An Extraordinary Account:
By Ananda SirisenaThe source of this report, who I shall refer to as ML, told me an extraordinary story about how one morning, around 6.30 am, he and his wife were returning home after babysitting at their daughter’s house when they saw a huge object hovering over a field, to the right of the road that they were driving on. At the time of the sighting, it was a bright dawn with a clear, blue sky. ML had spotted the object first through the trees and, whilst trying to keep it in sight, nearly drove into the ditch on the left-hand side of the road. His wife exclaimed to him to be careful, wondering why he was driving in such an erratic manner. He stopped the van and told his wife to look out through his window. He asked, “What do you see?” She said, “What is it?!” He asked, “What does it look like?” She said, “It’s a spaceship!”
ML informed me that the object was, in his estimation, many hundreds of feet in length, with pastel lights all around it that appeared to pulsate softly. ML further described it as “cloud-like”, saying that the colours around the object were like “moving clouds”. It is possible the object was surrounded by a cloudy mist, perhaps a camouflage, or its colour was a cloudy grey.
The couple observed the object for a short while, which ML estimated to be a few minutes. He had gotten out of the van and climbed up on the bonnet (hood) to get a better look. I asked ML to sketch the object. He was able to do this in a matter of a minute or so. I took him outside to look at the sky and asked him to give me an approximation of the angle subtended by the object. That is, it’s length as it appeared to the naked eye. The figure below is the first sketch made by ML. It shows a classic “flying saucer” shape.
When ML told me where he had stopped the van, I realized that they had been very close to a sensitive Ministry of Defence (MOD) property! The couple were just past Church Lane, located on Burghfield Road, as it approached the M4 motorway, near the city of Reading. The massive object was hovering over a field adjacent to AWE—the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston. (The facility was previously known as AWRE, the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment.)
The website for AWE states, “AWE plays a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country’s nuclear deterrent. We are a centre of scientific and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world.”
So ML and his wife had spotted what they called a “spaceship” next door to the Atomic Weapons Establishment. Suddenly, from a hovering position, the UFO started to move directly over the MOD site, then rapidly towards the M4 motorway. At that point, it was out of sight.
ML is convinced that there must have been many other witnesses because of the sheer size of the Unidentified Flying Object and its proximity to AWE. He is certain that the object must have been captured on the innumerable security cameras surrounding the site. He is also certain that the object must have been sighted by drivers on the M4 motorway and possibly even picked up by the cameras that monitor traffic on that busy link between South Wales and London.
It was later established that the sighting had taken place on the 11th of September 2004. Whilst ML appreciates that this case is not “news” after so many years, he would like some kind of official confirmation of his sighting. He feels that the UFO must have been tracked on radar, been seen by satellite, and visually observed by many other people.
His wife is equally mystified by the appearance of this object. Her first reaction was that it was a ‘spaceship’ and she has not changed her opinion since. What was it doing hovering over a highly sensitive MOD site? Did the armed guards at AWE spot it? Where did it come from? Where did it go? These are questions we have no answers to at the moment.
Ananda Sirisena may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
AFTERWORD by Robert Hastings: According to declassified FBI and U.S. Air Force documents, the U.S. equivalent of the AWE facility—the Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico—was repeatedly monitored by UFOs, as early as December 1948. Other U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories under apparent surveillance in the early 1950s included Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Sandia Laboratory, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
As noted above, AWE also stores nuclear missile warheads. Another nukes-related UFO incident in the U.K. occurred at the RAF Bentwaters airbase, in December 1980, when a hovering disc-shaped craft was sighted sending down beams of light into the USAF nuclear bomb storage depot on the base. Details about all of these cases may be found in my book UFOs and Nukes: Extraordinary Encounters at Nuclear Weapons Sites, which is available only at http://www.ufohastings.com/.