The Rendlesham mystery is the most significant UFO sighting in the UK. It has been
featured on 'CNN' and 'Unsolved Mysteries' in the US and 'Strange but True' and
'Network First' in the UK.
The event happened in Rendlesham forest which lies next to RAF Woodbridge, and
RAF Bentwaters. These were both American bases which played an important role in
NATO's front line defences. These bases were said to hold the largest stockpile of tactical
nuclear weapons in Western Europe.The strange events happened over two seperate nights,
firstly on Christmas night 1980, then 2 nights later.
On the first night, three patrolmen were sent to investigate a possible aircrash nearby.
The patrolmen saw a strange glowing object which was metallic and triangular in shape
in the forest. The object appeared to be 2-3mtrs across the base and 2 mtrs high and it was
either hovering or on legs. As the patrolmen approached it manouvred through the trees and
On the second night new sightings were reported, so Lt. Col. Halt assembled a small group to
investigate. They took with them a gieger counter and a micro-cassette recorder. The recording of the
tape has subsequently been called the 'Halt Tape'.(
A transcript of the 'Halt Tape' can be read here).They witnessed a red sun-like light through the trees. It moved about and pulsed. They
also saw aerial objects that were directing beams of light to the ground. There were also found
to be indentations in the ground where the object may have landed and scorch marks to the trees.
People have tried to find a rational explaination to this mystery. One theory is that the glowing light was
in fact a lighthouse that lies on the Suffolk coast at Orford Ness. The indentations in the ground could have been rabbit diggings and the scorch marks in the trees could be axe marks made by foresters as a sign
that the trees were ready to be felled. Other smaller lights in the sky could have been bright stars. Also
the first sighting coincided with the burn-up in the atmosphere of a bright meteor.