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. ruo

    if you read the koran, you may find there are some verses about forms of aliens and the seventh level sky... i personally believe that jesus has been abducted by aliens.. seriously. everybody insult me please 😀

    September 28, 2010 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. thoughtdog

    Too many respected people have seen too much! Pretty sure they can't all been nuts....They are out there, and are way more intelligent than us...They have already proven this, by not landing and making themselves public. Probably think we are a bunch of idiots....and they are probably right.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dennis

    I wish these crackpots got the mental treatment they need.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Al

    The arrogance, to think that any other life form would be interested in this puny spec in the universe....much more plausible is that down the road we develop the ability to travel back in time, and that every real UFO ever witnessed is occupied by some of our descendants who are motivated by agendas that are yet to be determined.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. botswana

    Yes, they're out there. Even the Bible talks about them; not just Ezekiel's "wheel within a wheel" or Elijah being take up in a fiery chariot, but this book refers to the "watchers." Will the government continue to insult our intelligence by denying what probably tens of thousands have witnessed for themselves ever since mankind began writing about such things? Even pictures on the walls of caves?

    September 28, 2010 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Goat herders, is there anything they don't know?

      September 28, 2010 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Richard

    contempt prior to investigation is the recipe for disaster...I have read and learned of some incidents that would require more investigation. I do not believe that we are being visited by anything but if we are I would shiver to think of there motives.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. allen

    Familiar with Jacques Vallees work?

    September 28, 2010 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |

    This is not the first time that Steven Greer and his "Disclosure Project" have paraded ex-military men in front of the cameras and had them claim they had seen UFOs. Greer has a long history of stunts like this. It's all about the money, my friends. He persuades these delusional or misguided ex-military guys to put on a show for him, and then the donations to his foundation increase.

    Greer has been doing this for many years. Ten or fifteen years from now, he'll still be doing it, but (funny thing), we'll be no closer to saying hello to E.T. than we are today. Frankly, I'm a little surprised that CNN fell for his little stunt this time, but given the quality of journalism at CNN today, maybe I shouldn't be TOO surprised!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. regertz

    Why would an advanced species travel tens or hundreds of light years just to deactivate a few nukes, buzz a few cities, play cat-and-mouse with a plane or two, etc? Are they alien teenagers?

    I've believe in alien UFOs when one lands, and the occupants say hi and submit to medical tests after quarantine.

    "Submit to medical tests? This is profiling, human!! You'd never ask someone from England to submit to medical tests!!"

    I'd guess it was government testing of advanced craft or equipment, including electromagnetic pulsing. Unless those guys from Eureka were messing about in time again...

    On the other hand, Ms. Palin, Limbaugh, and Beck are clearly aliens sent to destroy the human race. So one never knows...

    September 28, 2010 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    There may be, an Interstellar police alien race, who were supervising the nuclear arms race and the possibility of WWIII. I think they see great potential for the human race, but we are too barbaric and probably need a hand from blowing each other to smithereens. I wonder how many alien ships will arrive once we again reach the verge of total nuclear war.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip Chen

    My novel, Falling Star, explores one possible scenario about governmental efforts to discover the truth about UFO's. You can find my novel at The book has received ten very nice reviews since it was published two months ago. I also predicted the Russian spy ring uncovered in June of this year.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Vezalo

    Art Bell is somewhere in the Orient saying. " I Told you so".

    September 28, 2010 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rob

    They are IFOs not UFOs. They are identified and exist. Prior to project Blue Book they were called UFOs. So you may want to update yourselves a bit. Now a days humans can't live without them. All the technology we seem to have acquired in the past two centuries out of the blue comes from IFOs bringing their obsolete technology like Internet and iPhones into our creative minds so at some point in time, we humans can live free of war and hatred amongst their galactic network.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. A in VA

    Yeah the aliens may be trying to tell us something alright. Like darn they have nukes and the willingness to use them against us. Let's not attack.

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

    Well..ET looked doen at the silos...and decided there is no intelligence they left

    September 28, 2010 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Scootsy

      Proof in idiots anyway.

      September 28, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
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