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. dee.bee.ess

    What kind of freaks me out is that this site got 609 responses in 12 hours. That's almost 1 response every minute. The people who claim that it is absolutely true do so because they want it to be true. Even offered evidence that its not true, they would still continue to believe. Those who do not believe it is true need hard evidence showing such. None has been offered. So they will continue unbelieving. Every comment demonstrates this. Let's start talking about world hunger, or something beneficial like that. All this wasted brain power...

    September 28, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • cavemanstyle

      Ok, let's say we drop the subject and go on to more "earthly" problems as a discussion. What happens to to the discussion about possible UFO's visiting earth.. do we just ignore them? I'd say discussing them, in this particular session is the right thing to talk about since it's topic is not world hunger.

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

      May be aliens will feed the hungry in the world when the humans are unable to.

      September 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pete

    interesting that these sightings were all occurring at around the same time the military was experimenting with drugs like LSD. I do believe that we are not alone in the galaxy and that we may have been visited by other beings but some of these sightings they described sound like really bad/awesome trips.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. I Know Theyre Here

    Hitler , Goerring, his psychic and other Nazis were also very interested in ETs and the occult. The Vril Society was made up of top Nazis who channeled messages from ETs in the Aldebaran solar system. By 1934 Viktor Schauberger had built a nazi saucer craft propelled by a electro magnetic anti-gravity effect.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. David, Los Angeles, CA

    Sorry if I scared you all. I was visiting the silos looking for a place to warm up my S'mores- Xyeferczkl

    September 28, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. paul

    Can we really believe our government?? There have been too many sightings by highly educated and trained military and civililian personell for these sightings to be mere hoaxes. Our govt.needs to come clean now!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dh.A.

    If we were an advanced species, and we see another civilization about to unknowingly destroy itself because of everything in between of greed and selfishness, how would we react?

    September 28, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. conoclast

    They've come for Glenn Beck. Take him, take him faaar away and return him as a first baseman!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bluemacaw

    Wow! This report has brought all the Loonies out of the woodwork - and the bitter political losers.

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

      If you don't have an intelligent comment to make, don't make one.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Andy

    ET is out there, and doesn't want us to blow it or ourselves up. Cool.

    – A

    September 28, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Peter

    I can almost see what their speech to the UN would look like ... "Yes, there are millions of Aliens in the Universe. Some of us mean you no harm, but most out there would destroy you and your planet and not think much of it. Think of it this way, your Perdue guy has been killing millions of chickens for years and no body cares. You save the Dolphins, who's saving the Tuna? Do you think some creature, e.g. a Reptilian, from another galaxy, is going to care about humans? ... Be scared, be very scared. And be ready to defend yourself and your family."

    September 28, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. stacy

    It's us.... time traveling...... no one but us would be interested in such a stupid bunch of religious freaks.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. kari

    To whoever asked if this was newsworthy for CNN, they did hours of lindsay lohan trial coverage, if that tells you where their standards lie. I think this is far more interesting, personally.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Lord2FLI

      There are no standards in the news anymore, it isn't just CNN, it's everywhere. But you tell me, can you broadcast depressing information 24/7 and keep enough people interested to remain on the air?

      September 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • 007

      Great point. CNN lost its credibility as an unbias news organization some time ago, your Lohan example makes the point well. This story doesn't seem to be showing up on other major news websites.

      Great to see several folks embracing the idea UFOs are from Earth's future. It seems more plausible than the huge distances and time required to travel from a distant planet.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lee

    They came to see if we were a threat to them, but when they realized that we were only a threat to ourselves they laughed it off and went back home. Silly humans.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MassiveMarbles

    Surely, we can study them as they study us. There must be some signature that these crafts leave. And, if you ask ME...this signature should be/could be detectable utilizing our satellite array which is already deployed in Space!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. anonymous

    Very compelling testimony. I have personally met with an investigative field agent from MUFON. I told the agent my and my family's experiences, and was told that our experiences were consistent with other reports they have received. She did not file our report with MUFON because of fear for our safety, since our experiences seem to be much more extensive than anything else that has been reported to date.
    What I can tell you, is that if the experiences I've had are actually real, it leaves me very concerned. Because, they are able to basically do whatever they want, and they seem to be doing just that. If they respected us, they would not be manipulating some of us to take what they want without our consent, to be used for their own purposes, whatever those purposes may be.
    Frankly, I think it is fairly irrelevant where they come from, although I have personally interacted with several different races. I think what is relevant, is that what they are doing is no different, no less of a security threat, than if people from other countries on our own planet were coming here, drugging us at night, and doing whatever it is they do. Or, if people from other countries on our planet were coming here and disarming our military defensive capabilities. It is just as serious, and should be treated in the same manner, regardless of who they are or where they come from. People need to put aside their fascination and curiousity and awe, and take what is happening very seriously.
    I do believe that information is being kept from the public. One of the reasons may be the securing of this technology for our own use. While I think it's wise to learn as much as we can and develop our own technology which could be used to protect our interests, I think people who are in the know need to realize that these other races are not stupid, and probably anticipate us having such an agenda.
    I don't think panicking will accomplish anything. I have learned that lesson the hard way myself. But I do think we need to open our eyes, and not be duped or fooled. Anytime ANYONE does anything to us, or to our defensive capabilites without our agreement or consent, is something that should leave us all very, very concerned.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • cavemanstyle

      Man, I can't stand it when people make up the wild assumptions that these things are travelling back in time. YOU DON'T KNOW THAT, so why would you even post it? C'mon man.. take the luny out of lunar and speak with fact or evidence, or at least an educationed inference. It takes one nutcase to screw it up for us all non-nutcases.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
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