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. V

    If this story is true, which I highly doubt it is, then its very likely extraterrestrials wouldn't be interested in acquiring these weapons as much as they would be trying to destroy or deactivate them so we dont blow each other up to kingdom come. A race that survived long enough to become so advanced that they have the ability to even travel here suggests that this race overcame destroying themselves, they value their lives and scientific exploration, and therefore would probably value and be interested the lives of other beings in the universe. If they are advanced enough to travel to distant star systems, you can bet their motives are not to acquire nuclear weapons, but to destroy them for our sake. Given they even came here and are deactivating nukes in the first place which is highly improbable, but a fun topic to discuss nonetheless.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. sfredell

    “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.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. It's About Time

    These men should be hailed as heroes. To risk ridicule by both the press and their fellow officers .. all in the name of National Security .. that takes a lot of guts.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Kristy

      Thumbs up! I wholeheartedly agree.

      September 28, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      How are these men idiots? How are astronauts who have seen these objects idiots.......maybe you're the idiot.

      Everyone is so against the possibility these objects don't exist. Please spend an afternoon actually researching...stop watching Jersey Shore and actually read up on the topic then come back and post your thoughts......I can provide a starting point if need be.....

      September 28, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. F B I

    you people belive anything people say you idiots

    September 28, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. I Know Theyre Here

    Nevermind the Rendalsham Forest incident, GOOGLE: DULCE BASE / DULCE WARS, this is what truely threates mankind. . .

    The ETs arent demons, the angels and demons religion writes about are ETs. Read Ezekiel regarding the Watchers coming from 4 wheels in the sky. . .

    September 28, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. DollyDagger

    To those who assume that because an alien civilization is technologically advanced that they are also benign and enlightened (or even think like we do in regard to human morals): it ain't necessarily so. For the last several thousand years humanity has made relatively large leaps in technology. Our deep thinkers have made major leaps in enlightenment. But as a whole we are still a bunch of rufians. Even our top cutting edge scientists can only smash atoms and look at the splash trails to discover what matter is made of.

    It's kind of like driving through the everglades at ever increasing speeds to discern what bugs are made of: "Hey, lookie here Dr. Mephisto. This one's got green juice in it!" "Ahah! Zis proves my theory zat aliens have landed in zee everglades. Zee bugs are sucking zee blood of zee aliens."

    If you want to get a feel for the level of benevolence you can expect from a technologically advanced society, ask any Native American about the level of altruism among Europeans. It's one of the few real examples we have to go on.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Kristy

      Great point!

      September 28, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Steven Brown

      We kill other species on a whim, as when Sarah Palin shoots wolves from a helicopter. So we should not expect an alien species to regard us as a special life form that should not be killed.

      September 28, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Will Smith

    Damn the aliens must of seen Independence Day... they know we can take them out with nukes. we're doomed.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Intrigued

    While I suppose it could be aliens from far away, one should also keep in mind that it could also be humans from the future or something.. What, it's just as likely!

    September 28, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • DollyDagger

      What if it's actually humans from the past who got into a time machine left behind by humans from the future and accidentally turned it on? And what if one was carrying a newspaper dated January 1, 2013 (also left behind by people from the future and brought by people from the past) with a headline reading "US Government formally adopts new Mayan calendar as official calendar of the United States?"? just saying....

      September 28, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • George Washington

      I'm working-up something like that as well. Some parallel-universe critter. If it's 'humans-from-the-future' it means that humanity _has_ a future and we need not fear the nuclear extinction event because it doesn't happen. If these observers [if you will] are interested in nuclear devices because nuclear detonations disrupt local space-time, then they have expended vast amounts of energy and expertise just getting into this dimension long enough to see what we're up to. With that kind of investment, they're going to be darn careful we don't get a hold on them or their technology.
      So..if I may...These military personnel who offer these reports of UFOs scoping-out the nukes are not telling lies. It is that human beings just don't have the capacity to determine what is going-on. Not because we're stupid or anything..we're just not 'there' yet.

      September 28, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bill McGrath

    Perfect example of an argument from ignorance: I saw something but I don't know what it is (unidentified), so it must be an intelligent lifeform from another planet. I'll be these same guys think Jesus roots for the same teams they do. Yikes!

    September 28, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Steven Brown

    So where are the photographs? "I saw a UFO" does not prove they exist.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Manco Inca

      Well even if you saw a photo, you would just say it's a fake.
      It's too easy to be skeptical, all you have to say to anything is bullsh!t.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Here are some photographic examples from NASA: ... if you are interested, there are a lot more examples online, just keep searching.

      September 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Edgardo Tolentino

    Oh yeah! Wow! in military saying UFO is eyeing the Nuclear Plants we have in the coutnry, OMG! What a nerve they saying this. Remember "Area 51" in New Mexico....government is hiding the truth that top secret they have in that location. And now, they accusing UFO is eyeing the faciility....Oopss! hello before they say that they need to catch Bin Ladin first coz this guy can make a dirty bomb that you have not expected...believe me.or not.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. yanni

    Actually, I am an alien from another galaxy and I intend to reveal myself on a street corner at noon EDT. Watch for it on CNN.

    September 28, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The possibility's says that E.T. is real and until we can prove that they are not real then maybe we should keep an open mind there's many things that we still no nothing about such as death and god and until we have the answers and the facts we should stay aware of our surroundings .

    September 28, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. TJSmith

    Just keeping an open mind......could this be an attempt at publicity for the coming film Battle: Los Angeles that’s due out 2011?

    September 28, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. George Washington

    OR...perhaps they come from a "when" rather than a "where". [What?!] Well, if Einstein and Hawking can say gravity and time are related; and relativity is a valid theory that can be proven by orbiting atomic clocks, could these UFO critters be coming from a "when", unfettered by our limitations of space and time as we know it? If so, they could as easily have visited Earth ten-thousand years ago as tomorrow and perhaps have done so. Any contact would be nearly impossible to prove and equally difficult for contemporary authority to confirm without seriously disrupting the social fabric.
    Atomic weapons operate on the principle of matter converting into energy by the same process that constrains out local space-time; C, the speed of light. Creating ruptures in space-time by nuclear detonations would seem to be of interest to some heretofore imaginary intelligence operating in a parallel, but different, dimension. Since we can rule-out "extraterrestrials" living within light-years of Earth in this space-time, should we rule-in alternative theories?

    September 28, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
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