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 E

    I don't doubt that people see Unidentified Flying Objects. But to immediately claim that they are extraterrestrial in origin is just downright ludicrous. Recall how the government itself has covered up the B-2's existence for a decade, keeping it hidden even from most of our own military? And how throughout that time people cited seeing UFOs near the base where these were tested, and as usual claiming that 'extraterrestrials' are 'clearly' interested in our military, and 'sending us a message?' Sounds familiar? It's what this article talks about too.
    It would actually be a comforting thought if these sightings were extraterrestrials. However the ugly truth is that they are just classified military testing craft, trying the latest technology against nuclear warfare. The Cold War is not over as long as military contractors get these classified projects and charge $800 per 'hammer.'

    September 28, 2010 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Limbaugh is a liberal

    There are no extraterretrials in the Bible! (and yet most of the people believing in UFOs are the same right-wing Christian fanatics who think the Earth is 6000 years old)

    September 28, 2010 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
    • V

      It's funny you say that when there absolutely may be many ET's in biblical references. Ezikiel's wheel within a wheel? If you're not familiar with the ancient alien theory, it's very interesting to say the least, even if you don't agree with all aspects of it.

      September 28, 2010 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      No extraterrestrials in the Bible? That's the weirdest thing I have ever heard of. Last time I read it I've got the impression that there are plenty of. Can you talk a bout a subject you know something about please?

      September 28, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    Sounds like a case for Mulder & Scully

    September 28, 2010 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ken Wood

    Well, I've never seen a UFO.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Vlorrkfzhaar

    Hello Earthers. I am Vlorrkfzhaar, Greetings and Felicitations. The mentioned UFOs are searching for the FhizakNuuB element otherwise known as Red Mercury to power their Khazirnian warp engines. I am a watchman posted here to observe their activity, you have nothing to fear. I have good reports to the supreme omniverse council that Earthers are very good people who engage in social copulation 99% of their existence and Atlanta is the best location for this practice. Hail the Vlorrkfzhaarian Empire and Hail Me

    September 28, 2010 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. dindy Sri lanka

    Reply to Connor Murray, GOOD EXPAINATION

    September 28, 2010 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. SOLEY

    cen somebody with reeeeeaaaaaal pictuer come forward and share it to the world once sens for all. Or this is a perfect place to live after the third world war.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Zara Lockwood

      you post a picture of a glass of salt mixed with water first! – you can hide the salt – it is still there you just can't see it – the religious people use this example for why a god could exist – lots of things we can't see exist – the light might just be a side effect of zapping through space and time really quick – hense a light is always going to look just like a light.

      September 28, 2010 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. dasterlydave

    get the aliens to agree to an interview on cnn then the world will disarm

    September 28, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. the shadow

    Its a shame to see how many ignorant people their are.They cannot handle the truth. I know the truth.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
    • JMala

      Oh yeah ? Well, please enlighten us, what's THE TRUTH ?

      September 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. greg

    Only an idiot can believe this rubbish. If aliens can harness energy sources that give them the ability to whizz around the universe at will, they are not going to be in the least bit interested in our pathetic nuclear plants. You may as well say they are coming to keep an eye on our fridge lights.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. greg

    How did these retards ever get in the US military?

    September 28, 2010 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      The screening process isn't that good apparently.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. JOHN

    Perhaps it not humans they want to save but the earth, we human have done nothing and continue to do nothing to deserve to continue on, maybe a handful but lets be honest we are pretty defective as a species. MURDERS, RAPIST, LIARS, AND MEAN THE HUMAN RACE HAS BECOME PRETTY CRAPPY . WE WHO DO NOTHING ARE JUST AS GUILTY AS THOSE WHO CONTROL US. THE ONLY ONES THAT CAN SAVE US IS OURSELVES AND WE BETTER START SOON.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. et

    Ok I can comprehend that we are not alone, but if we aren't peacefully why should they be? They all think the same? If we find it hard to agree just in this page how could hole race agree to be one way, also maybe there can be more than one species or its just us from the future.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. Catch22

    apparently we humans are so dumb we need "aliens" to tell us that nuclear weapons are dangerous... "REALLY??! i thought they were good for us, I thought they had vitamin C in em and stuff" come on this is a real stretch to push a personal agenda

    September 28, 2010 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. darkmagician

    If these beings come in peace and love, why don't they make their presence officially known? Especially when there's so much pain in the world, why would they just hide when they've came so far to help? Why wouldn't they just drob down and say heres all the things you stupid humans where hoping for. No military could stop them, and anything "advanced" enough to figure out how to get here would have a plan ready to either help and comfort their arrival, or conquer us when they do arrive. And no advanced being would change their plan at the request of a less advanced being to not help us because they think its too soon. They wouldn't care what we thought because they'd view us as a bunch of idiots for needing their help. If they came here to help they sure have wasted alot of good opportunities. I don't doubt that theres life out there,(it's probably microscopic bacteria), but humanity needs to solve our own problems instead of thinking that the awnser are just going to fall out of the sky.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
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