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Swedish team launches UFO retrieval mission

Swedish team launches UFO retrieval mission

Published: 30 Aug 2012 12:35 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Aug 2012 12:35 GMT+02:00

The expedition leader and head of UFO-Sweden, Clas Svahn, set off on the trip to Jokkmokk, far northern Sweden on Thursday together with a support team, divers, a film crew, and the original witness who watched the craft land in the water.

“I expect to be surprised,” Svahn told The Local, explaining that while he is not a “believer”, he hopes that the trip can provide answers.

“People mistake UFOs with flying saucers. There are many, many reports of strange things in the air, but what we’re interested in is explaining what they are. Every answer is a good answer.”

The craft the team is looking for was seen crash-landing in the south end of a lake in Muddus, back on July 31st, 1980.

The witnesses, Bo and Liz Berg, watched as the “elongated, cigar shaped object with two protrusions on its sides” came whizzing by them, turned 180 degrees, and performed a controlled landing in the water, disappearing in a spray of bubbles.

The description of the object led the research team to conclude it was a so-called Ghost Rocket – a spacecraft that has long held captured the attention of both UFO investigators and the military alike.

Since 1946, witnesses have reported nearly 20,000 unidentified objects in the skies over Sweden, with 1,000 alone in 1946.

According to the UFO Sweden homepage, the sheer number of these reports caused the Swedish military to send out research teams. The rockets were at first believed to be Russian tests of V-1 or V-2 missiles captured from the Germans during World War Two.

However, since no fragments have ever been found, the Swedish, British and US military failed to find an explanation. The only concrete evidence the military found was occasional craters in the lake bottoms and damaged aquatic plants.

But Svahn believes that where the military failed, his team may succeed.

He confesses that he has long been interested in UFOs and has been compelled to find out more about them since he was a teenager in the seventies.

And while he admits that he is unsure exactly what the Ghost Rocket may be, Svahn is confident that it is made of steel, and that the landing described by the witnesses suggests that the object was being controlled.

“Someone was sitting somewhere,” he told The Local.

“Even better, this is the only occasion we’ve heard of where the object landed rather than crashed. There’s a very real chance that we may find it intact.”

The team will begin diving with a host of professional equipment on Friday and will continue their search until Monday.

Meanwhile, a film crew accompanying the expedition is making a documentary about the exploration, which has caught the attention of an international audience and fan base.

However, regardless of the film crew, Svahn explains that the sky is the limit when it comes to the possibilities if something is indeed found at the bottom of the lake.

“There are many more sightings in Sweden that match the Ghost Rockets description. If we find what we’re looking for this weekend, we’ll be investigating the other cases as well.”

Oliver Gee

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15:53 August 30, 2012 by NickO.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/62/1948_Top_Secret_USAF_UFO_extraterrestrial_document.png
18:41 August 30, 2012 by Svensksmith
Something about that picture looks vaguely familiar....
21:00 August 30, 2012 by ctinej
Planet Earth has been sending signals out into space of who we are for about 50 years.

In those beams of signals, we find Sponge Bob, Wilie Coyote, Yosemite Sam, and

the Three Stooges. I wonder which one the space travelers planned to interview? I'm not sure why anyone would want to visit us. Or if they do, they must be prepared to be poked in the eyes, blown up,, or chased by Fog Horn Leg horn's dog.
21:56 August 30, 2012 by jimfromcanada
The drawing looks like an USAF SR71.
07:45 August 31, 2012 by Cephalectomy
looks like a condom
08:44 August 31, 2012 by robban70226
Who cares!!!

Spilled milk

Water under the bridge,

looks like somebody wants to spend some money in a ''research'' party??
15:16 August 31, 2012 by tadchem
The shape looks like the SR-71, but they were all black, and could not have made a 'controlled landing' into a lake. The last one known to have crashed was in 1989, and the last SR-71 accident before that was in 1972.

The Lockheed A-12 had the same shape, in a shiny metal color, but they were parked in 1968.
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