The files contain a wide range of UFO-related documents. So if you want to find out more about lights in the sky over Waterloo Bridge, near misses by pilots, crop circles – and what the UK government thought of it all – this is the place to start.

 

Released June 2013 [4,465 Pages]

The final tranche of UFO files released by The National Archives contain a wide range of UFO-related documents, drawings, letters, and photos and parliamentary questions covering the final two years of the Ministry of Defence’s UFO Desk (from late 2007 until November 2009).

Discover the reasons behind the closure of the UFO desk, the handling of the largest number of UFO sighting reports received in 30 years and the disclosure campaign for ‘the truth’, which was sparked by the closure of the UFO Desk.

Start by reading our highlights guide (PDF, 363kb) to help navigate your way through the files.

Due to the large size of some of these files, we recommend you save them to your computer before opening them. Please right click on the links and select the ‘save’ option.

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Released July 2012 [6,814 Pages]

The files contain a wide range of UFO-related documents, drawings, letters and parliamentary questions ranging from 1965 up to 2008.
Discover the role of the UFO Desk Officers, what they really thought of alien visitors, their ideas to harness alien technology as a weapon, and their briefings to Tony Blair on UFO policy.
Six of the files (DEFE 31/189/1-194/1) contain some duplicates of UFO sighting reports copied by the Air Secretariat between 1996-1999.
The original papers were released by The National Archives in February 2010.
(The Black Vault would like to thank Michel M. Deschamps, UFO Researcher/Historian/Archivist, for assisting in obtaining the documents below and allowing them to be listed on The Black Vault!)

 

Released August 2011 [9,358 Pages]

The files contain a wide range of UFO-related documents, drawings, letters and parliamentary questions covering the years 1985-2007.

Read eyewitness accounts of UFO sightings, see the picture of a ‘flying saucer’ which was sent for analysis by defence experts and discover the bizarre story of ‘Mork and Mindy’s’ visit to East Dulwich.

Start by reading our highlights guide (PDF, 397kb) to help you navigate your way through the files released in August 2011.

Seven files in this tranche (DEFE 31/182/1-188/1) contain copies of numerous UFO reports made by members of the public and submitted to MoD between April 1993 and July 1996. These reports are duplicates of papers from tranche #4 of the UFO files, released by The National Archives in August 2009 (DEFE 24/1959/1-1961/1 and DEFE 24/1974/1-76/1 on the webpage).

Due to the large size of some of these files, we recommend you save them to your PC before opening them. Please right click on the links and select the ‘save’ option.

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  3. blankDEFE 24/2019/1 (PDF, 49.8 Mb)
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  28. blankDEFE 31/182/1 (PDF, 46.2 Mb)
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Released March 2011 [8,612 Pages]

Find out more about the House of Lords’ debate on UFOs, a flying saucer hoax that was treated as a potentially real alien invasion of the UK and how 1978 nearly became ‘the year of the UFO’.

Start by reading our highlights guide (PDF, 397kb) to help you navigate your way through the files.

Due to the large size of some of these files, we recommend you save them to your PC before opening them. Please right click on the links and select the ‘save’ option.

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Released August 2009

The files contain a wide range of UFO-related documents covering the years 1981-1996.

Find out more about close encounters, stray satellites, bright lights and Britain’s very own Roswell – Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk.

Start by reading our highlights guide (PDF, 254kb) to help you navigate your way
through the files.

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  14. blank DEFE 24/2086 [126 Pages, 12.8mb]

 

Released October 2008

blank Highlights guide (PDF 442kb) to help you navigate your way through the files.

blank WATCH VIDEO – Dr David Clarke, an expert in UFO history, guides us through the highlights of the newly released UFO files.

The files contain a wide range of UFO-related documents covering the years 1986-1992. If you want to find out more about close encounters over Gatwick Airport, alien abductions, stray satellites – and what the UK Government thought of it all

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Previously Released Records

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  4. blankDEFE 31/175 – UFO incidents
  5. blankDEFE 24/1922 – UFO reports
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  8. blankDEFE 24/1925 – UFO reports
  9. blankDEFE 44/119 Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO’s)
  10. blankPREM 11/855 Prime Minister’s request for an explanation of stories about flying saucers (UFO’s)
  11. blankAIR 20/7390 AIRCRAFT: General (Code 5/1): Unidentified aircraft (flying objects UFO’s): reports. INTELLIGENCE (Code 80): Unidentified aircraft (flying objects): report
  12. blank AIR 2/19086 Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO’s) policy and policy statements

 

UFO Sightings in the United Kingdom, through 2009

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  12. blank UFO Report 1998 PDF [37.7 KB]
  13. blank UFO Report 1997 PDF [54.2 KB]

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