Summary: Quotes from famous people regarding UFOs.
U.S. Vice-President Cheney was taken aback by the very first question posed to him" by a caller to Diane Rehm's national radio show. The caller asked Cheney whether the administration "has developed a policy on 'UFOs' and the little creatures flying them? Raising an eyebrow, Cheney no doubt made the caller's day by replying that if he did attend such a meeting on UFOs, it most certainly would be 'classified,' and therefore he'd be unable to discuss it.
---Snips from Washington Times, 4-13-01.
"The nations of the world will have to unite, for the next war will be an interplanetary war. The nations of the earth must someday make a common front against attack by people from other planets."
---General Douglas MacArthur- Oct. 8, 1955 (From "Above Top Secret" by Timothy Good)
"I believe that these extra-terrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets... Most astronauts were reluctant to discuss UFOs." "I did have occasion in 1951 to have two days of observation of many flights of them, of different sizes, flying in fighter formation, generally from east to west over Europe."
---Major Gordon Cooper (NASA astronaut) to the United Nations:
"Of course it is possible that UFO's really do contain aliens as many people believe, and the government is hushing it up. I wouldn't like to comment on that."
---Comment by Stephen Hawking (world renowned astrophysicist) on C Span Television. Stephen Hawking was the guest lecturer at the second Millennium Evening at the White House on March 6, 1998.
"I can assure you that flying saucers, given that they exist, are not constructed by any power on earth."
---President Harry S. Truman, 1950.
"If I become President, I'll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and scientists. I am convinced that UFOs exist because I have seen one."
---President Jimmy Carter during his Presidential campaign.
"In the firm belief that the American public deserves a better explanation than that thus far given by the Air Force, I strongly recommend that there be a committee investigation of the UFO phenomena. I think we owe it to the people to establish credibility regarding UFOs, and to produce the greatest possible enlightenment of the subject."
---President Gerald Ford (during his years as a US Congressman).
"With our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. I occasionally think how quickly our differences, worldwide, would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world."
---Former President Ronald Reagan, while sharing the stage with former Russian leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, 1988.
"It is true that I was denied access to a facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, because I never got in. I can't tell you what was inside. We both know about the rumors (concerning a captured UFO and crew members). I have never seen what I would call a UFO, but I have intelligent friends who have."
---US Senator, US Air Force General, and candidate for President, Barry Goldwater, quoted from a letter he wrote dated April 11, 1979.
"While flying with several other USAF pilots over Germany in 1957, we sighted numerous radiant flying discs above us. We couldn't tell how high they were. We couldn't get anywhere near their altitude."
"While working with a camera crew supervising flight testing of advanced aircraft at Edward's Air Force Base, California, the camera crew filmed the landing of a strange disc object that flew in over their heads and landed on a dry lake nearby. A camera crewman approached the saucer, it rose up above the area and flew off at a speed faster than any known aircraft."
---NASA astronaut, L. Gordon Cooper.
"I'm convinced that [flying] saucers have an out-of-world basis."
---Dr. Walter Reidel, noted German rocket expert. LIFE 4-7-1952.
"I've been convinced for a long time that the flying saucers are interplanetary. We are being watched by beings from outer space."
---Albert M. Chop, deputy public relations director, NASA, True Magazine , Jan. 1965.
"Of course the flying saucers are real, and they are interplanetary."
---Air Chief Marshall Lord Dowding (head of Royal Air Force during World War II) quoted by Rueters, August, 1954.
"I feel that the Air Force has not been giving out all the available information on these Unidentified Flying Objects. You cannot disregard so many unimpeachable sources."
---Honorable John McCormack, Speaker of the House, January, 1965, True Magazine.
"Unidentified Flying Objects are entering our atmosphere at very high speeds and obviously under intelligent control. We must solve this riddle without delay."
---Rear Admiral Delmar Fahrney, USNR, letter to NICAP, 1956.
"The case of UFO interference with our naval transport, the Punta Mendota, was but one of fifteen such cases which the Argentine Navy has reported since 1963."
---Lt. Commander O.R. Pagini, special assistant to Sec. of Argentine Navy, letter to NICAP, September, 1965.
"There is scientific evidence that strange objects are circling our planet. It is lamentable that governments have drawn a veil of secrecy around this matter."
---Professor Gabriel Alvial, Cerro Calan Observatory, quoted by Reuters on August 26, 1965.
"The Air Force maintains a continuous surveillance of the atmosphere near Earth for Unidentified Flying Objects."
---Secretary of Air Force to Base Commanders, August 15, 1960.
"Flying Saucers come from distant worlds."
---Dr. Herman Oberth, American Weekly magazine, October 24, 1954.
"If the intelligence of these creatures were sufficiently superior to ours, they might choose to have little, if any, contact with us."
---Brookings Institution report on extraterrestrial life. Quoted in New York Times, December 15, 1960.
"Something unknown to our understanding is visiting this Earth."
---Dr. Mitrovan Zverev (USSR), quoted by Reuters, August 26, 1965.
"We are not alone in the universe!"
---Prof. Claudio Anguila, director of Cerro Calan Observatory, quoted by Reuters, August 26, 1965.