1987 - 2
The month of August, 1987 saw a dozen documented circles appear.

Bratton Castle, Westbury,

Wiltshire. Formed 30th July

At Westbury in wheat on the 30th July 1987.  This photograph is one of the first showing the interest of British Military helicopters.  Pairs of circles with these proportions were seen regularly in the early years. These were found in a field with a later set of three circles forming a straight line. The smallest circle was 14.3 feet diameter CW with a swirl of 5.2 feet diameter laid in reverse. The large circle was 26.9 feet in diameter, with spiral of 6.6 feet diameter laid in reverse.
Andrews traced the army pilot and the Ministry of Defense sent the photographs to him.

A month after the two circles appeared a larger circle was superimposed over one of the original two. This smaller circle of 16.4 feet had a new circle of 49.2 feet partially laid on top. Where the original swirl was now overlaid with a radial splay of the wheat stalks. The forces involved were extremely powerful, blasting many of the plants out of the ground. Whole plants with roots and soil still attached had been thrown out of the circle and lay limp on the surrounding wheat.

Beckhampton and Bratton Castle Nr Avebury, Wiltshire.

Various Circles Formed in August

Nine circles appeared in the month of August. The formations were triplet-in-line, and a cluster of five circles with another single circle nearby. The dates of the respective circles are unknown. The triplet had two smaller outer circles about 25 feet in diameter, one CW and one CCW. The larger inner circles was about 56 feet in diameter CW.

Bratton Castle, Westbury, Wiltshire.

 Formed August 3rd to 8th

This picture shows the same circles as the one to the left.


A rare photograph showing the original team of researchers at work - Dr. Meaden (left), Pat Delgado (Centre rear) and Colin Andrews (Center front).
The double ringed circle was in wheat.  The central circle was 53.7 feet in diameter, CW, while the first ring was 3.7 feet wide CCW and the second ring was 3.3 feet wide and CW.
This was the first formation visited by George Wingfield and was the first time he met the CPR team at work.  Gloria, his wife, witnessed a small blue flashing object moving in the field to the right of the team, as she sat on the hill overlooking the field.

I have shown just some of the circles made at that time.

The photographs below show how one field became recipient to several circles. I have not attempted to blend the two pictures of the same field but they are shown side-by-side. Included in the upper right is a larger circle imposed over a smaller one.

Winterborne Stoke, Nr Stonehenge, Wiltshire.

Found Saturday 22nd August.

A spectacular discovery. Four circles were found in this field at Winterbourne Stoke. One of them had a single ring placed around it. All the plants were compressed flat to the ground due to the lateness of the season. It was an impressive site to see flying from Stonehenge to Warminster.

The large circle was 83 feet in diameter, the ring was 7.5 feet wide, and the outer band was 4.25 feet wide. The two side-by-side circles to the right we laid in opposite rotations, CW and CCW.

A significant mystery surrounded this discovery.  This spot formed a straight line with a set of five circles off the main runway of the top secret air establishment of Boscombe Down to the east.  Exactly two months later on the 22nd October, a top secret jet aircraft, a Harrier Jump Jet, was flying a test mission with a path exactly coinciding with the line that connected the

two crop formations and directly over both.  Between the two, just seconds apart at the flight speed of the jet, communications was lost with the pilot.

A full air, sea and ground search was put into effect by the Control Centre at the secret base.  An American transport aircraft flying off the south coast to the south west of Winterbourne Stoke, spotted the Harrier and shadowed it.  The crew reported that the ejector seat was still in the craft, but the pilot was missing.  The crew video taped the aircraft.  The Harrier remained on a straight path and eventually crashed into the Atlantic when it ran out of fuel.
Two days later, the body of the pilot was found near the crop circle and to the east of it.  Andrews was interviewed by the military crash investigators. They asked many questions about the crop circles and any strange effects or readings measured by researchers.  A full account of these strange events appeared in the Flying Saucer Review in an article written by Andrews.