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Fans of enormous government files will be overjoyed today as the National Archives release the third tranche of accumulated Ministry Of Defence (MoD) UFO-sightings bumf.

The compiled MoD documents are available free here in glorious pdf for one month, after which period downloaders will be charged "a small fee".

The files cover many sightings reported in 1996, a bumper year for people thinking they'd seen alien spacecraft - and, not coincidentally, the year that alien-invasion blockbuster flick Independence Day came out.

Movie buffs will doubtless recall that in the film dauntless American flyboys, after a bit of haxploitation virus action by Jeff Goldblum, eventually manage to destroy the alien ships using conventional fighter jets and missiles. This appears to be a case of art imitating life, as the new files reveal that Belgian fighter jockeys tried to tackle some UFOs using F-16s in 1990 - though without success in that case.

Journalism prof David Clarke, Blighty's Mister UFO, said:

"It's evident there is some connection between newspaper stories, TV programmes and films about alien visitors and the numbers of UFO sightings reported to the MoD".

Now, of course, we have newspaper stories about the UFO sighting reports, which will presumably lead to more sightings, thus even more stories and so on in a terrifying media feedback loop which will soon see all human communication paralysed by a horrendous glut of self-generated UFO cobblers.

We're doing our bit, obviously. ®

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