US Fighter Jets Ordered to Shoot Down UFO
Aircraft carrier-sized ship darted off; pilot ordered to keep silent
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 20, 2008 7:14 AM CDT
3rd July 1954: A cricketer stops to read a newspaper article about a strange phenomena in the sky over London, in a Picture Post photo-fiction story about a UFO invasion. Original Publication: Picture...   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – US fighter jets were ordered to shoot down a UFO over England during the Cold War, newly released files reveal. What appeared to be a massive "aircraft carrier" in the sky hovered before darting off undamaged, said one of the military pilots, who was later threatened by a well-dressed "unnamed man" if he "ever breathed a word" about the incident to anyone.

In another mysterious encounter, a passenger jet headed for London's Heathrow airport nearly smashed into a UFO described as a brown missile-shaped craft. Military authorities were unable to account for the 1991 near-confrontation. The incidents came to light in reports released by Britain's defense ministry. Neither report included an explanation.