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. Tgmoney

    maybe we will be having to provide healthcare to the these ailians now when they land here could that be what theyre preparing us for?

    September 28, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jane


    September 28, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kristy

    It's about time the government started acknowledging what millions of people have witnessed over DECADES. My daughter saw what she thought was a UFO a few weeks ago; it was similar to the red winking eye described in this story.
    With the speed of communication afforded by the internet today, the government can no longer keep these events/sightings hushed.
    And knowing that we humans have been and are being watched by beings with a higher technical capacity than our own, shouldn't world leaders STOP WARRING, and work on making this world a better place for ALL to live? It's about time.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Will

      When I was at summer camp in the late 90s, I saw a similar object as well. It was lighter, but had parts that separated from it like the story described, and flew around erratically, in these weird figure 8/zig zag patterns, before finally darting off into the night sky (one of the parts was sort of trailing and flying alongside it, but darted off along with the object). There were three other witnesses who I haven't spoken to in years, but our take on it was "I know what I saw, who cares what anyone else thinks". Which I don't. I do think we'll all find out the truth sooner or later.

      September 28, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dudeman

    Can I see some pictures.....please. All talk, no action. Just like my high school girlfriend.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. RickyL

    In Dillion, SC, 1969, while in the Army, I saw an extraterrestrial vehicle on the ground in an open field at about 1 or 2 AM while on my way to Myrtle Beach.

    I had completely forgotten about the sighting for nearly 40 years when the person who was with me that night called me on the phone. After a few preliminary greetings and inquiries about health and family, my friend asked me if I remembered seeing a UFO while at Fort Bragg. I answered, "No," thinking there was some kind of joke coming up. But my friend persisted and mentioned Dillon.

    The scene and the moment came back came back to me as if it had happened minutes ago, not decades.

    The only message I received, unspoken but clear, was "Leave this area immediately."

    September 28, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. YayForAliens

    As much as I love sci-fi and think it would be neat to find intelligent life on other planets (or have them find us), there's no evidence to support that any of these phenomena are due to aliens. Just because we can't explain what caused these events (or even find proof that they even happened) doesn't mean that it HAD to be aliens.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. marian mcafee

    I just saw this on CNN. The "reporter" was laughing about it, making sarcastic remarks and apparently thought it was all some big joke. I don't know if these are pretend scientists or if that's just what she wanted us to believe. It's difficult these days to tell what's news and what's not with reporters making their own judgements on every single thing they say. Personally, I don't care what this woman thinks. She doesn't seem to be an authority on anything as far as I can tell. Why do reporters seem to think their perspective is SO important...where can I go to find the news reported...just the news. Thanks for letting me vent after another stupid stupid newscast.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Who has more weight : a journalist or guys that had the hand on keys that, if turned, would start launching nuclear missiles ? Those guys had the higher classifications available : the maintenance and LAUNCH of nuclear missiles. If those guys come out with that kind of responsability and tell you : something that did hover without making a sound turned off nuclear missiles filled with redundant hardware and heavily protected silos.. How credibitlity has a journalist have compared to those guys ? Answer is NONE.

      September 28, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. cornelius mcneil

    This is just the beging galactic federation of light has been monitoring our world for generations only to assist us in our well being and to guide us into fully conscious beings we will here more accounts of sightings and contacts in the next two coming years I've been researching about ufo for 3 years I'm 21 now and all this is linked to 2012 its real there real and the govt has had contact with them I can go on an on about this but anyway good story

    September 28, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dennis

    I'm amazed at what some people will believe (or let their imaginations believe). The definition of UFO is Unidentified Flying Object. It does not mean that it's extraterrestrial. Do you think it's coincidence that 99% of the UFO sightings are at night? (remember the definition). Just because it can't be identified, don't let your imaginations run wild. There is NO credible evidence of our planet being visited by "ETs", and until there is, jumping to ridiculous conclusions just makes you look gullible.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      That is not the point. Those craft turned off nuclear missiles. They did hover without making a sound. Do we have today crafts that do that ? None. Do we have craft that can accelerate to very high speed without sonic booms ? None. Can you explain how those craft turned off nuclear missiles ? Who cares about who drives those craft or where they are from ? Nuclear missiles have been turned OFF. They have been turned off with craft in vicinity of nuclear missiles. Do you have a brain problem in order not to be able to undestand how dangerous and worrying this is ? You have something that turns off nuclear missiles and you are missing the point and talking crap about "ho ho ho ET do not exist". It's like seeing a whale fly by you and have you say "nah. everone knows whales don't fly" while blatantly looking the other way while a whale did fly near you.... You FAIL at using your brain.

      September 28, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. MR

    I am pretty sure my next door neighbour is from outer space. He may have landed via one of these vessels in the early 50s'

    September 28, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. beat

    50 Billion Galaxies out there and one of them is our Milkyway. Iin that Milkyway is our Solar System composed of 10 planets and one Blue Planet called Earth sustains life.

    50 Billion Galaxies and still counting. If a Planet like Earth was created near the Big Bang area that Planet should be very very very Advance and had already discovered worm holes and to travel across galaxies without any problems.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Shay

      THANKS!!!! best response so far.......these skeptics are ignorant and arrogant

      September 28, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bob

    It's very funny to see people talk about blurry pictures. How deeply stupid you are. The wave of UFOs that flew over Belgium : they have published pictures and videos of the F16 radar that goes for over 20 min of tracking, both by ground radar and F16 fighters chasing those UFO. Those UFO made moves (tracked by both radars) that no craft with our technology can do (90 degrees turns, over 100G accelerations, huge speed changes without sonic booms). All of it tracked by militaries radars, all published... Tell us about how blurry that is...

    September 28, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. Yeahimright

    You can go pretty fast when you are off the grid, Even time yeilds. Space isn't so big as long as you aren't traveling through it. ET isn't going to interfere with the fruitcups that are infesting this planet. Think about it. Is it a very good idea to pick up strange looking hitchhikers, How about trying to take care of a swimming pool full of invalids. Like they would travel millions of miles to nursemaid a bunch of spoiled selfish brats who can't understand simple logic. If anything they would be taking bets on how long it takes for us to anniahlate each other directly or destroy our enviroment enough to cause our extinction. It would be understandable.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • monobot

      "Space isn't so big as long as you aren't traveling through it. "

      That makes no sense at all.

      September 28, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Kristy

      A life-sustaining planet has to be a rare and priceless commodity, universally speaking. Most likely, if aliens are observing our nuclear/arms activity, even acting to shut down missiles, they are trying to preserve the planet, not for us, but for themselves.

      September 28, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. W

    The US gov came out and stated after Blue Book that UFO's pose no threat to American Airspace or to our national security. Okay, why would you say something is no threat if it doesn't even exist to begin with. I mean you dont yell car at someone in the road unless a car is coming right?

    September 28, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. monobot

    It would be against the most basic laws of physics for aliens from other worlds to have traveled to Earth because of our nuclear weapon technology. The first nuke was developed and used in the mid 40's. That means the light/radiation would have had to travel 6+ years just to get to the nearest star Alpha Centauri (which doesn't have planets anyway). If the UFO's were sighted in the 60s, that means they had 10-20 years from when they received the light information from the nuclear blast (or any other sort of transmission) to travel to Earth, the only way they could have made it here that fast is if they were traveling at the speed of light or faster. Only objects with zero mass can travel at the speed of light which means the UFO's could not.
    Thus, either the UFOs have been around for a long time and not because of the nuclear weapons or the UFOs are a different phenomenon or man made aircraft.
    I believe there is life out in the Universe, I just don't find it plausible or likely that aliens have been sneaking around our planet.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
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