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. oda155

    CNN... you had to get them started didn't you...

    September 28, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Eddie

    For those that wonder why aliens would fly so far to watch us, we have hour long videos of bugs.

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

    It's a healthy debate, I assure you : )

    September 28, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scott

    Can't skeptics come up with better than adolescent name-calling and jokes? There's always the accusation that if they were here, the military would know about it. Well, here they are, spilling the beans. These sightings, and this testimony, is as reliable as any other you'd trust were this any other subject. It's time to treat the subject maturely. There's a phenomenon worth investigating.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Howard

    Another jolt to the human perspective – this and many other discoveries & discussions is what we humans need to wake us up – wake us out of our deep slumber – and finally realize our true potential to achieve true independence and stability...

    September 28, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. cavemanstyle

    Here is my logic, once again, the military doesn't even know what they are, so they won't let information out either unless they know all the facts. How can they get on TV, and announce we found aliens, when they themselves don't know for sure... We have to put ourselves in their shoes as well, and there can only be two explanations. One, they are real, two, they are not.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. papillon818

    I do believe, but I doubt why US government let them hit the public media....

    September 28, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Oklaengineer

    They've been here many times, over millennium. This we know. What I find most interesting, is that they are curious about our atom splitting operations and that form of energy. Ex terrestrials may have conquered space travel, but their environment may not provide for the research we have been doing here on this planet. I'd be very leery about their observing our capabilities, especially around nuclear weapons facilities. How many of these do we have globally, in the hands of countries who do not value life, but worship the bomb as their god/political/deity? To an outside Earth culture, this would be an interesting study, a paradox, and a confusion. We drive with our foot on the brake protecting our planet, at the same time as voraciously trying to plan to destroy it. No wonder they won't make contact. We're simply another species of life with no self determination, no real courage, or understanding of life. Why would they ever want to contact us? It's more fun to simply observe and write the data, and then see what they can utilize without disturbing the anthill.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Anita Shower

    Here's a real conspiracy to ponder: Why does CNN need my e-mail address in order for me to post a comment?

    September 28, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Deucecoupe

      Just use a fake email like everyone else. lol

      September 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cavemanstyle

    They CAN'T make it public yet.. they don't know for sure what they are. I mean, yah I don't like the fact that the sightings are gone unpublicated, and the facts about them are not given, but.. we have to look at the situation. Do we, report all of it without inconclusive evidence on TV, or do we keep it hush hush till we know more... I think most would choose option B.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • 007

      The people high in the government is nto going to tell us there are UFO (which are really a future race here on earth coming back in time) because then they will not be in charge, they would be abdicating thier power to the new mutated race. Coming back in time runs the risk of changing the future, thus the need for time travelers to hide as much as possible.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey

    I must have smoked the wrong happy stick too.but what i saw was el chupa cabras making out to a white gorilla wearing granny pantys and had red wonder it came expensive must of had lsd or it was hydro.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. cavemanstyle

    Ok, here's what I suggest the goverments do.. and you can take my advise, or you can squash it.

    Make all of the evidence, witnesses, and reportings, classified and unclassified, available to the public. This would include all the grusome ones too, cattle mutiliations, whatever.. but make it available to the public, so that research can be done independentaly, and privately. If we're not the only ones in the universe, we do have a fundamental right to know about it. Don't you?

    September 28, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Steve

    They are learning how to deactivate the only weapons we have that they fear.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. Alex

    Nukes are old tech. Probably aliens have better weapons (if any at all). I don't think their ships run on nuclear fuel. They probably know fusion already.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. tomn8r

    bwaa haa haa haa! aliens. yeah right. not 1 single itty bitty teenie weenie shred of proof. all speculation, theory and heresay.

    a discovery of aliens would render the bible useless. but guess what? no aliens. sorry. alien believers are sooooooo gullible. whah, sorry to burst your alien bubble – bubble heads. just us. earth only earth. the rest is fodder.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • DollyDagger

      Please explain exactly how the bible's usefulness is dependent upon alien existence. What an odd assertion!

      September 28, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • PuddinLips

      No need to worry about death from above; we've plenty of death from ourselves. What say we get our own house in order and then perhaps start postulating theories about what might or might not occur from contact or no contact with a civilisation that may or may not exist? Hmmm? What say we address world hunger and poverty by choosing to decrease our population rather than continuing to demand more from out already-suffocated planet?

      September 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Bible is Fact, The Aliens Told Me

      Dude, the bible was discredited a long time ago once we realized the world wasn't 6000 years old (although some morons still think it is, I guess they'd rather believe in God than dinosaurs). But hey, I'm all for being ignorant! It's a lot of fun, and the best part is you don't have to take responsibility for your own life!

      September 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam's Doppelganger

      No no no! Sam, I absolutely cannot stand it when you tell the story wrong! The Grays did NOT make a treaty with the US, the Evil Super Thetans came down and destroyed the Grays altogether in the Great Intergalactic Space Mega-Battle of 3,000,000 BC (it's not like everyone doesn't know this already). Then the souls of the Grays were tele-pathetically assimilated into the Earth's moron-o-sphere (actually, the birthplace of Christianity), where the extra terrestrials' final battle over Earth was fought. Please do your research before spreading misinformation.

      September 29, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
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