within one mile of one particular blip, he said, in a very agitated voice, that the unknown object was “climbing like the clappers” (according to Turner) on the jet’s radar screen.
The objects were first sighted north east of the Salisbury Plain Danger Area (UK MoD military training area) and they left the radar screen south east of
A few days after this UFO incident, Alan Turner was summoned into the Squadron Leader's office and questioned by two civilian-clothed men about the incident. The two men were not identified.
“I, along with all the others who were in the room on that day, were told in no uncertain terms not to relate what we had seen until cleared to do so,” Alan Turner said in an interview.
Turner has been assured by RAF officers that there were no training operations, classified or otherwise, going on at the time and there were no weather balloons or probes in the area at the time of the UFO incident.
GCI (Ground Control of Interception) radar installation at RAF Sopley, Hampshire, 1945 (text by commons.wikimedia.org)
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