BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

13 November 2014

BBC Homepage

Local BBC Sites

Neighbouring Sites

Related BBC Sites

Contact Us

Local History

You are in: Kent > History > Local History > The great UFO hoax

Courtesy: John Keeling

The great UFO hoax

Back in 1967 a group of students strategically placed UFOs across the country. Two 'landed' in Kent. Do you remember the great UFO hoax?

1967 was a huge year for UFO sightings in the UK and a group of engineer apprentices at the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough decided to make the headlines.

Through meticulous planning they created a fleet of UFOs and planted them on the same line, the same distance apart, across the country from the Bristol Channel to the Kent coast.

Courtesy: John Keeling

In Kent, one 'landed' on a golf course in Bromley and another on the Isle of Sheppey both to be found by members of the public.

The discoveries caused quite a stir and even Ministry of Defence was alerted before it was realised that the whole thing was an elaborate hoax.

Here is some BBC archive footage of a Kent 'space ship' as it is being inspected by the authorities:

Author John Keeling is writing a book on the subject and is looking for peoples stories and recollections of the day. He tells the story of how the hoaxers planted the UFO in Rushenden.

Get in touch

last updated: 22/01/2009 at 15:31
created: 21/01/2009

Have Your Say

Do you have any UFO stories to tell? Have you ever seen anything strange over our Kent skies? We'd love to hear from you.

The BBC reserves the right to edit comments submitted.

You are in: Kent > History > Local History > The great UFO hoax

Kent's connection to slavery

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy