Was this Notts UFO an alien spacecraft?
COULD sketches of a mysterious object which appeared in the sky over Notts be of an alien spaceship?
They are among a number drawn by people who have reported UFO sightings to the Ministry of Defence.
WEIRD: A sketch of the UFO drawn shortly after the sighting near Newark. Right: An artist's impression of how it might have looked.
WHAT IS IT? Another drawing of the sighting on the A46 heading for Newark.
information: The page from the file showing the two sketches and a location map. Left: The location in more detail.
The MoD has today released previously top secret files to the National Archives, where they are now available to the public.
Witnesses saw the star-like object appear over the A46 between Farndon and Newark on June 15, 1994. It initially appeared as a single light, but then changed in shape to show four white lights.
Dr Dave Clarke, an expert in UFO history and consultant to the National Archives for the ongoing release of the MoD's UFO files, said of the Newark sighting: "The most likely explanations are the usual things. It could have been an aircraft coming in to land or a bright star or planet.
"There were quite a few incidents in the 1990s where pubs, clubs and rock concerts were using searchlights and shining them on the clouds and people saw them and thought there was something flying around in the sky. The most unlikely thing it would be is an alien spacecraft in my opinion.
"When people check things out, 99% of the time it turns out to be something ordinary."
This fifth online UFO release is the largest to date, containing 24 files and totalling more 6,000 pages of material, spanning from 1994 to 2000.
The release also highlights how shapes of reported UFOs have changed over the last half-century.
Many reports in the latest file release describe them as big, black and triangular in shape with lights along the edges, while the predominant form in the 1940s and 1950s was saucer or disc-shaped.
Dr Clarke said: "In the 1950s the next big leap in technology was thought to be a round craft that took off vertically and it's intriguing to note that this is the same period when people began to report seeing 'flying saucers' in the sky. In the period the latest file release covers, triangular-shaped US stealth bombers and Aurora spy planes featured heavily on TV and films and the shape of reported UFOs corresponds.
More recent UFOs in Nottinghamshire seem to have appeared as clusters of bright lights.
Four bright lights were spotted over Keyworth on May 31, 2009.
On May 19 2009, residents of Broxtowe Estate and Nuthall said they saw a line of lights over the skies of Nottingham. In August 2008, the Evening Post was inundated with calls from people who saw lights floating across the sky in Carlton but they were later said to be Chinese lanterns.
The files are available to download for free for a month from the website www.nationalarchives.gov .uk/ufos