Friday, 9 June 2017

UFO News Article:
“UFO sightings puzzle police”

23 July 1983
(The Canberra Times, ACT, Australia)

Source: Trove, National Library of Australia, Canberra, ACT,

The whole article:
MELBOURNE: Police are baffled by two unidentified flying objects sighted at Melton on the western outskirts of Melbourne early yesterday morning.

Chief Inspector Ray Hickman said yesterday that the UFOs had been followed for about six hours by police from West Melton to the local shopping centre as they flew over the area.

The objects had been spotted by Constable Peter Ferguson and Constable Ray Allans while on car patrol about 1.30 am. They said later that one of the objects could have been a gyrocopter.

‘The other aircraft, which I also saw, was a jet-type craft about 13 by five metres,’ Inspector Hickman said. ‘It was a grey colour with white lights at the back and front and red lights on the top and underneath.’

It had been moving very quietly at about 130 to 145km/h.

Above the shopping centre both crafts’ lights had gone off and the UFOs had disappeared.

A spokesman for the Department of Aviation, Mr Ken Williams, said the aircraft control tower at Tullamarine had received an occasional signal but not enough to identify the aircraft.”

Satellite photo of Melbourne, Australia (
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UFO Case Directory (Nuclear Connection Project):
“Subject: ‘Echo Flight’ / Malmstrom AFB Missile Incident; Lewiston, Montana; March 16, 1967”

Date: Updated 3 February 2006
From: Francis Ridge, Coordinator

The whole UFO case report:
Francis Ridge:
What could be more interesting and important than an incident involving UFOs and our strategic defenses, especially where there appears to have been a direct relationship between the incident and the failure of vital missile targeting systems, ten missiles at one site and ten at another, 35 miles apart! ‘Some signal had been sent to the missiles which caused them to go off alert status.’ What most people do not understand is, this was not just an unfounded rumor. The incident has been confirmed. Although it is normal for authorities to ‘explain away’ almost all UFO incidents, this one is not that easy. This is the story of extraordinary events that happened in 1967 to Strategic Air Command Missile Combat Officers; Missileers assigned to operate the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile , an essential part of America's Cold War strategic nuclear deterrent. Our thanks to Joel Carpenter for locating the image of what he suspects is the LCC capsule that was apparently targeted by the UFO.  And, most importantly, our thanks to Jim Klotz and Robert Salas for the official reporting of this incident to the world. And now, their book, ‘Faded Giant,’ tells the full story. (See link below). 

Brad Sparks:
In the 1967 Malmstrom incident 10 Minutemans DID get knocked out, but the investigation was conducted not by NSA but by the missile contractor Boeing, which issued a SECRET classified ‘Report of Engineering Investigation of Echo Flight Incident, Malmstrom, Mont - 16 Mar 1967.’ The trick was that the UFO ‘rumors’ were denied so that the missile disabling could be investigated and reported as if unrelated to the UFO’s (which WERE sighted, contrary to the flimsy denials).  No satisfactory explanation for the missile disabling was found. (See below) Presumably whenever these kinds of national security UFO incidents occurred that affected military equipment there were investigations by contractors who built or maintained the equipment, and the UFO aspects were compartmented off.  At a higher level these reports could be read by someone cleared to know about the UFO details, and they could ignore the perfunctory denials of UFO activity written into the contractor studies.”

Aerial view of Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls, Montana 
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