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Nights of the Manta Ray

By Hilary Porter

A friend of mine related this first account to me.

'In the latter part of September 1996, my eldest daughter and I had been to visit friends at Heatherside a new housing estate in upper Camberley Surrey: We were just about to leave, and were saying farewell to our friends, when our attention was grabbed by a gigantic shape, moving slowly through the sky above us... at which point we all looked up with our mouths wide open!

"The size of this huge form was we estimated at least 600ft wide at the back and about the same kind of dimensions from the huge base to the nose; it was far bigger than the playing field belonging to the Heather Ridge First School, situated near by."

This giant form moved stealthily, and the only noise from it that we could hear, was a deep throbbing sound, which seemed to emanate from the centre of the structure; I would estimate that it was flying at no more than 30mph, and was going in the direction of Farnborough.

My daughter and I had to leave our friends at 9pm as it was school the next day, so the whole sighting took about 2 minutes, but seemed much longer; every single one of us was shaken by the sheer size of this craft, and all assumed that it must be alien technology they had just witnessed.'

Our unique location where we all live is Farnborough, Hampshire... the home of aviation, and head of European cutting-edge technology; so, when we have the Worlds largest air show here ever 2 years, it beggars the question, 'why are these so-called cutting-edge firms still using old dinosaur technology, when far more exotic craft are flying about... unless of course, the UFOs are not ours at all, and they are indeed, of alien origin!

Artists Impression of 'Manta Ray' craft, 1996.

In addition, I have had my own tremendous sighting of a similar craft known as the Manta Ray:

A flash of light came out of nowhere during the evening of 22nd October 1996, a month and one day since the above report. Four lights; two red and two white – were travelling very close together, then suddenly a gigantic body appeared – it looked like the 'manta ray' craft that I had heard about before.

The object appeared to be somewhere around 1,000ft across, and was travelling very low at an approximate speed of 30/40mph. The object proceeded over the DERA airfield, (which is now QinetiQ), where it then turned over the central area before hovering in a stationary position. It was then that I noticed that there was total blackout over the area… even the red navigation lights on the runway were out.

The 'manta ray' flew around the east side of the DERA facility, it passed extremely low over the buildings before executing a complete roll, then it flew low, down over the British Aerospace Business Park, and did a side roll:

"This giant craft made the large buildings look something out of Toy Town."

The last thing I saw was its left fin as it landed on the airstrip.

As it was now only 8.50pm I put my daughter into the car and drove straight to the airfield; in those days you could park on the grass verge.

When I arrived, I got out of my car and stood by the perimeter fence and began watching; I noticed that the complex was in total darkness, except for a chink of light over the airfield, but with my binoculars I spotted an open door to the side of a large hanger opposite to where I stood; then suudenly, men dressed in white coats began running in and out of the building: They where carrying various boxes and equipment.

These men vanished into the darkness round the back of this hanger, then reappeared with yet more equipment and boxes, taking them back into the hanger.

I scanned all around for some kind of trace of the bizarre manta ray on the airfield, but saw nothing.


My name is Hilary Porter and I live in Hampshire in the United Kingdom. I am the co-founder of B.E.A.M.S - The British Earth & Aerial Mysteries Society, a long established investigation and studies forum dealing with all aspects of unexplained phenomena and the paranormal.

Since my childhood I have experienced numerous abduction-type experiences and had some major UFO sightings: From the mid-sixties onwards I have been a researcher of UFOs and related subjects which has taken me down a fascinating path.

For a number of years I have contributed a collection of articles to well known periodicals such as 'Alien Encounters', 'Witness' and also had material appear under various pseudonyms in books such as Nick Redferns' 'Cosmic Crashes' and 'Covert Agenda': I have also appeared a couple of times on ITV's 'This Morning' show, plus Live TV's the 'Why Files' program and been a guest on quite a number of radio programmes as well.

When I left school in the early 60's I had several jobs in engineering companies of which there where many in this area. Then I saw an advertisement in our local paper for engineers needed at what was then the site of Elliott Automation, Frimley in Surrey. I was successful at the interview and got a job in the micro circuitry laboratory; I knew this was where the future in electronics was heading and I wanted to be part of it.

In time we were taken over by Marconi. From the very second this took place nothing was ever the same again. The work changed to very hush-hush stuff, everything in duplicate and on a strictly need to know basis.

It was at this time that strange things started to happen within the company: Reports of Hexagonal craft where coming in from various witnesses, not only from people who lived near this site, but from the general area as well: Because of my artistic skills I was asked by the chief draughtsman if I would consider an apprenticeship as a draughts woman, I jumped at the chance, and became one of only a handful of woman working in a very male dominated environment.

This work took me all over the company into many laboratories and offices even to outside firms from time to time.

All employees had to sign the Official Secrets Act, and it’s only now I can give the reader some insight as to what it was like to work in this environment.