Britain releases UFO documents

Aug. 5, 2010 at 6:25 PM
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LONDON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- British fighter jets were scrambled more than 200 times each year during the Cold War to investigate UFO reports, Ministry of Defense documents show.

The files, released Thursday, revealed the incidents stopped with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, The Daily Telegraph reported.

"People projected their Cold War fears into the skies," said Dr. David Barrett, an expert on fringe religions and UFO-based cults.

The documents included a hoard of UFO sketches submitted by members of the public who claimed close encounters during the 20th century.

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