The Calvine Incident: 50 more years of embargo for UFO pictures

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 12 ene 2021, 8:57 por Plataforma Sites Dgac   [ actualizado el 12 ene 2021, 8:58 ]
The UK Government refused to release to the public a series of six photographs of an unidentified flying object obtained during what is known as “The Calvine Incident” and, in a controversial decision, ordered that those images be kept in custody by 50 more years.
A graphic reconstruction of one of the Calvine Incident's pictures.

Nick Pope at the present.
In August, 1990, two men from Perthshire were hiking in the highlands of Scotland near the village of Calvine when, to their great surprise, they saw a peculiar UFO flying over the area and two fighter planes nearby that would have made overflights at low altitude.
 
Although perhaps a story of this kind is not unique, what makes this case special is that the witnesses, who had a photo camera, took six color photographs of the strange object and in broad daylight.
 
The sighting would have lasted about 10 minutes, during which the object remained silent and motionless, then moved vertically at high speed and disappeared into the sky.
 
Photos seized
 
The shocked witnesses sent the photos to a Scottish newspaper and a journalist contacted the press office of the UK Ministry of Defense seeking comments.
 
Somehow, the Ministry of Defense managed to get all the photos and negatives in the newspaper's possession, which never recovered them.

“In the cult sci-fi series The X-Files, Fox Mulder has a poster of a UFO on the wall of his basement office. Underneath are the words ‘I want to believe’. In the Ministry of Defence office, which served as the nerve centre of the UK’s UFO project, we had something very similar. But our picture was real”, Nick Pope says regarding one of the Calvine images.
 
Nick Pope is a well-known figure in the world of ufology and the media often present him as the “real life Fox Mulder” because between 1991 and 1994 he worked in the office of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense in charge of the investigation of anomalous aerial phenomena.
 
According to Pope, during his work as an official investigator of anomalous aerial phenomena he saw the original Calvine photographs and had access to the conclusions drawn from a detailed study. For this reason, he does not hesitate to qualify the material as “the best photographs ever taken of a UFO”.
 
Images analyses
 
“The MoD’s technical wizards leapt into action. The images were enlarged and analyzed, using the full resources and capabilities of intelligence community specialists”, wrote Nick Pope in the Scottish edition of The Sun newspaper.
 
Although Pope can’t discuss the details of the process, as much of the information is still top secret, he said that the analysis was sensational and concluded that the photographs were not faked.
 
The shots showed an artifact of unknown origin with a structure, different from any conventional aircraft. It was diamond-shaped and had no fuselage, wings, tail, turbines, or markings of any kind. The analysis showed that it was not of Russian or American origin, so it remained unexplained.
 
Official files released by the British Government on the Calvine incident, along with dozens of other UFO incidents, do not include the photographs and the names of witnesses were suppressed, so investigators have not been able to access them, either.
 
A few years ago, while collaborating with a television show, Nick Pope worked with a graphic artist in Los Angeles and they reconstructed one of the photographs, mainly guided by what Pope remembered. According to him, the result is similar, but does not correspond to the real images.
 
A long wait
 
According to UK regulations, the photos had to be kept in reserve for 30 years. That meant they should be available for public scrutiny from January 1, 2021. However, the Defense Ministry, without explanation, blocked the release of the graphic documents for a further 50 years, until 2072.

A complaint lodged under the Freedom of Information Act about the National Archives withholding the documents is now under investigation by the UK information watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Consulted by the Scottish edition of The Sun newspaper, the National Archives refused to comment further. The MOD refused to comment at all.
 
Source: The Scottish Sun (https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk)
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