- As you know I've been investigating Flying
Triangle Sightings in the UK for four years now and have interviewed over
130 people who claim to have seen these aircraft.
- None of them have claimed that what they
have seen was 'football field sized' although several have claimed sizes
similar to the Vulcan bomber of old...
- Over the last week and as a result of
my appearance in local newspapers and on the radio several people have
rung me to report new FT sightings. These have been of the highest standard
and two are of particular note;
- 29/12/98 - Time; between 2200-2230pm.
Location; Broadgate, Preston, next to River Ribble.
- Witness, a local DJ Peter H, saw a triangle
flying at low speed, app 30 knots, flying from left to right. This was
certainly not a Police helicopter (there was a rather gruesome murder in
the area a couple of years ago and all the residents are very aware of
helicopters) or, as British Aerospace would have us believe, Eurofighter.
- The triangle was somewhat larger than
the jet fighters seen so often in the area and was notable for a pattern
of red lights around its' entire perimeter. As it passed by, entirely silently
at a distance of around 1/4 mile, Peter noticed a bright light (but not
a beam as such) evident on the right side approximately half way down the
leading edge. This was almost an equilateral triangle - the triangle had
a relatively broad back and probably not a 75 degree sweep.
- There was no evidence of high performance
as such beyond the silent performance - something that is always difficult
- The fact that the craft appeared to be
adhering to the course of the River Ribble is instructive given similar
events noted in my previous research papers and Jenny Randles 'Northern
UFO News' and her book (which draws upon some of my research) "Something
In The Air."
- The witness provided as much detail as
possible and is 100% certain of the shape and characteristics of the craft
seen. A journalist colleague of mine - interested in FTs and with military
expertise - rang the witness and exactly the same details were reported
to him by Peter.
- Sighting 2
- 11/8/1995. Time; Midnight. Location;
Goosnargh Village - a few miles North of Preston.
- Black triangle, unlit, passed by Mrs
R's house in the Village at midnight. It made an odd rumbling sound upon
approach which turned to a "swooshing" sound as it passed very
low past the Ash tree at the end of the witnesses garden. It was quite
large (again bigger than a jet fighter seen locally) and was also seen
by other locals who didn't want to come forward for "fear or ridicule"
according to Mrs. R.
- Travelled much slower than a normal aircraft
and disappeared from view quickly. Witness thought that it was 'a new stealth
aircraft' and rang Warton BAe (the local facility) next morning whereupon
she was apparently told that the last night had seen "aerial activity".
The telephone operator confirmed this with another member of staff.
- The sound reported is exactly the same
as a sighting from Carnforth, Lancashire, that was made by over a dozen
people a few months earlier.
- Note the lighting pattern in the first
report is similar to the triangles reported by witnesses to the IUN in
Yorkshire during the 1988 flap.....
- Question; which facility is situated
nearby - Warton BAe of course. Maybe it's not quite that simple though........!
- More soon!
- Tim Matthews - Lancashire UFO Society