During the first half of the program, George was joined by UFO documentarian James Fox, and military witnesses James Penniston and Paul Tuzinski, for a discussion on the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident. Sometimes referred to as "Britain's Roswell," the well-known case involves a series of reported sightings of unexplained lights, as well as an alleged encounter with a craft of unknown origin in Rendlesham Forest (Suffolk, England) near the Bentwaters-Woodbridge air bases.
Penniston, former head of security at Woodbridge, recalled being dispatched in late December 1980 to investigate a possible downed plane about 300 yards from his base. The object he found was unlike any conventional aircraft. According to Penniston, it had blue and red lights running through it, was triangular-shaped, and measured six and a half feet tall by nine feet wide (at the bottom). The material from which the craft was constructed had a glass-like finish, was around 60-70 percent opaque, and warm to the touch, he added.
Penniston claimed he conducted a 45-minute investigation, snapping photos and sketching the strange symbols on the craft, before it took off. The craft neither made noise nor displaced any air as it headed skyward, Penniston explained. There is no known propulsion system to account for this kind of performance, Fox remarked, noting also how the object left impressions in the ground from which plaster casts were later made. Penniston said dozens of people, including men from Bentwaters AFB, saw the object leave.
Tuzinski, a retired air force servicemen who was stationed at Bentwaters in 1980, corroborated much of Penniston's account. Tuzinski had been listening to radio transmissions on the night of the Rendlesham Forest event, and remembered hearing Penniston's team broadcast their investigation. They expressed puzzlement about spooked animals, a bright moving light, and a highly unusual object, Tuzinski said, noting that from what he heard "[the craft] was something we don't have." Fox talked briefly about other evidence in the Rendlesham case, including the Halt tape and memo, and urged eyewitnesses to contact him via Facebook.
Open Lines followed, with a special line for callers who wanted to share their luck stories. Several listeners phoned in to inquire further about the Rendlesham case, share their own UFO stories, as well as to sound off on the Gulf oil spill.