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. Alex

    Is it time for a border fence across the sky?

    September 28, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. racquel

    The Earth is the only place with perfect environment for human or life to exist. A change in gravity of 10 percent will not suppor life. A little closer to the sun would fry us and a little farther would freeze us. This world is a rare environment. I takes faith to belief that somebody out there exist.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      It's likely that they are other lifeforms on very few other planets in the universe.
      However they would probably never evolve so far as to engage in interstellar travel and survive the journey.
      I also don't think humans would ever stop with their path of self-destruction and evolve to accomplish this either.

      September 28, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. tuffyturf

    Wow, sounds like these guys were smoking the Same Hashish that those Army guys smoked before they went on killing sprees of unarmed Afghan's.. If you believe that UFO's came down and looked at nuclear weapons, then they probably came from Uranus. Go stand in front of a full length mirror, turn around, bend over and you will see their home planet- .

    September 28, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. cavemanstyle

    In my opinion, I think the majority of Americans, and the people of the rest of the world, are ready to know the truth. Do we keep on living like moths in a bottle, or can we take the lid off and let humanity make it's own course in the understanding that we're not alone in the Universe. I myself are one of the people ready to accept something that is not mainstream when it comes to the existance of other life and I'm sure life on this planet would change dramatically. Although, I think it would be for the good because people will still have a choice. They can continue on living the way they do, or choose to leave, or even choose to live with the new technology that is bound to be given or shared to us by the ET's. In either case, it will be the peoples choice how it changese their lives in the even that their existence is known. Not the governments, or the aliens, because if it were up to the aliens, and they had negative intentions, they would have already overcome our civilization. Best regards -

    September 28, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. CDB

    If all the governments in the worl are keeping this under wraps and lieing to us they better have a very good reason and not just they think its best for us not to know. This is the type of stuff that makes the governments look bad. I think its time to let the people decide and have a national vote and finally release all that top secret junk. No one has the right to with hold any kind of info that effects the world and not just one country. Go with me on this journey haha. If the aliens only get to talk to the a**holes in the governments I would not dought that they want to harm us. We need less government and more happy people. There is to much regulation going on in todays world. Back in the 40's it was ok when the only way of communication is by mail. Now we have the net and can debunk alot of bs givin to us. How do yuo feel about being lied to and treated like a heard of sheep? I know im sick of it.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Paulie

    Just because something is a UFO or unidentified does not necessarily mean its of extraterrestrial origin. It could have been another country or superpower testing the ability to shut down our national defense systems.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • cavemanstyle

      I agree with this notion. The origin of the craft was not yet determined. So assumptions cannot be used as fact.

      September 28, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jules

    How do we know they're aliens? If you watch the programs about wormholes and time (hosted by Morgan Freeman), we could actually have been visited from earthlings from the future who have managed to suss out wormholes and can travel quickly through time forwards and backwards! Anyway, did any of these guys have a history of using hallocinogenics?

    September 28, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. I Know Theyre Here

    Read Chariots of the Gods by Erich von Daniken, ET has been here before we were. Google "Dulce Base" or Dulce Wars" we have been in a defacto state of war with the small grey/tall grey reptilian ETs since 1979. Our govt may still be working w/ malevolent grey factions beneath the Archuletta Mesa in Dulce, NM on genetic engineering possibly to assimilate thier species with ours so they may live and blend in on Earth. In 1954 Eisenhower signed the Greneda Treaty with a tall grey species allowing them to abduct citizens for medical study in exchange for ET technology (black ops). Sometime thereafter our govt realized the greys werent disclosing all the abuctions and procedures performed and didnt deliver tech as promised. Google William Cooper, Bob Lazar, and Phil Schnieder.

    Click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFO_conspiracy_theory

    September 28, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • DollyDagger

      It's great to hear THE TRUTH from such a trustworthy source (Wikipedia).

      Oh look! The tooth fairy left me another quarter! YES!!!

      September 28, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    To the skeptics, how do you explain the PHX lights March 1997? They were witnessed by an estimated 300,000 people, clearly not military flares. Why would the government fly around in it's most secret aircraft with the HI-Beams on for the whole world to see? They weren't illeagle immigrants.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Wilson

      I am not a skeptic and fully remember watching the Phoenix Lights hover for over 3 hours as it was on CNN live. Today I doubt you'll find any mention on CNN's website or archives. It's been removed. It was real. The large object was being described then as being large enough to land a 737 upon – miles wide and silently hovering. Lights that appeared to be flames in a V shape moved over the city during this 'live event' on CNN news and it ran 3 hours +

      September 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. B. Lonetree

    Listen up kids. As an old timer I have had encounters such as described in the article. They are very real and not a product of our technology. I have no idea where they come from but I can guarentee they are probably looking out for our own well being. We are still Human Primates. Too busy conducting tribal warfare with each other in the name of religion. Still mentally evoloving as a species. They only want to make sure we do not blow ourselves up and have a chance at further evolution. I knew someone that was part of Project Bluebook. The final report said nope no such thing. But off the record kids you are in for a pleasant surprize somewhere in the future.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jack

    ET's technology is so good that their iPhones work.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. johnnyhouse

    Now the government is using this post to check to see how many loonies are running around loose.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Shay

      No,most likely this blog on a MSM site is being monitored to see of we are ready for disclosure...

      September 28, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Shay

      No,most likely this blog on a MSM site is being monitored to see if we are ready for disclosure...

      September 28, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. junebugj

    The problem is, with all these "sightings" don't you think one would have a camera that can take a clear picture. All the "truth" is hearsay.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Nobody carried cameras with them everywhere they went like today with our cell phones and any photos taken at the base would def be classified, not released to public.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MKC

    Humans are nothing but a source of material for some intergalactic "Grade School" science project.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Shay

    I am appalled at the ridicule this topic is getting.....and these are 'intelligent' adults? Wow...it shows what a limited perspective some peole have on the vastness of our universe....and what's the deal with " why won't they show themselves to us?" People, we are not the most grand things in the universe....Earth is not the center of the universe....there are beings both more advanced and less advanced than Earthlings, so why would a more advanced species give a @### about proving something to us??? Arrogant and Ignorant......I often find it strange on how the masses believe in the beings of the bible that did not originate on Earth, but not Aliens; never realizing that they are one in the same

    September 28, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • papillon818

      agree! EARth to the universe is just like a grain of sand to the desert~~We are not alone!

      September 28, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • DollyDagger

      Similarly, you are one of the masses you have such distain for. Such faulty thinking (i.e., that you are separate from others) is what leads to war, religion, and fear of the unknown. "Love thy neighbor" should be applied universally, not just to those you happen to agree with, and not just those physically close to you. Please enlighten yourself and then come explain to the masses how you did it. In the meantime, you're just another mouth in the crowd.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
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