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Calvine UFO Is The Greatest Photo You Will Ever See



Calvin UFO Photo

On August 4, 1990, two young hotel chefs photographed what appeared to be a diamond-shaped flying object in the sky over Pitlochry, Scotland. The UFO Photo resurfaces after missing for 32 years but the two witnesses are still missing.

For 32 years, the “Calvine photo”—a revolutionary image from a pivotal moment in history—was lost. But thanks to the work of journalist David Clarke, this groundbreaking picture has finally come to light.

After 13 years of investigation, Clarke—who is currently an associate professor at Sheffield Hallam University—served as a curator for the British National Archives and—former RAF press officer Craig Lindsay kept a copy of the original print in anticipation of someone asking about the photo.

In one of a series of six photos taken by the hikers, a fighter plane can be seen in the distance.


The image—called the best UFO photograph ever taken—has never been made available to the general public prior to now.

The two climbers delivered the photograph to Scotland’s Daily Record newspaper in 1990 so that it might be published. The publication gave it instead to the British Ministry of Defense, which has kept its existence secret up until this point.

How it gets lost

The Calvin Photo - Location
The exact location where the infamous Calvin UFO photo was taken by two hotel chefs

The RAF press officer in Scotland forwarded the photos to Craig Lindsay, a Daily Record picture editor, who then gave them to him.

The Ministry of Defense requested that he get copies after they received the print from him.

He then returned to the Daily Record and asked that they send the negatives to London. Astonishingly, they did so at once—and then lost them, along with the two young chefs.

Brian Russell is a member of Astral Citizens’ Facebook group, and he shared a story that brought back memories of the diamond UFO hanging in the military office.


Perhaps you can clear up that Photo that went missing that was on the military office wall. Was it Nick Pope’s office? Has that picture surfaced yet? and is this that picture? Is there any credibility to the claim of a reflection?

The questions can be answered thanks to Nick Pope’s 2012 interview with the Huffington Post.

Nick Pope recalls hanging a poster-sized photo of the diamond-shaped UFO.

“It was said to be one of the best photos of a UFO, and a poster-size image of it hung on a wall of Britain’s Ministry of Defence. But then, at some point between 1991 to 1994, it vanished, gone, never to be seen again,” Nick Pope told the Huffington Post.

This wasn’t about Nick Pope’s office but he was being interviewed for the position of chief of the Ministry of Defense’s UFO office.

“I went in for an informal interview, and anyone sitting in that office found their eyes drawn to that image,” Pope told The Huffington Post.

Two hikers

As Clarke notes, 32 years have passed since the UFO incident occurred. And given that time lapse, one might expect all of the details to be made public by now.

The identity of the two hikers who took the photograph is unknown, and officials from the Ministry of Defence have stated that it will not be released until 2072.


In an odd twist, the two men who took the photos have never come forward despite all of the publicity surrounding the UFO case.

The negatives were never seen after they were delivered.

The Daily Record says they never got them and has no idea what happened to it, despite the Ministry of Defense’s claims that they were returned. There are several unanswered questions:

  • Why did the two hikers who took the photo never come forward?
  • What are on the negatives that make them valuable enough for someone to steal?

What Does The Photo Show?

The Calvin UFO Photo
For 32 years, the photograph was kept a secret.

Although the individuals who took the photo may have died, their account of what happened 32 years ago remains.

According to Lindsay, the two men were employed as chefs in a hotel in Pitlochry, Scotland. One summer evening they made the decision to go for a stroll through hills close by Calvine—and that’s where it all started.

They were walking together when they noticed a diamond-shaped object moving silently through the sky.


The observers were terrified when they spotted the object in the sky, according to Clark.

They heard a jet descend into the valley as they were running to take cover in some trees. Two minutes later, when the plane was circling back around, they took pictures of it.

It remains to be determined whether the two men truly saw a UFO in July 1990.


Senior lecturer in photography at Sheffield Hallam University Andrew Robinson examined the image for Clarke and concluded that it was genuine.

In his report, Robinson states that either this is a real unidentified flying object in the sky or any fabrication or trickery employed to get this effect took place during its capture on film—but not processing and printing.


Lindsay is also convinced that the picture is genuine.

However, though Clarke considers the image to be “by far the best UFO shot” he has ever seen and credits it with making more people believe in UFOs than any other picture before or after, he doesn’t think that what is pictured there is an alien spaceship.

“Sadly, I do not think that mysterious aircraft arrived from another galaxy—I believe it was man-made somewhere in a secret hangar—and whatever it was remains on the secret list and highly sensitive,” Clarke wrote in the Daily Mail.


The “Aurora,” a top-secret surveillance aircraft that the United States was supposed to be creating in the 1980s, may have been what many people saw as strange flying objects. However, there is no proof of such a project and the U.S. government has consistently denied any involvement with it—at least officially.

Calvine is one of many strange sightings and situations that have contributed to the Aurora myth throughout the years, even though there has never been any convincing proof that it was ever constructed or flown.

Although Clarke is “100% sure” that someone, somewhere in the military establishment understands exactly what this photograph shows, he acknowledges that it might be anything—including a practical joke.

Releasing this narrative is a way to bring attention to the photographers, perhaps persuading them or anyone who knows them (or has knowledge of their situation) to come forward and provide information that could solve the mystery.



Clarke’s decision to release this image is an example of how a conspiracy theory can be shaped by the media and public at large.

By creating an intriguing narrative that connects certain events while leaving others out, it creates an incomplete story that allows people to fill in the gaps with their own ideas and interpretations.

This is especially true when there are no official explanations available or when those explanations are unsatisfying. We hope the two witnesses who took the UFO photos will show up.

What strikes us is that in the month the UFO photo was taken, exactly 32 years later in the same month it becomes a hype as if it was planned. We are not sure why this is so, but we do know that there is something more to this than just a simple picture.


Heathcliff Spencer Peters, born and raised in the Netherlands, has worked with Dutch and American artists as creative artist for over 10 years. From 2000 - 2001 he was the main character in a popular Dutch television docu-soap-travel program. He has also worked as a cameraman and video producer for over 11 years. In addition to his work experience, he has been practicing journalism and fact-checking since 2007 for Lions Ground, nowadays known as Astral Citizens.

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