Documents that were kept secret for 20 years have shed new light on an amazing story of alien abduction in Scotland.
Garry Wood and Colin Wright claim they were knocked out and examined by extra terrestrials after their van was ambushed by a flying saucer near Edinburgh.
But it has emerged that rather than being dismissed as Holywood fantasy, the 1992 incident was taken seriously enough to be investigated by the Ministry of Defence’s UFO desk.
Garry, then a 33-year-old ambulance technician from Edinburgh, was driving a car to Tarbrax, South Lanarkshire, accompanied by Colin, 25.
As they passed Harperrigg Reservoir, a remote spot about five miles outside Edinburgh, visitors from another world are said to have pounced.
The classified documents – released today (Thu) alongside at least seven other UFO sightings in Scotland – state that Garry “was driving along the A70 when the object dropped a curtain of white light in front of the car”.
Garry “and his friend blacked out for what seemed like 10-15 seconds,”
adds the report. “He thought he had died.”
The report notes the UFO was “20ft high.” A hand-written note records it was: “Black. No Lights. Round at bottom. 3 parts to it. 30ft wide.”
“Craft was black and shiny in appearance and hovered motionless about 20 feet above the road surface. As they went under the craft, it emitted a shimmering curtain or beam down towards the road surface, which spanned the full width of the road, some 22 feet. Once enveloped inside the beam, neither witness could see anything. In fact, Garry conveyed that he could not see his friend, Colin, who sat beside him. Everything went blank.”
The incident, according to the documents, was reported to “police, doctor, psychologist” and a “local university”.
Although the report does not cover the aftermath of the incident, it has previously emerged that both men underwent hypnotic therapy.
The process is said to have revealed that the aliens experimented on the men.
Mr Wood said in a newspaper interview in 1996: “I saw three creatures coming towards my car. I felt intense pain, like an electric shock.
Then I was in some room.
“I saw these things like wee men moving about, doing something to me. I could only see up. Then this six-foot creature approached.
“It was white-grey in colour with a large head and dark eyes with a long, slender neck, very slim shoulders and waist.
“There were either ribs or folds of skin on its body. The arms were like ours but there were four very long fingers.
November 19, 1995, U. K. Sunday Express interview with Garry Wood (above) about his A70 abduction with Colin Wright near Tarbrax, Scotland, southwest of Edinburgh that occurred three years earlier on August 17, 1992.
“The little ones were about three feet tall and seemed to do all the work while the big ones did the communication.”
He said one of the aliens spoke to him and said: “Sanctuary – we are here already and we are coming here.”
Mr Wood also claimed that a red-hot poker-like object was put into his eye, and he was surrounded by other crying humans as the aliens carried out their examinations.
Malcolm Robinson, who helped to write A70, said Mr Wood was currently unable to speak about the incident.
Other Scottish UFO sightings are revealed in the documents, many of them reported by highly-trained professionals.
Aircrew on a flight from Aberdeen to Edinburgh also reported seeing a “bright light” rising through the air from their cockpit in December 1996.
In February 1999, an air traffic controller at Prestwick airport and a police officer spotted a UFO, described as a “two large white/yellow lights.”
The UFO was picked up on the airport’s radar.
Also revealed in the reports include the coastguard spotting a very bright light off near Shetland in 1997 and a “cage-like” light over Fife in January 1999.
The reports also show how the government prepared responses in the house of commons over suspected US military projects in Scottish RAF bases.
In the early 90s Labour MP George Foulkes asked about the US Air Force’s Aurora project for a high-speed aircraft following reports of unidentified high-speedf radar contacts around RAF Machrihanish in Kintyre.
The government was tactfully told to say the matter would be an issue for the US authorities.
Reference is even made to the 1994 Chinook disaster on the Mull of Kintrye, which claimed the lives of 25 senior intelligence experts from Northern Ireland and the two pilots.
One file says at one time campaigners for the helicopter’s flight crew said UFOs were in the area at the time.
The file, dated November 2005, says: “I believe at one time the possibility of a UFO in the area was suggested by some of the campaigners as a possible cause.”
Ironically, Scotland’s famed UFO “capital”, Bonnybridge, near Falkirk, does not feature in any of the new reports released by the National Archives.