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. the truth ? you cant handle the truth

    What I do know, is that all UFO chasers are in it for the anal probing.
    What I dont know is why would Aliens travel billions of light years, with a fetish to anal probe fat men with beards.
    Haven't you all noticed that Alien Researchers are fat men with beards ?

    September 28, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Zodi

    The movie "Men Who Stare at Goats" would sum it all up......

    September 28, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff

    Every government on the planet is conspiring to keep ET's a secret. Riiiiiight.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. mer321

    The nearest star is around 4.5 light years away. If there are planets there maybe there is intelligent life, but unlikely. More than likely, the nearest civilization technology advanced would be in the range of 100-100,000 light years away. If a civilization could "warp" time and space to reach us at those distances, don't you think they could remain hidden from us or have such sophisticated technology to make our weapons useless?

    September 28, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Well, the story says they did make the weapons unlaunchable when they were near. Hiding is a question of whether they want to hide or not, it sounds from the AF accounts like the visitors were making a point.

      You make a good point about warping time and space. In order to travel through large distances in space, it gets a lot easier if you can travel in the 6th dimension, folding two points in space together to immediately pass through from one side to another. If a civilization had the ability to do that, it would imply mastery of the other 5 preceding dimensions, including the 4th dimension of time. It's possible that the visitors are from the future, and that they saw something in our future that led them to want to investigate into the past and see where it began.

      Here's another possibility, it's humans from further in the future, and they're historians.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • I got the message......

      Do you think they would care, if they had no vested interest?

      September 28, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. ET

    they are showing us that our nukes are of no use against them it is warnings that we cant stop them

    September 28, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Or that, if they come, we shouldn't attack them outright.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chief

    No way in Hell I am going to joke with this stuff, some of you are actually afraid so you joke, this is as possible as your existence, you didn't make this place or this dimension....Ego maniacs....

    September 28, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. steeve-o

    Perhaps they should be investigating the effects of small doses of radiation emitted from nuclear weapons coupled with the sleep deprivation of security guards.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. shazam 3

    If you look closely and study ancient liturature you'll find that ufos and god like people (aliens) mentuioned and in the Biblw also.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Mick

      You might be part alien (or redneck) because you can't SPELL.

      September 28, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. BestAnalEVER!

    The best Anal I've ever had came from an Alien! I've never had somebody so interested in my anus before and I loved it!! I ended up marrying it and it turned into a big, fat, lazy woman who can't cook. Hmmm...I see alot of Alien's around now to think about it....

    September 28, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. John

    Honestly it'd make sense, if there are extraterrestrials aware of earth, that they'd check out the few weapons we have that could pose a threat to them.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Malofeo

    For any race of beings with the ability to travel across vast oceans of space we'd be nothing more than hostile, primitive creatures inhabiting a backwater planet. For what ever reason, they haven't made their presence openly known to us. Perhaps we're a curiosity, or maybe an experiment...who really knows? All I know is that there are way to many accounts of alien abduction, UFO sighting's, and E.T. encounters to simply dismiss the possibility.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lenny

    So Russians have been spying on US nuclear program. Where's the news?

    September 28, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. GeoGuy

    Some notable points regarding UFO sightings:
    1. Most UFO sightings occur near the areas used by ther airforce for testing secret experimental planes.
    2. Ancient sightings described in writings were astronomical events such as a meteor, comets, etc.
    3. Increased in reported sightings start in the 19th Century, many sightings were related to ballons.
    4. Reports of UFOs grow exponentally after Orson Welles 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast.
    5. Many UFO sighting occur near areas holding important US secrets, such as nuclear missiles sites.
    It is likely that most sightings can be dismiss as natural astronomical or meteorological phenomena, more recent sightings are related to human flight and flight experimentation and a few can be regarded as potential secret survaillance devices. The few completely unexplained ones do not necessary imply that they are alien, they can also have natural explanations that at this time may not be known.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Beingone

      GeoGuy, you forgot
      #6. There really are UFO's with alien life watching what we do as evedenced with the few unexplained encounters and films.
      #7. The governments denial, which is an automatic contrarian point of their existance.
      Keep you head in the sand, you can see alot from there. Also do some research. Look up the St Louis encounter with the 4 seperate police sightings, or the Hudson River sightings from 1983, which had hundreds of witneses, along with the police seeing an object.
      later buddy.

      September 28, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sammy Davis

    One look at Detroit and Newark would scare anyone away.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. I got the message......

    Orange ball of fire, is what I saw.......Then like the snap of your fingers , up and out of the atmosphere with nothing but a streak like a reverse meteor, only this was straight up with an ever so slight curve....If it wasn't night time and me being away from city lights, I doubt I would have ever saw it....Closest AFB was 45 miles away....

    September 28, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Mulder

      Did you experience any loss of time or static charge which may have interfered with any electronic equipment you had with you? What about any feelings of being trapped or numbness? Were there any animals nearby?
      D@mmit Scully, stop pi$$ing me off...I know the truth and its out there no matter what you say.

      September 28, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
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