UFO Recon - Military Base
- 1943. Gdynia, Baltic coast of Poland (3)
Note: Peenemunde was 130 miles west of Gdynia, where the Germans developed the V-1 flying bomb, the V-2 rocket and other weapons under the direction of Wernher von Braun. Daniel Leger assumed it was a German experimental craft.
- July 8, 1947. Muroc Air Base (Edwards Air Force Base), California (4)
A series of disc sightings, beginning at 9:30 A.M. and ending at 4 P.M., erupted over the base. The sightings made a particular impression on the Air Force, according to Edward. J. Ruppelt, who would head one of its subsequent UFO projects.
- January 7, 1948. Godman Army Air Field-Fort Knox, Kentucky
Chased by pilot Thomas Mantell over Godman Army Air Field-Fort Knox, Kentucky.
- April 24, 1949. New Mexico
Ellipsoid object moving fast over White Sands Proving Ground, Holloman Air Force Base, and Los Alamos.
- July 19, 1952. Andrews Air Force Base
Air Routing and Traffic Control Center (ARTC) picked up eight unidentified targets near Andrews Air Force Base.
- 1952. Wright-Patterson AFB. CIA's Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-90.
The CIA Study Group met with Air Force officials at Wright-Patterson and reviewed their data and findings. The Air Force claimed that 90 percent of the reported sightings were easily accounted for. The other 10 percent were characterized as "a number of incredible reports from credible observers."
- November 1954. Burbank, California. CIA's Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-90
The CIA had entered into the world of high technology with its U-2 overhead reconnaissance project. Working with Lockheed's Advanced Development facility in Burbank, California, known as the Skunk Works, and Kelly Johnson, an eminent aeronautical engineer, the Agency by August 1955 was testing a high-altitude experimental aircraft--the U-2. It could fly at 60,000 feet; in the mid-1950s, most commercial airliners flew between 10,000 feet and 20,000 feet. Consequently, once the U-2 started test flights, commercial pilots and air traffic controllers began reporting a large increase in UFO sightings.
The southwestern portion of the United States is noted as a focal point for such alleged close encounters with UFOs. Reports of such encounters were especially numerous and well-publicized during the 1950s. (7)
- 1956. Los Alamos-Albuquerque area, Oak Ridge, and White Sands Proving Ground.
"UFOs were seen more frequently around areas vital to the defense of the United States. The Los Alamos-Albuquerque area, Oak Ridge, and White Sands Proving Ground rated high. Port areas, Strategic Air Command bases, and industrial areas ranked next."
- Edward J. Ruppelt, Head of Project Blue Book (1956)
- September 1956. White Sands Proving Ground, New Mexico. (13/P.219)
A domed disc-shaped craft is reported to have landed within the White Sands Proving Ground, 12 miles west of Holloman AFB, Alamogordo, New Mexico, and 50 yards from highway 70.
- April 1, 1959. McChord Air Force Base, Tacoma, Washington (7)
U.S. Air Force 1705th Air Transport Wing C-118 cargo plane with a four-man crew crashed after alleged encounter with multiple UFOs/ three shiny discs. Multiple witness account.
- Mid 1960s. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (2)
Teams of officers assigned to the Washington, D.C., area would fly into Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on commercial flights and then deploy on military aircraft. Their missions, according to Exon, were to investigate UFO sightings. Testimony of Brigadier General Arthur Exon base commander at Wright-Patterson.
- Mid 1960s. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (5)
Sen. Barry Goldwater, a brigadier-general in the Air Force reserve, tried to check out the rumor that at Wright-Patterson there was a secret "Blue Room" where UFO remains were kept. When he asked his friend Gen. Curtis LeMay about the story, LeMay gave him "holy hell," Golwater would tell the New Yorker (April 25, 1988), informed him that he did not have the necessary clearence, and warned him never to bring up the subject again.
- March 16, 1967. Malmstrom AFB, Montana
UFO at both Echo and November launch sites.
- October 24, 1968. North Dakota
At least 16 ground witnesses and the in-air crew of a
B-52 spot a glowing object hovering near Minot AFB, N.D.
- 1973. Homestead Air Force Base, Florida
According to ufologist Timothy Good (in his books Alien Liaison and Alien Contact), after Jackie Gleason's death his wife reported that one day in 1973 Gleason had come home extremely shaken. He confided to her that because of Gleason's interest in UFOs, U.S. President Richard Nixon, who was a friend of his, had arranged for him to view bodies of extraterrestrials at Homestead Air Force Base, Florida under conditions of extreme secrecy. Gleason had found the experience very troubling.
- 1974. Dayton, Ohio
Rumors perpetuated by a wave of television and radio reports claimed that craft and frozen alien corpses were being held at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
- October 27/29/31, 1975. Loring Air Force Base, Maine (1)
Marked a series of sightings at military bases and defense installations. Radar controllers located the target on their radar scopes and tracked it as it flew over and around the base.
- October 30/31, 1975. Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Michigan (1)
UFOs were observed flying in formation over a weapons storage area.
- November ?/8/11, 1975. Montana/North Dakota (1)
A series of sightings occurred at Malmstrom Air Force Base and several Intercontinental Missle launch control sites in Montana, as well as Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. On November 8, seven objects traveling at altitudes between 9,500 and 15,500 feet were pursued by F-106 interceptors. A confidential communique issued by the Combat Operations Center of the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) on November 11, 1975, reported that "...as the interceptors approached the lights went out. After the interceptors had passed the came on again One hour after the F-106s returned to base, missle site peronnel reported the object increasesd to a high speed, raised in altitude, and could not be discerned from the stars."
- February 24, 1976. Biggs AFB, CA
Multiple witnesses report UFO activity over the base.
- March 8, 1976. Lowry AFB, CO
Entire shift of Security Police observed two objects at the base. The objects were being tracked on base radar, Buckley Air National Guard radar and Stapleton airport. Aircraft sent up to investigate.
- 1978. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (1)
UFOlogist Leonard Springfield announced that he had reports from twenty-four unimpeachable sources that spaceships and frozen alien corpses are being held at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
- January 18, 1978. McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey (7)
Rumor of an "extraterrestrial" that was reportedly seen in an outlying section of the air force base, and was shot and killed. UFOs were sighted over Fort Dix, nearby.
- December 26-27, 1980. Bentwaters AFB, England (2/P186)
Two USAF security police patrolmen saw unusual lights, triangular UFO outside the back gate at RAF Woodbridge base.
Halt said, "One object still hovering over Woodbridge base at about five or ten degrees off the horizon. Still moving erratic, and similar lights and beaming down..."
- 1982. Roswell, New Mexico
Some, however, felt that the Cheney trip to Roswell might have been a signal. These people felt it was like Reagan making a speech in 1982 near hanger 84 at the Roswell Air Force Base, where tradition says the bodies of the dead aliens from the Roswell crash were held prior to being flown to Wright Field in 1982.
- October, 1987. Salinas, Puerto Rico (3)
On the south coast, particularly in the vicinity of the grounds and airspace of the US Army Reserve Base and the Puerto Rican Army National Guard's Santiago Camp. Many witnesses reported a huge boomerang-shaped object hovering over the base, seeming to cause an electrical power blackout. On many occasions, huge flying triangles, as well as flying saucers, have also been seen over the base.
- Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (5)
For example, one informant was a woman who worked at Wright-Patterson for a number of years. Possessing a high security clearence, she was given access to much classified material. In due course she retired and subsequently learned that she was dying of cancer. Before her death she confided to a ufologist (remarking, "Uncle Sam can't do anything to me once I'm in my grave") that her work had included the cataloging of all incoming UFO material. She processed about 1000 items, she claimed, seeing to it that they were photographed and tagged. Some of the items were from the interior of a crashed UFO which had been brought to the base. She also saw two bodies carried on a cart from one room to the next. The bodies, preserved in chemicals, were of generally human appearence, although they were only four or five feet tall and had lager-than-normal heads and slanted eyes.