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. real talk....

    I believe that there is intelligence beyond our planet. I don't believe that this was the doing of ET's though. Its spin because I believe there would be more of a freak out knowing an enemy of the US could pull off such a move.. I find it very difficult to believe if it was the work of ET's that it was a humanitarian mission by them, warning us of the dangers of our weaponry.. If they have so called been keeping an eye on us since ancient times, then they know we pose more of a threat to them now then we did then... If they did visit in ancient times, they were probably bowed to, they aren't getting that treatment in the present day.. So with that said, I feel like IF THIS WAS " ALIENS", it isn't a friendly gesture, especially if they are like us.. Its strategic, mapping out the threats and making sure they can be disabled.. They would be thinking just like Russians who are probably the real culprits... Don't be so naive..

    September 28, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Robin

    So wait – an unidentified flying object HAS to contain little green men? It couldn't possibly be foriegn ops deactiviting the nukes that are pointed at them. No, that would be crazy.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. beat

    They can send Space probes like we send Probes to Mars.

    Alieans don't have to be here on Earth. they can just send deep space probes or robots to check our planet. if they are interested they send ships to observe us or Jam or tv signals or infiltrate Hollywood to create movies that will prepare mankind for the coming of EBE.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sparky Miller

    My take on this issue (if you are familiar with Albert Einstein's Theories on time travel) is that these are un-man drones sent back from the future. In no way should you intefer with them.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • 007

      Agreed. We screwed up resulting in the mutations that look like aliens to us. It is really a future race come back in time. Perhaps they can help us prevent the global desctruction we are on the path toward with nuclear weapons in Iran, and the wilingess to use them.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Carry Me

    They are not from outerspace, they are from our own governments. Their plan is to deceive us to thinking there is no God, for man wants to be God, himself. Read your bibles...the man of sin comes in peace, to deceive, even the elect, if possible. They will bring a false peace, to a deceived world, that will want it, because they love this world.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. the moi

    I want some of whatever they're smoking. So long and thanks for all the fish.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. M.E.

    I am so tired of the horrible journalism practices on CNN. When Kyra Phillips covered this story she smirked, made snide comments and giggled. I do not appreciate her personal commentary or opinions when reporting a story. The message of this story is a very serious one – wether the UFO part is true or not! The earth is inundated by nuclear weapons, Kyra Phillips negative visible reaction to the story is misleading to the content of the report. Please CNN journalists BECOME MORE PROFESSIONAL.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • jan Taran

      I absolutely agree with CNN's lack of professionalism in reporting this story. They evidently have no background in science and missed Carl Sagan's work.

      September 28, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Kristy

      I agree that the demeanor of the reporters covering this story was uncalled for and immature.

      September 28, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Angelica

      Did you see Megyn Kelly (from Fox News) mucking Massachusetts University name by shaping her lips in really ugly way? She was mucking scientists in that University, she was mucking something real. You getting angry at Kira Phillips because of UFO comment?!

      September 28, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Kyra Phillips : do you realize how stupid everyone thinks you are ? Those guys were in charge of launching nuclear weapons. Try to compare that to your stupid job's responsabilities... There is a difference between those man and you : YOU would and will NEVER be given such responsability. This, says all.

      September 28, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Shay

      I agree....same thing happened with John Roberts and Kirnin Chetry early this morning.She was serious while he had that "Yeah Right" look on his face.Then he had the nerve to embarrass himself by saying that Earth is too far for anything to travel to.....I hate when MSM anchors do that

      September 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. I got the message......

    For all you religious folk....................Do you really think the gift of eternal life will be given to just anyone? Or somebody with self control, discipline and most of all LOVE..........Just a thought while your out their looking for saviors amongst all the selfish.............GOP gloms onto the religious cause its their last stand, their shield...their dodge....their tax exempt piggy bank......GL with your decision in pledge more war and missile systems....Beam me up Scotty!

    September 28, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. DON62

    Saw several UFO'S in Antartica while serving in US NAVY'S OPERATION DEEPFREEZE in late 60's.
    Alot of other guy's saw them to.They never apeared on our radar.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. beat

    Stephen Hawking said Human should not communicate with Aliens because they’e more likely to be Hostile to humans.
    Probably because they have different have features and will freak out when they see us or if we see them.

    They can travel distant Galaxies because they probably live longer than us, their Genes can handle space travel, they have advance technology and a lot more.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. Angelica

    My mom saw a UFO hanging in the air very low to the ground, many colorful lights and it was rounded, it happened in 1990 in Ukraine, my brother saw it somewhere in the same time, he was walking home from his school party. They both described it (without any excitement), like it was a usual thing to see, like " I was walking and it just was hanging there, and then it just flue away very fast, nothing special". Not at all.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. GMAN

    Old news....

    September 28, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Alex

    Eying nukes? LOL! Aliens, if they exist, would have far more advanced technology and they are eying old technology like nuclear weapons? Come on. Give me a beak.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • beat

      Probably they have not discovered the Type of Nuclear that destroys people and planet. We have different Chain Reaction compared to their Chain reaction. Or Use Nuclear Weapons to fuel their Ships.

      Just Imagine the JUMP TECHNOLOGY AFTER Roswell, New Mexico in span of 60 years is impossible to believe.

      60 Years We invented computers,blue tooth, cell phones, etc etc

      September 28, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • beat

      People who think that We Are the Only One in the 50 BILLION GALAXIES out there is really Stupid.
      Those people are the once who are making our World Divided. It is like Racism.

      Maya can read the stars and Astronomy mix with Astroolgy. Maya didn't even have computers but they Invented the Calendar the pediction of the 2012 event and much more. You can find Pyramids all over the world not only in Egypt.


      September 28, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • beat

      There is a Film in the WW2 that Los Angeles was invaded by UFO. You can find the film on You Tube

      there are actually footage of a UFO being shot at with Canons on Los Angeles in the 1940s. Check it out it is real footage.

      September 28, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. Wanda

    Aren't ET's God's creatures, too? Scary, isn't it?

    September 28, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. PhillyPaul

    Why did the news anchor and meteorologist mock this news when aired this morning? For a channel that increasing relies on averge people to "sound off", "tweet" or otherwise provide CNN content and fodder (geez, do you really need us to "tell you how we're doing?....I guess you do), it seems arbitrary and unprofessional to mock learned professionals. When will CNN get back to reporting the news for us, not replaying what their audience says on social media outlets.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Cos it's cool to feel superior and ridicule something they know nothing about really.
      But as soon as there is official evidence, the same guys act like little excited school girls and want to be the first who can convince everybody what they always knew all along.

      Primitive Human Nature.

      September 28, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
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