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. James

    ...I see green people. Seriously its probably just the Ananaki.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tom

    LOL. I am also an alien and and have parked my space craft at McDonalds because I am interested in junk food. If anyone wants to be abducted please send me an e-mail. The trip back home can take a while though since we haven't managed Warp 10 yet.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. M Trought

    I dont recall anyone tasking pictures. Too many crackpots around and the world is in more danger from these people than UFOs

    September 28, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Will

      If the government had pictures, do you honestly think they'd release them? These are the same people who decided to censor a book after it already had been published, and removed commonly known information from it.

      September 28, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ken

    Why do they have to be aliens? What's been seen could very well be humans using top secret technology, or we could have developed a way to time travel in the future and are making trips back. If these objects were from space it's likely we'd have more evidence than we do.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • I got the message......

      Because making a time machine in the future would only allow you to go back to a point in time when the time machine existed.........You would need a time machine that was made before the point of time you wanted to travel to....

      September 28, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • 007

      Since we are guessing big time, I don't know why you could only travel back in time to the existance of the creation of the time machine as long as you don not alter the events that led up the the creation of the time machine and therefore it wouldn't exist. Perhaps the new model does let you go further back, but only in saucer shaped bright lighted vehicles, that sometimes crash.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. josephhyde

    These were not intelligent Aliens. These were teenagers on a joy ride, when one of them said to the other, "Watch what happens when I take away the favorite toy of these gun nuts?"

    September 28, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • I got the message......

      Explorers........River Phoenix, Ethan Hawke..........

      September 28, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    Seriously who edited this article? It is full of grammatical mistakes. Sheesh...

    September 28, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. bubba

    If the ET's and UFO's are in fact real, then it is prudent for all governments to maintain a silence about them for many reasons. Imagine the US govenment, which maintains the greatest military, and the greatest law enforcment agencies in the world, such as the FBI, CIA and ATF and the most successful apace program in history, admitting that the UFO phenomenon is in fact real and that it is clueless and incapable of protecting humanity from a threat from ET. There would be a breakdown of society as we know it. There would be widespread anarchy as a result of the loss of faith in the governments ability to govern and protect. It would also destroy the sensibilties of all who are faithful to thier respective religious beliefs. I agree with the government in this matter if they are in fact keeping it covered up. It maintains the status quo. Some people want the so called truth to be revealed to all. I submit that the result of revealing the so called truth would not be very pleasant.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. mac

    Wow, good to see the largely ignorant populace of America not doing anything to change their general lack of education. I've seen some of the most ridiculous illogical arguments here. So blinded by arrogance and stupidity you can't even see your own economy failing, now you're going to be blind to an even more important event. To all the Americans with half a wit, I feel genuinely sorry for you. It must get hard wallowing around in the shallow end of the gene pool with the rest of the idiots.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tgmoney

    Whats the government up to now? !! Theyre probably planning to bomb Iran's nukes then claim " oh no it wasn't us,, it was the ailians "

    September 28, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ben

    Try reading the book "Day after Roswell" it shows how aliens actally are real
    It's written by a retired army Colonel
    last name of Corso, i believe

    September 28, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. dscig

    They are human time travelers looking at history. They cant interact with us because they would mess up the time line.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Andrew

    How is this actual news?

    September 28, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Common Sense

    God put Earth too far away from any other intelligent life becasue He knew we would just try to kill them. We're light years apart for a reason, and nobody is coming here, either. Stop thinking Earth is the center of the universe and rates high enough for anyone to want to come here. You think with the millions of stars and planets out there, someone just happened to find a planet (Earth) with life on it? Typical humans, think life revolves around them.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. avis

    I hope the aliens does not come here to US and fight for race.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. Fred

    If you think we are alone in the universe, then you are an ignorant, uneducated rube who should be abducted by aliens.
    Look..... It's only a matter of time before the "beings" return to harvest our elderly for intergalactic slavery.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
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