Revealed 32 years later: The clearest ufo photo ever taken!

In August 1990, two young chefs photographed what they thought was a ufo while walking near Carigorms in Scotland and took the photos to a newspaper. The newspaper forwarded them to the Ministry of Defense. Then both the photos and the two young chefs disappeared. Now, 32 years later, the photo has emerged.

On August 4, 1990, two young men were working as chefs at a hotel in Pitlochry, a beautiful Highland Perthshire town just outside Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. At 9:00 pm after a long day in the hot kitchen, they went 20 kilometers north for a walk to Calvine, a spot on the edge of the Cairngorms. They weren’t far off when they saw a huge, solid, diamond-shaped object about 100 feet long floating silently in the sky above them. Terrified, they hid in some bushes and looked up.


Minutes later, they heard the sound of a jet plane heading north: in 1990, RAF Leuchars in Fife had two squadrons of Tornado fighters on standby for 24 hours to intercept the Russian attacking aircraft. The jet plane returned and surrounded the ‘object’ before returning to its course, as if the pilot had also seen the unidentified object and turned around for a closer look. Eventually the two men pulled their cameras out of hiding and took six pictures. At this point, the object shot upwards vertically and disappeared into the sky.


Almost certain that they had seen a ufo, the chefs sent the photo they took to the Daily Record, one of Scotland’s leading newspapers. However, no news was published on the subject. The newspaper forwarded the photos to the Ministry of Defense without delay. Then the photos disappeared; with two young chefs. Until now.


Now, for the first time, that missing picture is emerging. The photo, which one of the Ministry of Defense officials described as “the most spectacular ufo photo ever taken”, is the clearest of the images accepted as evidence of unidentified flying objects.

Due to ‘confidentiality concerns’, the Department of Defense and the National Archives, which want the names of witnesses to be sealed for another 54 years by 2076, did their best to hide the photo and did not publish the original.


The story of the mysterious ‘Calvine file’ has continued to circulate over the years. What happened to the file and the men who photographed the ufo remained a puzzle. Until David Clarke, in his search for the Daily Mail, managed to locate retired RAF officer Craig Lindsay, who was the first official to speak to one of the young chiefs after that night.

Lindsay was eager to talk to journalist David Clarke, and most exciting of all, she broke protocol that day and kept a copy of the image and the entire file, including the negatives. At 83 and still living in Scotland, he had kept the secret copy on his desk for 32 years. “I’ve been waiting for someone to contact me about this for over 30 years,” Lindsay said.


A black and white photo printed on colored paper, trees and fences looks a bit blurry, as if the photographer had taken it in a panic. These details are consistent with the story. The camera is focused on the strange diamond-shaped object in the center of the frame. An object that looks like it came from another world, unlike any conventional airplane. It’s obviously the best ufo photo many people have ever seen.

Revealed 32 years later: The clearest ufo photo ever taken
The photo was analyzed by Andrew Robinson, a senior lecturer in photography at Sheffield Hallam University. As a result, it turned out that the object was definitely in front of the camera, not a post-production fake.

Lindsay, a pragmatic and sensible former official who had spent ten years in the military, was convinced that the image and the frightened man she had spoken to that day were real. Previously, he was afraid of violating the Official Secrets Act. But after 32 years of doing what he was told and remaining silent, he wanted the truth to come out.

“As a press officer in Scotland, I dealt with a lot of ufo news. But most were just lights in the sky. It was obvious that it was different. When I asked what kind of noise it was making, the man said, ‘He didn’t make any noise.’ At that moment I realized that there were no planes that I knew were silent.’