June 19, 2004 (by Eric L. Palmer) - According to a story from Manchester Online, 6 Dutch F-16s caused some interest in the U.K. when people thought that they were unidentified flying objects.
It was a sighting that alerted UFO spotters across the globe. Caught on amateur video camera, six mysterious objects flew at incredible speed in formation across the skies above Manchester. Excited cameraman Steve Harrison posted a message on etcontact.net, a website devoted to gathering evidence of UFOs worldwide and waited to learn if he had witnessed an alien flypast.
The F-16s were conducting a ferry flight from Gander (Newfoundland, Canada) to Leeuwarden AFB
). The pilots from 323 and 322 sqn particpated in the annual exercise Maple Flag, which takes place at CFB Cold Lake, Canada. (Ed.: The statement that they were taking part in Operation Clean Hunter is incorrect