As the U.S. Air Force, the RAF is no exception to receiving and examining reports of unidentified flying objects which have been looking into the phenomena for over 50 years.
Nevertheless, back in 2009, the decision was made to wind down its UFO unit on the basis that no UFO investigation had ever provided proof of a credible threat to the country.
UFO reports collected by the RAF will typically end up at the National Archives where they would remain classified for a certain number of years prior to release.
However, it has been announced that all the latest reports from the RAF will be published sometime in the first quarter of this year directly to the public.
“It had been assessed that it would be better to publish these records, rather than continue sending documents to the National Archives, and so they are looking to put them on to a dedicated gov.uk web page,” said an RAF spokesman.
UFO experts have supported the move including former MoD UFO investigator Nick Pope.
“The MoD have previously claimed that all the files have been released – only to find additional ones – so this latest move is bound to start a few conspiracy theories,” he said.
Nick Pope says that the truth is still out there, waiting to be discovered: “When I worked on the MoD’s ‘UFO desk’ we didn’t find definitive proof of extraterrestrial visitation, but there were so many bizarre and unexplained sightings that we didn’t entirely rule it out.”