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Birdwatcher records video of a UFO

A birdwatcher spotted something much more mysterious than birds in the sky above the English village of Burwell in Cambridgeshire.

The witness reports that, after a day of birdwatching on December 9, a UFO was spotted in the distance. The birdwatcher, perplexed by this aerial object, recorded more than five minutes of video footage of the UFO.

The UFO over Burwell. (Credit: Dc S/YouTube)
The UFO over Burwell. (Credit: Dc S/YouTube)

The witness uploaded the video to YouTube the following day. “What on earth is it? Never seen anything like it before,” the witness comments.

As local media outlet Ely Standard points out, the witness claims to have noticed the UFO shortly after observing two CV-22 Osprey military planes in the area.

Several RAF bases are in close vicinity to where the video was recorded. RAF Mildenhall, for example, is just a few miles from the sighting point. This particular military installation houses the U.S. Air Force’s 352nd Special Operations Group, which happens to operate CV-22 Ospreys. The U.S. Air Force’s 100th Air Refueling Wing is also housed at RAF Mildenhall. This organization conducts air refueling operations using KC-135 Stratotankers. Air tankers that perform air-to-air refueling operations are equipped with several lights on the rear of the aircraft to provide visibility and to provide navigational directions to refueling pilots.

A KC-767 performing in-flight refueling operations. (Credit: Defense Industry Daily)
A KC-767 performing in-flight refueling operations. (Credit: Defense Industry Daily)

Based on the appearance and behavior of the UFO in the witness’s video, a KC-135 is a likely identification, especially given the proximity to RAF Mildenhall.

But in a comment posted on the video, the witness opines that the aerial object is actually a “UFO unidentified flying object from outer space with space aliens onboard coming to kill us all!!!!”

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. Yup, it’s the ol’ “Hover in midair at 3000 ft and refuel a figther jet” excuse again!

  2. IMO, you could be correct … although I never saw a hint of any other color in the lights other than the whites to yellow and orange. No green lights. Also, and IMO more important, the 5 minute+ video seemed to show whatever it was flying extremely slow, and for extended times appeared to hover and rotate in place.

  3. The blinking light towards the end of the video kinda has me perplexed. It did seem to hover for a bit, but it also showed a slow movement to the camera operators left. But that flashing light, sure does look like and even blink in the same intervals as the ones on our aircraft, commercial or military. Good catch, worth more investigating.

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