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. I got the message......

    A round bump formed on the roof of my mouth...Slowly over a couple days, the pain and my tongue prying at it brought it to a head......I made an exacto knife cut and pulled the metallic, bloody, splinter out.......Thinking one of my childhood dentists might have somehow wedged some tooth fillings in there , I put it in a small plastic case to show my mother.........Two days later when I wen't to retrieve it from my dresser drawer, it was gone, plastic case and all.........I quit asking questions.....

    September 28, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • stinkybooty

      hell, dude...da TOOTH FAIRY got 'em!!!

      September 28, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Issa K

    Who cares welcome aliens if you are nice if you are not i have a gun.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. allen

    have you read about John Keel stuff? The ETs aren't demons. However, the ETs are working with demons. Some of them are possessed by the demons or what generically known as supernatural creatures. Also the names of the UFOnauts are related to occultism. See the book "Secret Cipher of the UFOnauts" in which occultism is rampant in UFOlogy

    September 28, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. yahwehufos

    This is news, but think how I and others can communicate with them and even request for them to send me a ufo for me to see.

    I have the video evidence on my youtube channel..


    September 28, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Randle

      This has all the elements of a great story. It is analytical, humorous, imaginative, at times ridiculous, emotional, and more. I notice for the most part everyone enjoys participating, and is not too condemning or critical. Yet there is some of that and still it is lighthearted and humorous. We all seem to agree we could do better as humans. Why not, lets start trying to do that.

      I replied here just for a pause in the action because the phrase ......fry like bugs in the sun ...was just too humorous..haha

      September 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. An Alien


    September 28, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. DrCarrington

    " that the possession and threatened use of nuclear weapons potentially threatens the human race and the integrity of the planetary environment"

    If they exist and they're so deeply concerned, they should just suck out the atmosphere and get rid of all of us troublemakers and move in and have a perfect world without nukes and poisoned water and religion.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • maarif

      If you are interested by this subject, check this site" theufotimes" has all you need to know.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Scully

    I'm a skeptic, but if the tables were turned and we were the more advanced ones and knew of a planet where the lifeforms had created weapons capable of destroying the entire planet, I think I'd want to go check that out and make sure it wasn't a threat to my people and my home. If they are coming to check us out, that is probably the motivation. If we destroy ourselves and our own planet, they probably don't care so much about that because ultimately to them we are probably just a bunch of noisy smelly apes.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Skweee

    Maybe the ETs will get a facebook account.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. flounder

    Hmmm Those guys are dumb, and they both have bad hair. This is what happens when you can no longer get an erection.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. Beasley

    The Flying Spaghetti Monster loves us all and will not let anything really bad happen to us, although you have to wonder if the end is near when the Bears beat the Packers.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. huxley

    Can not believe that CNN is publishing this, belongs in the National Enquirer or Science Fiction Quarterly.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. MassiveMarbles

    We are a diverse mixture of intelligently aggressive, possessive, dominant lab rats programmed to love and hate each other.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. ttjt_99

    Right, because aliens with such advanced technology being able to propel them to distant planets light years away, would be interested in a nuke. Too many sci fi movies. Are these guys members of the tea party?

    September 28, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    I firmly believe there is intelligent life out there and most likely advanced civilizations. I do not think they have visited earth though. I maybe wrong. The distances are too vast. If you say they have superior technology than we're in a debate akin to does god exist. Just can't prove it. Unless they make a public appearance.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. daveinla

    Could have been spy satellites by the former Soviet Union.

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