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. The "BAD" oh sorry "THE WORST"

    Aliens need to go visit countries like china, India, and Africa continent where they can see the real human Aliens.
    do aliens drink beers, oh I would love to drink with them. RSVP.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. D

    I'm just here to pass out tin foil hats.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. ifreethink

    it's only a matter of time now!

    September 28, 2010 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. utold holtwon

    Look we're on vacation. Some of us don't have the cash. For alpha centuri

    September 28, 2010 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Berky

    I wonder why people find it so easy to believe in some god that they have never got see, but cannot even acknowledge the possibility that UFOs may be of origin of an unknown life form.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      WELL WRITTEN Berky

      September 28, 2010 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. crppplll

    I saw a UFO once, up Kern Canyon near Bakersfield, Ca. in broad daylight. It flew up the River and went out of sight. About 20 minutes later a fighter jet flew up the canyon in the same direction. Then several military helicopters. About 10 years later on the History Channel I saw a story about the crash of a Stealth Fighter up there on that mountain. Sorry no little green men though.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Conor Murray


    September 28, 2010 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. Spider


    Wouldn't using nukes as a defense against UFO's in our skies be similar to firing a gun into the air while standing in a crowd? But then I'm no rocket surgeon...

    Michelle, you obviously are no brain scientist either.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. stone

    Give the people who reported these sightings lie detector tests. Wouldn't it be amazing to see that these people are telling the truth? It seems everyone who experiences a UFO is labeled as a 'cook' or 'crazy.' Maybe a scientific test would render their claims credible.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. MajorTom


    September 28, 2010 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Steve Barron

    The debate of whether UFOs exist is unknowingly wearing on our culture. It consumes the efforts of attested witnesses and capable intellectuals with deliberations of “Yes they exist and here’s proof … “ or “No, they don’t exist and you’re an idiot” and so forth. Assuming they are travelers from other planets, the believers need to progress to the next level and focus on who they are, why do they come here, and most important, what makes their machines tick, and just leave the non-believers in the dust.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Master_Kush

    It is so "human" to think some other species from some other planet would even be interested in us at all.

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

      I don't think they are as much interested in us as much as they are just interested in learning in general.Much like how we explore space,our own oceans,or even insects. I assume we're just part of a much larger ecosystem and they're not wanting us to screw it up.Or not.

      December 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TheBossIsOut

    You've got to love how all those who believe in ETs come to the conclusion that all ETs out there in our galaxy know each other and have union rules about how they visit other planets, like only appearing to the military on a planet and that outright landings right in the middle of a major city in full sight of everyone is forbidden. Sorry folks, but unless there is 100% solid proof, ETs are nothing more than man's imagination.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. V Saxena

    I don't know if they exist, but I sure hope ETs do. It would be really nice though if they'd quit the shenanigans and just say hi. I assume they're abiding by a 'Prime Directive' of sorts, in that they are trying to avoid direct contact until we're ready for it. I just hope that day comes sooner rather than later.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. V Saxena

    And oh – PEDRO (the alien, not the alien) for president, lol.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
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