The Rendlesham Forest Incident is one of the most amazing incidents in UFO History. In December 1980, an unprecedented series of sightings and the actual landing of a craft (or multiple craft) of unknown origin occurred in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England. The base was used by the U.S. Air Force during this period; therefore dozens of USAF personnel were eyewitnesses to these events as they occurred over a two- to three-day period. Landed craft were not only directly encountered by military personnel, but a hovering UFO was seen emitting a beam of light directly over a missile silo, which reportedly disarmed it.
The British Ministry of Defense (MoD) denied that the event posed any threat to national security and stated that it was never investigated as a security matter. Admiral Lord Hill-Norton, the former Chief of the Defense, later stated an incident like this at a nuclear weapons base was unquestionably of national security interest. Eyewitness and Deputy Base Commander, Colonel Charles Halt also disagreed and insists the event was covered up by both the U.K. and U.S. intelligence services. Later evidence indicated that there was a substantial MoD file on the subject, which led to claims of a cover-up. Some interpreted this as part of a larger pattern of information suppression concerning the true nature of unidentified flying objects, by both the American and British governments.
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