Two former radar operators have revealed how a UFO travelled 120 miles in less than EIGHT SECONDS during Britain’s most famous close encounter.
Ike Barker and Jim Carey have given their first in-depth interviews since the incident at RAF Bentwaters, in Suffolk – hailed as the world’s best documented case.
They were on duty in the air traffic control tower when the unidentified target was tracked on radar during a spate of bizarre sightings in late December 1980.
On December 26, a small team of security police officers reported seeing a triangular shaped craft land in Rendlesham Forest, just outside the base.
And, two nights later, Deputy Base Commander Lt Col Charles Halt and several other USAF personnel observed strange flashing lights moving through the woods.
The military team watched in awe as the glowing object fired a laser beam of light on the ground near their feet before it flew away.
Meanwhile, reports came in over their radios that the UFO was firing beams into the weapons storage bunkers, which housed the biggest stockpile of nuclear missiles in Europe at that time.
Halt, who made a recording of the incident on a pocket tape recorder, later filed an official report to the UK Ministry of Defence – dubbed the ‘Halt Memo’ – giving details about the case, which was released under the US Freedom of Information Act.
However sceptics have debunked the sightings as satellites, meteors or the Orfordness lighthouse a few miles away.
But speaking in a new documentary called UFOs and Nukes: The Secret Link Revealed, the retired USAF air traffic controllers say the craft they tracked was not man-made.
Ike Barker said: “It wasn’t like any radar target I’ve ever seen.
“It was travelling at an extremely high rate of speed. It passed over the control tower and then it stopped. I’ve never seen anything like the maneuverability that happened with this object.
“It was orange in colour and it popped into my mind that somebody was flying a basketball out here. There were lights around the centre but not like navigation lights.
“It was more like portholes, as if you were seeing the lights from the inside coming out. It hovered momentarily, reversed its course and went back out a high rate of speed.”
Carey, a tech sergeant with the 2164th Communications Squadron, said the unknown target made a sharp right angle turn at high speed before it left the area.
He said: “It was just phenomenal to see it go that fast. I said that can’t be one of ours. No jet can make an immediate right hand turn.”
The radar experts, who did not report the sighting to their superiors over fears it could ruin their careers, are among more than 150 military witnesses who have reported UFO activity at nuclear weapons laboratories, test areas, storage depots and missile sites since the 1940s.
Declassified US government and KGB documents from the former Soviet Union have also revealed how missile launch systems have mysteriously malfunctioned, causing panic among military chiefs during the Cold War.
American researcher Robert Hastings, who has produced the documentary and written a book on the ominous incidents, believes these incursions are a warning to humanity.
He said: “My opinion is that those who pilot UFOs are visitors from elsewhere who engage in provocative actions against American and Russian nuclear missile sites to send us a message that we humans are playing with fire – that to engage in nuclear warfare is essentially suicide.”
Retired UK police detective Gary Heseltine, who now edits the UFO Truth ezine, said: “The testimony of the two radar operators should once and for all put to bed the ludicrous sceptical theories that the military personal were confused by the Orfordness lighthouse.
“Their testimony clearly highlights that UFOs were interested in the base and that beams were shone down into the nuclear storage bunkers.
“Every high school child, politician and university college student should be shown this documentary.”
The new evidence has come to light as Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta told CNN News that the American people “can handle the truth” about UFOs.