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. Tony L

    This is a good distraction from all the bad news stories about our political and financial failures in the news. Maybe, this will get enough Tea baggers to get their minds on UFO and other Aliens instead of the illegal Aliens crossing our border.
    We have enough extremists nuts in this nation to fall for the stupidity on FAUXNEWS and believe anything they are told by the media lies. This one is easy enough to fool these same folks.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
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  2. lance

    What if they have always been here and that we are some sort of hybrid? Growing up in Arizona, UFO sightings are common and people aren't referred to as 'nuts'. The Phoenix Lights were real, I saw them myself. Check out the video, some comments complain about not enough quality video, that is hogwash. The Army National Guard tried to say they were flares. Watch video of the Phoenix lights and decide for yourself.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
    • hollaatroy

      Not all UFO's are ET craft. A UFO can simply be an aircraft that is unidentified, which doesn't mean it is from a distant planet. A domestic flight with a free bagage allowance can be called a UFO (I'm here all week). But on a serious note, I youtube'd that Phoenix Lights video, and in all honesty, that is some REALLY crappy footage. I just honestly belief that if aliens wanted to be seen, they would land their ship on the White House lawn. I also think they are way beyond having to use lights to "guide them through the night sky", and if they did, wouldn't they be smart enough to just visit during the day, so their lights wouldn't blow their cover. To me, they either want to be seen or they don't. If they wanted to be seen, then why Arizona? Why not New York? London? Beijing? India? Where billions of eyes are watching. If they don't want to be seen, why not cruise at 50,000 feet, without your brights turned off? All these abnormalties make me believe what we are seeing is not some super intelligent extra terrestrial race, but simply.....a UFO.

      September 28, 2010 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. E.T.

    Elliott! Elliott!

    September 28, 2010 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. jay

    Wow. In Tucson AZ they just reported a UFO sighting the kold news 13 station got over a hundred calls about the UFOs

    September 28, 2010 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. len

    Why doesn't some private citizen ask one to land and see who gets out: Major tom or Marvin the Martian?

    September 28, 2010 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |


    September 28, 2010 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • ken

      you must not be american casue i dont think a american would call his military veterans liers

      September 28, 2010 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
    • stone

      Keep letting the church and government tell you that! That would be a 'miracle' in the literal sense. If ours is the only one out of the trillions of planets orbiting billions of stars...indeed, that would be a miracle.

      September 28, 2010 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Conor Murray

      wheres the logic in that? thats like saying the earth is the center of the universe... which haha was a shocker too but still just get used to it, this is AN AMAZINGLY GLORIOUS THING ANYWAY go to GALACTICCHANNELINGS.COM NOWWW

      September 28, 2010 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
    • stone

      I think I may have missed your original intent since your name on the post is 'parrot'...obviously regurgitating the common belief held by most religious folk. Kudos to you sir.

      September 28, 2010 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
    • stinkybooby

      When I am beamed up by them and have seen their spacecraft...then I will believe this baloney...not until then however!!!

      September 28, 2010 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
    • I got the message......

      That's an awful waste of space.....

      September 28, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Carina

      Good one Parrot!

      September 28, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. ken

    well guess the cat is finally out of the bag ufos exist unless you americans are going to call your military service men liers

    September 28, 2010 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I'm sure there are many liers in our military (such as snipers) but liars, I just don't know. So you're saying it is OK to call Muslims terrorists, Catholic priests pedophiles and men pigs etc.

      September 28, 2010 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Your Friend in Colorado

    I trust our alien friends much more than I do most humans!

    I wonder why aliens never seem to visit us in Boulder, Colorado?!?

    September 28, 2010 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Peter

    If stupidity and gullibility were cork flakes, most people on this thread could give Kellogg's a run for their money.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Hmmmm...what's a cork flake?

      September 28, 2010 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
    • stinkybooby

      Ur right Peter. Gullibility and stupidity are so rampant in the US presently that people would probably elect Obozo again if he ran fer prez during the election next month. This country's collective IQ of all 330 million of its citizens couldn't be more than about 75. Many catz and dogs are smarter than people, right now.

      September 28, 2010 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. BralenX

    Why would an advanced race of beings be interested in our primitive technology? I'm sure our nuclear weapons to them are what rocks and spears are to us. No Aliens have ever visited our planet, you idiots!!

    September 28, 2010 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
    • V

      I have to call out this awful logic. They are interested in us the same way we are interested in bacteria, viruses, any form of life. Knowledge you dolt!

      September 28, 2010 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
    • BralenX

      What could we possibly have to offer Aliens that are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of years more advanced than we are? NOTHING!! The day we are visited by aliens is going to be the last day of mankind. They are simply going to land their ships on our planet and ignore us. They will simply swat us like pesky insects and proceed to knock down our primitive cities as they erect their own more advanced civiliaztion.

      September 28, 2010 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
    • V

      You aren't grasping my point and you're injecting your own bias theory. We study bacteria – one of the most primitive forms of life. My point is that they may also study us regardless of our primitive nature. Or yeah, they could just smash us to bits in a primitive caveman like fashion. Oh-wait...

      September 28, 2010 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
    • BralenX

      Face it V, Aliens wouldn't even pay attention to us, we are not all that interesting. They would literally walk all over us and we would attack them with all of our military might, but to them, it would be like swatting at pesky flies. Sure, we think we are technically advanced but I don't even think our technology is 100 years old. Now compare that to a technically advanced civilization that has been around for several hundred thousand years. We don't watch our step when we walk to insure we don't step on any insect life and we don't even notice it's there... THAT'S HOW AN ALIEN CIVILIZATION IS GOING TO TREAT US.

      September 28, 2010 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Conor Murray

      if you read it will soon become clear, and especially so if you have a spiritual, philosophical, or psychedelic background, that these beings come in PEACE AND LOVE. the most obvious evidence for this fact is EVOLUTION... for progressives this concept rings basic revolutionary moments in society such as freeing slaves, allowing women the right to vote, the 60s, computers, online social networking and texting, etc. We are coming together evolutionarily, and the aliens want to help us reach this level of consciousness that they already have achieved. One of love and one-ness. A god consciousness or christ consciousness I've heard it been called before. We need antrhopoloigists now more than ever to teach us cultural relativism, and these extra terrestrials will also teach us. As the alien voice of Vrillon said in england in the 70s, the time for confrontation has now passed, it is time we realize what jesus said in the gospel of thomas "In the beginning you were one, but when you became two the illusion of separateness entered the physical plane and now you are many and this illusion abounds.. become a solitary person before me"

      September 28, 2010 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Carina

      Well said Conor Murray. "the aliens want to help us reach this level of consciousness that they already have achieved" – Some of our own have already achieved this as well. Great men in the past have known this yet we still are too blind to see it. Conscious awareness would "prove" to us more than we could ever dream of knowing now, but unfortunately, many of us are stuck in disbelief.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Koos Nolst Trenite

    Three common traits of main stream sociopathy – which is generally characterized by REVERSAL of Truth:

    1. Denial of the soul (you existing) and (your) reincarnation.

    2. Denial of the very substance of Life itself, Life Energy Particles.

    3. Denial of actual physics, and of alien's technology to visit us, and their intention to keep Earth stupid and criminal.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. vinnie

    Or the fact that it was right beside our testing area

    September 28, 2010 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. meeks


    September 28, 2010 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. TagawaSuzuno

    They can tell us what they want like they always do. But, they need to give us evidence. In fact, how many secret they hide from us and the world anyway?

    September 28, 2010 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    Klaatu barada nikto

    September 28, 2010 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
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