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. Peter

    I think the Aliens are just planning to invade us. At least those associated with this story on Nukes. They just wanted to know that they could control our weapons. There test sounds like something their military would need to check before planning to do things like invade and destroy ...

    So, this is what I would tell the ETs if they were reading this blog 🙂 ... Look up our Cold War history of MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction) with the Russians. I suppose that if they do invade and try to push us off this planet, that we would have a backup plan to set off some Neutron bombs where ever they happen to be camping out ...

    So you see, Humans are not going to go easy ... Lock and Load

    September 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. teepee

    The confederation of planets don't want us to join. Hell we can't get along with people who are not the same color. How will the powers that be treat an alien creature? Trust me, they know what they are doing by keeping their distance. remember district 9 the movie? what did we do? put the damned aliens in the ghetto right away. We then tried to trash all of the Avatar clans. Aliens beware!!!

    September 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Byrd

    So are these ETs really checking on the nukes out of genuine concern, or just checking on their handiwork? If it's the former, then they're perfectly welcome to take all of the nukes and biological weapons off this planet and dump them into the sun. On the other hand, perhaps they're from the planet Prometheus and just here to check on the progress of their dirty work. Until the governments open their vaults and let people more intelligent than themselves view the data, all we have is speculation as to their role, but the testimony of countless civilians is probably far more accurate, directly in spite of our government's and military's claims to the contrary.

    September 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim

    There is not a shred of physical evidence of the presence of extraterrestrial intelligence in any form. Beings from another world would have vastly different biology, technology, and perspective. Their ability to interact would be limited. Getting here across interstellar distances, even finding us, would be extremely unlikely. We've only been transmitting for 70 years... our signals are just now reaching planets 70 light-years awway. Extrodinary claims require extrodinary evidence–there is none.

    September 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Unless they were here before we were .... or maybe, just maybe, we're here because they made us ... maybe all of religion, including the End Chapter, the Apocolypse, was written by them ... as an easy way to conquer us, once we advance enough ... Think about all the religious nuts coming out of their hideouts and welcoming the coming of Jesus again. Cattle to the slaughter ...

      But, what do I know? ... I'm sitting here on my porch, with my doggy and a bottle of wine, enjoying a beautiful day at my farm in Texans ...

      I hope they like beef. I could use new customers for my cattle.

      September 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • CosmicEyeRadio

      People that believe Ets cannot travel to Earth and that life exist elsewhere vut its not anything Intelligent are not facing the truth but running aqay from it.
      I would suggest a few of the non believers read some of the old contactee books .
      One boom Stranger At The Pentago by the late Dr Frank E Stranges about his contact with a Venusian Valiant Thor.
      Its a true story based on This Venusian meeting with people in the Whitehouse.
      Just because your minds cannot get past logically things does not mean that Ets are not coming to Earth .
      They exist and are visiting everyday as I speak.

      September 29, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • CosmicEyeRadio

      People that believe Ets cannot travel to Earth and that life exist elsewhere or its not anything Intelligent are not facing the truth but running away from it.
      I would suggest a few of the non believers read some of the old contactee books .
      One book Stranger At The Pentago by the late Dr Frank E Stranges about his contact with a Venusian Valiant Thor.
      Its a true story based on This Venusian meeting with people in the Whitehouse.
      Just because your minds cannot get past logical things does not mean that Ets are not coming to Earth .
      They exist and are visiting everyday as I speak.

      September 29, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Why are you basing possible Alien Technology on our own? I thought you were an intelligent life form until I read that [no offense]. They can probably bend space and time and who knows what else. There is plenty of Evidence.. The Great Pyramid was not built my humans, if it was it got help from something advanced. I don't care how much the historians try to rationalize it, just not logical. Open your mind and read Chariots of the Gods and Genesis Revealed. The Giants in Genesis were called Nephillim in the true old testament the "Torah", The word Nephila in Aramaic means [The Star System of Orion], the 3 major Pyramids were lined up in that fashion. The "bent pyramids" were our pathetic ancient human attempt by an arrogant kind to Mimic this technology. I will send you my PDF copies if you want for those books.

      September 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Noe

    As an Army soldier in 1999, I had a training mission in the middle of the nowhere in Texas. Me and another soldier were on guard duty at about 3am. The sky was very clear. What we saw changed my doubtful mind forever. We saw a UFO streaking across the sky at incredible speeds and taking impossible angles. It flew across the huge Texas sky as far as we could see three times-back and forth. The third time, we could see two jets were dispatched. The UFO was clearly way too fast for them but the Fired! There were two explosions but the UFO continued. The UFO shot back a RED something and then quickly left the sky. The jets returned from where they came. Did not see it again. I was changed forever. We reported to our LT. He did not believe us-of course.

    September 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      The fact that the military has fired on UFO's is one of the reasons why we have no official contact. We are a hostile planet. Such a shame. It used to be a beautiful place. Now it looks more like a war zone where humans are expanding and destroying all in their path...wild life, vegetation, clean air, water....etc

      October 27, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nm

    According to today’s physics we are not able to travel light year distance. Just comparison .. If you tried to explain to someone from 16th century that you can communicate with someone thousand miles away just by holding little rectangular object close to your head, or try to explain how that works, most likely they would burn you alive. They brains then, like our brains now are not evolved enough to understand some things. We need to think outside of the box.

    September 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • MntalJudo

      Very well put IMO. Theory is simply that, until proven, what once seemed impossible but is now possible, changes previous "theories" such as lightspeed, time travel, etc. etc. I only hope to be more enlightened/educated about more of what's going on, open minded.

      October 6, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jack Kammerer

    UFO over Moscow in 2008 – video and explanation by a Russian scientist here

    September 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. heretic2go

    UFO: Utterly Fantastic Observation !!!

    September 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tafugate

    i would imagine there are thousands/millions of sentient beings across the universe, earth probably being on the low end of the evolutionary scale. but i doubt seriously there are ufos regularly checking us out, updating our progress (or lack thereof). anyone less advanced than us wouldn't have the technology to reach earth. and those vastly more technologically advanced than earth would realize we're an extremely self-destructive race and not worth visiting. life certainly travels across galaxies, but it's more than likely due to worlds being obliterated by comets or suns going supernova.

    September 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Please Stop!

    This hogwash is just another depressing example of irresponsible journalism. I cite the following line: "Three of the former Air Force officers – though they hadn’t seen the UFOs themselves – told reporters" Uhm, hello?!? Since when is hearsay a reliable source? And I have to say, this elusiveness by the "aliens" reminds me a little too much of the elusive "God," sending obfuscated messages of supposedly life-or-death importance. I don't know about you, but if one of my clients has an emergency, I don't email my people a crossword puzzle and leave it up to them to figure out how desperate the situation is. I do everything in my power to ensure they KNOW how severe the problem is and make SURE they know. I guess the little green men in the flying hubcap have a different style - either that, or it's not really that important to them to make the problem obvious. Or maybe they don't have designer clothes outside of the Milky Way and so are really, really self-conscious about making a public appearance. Hence, only entrusting meth-addicted hillbillies with their important message to the Earthlings.

    Clearly your network is in desperate need of content and/or your idiotic advertisers have bamboozled you into publishing utter nonsense such as this. Please stop perpetuating this crap, because it just encourages all the stupid people to continue believing in ridiculous fairy tales (no offense to the Christians).

    September 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • muhrvis

      "Hence, only entrusting meth-addicted hillbillies with their important message to the Earthlings." Great post, hahahaha.

      October 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rational Thought

    I haven't read all the comments but I'm rather disappointed with what many people have to say.

    Lets consider the facts: the universe is some billion years old, there's nearly that many stars to boot, many, many galaxies, and an incredible number of planets similar to ours (able to support a complex ecosystem).

    Given the fact that we exist by some coincidence of this universe is it really that hard to believe there are other older, more intelligent races besides our own. If one of these races managed to survive some incredible amount of time it would be no surprise that they understand the fabrics of time and interdimensional travel.

    Take our own technology for example; Some rates of development are nearly exponential!

    My guess is, if we were happened upon by superior beings they would be disgusted by our race. We're so arrogant, self centered and violent it's disheartening.

    'nough said

    p.s. no body has proven we weren't created by another race of intelligent beings 😉

    September 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. stenquist

    GOD is an ET.

    September 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Totinsky

    Of course the author of a book wants to ignite the topic that he wrote about, duhh!! I don't know whether they are intelligent forms of life out there or not and if they know about us; if they are most probably have never been observed by all this media hungry people here giving account about seen things in the sky.... I hear about people talking about a god too....People love to think they know something is out there hiding, we are hardwire for it, that's how we survived the jungle back in time, thinking that something was hidden and watching us.. boo!

    September 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. wideawake


    For those that wonder why aliens would fly so far to watch us, we have hour long videos of bugs. comment yet! In all seriousness, it amazes me to see intelligent people suggesting any who report/believe in the 'ufo/et' possibilty are insane, stupid, illogical. I bet you guys would have been happily in the squad beating the poor bugger who once upon a time suggested the earth wasn't flat, screaming prove it you nutbar at him. Just because it hasn't been concretely proven at this point, to your satisfaction does not make it instantly false. Why would an advanced civilazation be interested in us? Oh, I don't know, maybe they helped seed life on this planet and have a vested interest in us not obliterating ourselves or even effecting things beyond this planet. And for all the scientific minds out there, please remember you are working under the premise that theory IS fact. It isn't, you are toddlers who profess to be aged wise men. Now, by all means, pick apart my comment and my grammer and tell me what a moron I am...but don't be surprized when everything you take as fact is turned upside down into fiction and I'm smiling with a silent "I told you so" and ask you if you are now ready to wake up.

    September 29, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. w l jones

    We need to break the Dogon Tribe of Mali code of silient and find ought what they know about ufo they came in contact with tens of thousands years ago. Quit sure they could give us insight in what to expect from them.

    September 29, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
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