For more than 30 years an unknown object has rested on the bottom of a lake in the north of Sweden. In a couple of weeks UFO-Sweden will lead an ambitious expedition to try and find the object. Coming along will be a professional diving team, the original witnesses Liz and Bo Berg, a support team, a chef and a documentary team. The case, previously classified by the Swedish military as Top Secret, will take them to a lake located deep in the forests of northern Sweden. To ensure that no stone is left unturned, they are bringing nearly a ton of specialist equipment including inflatable boats, underwater cameras, a side sonar scanner and metal detectors. They aim to scan the lake bed and use the diving team to inspect any unusual looking sonar scans.
The expedition will start to build a base camp at the shore of the remote lake on Thursday 30 August and the divers will begin their work on 31 August and continue the search for two more days. On Monday 3 September the expedition will leave the lake.
Following the search is an independent Swedish documentary team which for the last two years has been filming UFO-Sweden's investigation and with the development support of Swedish Television (SVT) will make a documentary covering the investigation. Teaser:
Shortly before 12 O'clock on July 31st 1980, Bo and Liz Berg were resting at the south end of a lake in Muddus national park in the very north of Sweden. A strange noise, resembling a wind coming from a jet air craft, got their attention and looking for the source, they immediately saw what soon should be flying straight above their heads,an elongated, cigar shaped object with two protrusions on its sides. Shortly thereafter the object descended and turned towards the couple ut landed on the water at the far end of the lake.
"We took the binoculars and looked at the object that was sitting on the water but soon it started to sink with bubbles coming from it", says Bo Berg.
The couple estimates the length of the object to between 3 and 4 meters. It had no color but was steel grey. It looked like a rocket.
"When it landed on the water, after making a 180 degree turn, it had lost nearly all its pace. Then it sunk", says Liz Berg.
The observation has puzzled both the Swedish military and UFO-Sweden's researchers for years. And with UFO-Swedens upcoming expedition, the case may finally find its explanation.
Ghost Rockets background
Since 1946, nearly 20,000 unidentified objects have been reported by eye witnesses seen in the skies over Sweden. More than 1,000 during 1946, the year of the Ghost Rockets. The Ghost Rockets got their name from being escribed as elongated, rocket like, metallic objects with or without wings.
The number of reports on the Ghost Rocket phenomenon caused the Swedish Military to take notice and send out research teams to try and identify the crafts. A special committee was formed with experts working for six months trying to solve the enigma. At first the "rockets" were believed to be Russian tests of captured V-1 or V-2 missiles captured from the Germans during World War Two.
The objects often maneuvered in unusual ways and several landed or crashed in lakes. Still to this day rocket like objects, with no apparent source of origin, are seen in Sweden; a modern day Ghost Rocket phenomenon. What they are or where they come from remains unknown.
Since no fragments have ever been found, neither on the ground nor in the lakes, both the Swedish, British and US military failed to find an explanation. When investigating the lakes, the only tangible evidence the military search teams found, was occasional craters in the lake bottom and torn off aquatic plants.
Both the US and British Military argued that the Swedish Military was ill equipped to handle the investigation adequately and the British MoD wanted to send a RAF team called "Task force 196" which was held on standby near Heathrow Airport. However Swedish Prime Minister at the time, Per Albin Hansson, refused them entry due to the fears that Sweden's "neutral" status was at risk.
Since 1946 new reports of cigar shaped objects have been reported every decade, fitting the description of a Ghost Rockets. The case that will be investigated this autumn was discovered by Anders Liljegren, Archives for UFO Research, and UFO-Sweden's chairman Clas Svahn, who will head the investigation team in 2012, in the Swedish War Archive (Krigsarkivet) where it was declassified in 1986.
You can read the rest of the article here.