The missing wreckage of a UFO has been discovered archived in a tin box in a London Museum.
Hailed as the British equivalent of the Roswell incident, after it 'crash landed' 60 years ago, the remaining parts of the Silpho UFO, found in 1957, were rumoured by the UFO community to have ended up on a scrap heap or even on display in a local fish and chip shop.
However, wreckage of the aircraft were sent to The Science Museum in London for examination by experts in 1963.
Andy Roberts, former editor of UFO Brigantia magazine said it was an amazing breakthrough.
“It's incredible to hear that all this time pieces of this mystery object have been sitting in a museum archive,” he said.
After the remains of the UFO were sent to London for testing they were passed to Gordon Claringbull, who specialised in meteorites and explosives, at the Natural History Museum.
Gordon claimed he couldn't find anything unusual in the samples and some sceptics claimed the 'saucer' was made from a domestic hot water cylinder in a back-street garage and planted on the moor as an elaborate hoax.
The 'flying saucer' which was 45cm in diameter and weighing 15kg, was originally found by three men on Silpho Moor, near Scarborough in November 1957, just months after the Russians launched Sputnik.
The copper base of the object was inscribed with hieroglyphs, similar to the wreckage of the UFO that 'crashed' at Roswell, New Mexico in June 1947.
When the object was cut open a book made of 17 think copper sheets was found inside, with each sheet covered in more hieroglyphs.
Local café owner Phillip Longbottom claimed the hieroglyphs translated into a 2000-word message sent by an alien called Ullo, which contained a warning of 'You will improve or disappear.'
Scarborough businessman Frank Dickenson, then 42, found the saucer along with two of his friends after his car stalled and they spotted a glowing object in the sky that appeared to fall to the ground.
He found the metallic saucer lying in a patch of bracken and returned to his car to tell his friends, when they made their way back to the wreckage it was gone.
Frank was desperate to find the wreckage and placed an advert in the local paper and a man came forward and sold it to Frank for $18.
After buying the wreckage back Frank, Anthony Parker and Phillip Longbottom forced the object open to find traces of ash, glass and the copper book inside.
Dr David Clarke of Sheffield Hallam University, who has a PhD in British folklore and cultural tradition was invited to see the remains at The Science Museum after he gave a talk there on his work for The National Archives on the release of the Ministry of Defence's UFO files.
"One of the museum staff tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I was aware that "bits of a flying saucer" had been kept in a cigarette tin in the museum group store for decades,” he said.
“I was absolutely amazed when later we opened the tin box and saw the wreckage. It was obvious these were the remains of the missing Silpho Saucer that some have claimed as Britain's answer to the famous Roswell incident.
“It's incredible to hear that pieces of this mystery object have been sitting in a museum archive for more than half a century.”
With additional reporting by Caters News.
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