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. BftN

    So what if the government tells the public: "Ok, Ok, it's all true, they're out there". Then what? We would just go on with our lives as usual, knowing what we allready knew: planet earth (one out of uncountable bilions of planets) is not the only one with intelligent life... All we actually want is confirmation, because if it turns out we are the only ones, we would feel lonely on a galactic scale.

    September 29, 2010 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. NewHm

    Do you wish to know the truth ?
    Really ? Than...
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    They are our creators...

    September 29, 2010 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
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    September 29, 2010 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. CosmicEyeRadio

    First to all those Skeptics and ones who have said people that believe in UFOs are nuts .
    Get your head out of the sand and wake up.
    These were people who are credible and at these Missile Silo's had the UFOs affect the ability of there operations even shutting down these missiles.
    Those that are attacking these Gentleman show me your credentials,oh wait you have none .
    Remember we are not the center of the universe nor life.
    Life exists everywhere unless you are stuck in a room without the ability see what's beyond it.
    You are just an average citizen with no backround in this area right?
    The Mainstream media is starting to get it now .CNN thnak you for covering this important News.
    For the skeptics you fighting now a losing battle .
    The Governnment has lied for over 60 years about this .
    Some of you here posting brought the lies hook line and sinker.
    Its time for people who do not believe to wake up now.
    Because when the mass sightings come and they will .
    You cannot hide in denial anymore but face your fears of people coming from other worlds who can travel beyond any space technology we have.

    September 29, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Texas Vic

      Hey Cosmic, if they are so advanced, why don't they make contact???? Are they scared of us??? LOL

      September 29, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. CosmicEyeRadio

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    September 29, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Star Scene

    The time of change has come...

    September 29, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Boney

    Well, I just hope they are Klingons. I just loved Worf.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • don

      I'd prefer Vulans myself. Dudes get very frisky every seven years. Could be much fun if one just waits! Pointy eared babes for the win.

      October 23, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Adi

    Romanian scientist Henry Coanda (June 7, 1886 – November 25, 1972) patented flaying saucers (aerodine lenticulare) in 1938. He came to US after the second world war and worked with NASA and Pentagon special units on a flying saucer project. Officially, the project was dropped, but I would not be surprised if these would be sightings of a secret aircraft developed by our military.

    September 29, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jyiber

    I believe in the possibility of alien life, not necessarily intelligent or sentient, but at least some form of it. Let's take into consideration that it wasn't aliens and one of our enemies or even allies is spying on our nuclear weapons. While the extra-terrestrial life possibility is plausible, it's not the most likely possibility in a situation like this. In fact I would create a whole list of conspiracies before I came to this conclusion, not to offend any hippys or hard core ET enthusiasts.

    September 29, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cavemanstyle

    What I can't understand is, how the world is going to embrace the thought of not being the only intelligent civilization in the universe when we can't even get things in America like immigration or healthcare reform done right. I mean, c'mon man.. what is the freakin' problem here? Do I need to run it, because I will if asked, and it won't be a bunch of arguing in front of 235 old people either, it will be.. WHAM!, here it is, now put it into affect. It's really that simple.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Caveman I'm asking you to run it. Please do.

      So the next step is we need to make a plan to deal with the changes caused by learning we are not the only intelligent civilization in the universe. We will have to fix health care and move on fast because these petty issues are distracting us from a bigger truth and brighter future that we all are building.

      September 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cer512

    What I can't believe is if there is other life form here why isn't it really showing up? Land in New York, Central Park! Fly bigger ships something that really makes some noise. Why do alien just keep flying by? I want something to show up with lasers blazing. I just can't believe they exist if they just keep coming along and playing pranks on us. There is no conspiracy theory or aliens work in secret with the Government if there is and they would benefit us why hide it? As for this story if Aliens really think we need to get rid of nuclear weapons tell them to come down to the planet and deal with our politics if they aren't going to do that they can just stay out of the Earth's business.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. thehappyscientist

    Well If I think in the frame of "what would a scientist do?" It all makes sense. If we study a rare ecological system we try not to interfere. We observe, tag a few, track, study. If they are doing something that will hurt themselves we may try to stop it to help preserve them if they are very rare. The only troubling aspect is that a rancher thinks the same way but to preserve the stocks for something other than scientific study. So the question is are they scientists, or are they ranchers? :-O

    September 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rb

    What about the ufo that was at ohare airport? It was there,Workers saw it, even pilots, How could the united states let something like that happen. I mean if it was not et's, then they would have caught them, And it would be on the news. That thing shot up and punched a hole in the clouds. Alot of people saw it!!! They said it was the weather..LOL, Maybe its some rich guy that builds disk shaped airplanes, that cant be detected by radar...LOL

    September 29, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Silverbullet

    ..concerning Ms Chetry's would be very helpful to at least view the video of the conference before opening one's mouth...and displaying one's intelligence level...

    September 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. w l jones

    Anita Knight decribe the same kind that encept a high flying air plane over the super bowel in jacksonville, fla after a few minute it disapear in a cloud.

    September 29, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
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