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. Mork

    What does the starship Enterprise and toilet paper have in common? They both circle Uranus looking for Klingons.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scootsy

    Proof. Then we'll talk. Proof is everything or nothing.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. DaVe.VeDa

    Preemptive disarmerment

    September 28, 2010 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. gooback

    the goobacks are coming!

    September 28, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kamikaze

    So beings from another planet travel billions of light years just to turn off a missile silo. Space is a big place and I bet after visiting hundreds of thousands of planets you'll find life. Visit hundreds of millions of planets and you might find sentient life. Do you really think they are just going turn a missile silo off? No.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    Anyone who looks into the changing face of Aliens can see that they have always looked like the aliens in popular culture. Meaning we have been creating their look and those are the aliens we have been reporting. Earlier this century they use to be Martians. Some were Green and others looked exactly like humans. It is only recently began looking bug eyed. Are we being visited or are we creating these things? as for UFO. even i've looked up at the sky before and didn't know what i was looking at. Doesn't make em aliens from outer space.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rich

    One of them tried to have his way with me, but I told him I'm not that kind of girl. Matter of fact, I told him I'm not any kind of girl and he needs his eyes examined. He apologized, in Latin I think (he said "Excuseum Yo").

    Sorry. Just thought I'd mention it.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Michael C

    Well, I'm not sure I would believe all of the U.F.O sitings that have been reported over the years, but I'm not naive enough to believe that life on earth is all there is to be had in the universe. Just for arguments sake though, let's play along and assume that these people did see U.F.O. that were beaming things down or disabling rockets. Of course our government and all others, for that matter, would do whatever possible to keep it quiet. Every country, society, or ethnic group on earth lives in a controlled state by a government, a leader, or a religion. If it were ever proved or disclosed that intelligent life existed away from earth or had visited us, those means of controlling people would be shattered. People are intelligent, but groups of people are not and can panic in a heartbeat. Every leader on the planet would be at a loss for how to control the chaos and every religious leader would be scrambling to explain it away with some 3000 year old story or song.

    It is ironic though that these so called sitings occured mostly in between the 50s and 70s. Hallucinogens were pretty popular back then and Science Fiction was at its peak. Why did only a few people see these U.F.O.s? Then again, perhaps most of our baby boomer parents and grandparents were too stoned to see them before they left.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      It's worth noting that it was also a time frame where we were very close, all the time, to destroying the world in a nuclear holocaust.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kelvin

    Find out more about the truth Visit

    It is a great honor for us to be able to present this information to all of you who are fortunate enough to hear this message. We are the Allies of Humanity. This transmission is being made possible by the presence of the Unseen Ones, the spiritual counselors who oversee the development of intelligent life both within your world and throughout the Greater Community of Worlds....

    September 28, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. eamon

    Proof? So these former American Air Force personnel suddenly went mad. There are hundreds of millions of people who believe in God,in the Immaculate Conception, that Jesus rose from the dead,in miracles,and so many other ridiculous things, and yet THEY are not consuidered mad.We live in an infinite universe(and possibly thaere are 11 more),and yet the vast majority of people find it ridiculous to believe in aliens life. How provincial can you get? Who is mad?

    September 28, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. Buck

    I bet they've been around lately checking up
    in how that Obama " change" thing is going!!

    September 28, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Neil

    so aliens come here and turn our nuclear missiles off, and this is a signal to end the arms race?

    if any of this is true, doesn't it make more sense that a hostile enemy might be testing to see if they can deactivate our most dangerous weapons?

    September 28, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. eamon

    Proof? So these former American Air Force personnel suddenly went mad. There are hundreds of millions of people who believe in God,in the Immaculate Conception, that Jesus rose from the dead,in miracles,and so many other ridiculous things, and yet THEY are not consuidered mad.We live in an infinite universe(and possibly there are 11 more),and yet the vast majority of people find it ridiculous to believe in alien life. How provincial can you get? Who is mad?

    September 28, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. KHAN

    They are among us and try to say it is time to save this world because we human beings are just not doing what we have to do

    September 28, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chief

    For those of you who think these people are just funning, you are closing yourself off from a possible reality.
    This does not disavow the existence of God....In fact it only enhances the thought....and belief...
    I have never seen a Unidentified Flying Object, but friends of mine swear they have....
    Perhaps they only thought they did, I cannot say....
    But none of you, including myself actually know where you are....

    September 28, 2010 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
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