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. IQ

    Saw another one yesterday morning, walking my dogs.
    They are kinda shy and don't like their pictures taken, but they come by often around here in Neverland.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. peaclver

    This sounds a little like my book 'Space Pirates: First Encounter,' on and on

    September 28, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Robert

    "...extraterrestrial beings are interested in the world’s nuclear arms race and may be sending humans a message..." "...whoever are aboard these craft are sending a signal to both Washington and Moscow, among others, that we are playing with fire..."
    Oh no, that childish story again...I can't believe now it comes from the military.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jim

    Let's see if the Norad official is correct about October 13 with all the UFO's over every major city. Currently this is only being talked about in the blogs.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    The part that bothers me about the lives we lead here on this planet is that everything is based on divisiveness. Borders, religion, political parties. Everything. Divisiveness causes conflict and war. Instead of us all being one people, one planet, working towards common goals, we struggle and argue and fight with one another. Governments expend massive amounts of resources spying on one another, jockeying for position miliarily, and on creating and using weapons. Really, if all the resources spent on war since the year 1800 were instead spent on science and medicine and education, and working towards common goals– can you imagine the world we would live in right here and now?

    September 28, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Kristy

      Very well-worded. I also need to add that if aliens are interested in our rare, life-sustaining planet, it may be so that THEY can live here. We may want to educate ourselves so that we can defend ourselves if necessary.

      September 28, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      That's primitive human nature for you, once again.
      It has always been this way and I'm afraid things will never change.
      Unless of course ET continues with the early experiments and give us a more developed brain next time around.

      September 28, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. Skylar

    These people are going to feel really dumb when they find out it was top secret American space/aircraft.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Reemaskain

    If I were the UFO's I would just move along and mind my own business if I knew what was good for me, lest they want to be nuked themselves. Nukes are incredibly important breakthrough and should never be stopped even if everyone dies.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mehmetcan

      Great Job!!! I was Great Job!!! I was wondering how did you get all those Newspaper cinlppigs? I am interested in making a small presentation on UFOs but I need cinlppigs, or at least pictures of cinlppigs to complement my presentation. Con you give me a few pointers on how to go about getting them? Did you find most of these in the public library?Thanks! Was this answer helpful?

      August 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ryan

    I find it very disturbing so many readers are finding humor in this subject. I have always wanted to write my PhD on wheter or not ufos pose a threat to national security. How are they able to get into our airspace without causing concern. Just google White House 1952, and tell me if that is a threat to national security. Further more many people are saying there is "no" scientific evidence supporting the existence of ufos. Can you find me one study that can identify all unusual objects then...... I'd like to see it. Infact th Condon Report (1968) which was designed to argue against the study of ufos in academia found that 1/3 of sightings were unexplaind or strange. If 100s of air force and top level Amy personal and astronaughts are uncredible witnesses......who is credible? The president? Because even Jimmy Carter saw a UFO......

    September 28, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      You need to remember that the "U" in UFO means simply "Unidentified", not "Identified as Alien".

      September 28, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Wow, thanks Josh. I appreciate the fact you read my comment, when I mentioned extraterrestrial "alien" all over the place. They are unidentified period....but if they are near missile silos, they are a threat! So we need to take this seriously!

      September 28, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. Carry Me

    ohhhhhh, skylar, they already know! it's all part of the plan.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joshua Ludd

    The media NEVER covers UFOs... they might mention a huge mass sighting in a foreign country.... but thats it. So... what is the real story here?

    September 28, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff

    Classic example of the movie " The Day the Earth Stood Still.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Alien Meat

    So ALIENS disarmed missiles in the US and Russia...hmmmm sounds like they dnt want us to nuc they can eat us when their food supply runs out! PANIC!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • SeaTac Phil

      Ok, I lol'd

      September 28, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    Of course there are other civilizations we are unfamiliar with. The question is- what are there intensions? I wonder what the first Inca thought when they saw their first Spanish visitor?

    September 28, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Josh

    One would think that any UFO/Aliens would also be interested in our computer technology, and would hover over IBM, Apple, or other research labs too. Hay if they really wanted to save mankind, they should/would blow up Redmond, Washington.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    And I thought my aunt Ethel just looked a bit disconnected.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
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