A UFO which appeared to travelling around 106mph and is said to have been only visible on a thermal camera was filmed by a police helicopter in the UK.
The eerie footage – which is similar to recent UFOs videos captured by the US military – was released by cops after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request appears to show the object moving over the Bristol Channel.
Police spotted the object at around 9.21pm over the Bristol Channel
It was moving against the wind at estimated speeds of 106mph
UFO investigators are calling on more disclosure from the British authorities
Video shows the object moving against the wind as it appears to travel at high speed and is tracked by the police helicopter’s FLIR thermal camera near St Athan in Wales at around 9pm on September 17, 2016.
Snippets of the video filmed off a screen were originally shared by the NPAS team at the time.
But now the full video of the strange encounter has been revealed following on FOI request by former cop turned UFO investigator Gary Heseltine.
And after a protracted battle to get his questions answered, he has called on the UK government to finally come clean on what it knows about UFOs.
NPAS South West tweeted at the time the object was not detected by local air traffic control and was described as “hot” as it travelled against the wind – meaning it was unlikely to be a balloon or lantern.
It was flying around 1,000 feet and was only visible when the cops noticed it on the thermal camera which they were said to be testing by pointing it at planes heading into Cardiff Airport.
The encounter lasted around eight minutes and the footage shows the camera changing settings as the cops appear to try to identify the strange phenomena.
Cops also said in a tweet in 2019 – more than three years after they released the short clip – “a drone is possible, but they were unable to keep up with it so it would have to have been very fast.”.
Mr Heseltine’s attempts to obtain the audio recordings from inside the police chopper along with a map of the object’s movements, but this information was not provided in the FOI response.
“This is verified police helicopter FLIR footage showing an object not seen with the naked eye but clearly seen in the infrared spectrum. It is moving against the wind, so it is not a balloon, nor is emitting any heat signature indicating a propulsion system,” he told The Sun Online.
This footage proves that objects, similar to what have been captured by the US Navy is being recorded on the same FLIR cameras here in the UK
“My FOI requests were largely stonewalled by the police authorities, and I believe there is much more information on this event that has yet to be released.”
The former cop spent six years working with the Royal Air Force police, 24 years with the British Transport Police, and launched a national database for UFO sightings for cops whiles till a serving officer in 2002 – before retiring from the force in 2013 to focus on his UFO research.
And recently he helped set up ICER, an international coalition from 27 countries calling for full disclosure on UFOS.
It comes as the world awaits the release of the hotly anticipated Pentagon UFO report – an unprecedented dossier by US intelligence as the topic steps from the fringe conspiracy theories to a national security debate.
Gary Heseltine is a former cop turned UFO investigator
Mr Heseltine also passed the video to retired police officer and former helicopter crew member Simon Conquest who provided expert analysis of the video for magazine UFO Truth.
He estimated the object was travelling at around 106mph, and says he believes the object is not a lantern, a bird, a meteor, or a known aircraft.
The former chopper spotter said he believes the craft appears to be moving under its own power – leading him to conclude it was either a advanced military test craft or potentially a vehicle of alien origin.
It is reported the object appeared to be flying close to the Hinkley Point B Power Station – further fueling potential links between nuclear sites and UFOs.
“I think it is highly likely that other police helicopter crews have recorded similar footage on their FLIR cameras,”Mr Heseltine said.
“Given that the stigma relating to this subject is being lifted I urge them to be more transparent on this issue.
“This footage proves that objects, similar to what have been captured by the US Navy is being recorded on the same FLIR cameras here in the UK.”
Still image taken back on July 15, 2019, aboard the USS Omaha showing an orb floating off San Diego,
Screenshot from the ‘Gimbal’ UFO video which includes US Navy pilots exclaiming ‘look at that thing!’Credit: US Department of Defense
Another US Navy video called ‘Go Fast’ which shows a UFO being trackedCredit: US Department of Defense
What is going on with UFOs in the US?
UFOS have stepped from fringe conspiracy theories to a genuine national security debate in the US.
Pentagon officials last year took the unprecedented step to confirm a trio of remarkable videos which showed US encounters with UFOs.
The debate is still open as to what the phenomena caught on film were – but it made clear to everyone, something is in the skies.
Perhaps the most striking was a video known as the “Tic Tac” – which showed an unidentified object being pursued by fighter planes.
The US also confirmed the existence of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) – a Pentagon programme set up to study UFOs before being disbanded in 2017.
However, it was replaced by the UAP Task Force in June 2020 after a vote by the US Senate Intelligence Committee.
Defence chiefs have since confirmed a number of leaked UFO videos and photos which were submitted to the Task Force for investigation.
Why this sudden rush for transparency?
No outside the secretive wings of the US government currently knows for sure.
And as a tacked on addendum to a 5,500 page Covid relief bill passed in December, the the Director of National Intelligence’s office was ordered to compile a report on UFOs within 180 days.
Former intelligence director John Ratcliffe has hinted the report will be a big deal – and we now just over a month away from its release.
The five month deadline elapses on in June, with some UFO lobbyists claiming it could be the “most profound moment in human history”
Dismissed as a conspiracy theory for decades, former US defence officials, sitting politicians, and former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have all acknowledged there is something unusual going on with UFOs.
Now often referred to as UAPs – Unidentified Aerial Phenomena – questions are being asked if the objects caught on film are super advanced drones, secret military technology, hoaxes & camera tricks, or perhaps even aliens.
US intelligence services officially closed the book on the phenomena in 1969 at the conclusion Project Blue Book – which stated there was nothing to see regarding UFOs.
However, in the last three years there has been an abrupt turnaround as the Pentagon took the unprecedented step of confirming three stunning UFO videos filmed by the US Navy.
And the UFO report – which was commissioned by Congress – is being compiled by the UAP Task Force, who were given a 180 day deadline in December which is due to expire this month.
Leaked videos continue to emerge its been reported the UAP Task Force are investigating over 100 encounters between the military and the unidentified objects.
Emerging details on the report state that it does not confirm or rule out an alien origin for the phenomena – but US lawmakers have been talking up the issue following a classified briefing last week.
The Sun Online also spoke to Tobias Ellwood MP, who suggested UFOs could be advanced drones and called on the UK to stage a similar probe to the US.