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Sgt. James Penniston


The Rendelsham Forest Incident

January 18, 2019

In 1980, a UFO was tracked on military radar in Rendlesham Forest, England. It landed near two of the most strategically important military bases in NATO, and was approached by military witnesses who touched the hull. 

While patrolling the Royal Air Force Woodbridge base in England late at night, an Airman saw strange flashing red and blue lights in the adjacent Rendelsham forest. He alerted his supervisor and they approached to investigate if it was a downed aircraft or a potential security threat. A white light appeared to come toward them. Concerned, they drove to the closest phone to report the incident.

On-duty flight chief, Staff Sergeant James (Jim) W. Penniston was told to proceed to the area. He was on high alert as it was unusual he was not briefed on the situation before arriving. Once there, he crept toward the lights along with 3 other men. The air felt charged with static electricity and it was difficult to walk properly; like wading through deep water. Penniston saw a sphere of light which turned into a small, metallic craft with symbols on the side. He touched the surface of the craft which felt smooth like glass. After some time, the craft lifted slowly off the ground.

JIM PENNISTON, USAF, Ret., served over twenty years active duty in the US Air Force. He is the co-author of Encounter in Rendlesham Forest and is currently a lecturer and presenter on the Rendlesham Forest Incident and other related events.


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