September 27th, 2010
11:08 PM ET

UFOs eyed nukes, ex-Air Force personnel say

Seven former U.S. Air Force personnel gathered in Washington Monday to recount UFO sightings over nuclear weapons facilities in decades past – accounts that a UFO researcher says show extraterrestrial beings are interested in the world’s nuclear arms race and may be sending humans a message.

At a news conference at the National Press Club, the six former officers and one ex-enlisted man recalled either personal sightings or reports from subordinates and others of UFOs hovering over nuclear missile silos or nuclear weapons storage areas in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

Three of the former Air Force officers – though they hadn’t seen the UFOs themselves - told reporters that UFOs hovering over silos around Montana’s Malmstrom Air Force Base in 1967 appeared to have temporarily deactivated some of the nuclear missiles.

Much of the testimony already has appeared in books, websites and elsewhere. But UFO researcher and author Robert Hastings, who organized the news conference, said the time has come for the U.S. government to acknowledge the UFO visits.

“I believe - these gentlemen believe - that this planet is being visited by beings from another world, who for whatever reason have taken an interest in the nuclear arms race which began at the end of World War II,” said Hastings, who added that more than 120 former military personnel have told him about UFOs visiting nuclear sites.

“Regarding the missile shutdown incidents, my opinion … is that whoever are aboard these craft are sending a signal to both Washington and Moscow, among others, that we are playing with fire – that the possession and threatened use of nuclear weapons potentially threatens the human race and the integrity of the planetary environment,” he said.

Former Air Force Capt. Robert Salas – who has written a book about the Montana incidents – said he was underground when a UFO hovered over his missile silo in March 1967, and therefore couldn’t see it. He said one of his guards above ground told him a red, glowing object about 30 feet in diameter was hovering just above the front gate of the facility, in an isolated area far from Malmstrom.

“And just as I [called my commander], our missiles began going into what’s called a no-go condition, or unlaunchable. Essentially, they were disabled while this object was still hovering over out site,” Salas said.

Salas and others said the military urged them at the time not to talk about the incidents.

Retired Col. Charles Halt recalled seeing UFOs over the woods near Royal Air Force Stations Bentwaters and Woodbridge in eastern England in December 1980. He and security personnel were investigating reports of strange lights just outside one of the bases.

“All through the forest was a bright glowing object,” he said Monday. “The best way I can describe it, it looked like an eye – with bright red, with a dark center. It appeared to be winking. It was shedding something like molten metal, was dripping off it.

“It silently moved through the trees, avoiding any contact, it bobbed up and down, and at one point it actually approached us. We tried to get closer. It receded out into the field, beyond the forest, and silently exploded into five white objects – gone. So we went out into the field looking for any evidence, because something had been apparently falling off it – and we find nothing,” he said.

He recalled subsequently seeing other objects in the sky, including one that stopped about 3,000 feet overhead and “sent down a concentrated beam at our feet.” No one was harmed.

“The best way I can equate it is sort of a laser beam. We stood there in awe. Was this a warning? Was this an attempt to communicate? Was this a weapon? Or just a probe?” he said.

At about the same time, he was hearing radio reports from base personnel that beams from some of the objects were “falling into or near the weapons storage area.”

In a staff meeting later, a general decided “it happened off base, so it’s a British affair,” Halt recalled. “In other words, they were loathe to get involved.”

The Air Force investigated UFOs from 1948 to 1969 under a program eventually called Project Blue Book. The service, on its website, says the project concluded that “no UFO reported, investigated, and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given any indication of threat to our national security.” It also says there has been "no evidence that sightings categorized as 'unidentified' are extraterrestrial vehicles."

Salas said the UFO phenomenon “is real, not imaginary.”

“There is current excessive secrecy in our government surrounding this phenomenon,” he said.

A reporter asked how many of the former military personnel subscribed to Hastings’ theory that the message of extraterrestrials is that humans should get rid of nuclear weapons, and how many of them believed that we should get rid of nukes. Of the seven, it appeared that only Salas raised his hand.

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  1. Jaron

    I think that they may need some weapons to try to destroy human race. Like in World Of Wars the movie.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. David

    Project Blue Book, where are you now?

    September 28, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Barry

      Project Blue Book was a fabrication for PR, the '69 Condon Report did not include Capt. Salas' '67 ufo incurison report. It was also a psudo-scientific report, and whitewash.They were told and didn't investigate Salas. We've been lied to for 50 years. These incursions have happened as late as 2009. Ask yourself why we havn't found a succesful way to defend our missiles, when we've known since '52, that 5 megawatt radars have been used to "down" intact ufo's throughout the world, including N. Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and CA-see Col Corso, The Day After Roswell, and Sgt Clifford Stone testimony, Disclosure Project 2001. Pull your head out, people! It's a new day, and these 6 officers have made history by revealing Disclosure-now, do we have the guts to demand the full OFFICIAL truth from our Government and military? 14 other S. American and European countries have already accepted ufo's are real.

      September 28, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. JY

    Our UFO's were only looking for a stop at the "gas" station and figured it was not worth the hassel they could get it faster and cheaper in another star system ................

    September 28, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Patriot82

    2 Thessalonians 2:9 -12

    The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      Your book was written by desert nomads who rode around on donkeys. I'll take modern eyewitness accounts over theirs, thank you.

      September 28, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • 007

      Very intereting. Thank you for sharing. It certainly seems pertinent to this discussion, I wasn't aware of that passage.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RealityChecksIn

    Apathy. What a powerful and powerless state of mind. Active apathy most certainly describes the state of mind in which the most recent posters on this site would like to dwell. Do you bristle so against challenges to your own beliefs? Would you have everyone suffer at the expense of your own righteousness?

    September 28, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. Andrew

    I am not confirming or denying the existence of UFO's, but I think it is naive and narrow minded to automatically assume that UFO's don't exist or that these men are crazy.

    1) These men are obviously aware of the social stigma associated with coming out and saying these things. So they are taking a risk to their credibility and their perceived mental stability

    2) the fact that so many men, even former Presidents, have come forward (not to mention the 1000s of no names who have also saw sightings) is enough, for me atleast, to take a second look at their claims.

    3) anything is possible, so to assume that it is not possible without evidence to back you up is just short sighted. Until the theory is proven spurious I don't see why we can't beleive what they are stating.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. David Thomas

    I don't believe any of it. Sorry.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • beingone

      As spoken by, or better known as, David the "Doubting Thomas" -eh dont worry about it, when they're ready, (or we're ready), they'll stop in for a visit, but for now they're just going to buzz the planet for a few century's and get us all riled up,, -also to make sure we don't distroy the only livable paradise for 7 million light years around..

      September 29, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Deucecoupe

    He said tree-fiddy, and that's how I knew it wasn't no alien, it was that Gotdam Loch Ness Monster again!

    September 28, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. derek

    Is this CNN or the Weekly World News?

    September 28, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lord Helmet

    I always have coffee when I look at radar! Every one knows that!

    September 28, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. Randy

    I believe intelligent life exists in space but I don't think we've ever been visited

    September 28, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. N49

    So when our Nukes fail to protect us, they will simply blame the UFO's, and not the cutbacks to maintenance budgets.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Stoprunning

    SCREENSHOTS OR IT DIDNT HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

    September 28, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    They're here, they have been here for a very long time, the consensus is that they will not "reveal" themselves until after the next big event is over and when that happens ...........

    September 28, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kate Williams

    I saw a UFO in Jan '79-'80, so I know that something is "out there." t looked like the moon – except that it was only 20-30 feet from our door, and hovering just about the young pines, less than 30' high. It hung there for probably 3-5 minutes, then went straight up,flew tothe right out over Lake Norman, NC, and then vanished. We called sheriffand police, who said there had been 75-100 reports within the preceding hour, they didn't have an explanation, and it was never mentioned on the news.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
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