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. David M.

    Given all the "sightings" of UFO's, it's interesting there in not one bit of tangible evidence. Every supposed picture or video is always conveniently blurry so you can't really make out what you're looking at. However, if ET's really want to see something interesting, they should make a visit to Congress. After a few minutes in that 3 ring circus, they would report back to HQ that there is no intelligent life here!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. terri g.

    We all need to remember that knowledge is power, either educate ourselves on what's going on beyond the 6pm news, or giggle about it, and try to degrade the ones with the knowledge, Some anchors need to get past the giggle-factor, which was appropriate back in the 60's early 70's, but no longer. Time to research science and astronomy, not NASA, they're limited on what they're "ALLOWED" to convey to us. Thank you.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey

    I tnk goverment found out something good to do opening the confiscated blue magic from that time.the blue print book must have id's and finger prints of blue magic dealers just like the american gangster movie.Meth dilures!!!!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. David

    This article has certainly made the crazies come out of the woodwork...

    September 28, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cory

    There is a difference between "unidentified" and "alien".

    September 28, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Eddie

    What makes you guys think the witnesses in this report are actually in charge of launching those weapons? I believe they are just screen watching monitors.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mom

    I was a 12 year old kid at summer camp in central Florida. It was mid afternoon and dozens of us watched in as 3 glowing orange triangular shapes hovered over the ground silently sweeping back and forth over a patch of ground just across what was the campground's very small lake. Four smaller "things"- also orange and triangular seemed to emerge from the larger 3. The adults scurried us all inside and said maybe it was something the Army was doing. We came out an hour later and they were gone. It was the early 1960's. Three more times in those years our family and friends were out in the evening. We saw triangular lights again but they were was white, flew erratically and fast, then just hovered. My Dad said nearly the same thing as the camp adults – it's probably the Army. There wasn't any panic and no speculation that these were UFOs...but I wonder...

    September 28, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • avis

      Are you kid'ding?

      September 28, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cavemanstyle

    Nuclear weapons were developed for two reasons, one, they were an experiment. Two, they were used as a war deterrent so that people like us wouldn't have to go in and shoot each other over something that couldnt' be worked out diplomatically. It's a shame that leaders of all these countries don't know how to sit down and work out a problem by talking. The ones that can't, shouldn't be their leader then.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • 007

      The United States was incredibly lucky to create a nuclear bomb when it did, Hitler's Germany was very close to building thier own Nuclear Bomb. A few months and it would be a very different world today had Germany brought the world to submission.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. Paulc38

    It was Beldar and Prymaat from the planet Remulak. They were looking for some Beer and Potato chips.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • David M.

      Shouldn't they have been in Germany asking for beer? I know from experience that they have some of the best! Or maybe they had some Miller Lite and were back to get some revenge!!

      September 28, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Randle

    I think we are overlooking some basic laws of physics. Look at our own space program. Granted it is it's infant stages, but we can gather some sense of what would logically happen. Space takes time to travel. That is why Nasa plans ahead and sends out space probes to Mars, and other places. Sometimes, a lot of time elapses before the craft actually reaches it destination. Then, we look to see what type of pictures or data we can obtain.

    I think if there is intelligent life, they would most likely send these same type of probes or specialized craft to observe and report. I can say this sincerely, simply based on the amount of time that must elapse to cover great distances in space.

    We should consider the possibility, that although a civilization may be advanced, they are still limited to the laws of physics in the universe. The main idea being, that traveling at light speed is possibly a technology that has not been mastered by any civilization anywhere in the universe. Thus, we would have to conclude that such a long journey could in fact be a one way ticket.

    In that respect, if we ever did see them, it would either be because they concluded that we have an environment that supports their form of life, or conclude that it is in fact a one way ticket and they traveled here to tell us something of
    vital importance.

    I tend to believe they are simply probes and meant for research at this time.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • SDCyclist

      There are other ways to travel which don't require being restrained by time. Wormholes is one. Physics allows for this. Accelerating close to the speed of light is another. A trip tot he nearest star would take a crew traveling close to the speed of light 8 weeks in their relative time. But it would appear to take 4 years from an observer on earth. So, a round trip to the nearest star with a crew traveling close to the speed of light would take them 4 months but it would appear to us that they have been gone 8 years. When they return they would have traveled 7 years and 8 months into the future according to their calendar.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. lordpet

    you'd think that if aliens who were capable of travelling interstellat distances wanted to give us a message that they'd just land on the White House lawn and give us a message. What's with all the cloak and dagger mumbo jumbo?

    September 28, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. 007

    Sure there's other life out there. But they likely cannot travel the huge distances involved to visit us. UFOs are future societies going back in time to observe us. Time travel is possible. Two legs, two arms, a head, two eyes, what'e the likelyhook they would take a form so similar to humans. They are genetic mutations of present day mammals, nearly wiped out by something, nuclear war, astaroid collision, disease, liberal policies, some world-wide cataclismic event.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. 933

    If - and its a very big if - aliens are here riding around in UFOs chiefly to monitor our nuclear arms race (though perhaps, for fun, also to poke needles in peoples' belly-buttons), it would be because we threaten to screw up or destroy their longitudinal biological experiment, namely, the human species. If there were any real evidence for such things. The premise makes a good idea for a sci-fi novel, though.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lord2FLI

    If aliens have the technology to deactivate our weapons on a whim as a means of sending us a secret "message", then why not deactivate the weapons permanently? What's the point of a temporary shut down as a "message" when only one person was witness? If they are here, it's not on some mission to cryptically teach us to be peaceful, it's for observation at best, people need to stop assuming they give a crap about our well-being.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • 007

      Well, doing it temporarily doesn't give the military the ability to learn about how they do it and counteract it. They may care because they are not from other planets, they are from a future time here on earth, and trying to avoid the global disaster that wipes out humanity, leaving them as surviving genetic mutations of us.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Lord2FLI

      Someone has been watching too much 12 Monkeys. The laws of physics (as we know them) do not permit time travel to the past, time travel to the future is, however, possible. That said, if said civilization (our future or extraterrestrials) has the technology to temporarily shut things down, then they also have the technology to shut it down for good. And if it us, why be secretive? Do you honestly think our future selves wouldn't be brash and bold? That's not human nature...

      September 28, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • 007

      Human nature caused the world wide catastrophy that resulted in current humans being genetically mutated into the life forms we see from the future with coincidentally two arms, two eyes, two legs, standing upright, a head, a neck, etc. Why repeat bold actions that may have destroyed the earth. Time travel to the past seems more likely than an alien race traveling the huge distances that would be involved, some type of time alteration would be necessary for the travel. We may say time travel to teh past is not possible, but then we don't know how anyone could travel the hundreds of thousands of millions of light years to get here to try to describe these Unidentified craft as being from another planet rather than another time here on earth. 12 monkeys, it seems more plausible than traveling the hundreds of thousands of millions of light years. It seems a better explination of why they would be so interested in this time period, and desire to be secretive, interfering as little as possible. Mass interference could mean greater harm to our future than they are willing to risk. It juse seems more plausible to me. But then, I also believe in ghosts and god.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lord2FLI

      What if the aliens only live 10 light years away?

      September 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Garry

    How is it people believe in things that have no utter proof of being real, i.e religions, but mock people who belive in UFO's.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • cavemanstyle

      excellent point Garry.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • SDCyclist

      Well said! Great point! I could answer your question in more detail but I think you were being rhetorical.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
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