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New book promises ‘truth’ about Rendlesham UFO mystery from perspective of airbase commander

PUBLISHED: 18:30 06 January 2017

Col. Charles Halt (Retired) revisiting Rendlesham Forest last summer

Col. Charles Halt (Retired) revisiting Rendlesham Forest last summer

“The Rendlesham Forest incident can truly be regarded as the ‘perfect storm’ of a UFO case”, explains former Ministry of Defence investigator Nick Pope in his introduction to a new book on the 36-year-old mystery.

John Hanson's latest book, The Halt Perspective, tells the story of the Rendlesham Incident through the accounts of Colonel Charles HaltJohn Hanson's latest book, The Halt Perspective, tells the story of the Rendlesham Incident through the accounts of Colonel Charles Halt

John Hanson’s 800-page study promises “the truth” about what happened outside RAF Woodbridge over two nights in late December 1980 as told by one of the highest ranking military officers embroiled in the debate.

The Halt Perspective opens in 1940s Pittsburgh – birthplace of the future US airforce commander whose name would be synonymous with an audio tape recording of the ensuing investigation.

As deputy commander of the twin bases of Bentwaters and Woodbridge, Colonel Charles I. Halt prepared a memo for the MoD describing “unexplained lights”, and recorded what became known as the Halt Tape – a documented analysis of the nearby forest scene, where Halt saw more mysterious lights, like those witnessed by airmen Jim Penniston and John Burroughs two nights earlier.

In 2010, the retired colonel signed an affidavit claiming the encounter was extraterrestrial and had been covered up by the government.

Rendlesham Forest UFO trailRendlesham Forest UFO trail

Over three-and-a-half decades, the mystery has been variously explained away as an elaborate prank, a military training exercise, or even the result of confusion caused by beams from Orford Ness lighthouse in response to which, Mr Halt said: “I’m tired of all the disinformation out there. It seems that every time I turn around, I hear more nonsense or am accused of something.”

Mr Halt claims his initial memo on the unexplained lights was passed to the United States intelligence service without his knowledge, and that exaggerated UFO stories were deliberately spread to camouflage the truth.

Before the incident, labelled himself a sceptic. “I was a non-believer,” he said. “I never really gave it a second thought before the incident.

“I still didn’t say much publicly until people started putting out all kinds of garbage and nonsense so much disinformation out there and people bugging me about what happened.

Press cutting from the incident in 1980Press cutting from the incident in 1980

“I finally decided, it’s time to tell the truth. I believe the objects that I saw at close quarter were extraterrestrial in origin, and that the security services of both the United States and the United Kingdom have attempted, both then and now, to subvert the significance of what occurred at Rendlesham Forest and RAF Bentwaters by the use of well-practiced methods of disinformation.”

Mr Halt’s own version of events has been called into question by his then commanding officer, Col Theodore (Ted) Conrad, in a series of statements to Dr David Clarke, a Sheffield Hallam University academic and the UFO adviser to the National Archives. Meanwhile, Mr Halt has cast his own doubts over the credibility of another witness, Larry Warren, to whom he directed open criticism at a public conference in Woodbridge last July.

The book’s author and publisher, Mr Hanson, a former West Midlands police officer turned UFO investigator, has also written 11 volumes on the history of UFO sightings from 1939-1990.

He called the The Halt Perspective an “in-depth look at possibly the greatest UFO event in modern British history”.

Did a UFO land in Rendlesham Forest?Did a UFO land in Rendlesham Forest?

“The truth, that needs no added sensationalism, is that the deputy commander of a US Air Force base in Suffolk, along with others, observed what they believe to be an extraterrestrial craft,” he added.

“In late December, 1980, there was a series of reported sightings of unexplained lights near Rendlesham Forest, which became linked with claims of UFO landings.

“What’s more, the events occurred just outside RAF Woodbridge, at that time used by the US Air Force – a very strategic military base at the height of the Cold War.”

Among the many UFO sightings reported across East Anglia in the years before and after the Rendlesham Incident, Mr Hanson documents a succession in north Essex between 1978 and 1990, with triangular objects also seen over Sizewell nuclear power station, near Leiston.

The Halt Perspective is available via hauntedskies.co.uk.

18 comments

  • It is well known that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) took a magical night time trip to Jerusalem mounted on a winged mule. I have often wondered if this might have been a UFO.

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    Abdul Hashmi

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017

  • Mr Boast wrote to me approx 20 years ago confirming that nothing out of the ordinary was seen that night. Oddly I filmed a ufo over the same Forest on 27th December 2000. A matter that was covered by the EADT following an interview.You may like to know that i also interviewed two of the Police Officers who went there and that Mike Toplis had his own sighting. Another witness was Barry Rey who attempted to chase a saucer shaped object. John Hanson co author.

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    John Hanson

    Tuesday, January 10, 2017

  • To the 2 kind people wanting to make money out of my grandads private diaries my email address is below, Iaintnomug@gmail.com Think the one claiming to be an ex cop is funny you must be trustworthy lol.

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    ITFC78

    Monday, January 9, 2017

  • in 2000 a gamekeeper [david boast ] who lives at the end of the runway in a cottage told me he was there on the night and it was real. dunno if hes still alive? others told me that he rarely will talk about it

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    barry chark

    Monday, January 9, 2017

  • I am a retired police officer and the co author of the Halt Perspective book.May I ask the gentleman who mentioned about the diary.to contact me please on 01214450340 .

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    John Hanson

    Monday, January 9, 2017

  • Dear Dinosaur Detective, Would you like to discuss this privately please. Regards, Philip. philip.mantle@gmail.com

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    Philip Mantle

    Monday, January 9, 2017

  • Dear Captain Z, I would respectfully like to ask if you are prepared to discuss this further in public please. Regards, Philip Mantle philip.mantle@gmail.com

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    Philip Mantle

    Monday, January 9, 2017

  • Dear Sir, as a UFO researcher I would be most interested to in your grand fathers diary and would respectfully like to ask if I could take a look at it please. Philip Mantle philip.mantle@gmail.com

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    Philip Mantle

    Monday, January 9, 2017

  • I am stunned to see that so many people here are so dismissive of the possibility that a UFO may have landed in Rendlesham Forest. I understand that absolute proof is required before we can say with complete certainty that a UFO definitely did land there, but there is no rational reason for anyone within the USAF to make this story up. Conjuring up a story such as this to try and cover up something secret would just bring unwelcome attention to the base and completely defeat the purpose of creating a false story, so the attempts that some people here are making to try and rationalise this event are just as ludicrous as the claims behind the event itself.

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    YipYap

    Monday, January 9, 2017

  • My grandad lived down the track next to the base fence track 6 maybe and my grandad did not scare easy as he was on the D day landings, Befor he died he would often talk of lights over the forest and the lights would take off at great speeds makeing no noise, He never made any of this public at the time the rendlesham incident so he had no need to lie, When he died in 93 my mum found his old diaries and the sightings where all down in black and white with dates going back to the 60's, He said in one extract that a massive craft was hovering above the tree line next to his house and 5 people he had round all saw it and it shot off vertically so fast it was out of sight in seconds, Fast forward to 1999 i was out on a long dog walk on a dusk evening over bealings hills and a massive craft passed over me maybe 100ft up and as it passed it made no noise, it got 500 yards away and just shot off towards the direction of Woodbridge, People often put down others claims but plenty go to church to pray to a air,

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    ITFC78

    Monday, January 9, 2017

  • This was either a prank gone wrong, or a staged training exercise without lower ranks being notified beforehand - perhaps to test base security and keep people on their toes as it were. It is also clear that they also misidentified the light from the Orford Ness lighthouse. Everything else surrounding this "mystery" can be rationally explained or debunked: the background radiation levels were normal; the scratching and holes on the ground were erratically placed and probably left by animals; and the damage to the trees was simply Forestry Commission workers marking trees for felling as it was a commercial logging operation back in those days.

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    Captain Z

    Saturday, January 7, 2017

  • May I add to this continuing saga. Why wasn't the incident reported to the USAF Office of Special Investigations at the time? Having worked closely with them I can say the two Special Agents would have been on call 247 and they lived in the vicinity. They specialised and were first contact for all major incidents and crime involving US personnel. also a witness in this story states he was given a 'truth drug' in the basement of the OSI office. My OSI friend of many years who served at WoodbridgeBentwaters at the time refutes this claim and points out (as can I) that the OSI office did not have a basement. It was a small building near the main gate. It's concrete footprint can be seen today. Don't forget this was all at celebratory Christmas time.

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    dinosaur detective

    Saturday, January 7, 2017

  • neutral, gullibility is exactly what intelligence services rely upon when they spread dissimformation such as the one you have mentioned.

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    Poet

    Saturday, January 7, 2017

  • There are plenty of real mysteries in this world without the need for made up stories of UFOs. Clearly this story started as a prank. The only thing not explained is if it went wrong or played out exactly as planned.

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    amsterdam81

    Saturday, January 7, 2017

  • How much more money can they milk out of this sad, exaggerated, load of nonsense?

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    Ken Parsons

    Saturday, January 7, 2017

  • It is difficult to believe anything the Americans say after all in 1969 they convinced a lot of people that they had landed on the moon. It's all science fiction.

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    how'd the town do

    Saturday, January 7, 2017

  • Blue &White lights! 80-81 season, they'd come down to watch the Town!

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    Mike Derruki

    Friday, January 6, 2017

  • Neutral, the very thought of the USAF going to the trouble of creating a false story of an ET visitation just to cover-up a prank that went wrong is far more ridiculous than the possibility that ETs may have visited Rendlesham Forest.

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    YipYap

    Friday, January 6, 2017

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