Jim Penniston Talks About The Rendlesham Forest Binary Code

Rendlesham Forest Binary Code

The Rendlesham Forest binary code added a layer to the famous ufo incident that has captivated audiences around the world.

There’s a mystery attached to Rendlesham unlike no other. And when one of the main witnesses Jim Penniston produced a collection of ones and zeros on a piece of paper, the mystery deepened even further.

The Rendlesham Forest incident in December of 1980 is considered one of the most significant ufo events in our history.

It’s been referred to as Britain’s Roswell. The two central figures at the heart of Rendlesham were Jim Penniston and John Burroughs.

Penniston released a book titled The Rendlesham Enigma: Book 1: Timeline. I believe this will become one of the most relevant books in the ufology niche and one you need to read.

But more than forty years after the incident, Penniston is still answering questions from a curious media.

Penniston never intended to use Rendlesham as a “cash cow”. In fact, he just wished it would have went away.

It’s been talked about and portrayed in so many television and radio shows and written about ad nauseam that the real facts have become distorted over time.

And that was the reason Penniston released The Rendlesham Enigma in 2019. But it’s the binary code which came to Penniston following the initial sighting that has researchers puzzled.

There are so many theories about what the binary code is. Theories include a message from future humans. It’s hard to decide what and who to believe other than those involved.

So Penniston decided to go on the record with his book and sat down with Aliens Revealed Live to talk about all things Rendlesham.

We spent a good part of the interview talking about the Rendlesham Forest binary code.

The Rendlesham Forest Binary Code

Penniston says he saw the ones and zeros immediately. By this he means when he touched the craft that was hovering in the forest.

He lived just three miles away from the Rendlesham base. When he eventually got home following the questioning, he found it difficult to sleep. He kept seeing the binary code in what he calls his mind’s eye.

After several attempts to fall asleep with the ones and zeros repeating in his mind, Penniston suddenly thought he was having a nervous breakdown.

He had made the decision to take himself to the base hospital but after thinking it over carefully, decided against it. What was he going to tell them?

“Then I’m looking through my notes cause I have some big belief of what’s going on. I guess it’s all trauma-driven and I’m thinking, ‘you know, I think I’ll write it down’.”

“The only paper I had was a notebook pad. I flipped to the back of it. I had a lot of pages in it and I started writing ‘0111001’ and when I did that, I felt better. It felt like a relief”.

“So I’m just writing away and as a matter of fact, it was so bad that you know how you have pens and sometimes clog up them up, I clogged up my pen I was writing so fast”.

“Then I go through the drawer looking for another pen. I was trying to find a pen that writes”.

“I went as far as I could and I wrote about sixteen pages in the notebook until I couldn’t see them no more. When I stopped, it felt great”.

What Did The Binary Code Mean?

The Rendlesham Forest Binary Code
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Penniston never imagined that what he had just written down would be some type of message.

He was more relieved that as he puts it, he “dodged a bullet”. In other words, once the relief set in after the final set of ones and zeros were emptied from his mind he was relieved he wasn’t going insane.

Penniston never planned to share what he had written down. The sixteen pages of binary code he had recorded following the Rendlesham Forest event was never going to see “the light of day”.

Or so he thought. In fact, it wasn’t until thirty years later that he eventually shared it with someone else.

During a film shoot involving renowned researcher Linda Moulton Howe and John Burroughs, the other major witness during the Rendlesham Forest incident, Penniston was asked about a time and date.

He began flipping through the famous notebook containing the binary code.

And when he flipped to the pages with nothing but ones and zeros written in them, Moulton Howe and Burroughs asked him what all the numbers were.

In fact, Moulton Howe told him it looked like binary code. Penniston admits he didn’t really have an idea what binary code was.

Penniston says if it wasn’t for that chance meeting with Moulton Howe and Burroughs, there was a good chance the binary code would never have been shared with the world.

The Code Gets Deciphered

Jim Penniston decided to think about what he was going to do with the Rendlesham Forest binary code.

Despite persistent contact from Moulton Howe, it wasn’t until a producer from History Channel’s Ancient Aliens program saw the code and was given permission to have it decoded.

He gets a call back from the producer four days later.

“You know, she’s beside herself. She says ‘it says something’ and I said, ‘you gotta be kidding me’!”

“It all started as something that was a spur of the moment thing. In fact, it was what I thought at the time, a breakdown”.

“And it turns out to be some kind of a message”.

Penniston sent part of the binary code to an Australian researcher and a researcher based in North Carolina. This, combined with the fact-checking performed by the Ancient Aliens crew, and it wasn’t long before the ones and zeros that caused Jim Penniston to think he was having a breakdown suddenly had an important message for humanity.

Penniston sat down with Aliens Revealed Live’s Dean Caporella for over an hour. They talked about the Rendlesham Forest binary code and the events leading up to the ufo sightings.

They also discussed the distortion of truth delivered by some ufo pundits. Penniston chatted about the investigation, touching the alien craft and more in the following interview.

The Best UFO Hotspots In The United States Could Be Drive-In Theaters

Best UFO Hotspots

When discussing the best ufo hotspots in the United States areas in Florida, Southern California, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado come to mind.

In a recent study, California recorded the most ufo sightings, almost twice as many as the next state in Florida with Washington State listed third.

But a rarely discussed area which is prone to attracting its fair share of unidentified objects are America’s drive-in theaters.

To the younger members of our audience, the term drive-in theater instantly elicits a Google search.

Here’s how a drive-in theater is defined in Wikipedia:

A drive-in theater or drive-in cinema is a form of cinema structure consisting of a large outdoor movie screen, a projection booth, a concession stand, and a large parking area for automobiles”.

Believe it or, there are still drive-in theaters in operation around the United States today. In fact, a report in 2020 suggested there are about 305 drive-ins left in America.

And be careful about making drive-in jokes or trying to get a laugh in a group at someone else’ expense. You may very well have been conceived at a drive-in theater.

But what about ufo sightings at drive-ins?


Prolific author of all things paranormal Preston Dennett, produced a riveting study on ufos at drive-in theaters. In 2020, he published a book titled UFOs at the Drive-In: 100 True Cases of Close Encounters at Drive-In Theaters.

And when you read account after account of the E.T. presence at outdoor movie venues, it’s quite evident that either there’s been a cover-up of an enormous magnitude going on, or people simply don’t care.

Why many of these reports weren’t leading off the “six o’clock news” in their particular states is baffling.

Drive-In Theaters May Just Be The Best UFO Hotspots

Preston Dennett
Paranormal Researcher and Author Preston Dennett

Dennett was first given an inkling that ufos were making regular appearances at drive-ins in the 1990s.

“I actually did run into my own case very early on in my research in the 1990”.

“A lady had come to work at my office. She found out I was a UFO researcher and told me this incredible encounter at the Paramount Drive-In Theater”.

“And I just thought it was a one off. I had no idea that this was a thing”.

“I have to tell you, I was shocked when I found out how many cases there were”.

In the book, Dennett details over one hundred accounts but says these were the best. There were many, many more he could have published.

“I investigated that first case as best as I could and then let it go because I was working on other cases at the time”.

“But I would occasionally run across a case like this”.

“It wasn’t until I was writing the book UFOs Over Colorado several years ago. I ran into three drive-in cases in a row and I thought, ‘you know what, I remember that first case and there might be something going on here’.”


“And I started to really look into it and I after a brief survey of literature, I didn’t initially find much of anything in books and magazines”.

“However, as I dug deeper in sightings report at NUFORC, MUFON and reporting centers, I started to find a lot of cases”.

“And they were mostly from newspaper articles and similar sources. I found over a hundred cases and these are not normal sightings”.

Why Weren’t The Media Interested?

Given the nature of many of the cases it’s baffling why the media didn’t seem interested.

Chances are they were under the supposedly non existent ufo truth embargo. That meant that anything that was sighted, encountered and reported but wasn’t explainable was suppressed.

Dennett says there were many cases where witnesses reported to the newspapers and local radio and television news outlets but were met with disinterest.

Even the airports and police it seems didn’t want to know!

“I can tell you that there’s a portion of ufo encounters – I would say maybe twenty to thirty percent where people are in the right place at the right time at a drive in theater”.

“It’s at night, you’re outside for quite some time and your chances of seeing a UFO are much better than being inside”.

“And yes, some cases reflect that they just sit in their car and see what I would call a random fly-by meaning that’s lights overhead”.

“But that’s not what these cases are really about. Most are completely different from anything in all the literature on UFO that I’ve studied”.

Dennett says what makes these drive-in ufo cases unique is the number of witnesses who see the ufos.


He says anywhere from fifty to a hundred to two hundred people will see the same object at the same time.

In one outlier cases, Dennett reports that more than three thousand people watched a ufo display at a drive-in theater.

And what sets them apart from normal sightings? Dennett says they travel low and right over the screen. And they stay for a long time. That makes them a candidate among the best ufo hotspots in the world.

A Case Of Missing Time And Possible Mass Alien Abduction At A Drive-In Theater

Missing time and a possible mass alien abduction?

Could an entire audience of hundreds of people have been mass abducted from a drive-in theater in Ohio?

“That’s the Ascot Park Drive-In Theater case August, 1974 in Ohio. I corresponded with the witness directly”.

“This is like the ultimate case of drive-in theater ufo encounters because it was a pretty full theater”.

“This huge black triangular-shaped object travels right overhead. The witness said it was much larger than the theater itself covering the entire parking lot”.

“As it appeared overhead, it traveled very low. Then all the theater lights go out; the screen goes out; people’s cars go out and the snack stand goes out. It’s pitch black”.

“This object was making a low hum moving right over the theater. Everyone is getting out of their cars and are aghast and dumbfounded but there wasn’t any signs of panic.”

“Suddenly, the lights come back on. The object’s passed and people start watching the movie again”.

“He didn’t remember this incident until sometime later. There are cases like this with weird memory slips which we see in lots of UFO cases, particularly close up encounters”.

“Three years later, he was in a bookstore and saw Ed Ruppelt’s book on ufos, the Project Blue Book guy”.

“And suddenly he had this flash. This is what I call a cue. We see this in a lot of abduction cases where they’ll see a short person, a bald head, large dark eyes or something that reminds them of an original event and boom…they remember”.

“We see this in all kinds of trauma victims”. It all flooded back into his head and he’s wondered to this day, could there have been a mass alien abduction?”

Drive-Ins Must Rank Highly On A List Of The Best UFO Hotspots

There’s little doubt that when talking about the best ufo hotspots anywhere, then drive-in theaters must be rated highly.

Dennett says there are not many cases in ufo history where hundreds of people witness ufos flying at low level for long periods of time consistently.

There has been the odd sighting at sporting venues but not at the consistency of drive-in theaters.

In the following interview with Aliens Revealed Live, Preston Dennett looks at some of the more remarkable cases of ufos at drive-in theaters including the Ascot Park event.

Dennett also explores why drive-ins are a ufo hotspot and what attracts E.T.s to these gatherings. He talks about why there was a reluctance to make these encounters into news events and the influence that Project Blue Book may have exerted plus the different types of alien craft witnessed.

The Best UFO Hotspots
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