Summary: UFO-related quotes from military officials.
"That it could be an aircraft constructed on this earth, I do not believe possible."
-Commander Juan Barrera, in command of Aquirre Cerda airbase, commenting on a UFO he allegedly witnessed.
"We were naturally anxious to get hold of one of the [UFOs]. We told pilots to do practically anything in reason, even if they had to grab one by the tail."
-Major Jeremiah Boggs, U.S. Air Force (Note: a recent visitor has complained that this quote misrepresents Boggs. Let it be known that Boggs was an “anti-UFO” guy.)
-Colonel Joseph J. Bryan III, Founder of the CIA's psychological warfare staff, special assistant to the secretary of the Air Force, advisor to NATO, and board member of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomenon (NICAP).
-General Benjamin Chidlaw, Commanding General of Air Defense Command--See Unverified Quotes
-Colonel L. Gordon Cooper --See Astronaut Quotes.
"The UFOs are no figment of the immagination."
-Lieutenant-Colonel Lou Corbin, Army Intelligence
"I had the evidence that a crash did happen here....Give this information to the young people of the world and this country....They want it. Give it to them. Don't hide it and tell lies and make stories. They're not stupid....It's their information. It doesn't belong to the Army or the Department of Defence. If it's classified, take the classification off and give it to them!"
-The late Colonel Philip J. Corso, who made this impassioned plea not long before his death (Summer 1998). Colonel Corso was a member of President Eisenhower's National Security Council and later went on to become head of the U.S. Army Research and Development department's Foreign Technology Desk where he claimed to have worked with General Arthur Trudeau in "seeding" American military and industrial institutions with technology under his stuardship which came from a crashed alien craft in Roswell New Mexico.
"This was no ordinary UFO. Scores of people saw it. It was no illusion, no deception, no imagination."
-Air Marshall Azim Daudpota, Zimbabwe, commenting on a UFO witnessed in July of 1985 by many people and tracked on radar.
Seargent-Major Robert O. Dean, former NATO intelligence analyst for SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe)
"Of course UFOs are real--and they are interplanetary.....The cumulative evidence for the existence of UFOs is quite overwhelming and I accept the fact of their existence."
-Air Chief Marshall Lord Hugh Dowding, commanding officer of the Royal Air Force during WWII. Statement made in August of 1954.
"[There were orders to] ship the material from Roswell directly to Wright Field by special plane."
-Colonel Thomas Jefferson Dubose, adjutant to Brig. General Roger Ramey at the time of the Roswell Incident, in a statement which contradicts the official story that the material was first flown to Fort Worth, Texas, where Ramey posed with Major Marcel and pieces of a weather balloon for the media.
-Lieutenant-Colonel George Edwards--See Scientist Quotes.
"Reliable reports indicate there are objects coming into our atmosphere at very high speeds and controlled by thinking intelligences."
-Rear Admiral Delmar Fahrney, U.S. Navy Missile Chief
"We got no conclusions, except after this, do not give us the old routine of Venus, weather balloons, aircraft and the like which has been given as a general panacea for almost every case of UFOs."
-Captain Jose Lemos Ferreira, with Sergeants Alberto Covas, Salvador Oliviera, and Manuel Marcilino, after an alleged encounter with a UFO on a flight out of Ota Air Base, Portugal.
"I am convinced there was thought behind the thing's maneuvers."
-Lieutenant George Gorman, North Dakota Air National Guard. In October, 1948 Gorman (flying an F51) chased a "ball of light some eight inches wide" for about thirty minutes, through a series of twists, turns and circles, nearly colliding with it on at least one occasion. The object was also witnessed from the control tower at the Fargo Airport through high-powered binoculars.
"UFOs are impossible to deny....It is very strange that we have never been able to find out the source for over two decades."
-Colonel Fuijo Hayashi, Commander of the Air Transport Wing of Japan's Air Self-Defense Force. This statement was made sometime in the 1960s.
-Admiral Roscoe M. Hillencoeter--See Government Quotes.
"We frequently see unidentified objects in the sky. We are quietly investigating them."
-Lieutenant-General Akira Hirano, Chief of Staff of Japan's Air Self-Defense Force, September, 1977.
"UFOs are real and they may come from outer space....photographs and various materials show scientifically that there are more advanced people piloting the saucers and motherships."
-General Kanshi Ishikawa, Chief of Air Staff of Japan's ASDF, in a statement in 1967.
"Air Force interceptors still pursue Unidentified Flying Objects as a matter of national security to this country and to determine technical aspects involved."
-Major General Joe W. Kelly, 1957
"Something is going on in the skies....that we do not understand. If all the airline pilots and Air Force pilots who have seen UFOs--and sometimes chased them--have been the victims of hallucinations, then an awful lot of pilots should be taken off and forbidden to fly."
-Captain Kervendal, of the French Gendarmerie
Major Donald E. Keyhoe, USMC
"[It was] made and flown by intelligent beings."
-Major Shiro Kubuta, of Japan's Air Self-Defence Force (I think). Kubuta and his pilot, Lt. Colonel Toshio Nakamura, were scrambled in an F-4EJ to intercept what they were told was a Soviet Bomber. Once Airborne they were informed that their target was actually a UFO which had been sighted by ground and was being tracked on radar. When they closed upon the red, disk-like UFO, it began to maneuver around the plane, causing Nakamura to take evasive action. A dogfight of twists, turns and dives insued, which after several minutes resulted in a collision, which caused the jet to crash. Both men ejected. Tragically, Nakamura's parachute caught fire and he fell to his death.
"That movie Close Encounters of The Third Kind is more realistic than you believe."
-Steve Lewis, Former Air Force intelligence officer who spent many years investigating the UFO phenomenon for the US military. This statement was made after his retirement when he announced that he was convinced UFOs were intelligently controlled, extraterrestrial vehicles. He would give no further details of his work, but said that very little of the information in possession of the military had been released.
"The nations of the world will have to unite for the next war will be an interplanetary war. The nations of Earth must some day make a common front against attack by people from other planets."
-General Douglas MacArthur, in a 1955 statement. MacArthur is thought by some to have been involved with General George Marshall in establishing the Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit in 1947, supposedly formed to investigate UFO crashes, it is said to have been disbanded in the early 1950s.
"It appears to be a metallic object......tremendous in size....directly ahead and slightly above .... I am trying to close for a better look."
-Captain Thomas Mantell, USAF--Reporting to the tower at Goodman airforce base on a UFO they had picked up on radar and requested him to investigate. They were his last known words. Mantell's plane was later found strewn across a stretch of ground just southwest of Franklyn, Kentucky.
"I was amazed at what I saw. The amount of debris that was scattered over such an area... The more I saw of the fragments, the more I realized it wasn't anything I was aquainted with. In fact, as it turned out, nobody else was aquainted with it.....There was a coverup some place about this whole matter."
-Major Jesse Marcel, U.S. Army Intelligence Officer in a videotaped interview. Among the first to arrive at the crash site in Roswell, Marcel was well acquainted with all the weather balloons launched by the 509th Bomb Group, presumably including the Mogul balloons, one of which the U.S. Government now claims accounts for the Roswell wreckage.
"In concealing the evidence of UFO operations, the Air Force is making a serious mistake."
-Lt. Colonel James McAshan, USAF
"Flying saucers are real. Too many good men have seen them, that don't have hallucinations."
-Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, "American Ace of Aces," medal of honor-winning commander of the 94th Aero Pursuit Squadron in WWI, with 26 "kills".
"UFOs sighted in Indonesia are identical with those sighted in other countries. Sometimes they pose a problem for our Air Defence and once we were obliged to open fire on them."
-Air Marshall Nurjadin Roesmin, Commander-in-Chief of the Indonesian Air Force, 1967. Also, see the quotes below, by Air Commodore Salutun.
Air Commodore J. Salutun, National Aerospace Council of Indonesia, and Indonesian Parliament Member.
"From their maneuvers and their terrific speed I am certain their flight performance was greater than any aircraft known today."
-Colonel Carl Sanderson, USAF, commenting on his sighting of two circular silver UFOs in close proximity to his plane over Hermanas, New Mexico. The UFOs were said to make a series of seemingly impossible maneuvers before disappearing at an astonishing speed and showing up again over El Paso, Texas.
-Frank H. Schofield, Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific fleet in the 1930s---See Historical Quotes.
"Flying saucers are probably real extra-terrestrial spacecraft."
-From Project Sign's "Estimate of the Situation"--the final report issued by Project Sign which began in 1948 under the auspices of the Air Technical Intelligence Center in an effort to solve the UFO mystery. They studied 243 cases before issuing this final statement to the pentagon.
"[There was] something definite in the sky...If it had proved to be hostile we would have destroyed it."
-Major Gerald Smith, USAF--One of the F-106 pilots scrambled under orders from NORAD (North American Air Defense Command) to investigate a UFO over West Palm Beach, Florida on September 14, 1972. The UFO was viewed through binoculars by the FAA supervisor, George Morales, sighted by an Eastern Airlines captain, police and several civilians, as well as being tracked on radar by Miami International Airport and Homestead AFB.
"And don't tell me they were reflections, I know they were solid objects."
-Lieutenant D.A. Swimley, USAF, commenting on a sighting of eight disc shaped objects he and several fellow officers watched circling over Hamilton AFB, California, on August 3, 1953. The objects were also picked up on radar and spotted by many civillian pilots. F-86 Sabres were scrambled to intercept the objects, but the jets were apparently too slow.
"The phenomenon is something real and not visionary or fictitious. There are objects approximating the shape of a disc, some of which appear flat on bottom and domed on top. These objects are as large as man-made aircraft and have a metallic or light-reflecting surface. Further they exhibit extreme rates of climb and maneuverability with no associated sound and take action which must be considered evasive when contacted by aircraft and radar."
-Commanding General Nathan F. Twining of the Air Material Command, U.S.A.A.F., in a declassified letter to the Pentagon.
"Headquarters wouldn't let us go after it and we played around a little bit. We got to watching how it made 90 degree turns at this high speed and everything. We knew it wasn't a missile of any type. So then, we confirmed it with the radar control station, and they kept following it, and they claimed that it crashed somewhere off between Texas and the Mexico border."
-Colonel Robert Willingham, USAF from an affidavit filed in the 1970s. Willingham and his navigator(?) were test flying an F-94 on Sept.6, 1950 out of San Angelo, Texas when they were alerted by radar control operators of a UFO in their area.