UK UFO Cases : Milton Torres Encounter May 1957

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On May 20, 1957, 25-year-old US pilot Milton Torres was ordered to intercept and shoot down a large UFO that had been picked up by radar in the skies over East Anglia. Torres was based at RAF Manston piloting F86D Sabre fighters in the USAF. As he scrambled his jet into the air he could see a target on radar about 15 miles eastwards. Its size appeared to be similar to a B52 bomber. The target was thought to be a hostile Soviet aircraft and he prepared his missiles for launch. Suddenly the blip on the radar vanished.

Torres was then informed by ground control that his target was a UFO and was showing erratic flight patterns. As he approached the 700mph speed limit of his aircraft ground control asked him if he had visual contact. Torres could not see anything due to the cloud conditions. However the radar return indicated this object was as big as an aircraft carrier making impossible manoeuvres. Torres estimated its speed to be Mach 10 at times. "I think it was an alien spacecraft. It had a propulsion system that was beyond us - either magnetism or anti-gravity." he stated.

The object moved out of radar range and he was ordered back to base. Torres said in a 2008 interview “I was told I would be firing a complete salvo, all 24 rockets. I was pumped up — this was the sort of thing that happened before a war.”

After the incident he was told by a secret service agent that the mission was classified and he was not to mention it to anyone. So he remained quiet for 3 decades. The story is a mystery. But the fact remains there was no visual sighting of anything. It may have been military electronic counter measures being tested to see if it could spoof radar and Torres was the guinea pig in the experiment. Or was Torres sent to intercept an alien spacecraft?


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