From: David Clarke <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 15:00:00 -0400 Fwd Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 09:22:02 -0400 Subject: The Sheffield Non-Incident The so-called "Sheffield incident" rather than being the biggest UFO event this decade, as some people desperate for fame and money would pretend, is more likely the biggest load of bull.. Max Burns' ever more desperate and obsessive attempts to prop up the case he was determined would be "Britain's answer to Roswell" grow funnier by the minute. No one doubts lots of people saw funny lights and aeroplanes in the sky over the Peak District on march 24, 1997..least of all me....the RAF have admitted in Parliament they were involved in a low-flying exercise that night which involved jets flying as low as 250 foot as part of training for action in the Gulf. The Tornados involved were not interceptor type fighters, they were Gr1 strike bombers based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, planes which would not be used in any interception mission involving a potential UFO. What people saw that night were not UFOs, they were military jets and possibly a low-flying civilian aircraft too (it was even filmed over the Sheffield, and I have a copy of the video). We can argue all day about what people did or did not see, but Max's report about this incident boils down to one specific claim: Namely, he claims a UFO - or Extraterrestrial craft in his case - shot down a pursuing Tornado fighter over Sheffield that night with the death of its pilot. I challenge Max, as I have done on several occasions in the past to provide me with: 1. The name of the base from which this Tornado was flying, and its registration number 2. The name of the pilot who he claims died as a result of an Extraterrestrial attack. Despite repeatedly promising to supply this information, so far Max has come up with zilch. These are big claims, and without any solid evidence to back them up Max's Sheffield Report remains just another collection of stories from people who saw lights in the sky. I have put the MOD on the spot over this incident and asked them directly if they scrambled jets that night to intercept a UFO. They have categorically denied such an event took place, and maintain all military aircraft flying that night were taking part in a pre-planned and pre-booked training exercise. No doubt Max will claim they are lying and I am just another agent of the cover-up, but these statement have been made on the record and if they are lies then they can be challenged in the House of Parliament if necessary. If Max can provide me with one shred of solid evidence to back up his claim that an alien craft shot down a Tornado that night - surely the most momentous event in the history of the world - then we can take this case further. If he cannot provide the name of the base, and the name of the pilot (hasn't his family wondered where he has been for the last 14 months?) then these claims should be regarded as the unsubstantiated nonsense which they surely are. In fact, so sure is he of what happened that night that his story has changed on several occasions: first the Tornado had been shot down and crashed into a reservoir with the loss of both its pilot and co-pilot, then it had been "vanished" or captured. now the co-pilot has managed to bail out and tried to hitch a lift back into Sheffield while covered in aviation fuel. If it wasn't so serious a claim it would be good material for a Monty Python sketch, but it's obvious even Max himself can't decide which one of these fantasies he is going to run with. Even the News of the World - a downmarket rag known for swallowing some of the biggest turkeys in the history of newspapers - did not believe Max's claims so his chances of pursuading the rest of the real world amount to precisely zilch. So come on Max - put up or shut up - where is your evidence? Who saw a UFO shoot down a Tornado? Where was the Tornado based?... and what was the name of the pilot? I would lay a hefty bet that you will never be able to answer these questions because this event simply never happened. And finally, in the case of Mr Dagenhart - despite Mr Dagenhart expressly asking Max Burns not to use his name in connection with his claims, Max continues to do so to all and sundry on the Internet. What this shows is Max's complete disregard for an individual's wish to remain anonymous and the ethics which he employs in the course of his "investigations." Mr Dagenhart has not been "silenced" by the MOD, his "source" was in fact myself (but as you all know, I'm working for MI5). When I contacted him and read him selected portions from Max's Sheffield report (which Max had promised to send him but never did) he was quite simply and to use his own words "horrified". Dagenhart says Max made no reference to his claims about a Tornado being shot down by a UFO in the conversations they had, and certainly did not tell him he was intending to use his (Dagenharts) testimony in a story claiming that he had seen the co-pilot of a Tornado shot down by a UFO. That is why this witness withdrew his evidence. He says the man was not dressed in RAF flying gear, he was an Indian or Caribbean man dressed in dark clothing. It's a huge jump in logic and the rules of evidence to claim this proves he was the co-pilot of a downed Tornado. All this proves is simply how gullible some UFO believers really are. For those who are inferested in what REALLY happened on March 24, 1997, my feature article in the forthcoming issue of UFO Magazine (published at the end of this month) will set out the facts - ALL of them backed up by checkable, verifiable sources of evidence.
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