General Curtis LeMay: "UFOs Are Real"
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Subject: General Curtis LeMay: "UFOs Are Real"
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Date: Fri, 8 May 1998 14:02:12 -0800
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Subject: UFOMIND: General Curtis LeMay on UFOs
General Curtis E. LeMay
Commander, Strategic Air Command
By William E. Jones
MUFON State Director for Ohio
William Hamilton of Arizona MUFON recently related a story over
the Internet. According to Hamilton, "I had a friend in Long
Beach, California. He was a UFO buff and ham radio operator. He
struck up conversations with LeMay who also lived in the area
over ham radio. One day he asked if he could visit the retired
General, especially since his health was failing.
"Once in LeMay's living room and having gotten acquainted he
broached the subject of UFOs. LeMay answered that he knew about
them and was pissed at the CIA because he wasn't told by [the
CIA] the planets of origin (as if he expected that as part of a
"LeMay passed away shortly thereafter and my friend never
returned for another visit."
General LeMay made at least one public statement about flying
saucers, this in his 1965 book written with MacKinlay Kantor
entitled Mission With LeMay - My Story. The statement appears on
pages 541 through 543. Interestingly, the subject of flying
saucers and UFOs doesn't appear in the book's index.
The most interesting comments made by the General are as follows:
"Here, for what they are worth, are my own comments on the
subject. Naturally I am not quoting any Classified information. I
am giving the straightest answers I can give... The bulk of the
[flying saucer] reports could be run down. Some natural
phenomenon might usually account for those sightings which had
been seen and reported, and thus explain them. However, we had a
number of reports from reputable people (well-educated,
serious-minded folks - scientists and flyers) who surely saw
"There is no question about it: these were things which we could
not tie in with any natural phenomena known to our
"Many of the mysteries might be explained away as weather
balloons, stars, reflected lights, all sorts of odds and ends. I
don't mean to say that, in the unclosed and unexplained or
unexplainable instances, those were actually flying objects. All
I can say is that no natural phenomena could be found to account
"Unfortunately there is a current belief, on the part of the
public as a whole - the intelligent public - that the United
States Air Force has made and is still making a deliberate effort
to discount all reported sightings. Furthermore, if they couldn't
actually discount a certain case by referring to hallucination,
inexperience, or mass hysteria - to disregard it completely.
"It is alleged also that there have been attempts, by word of
mouth or by directive to newspapers from the Air Force, to hush
the whole thing up. To muzzle the press...People who believe
these rumors are clinging to a falsehood. It is absolutely untrue
that any such directive was ever put forth. I never heard of it
in 1947, when the first saucer accounts were published; I never
heard of it after I came to command SAC; never heard of it when I
was in the Pentagon...We must have had a bad public relations
program in this particular area, to let such an impression get
"Let me repeat: to my knowledge, there's never been any directive
or effort from the top, in the Air Force, to control the public
attitude toward UFOs.
"And repeat again: there were some cases we could not explain.
Are there any hidden messages in General LeMay's comments? I am
not sure. The reader should get the book, read all three pages,
and decide for his or herself.
An acquaintance of MORA's William E. Jones told Mr. Jones a story
similar to Hamilton's. This acquaintance is a working journalist
in Columbus, Ohio. He interviewed LeMay after his retirement from
the U.S. Air Force during the General's visit to Columbus for
another purpose. The interview did not deal with the subject of
UFOs. After the interview was concluded the journalist asked
LeMay off the record what his opinions were about the subject of
UFOs. LeMay replied that UFOs were real and the subject of
serious interest on the part of the government. There was no
equivocation in LeMay's response. UFOs were real.
Remember, it was General LeMay who told Senator and Presidential
candidate Barry Goldwater, to stop asking him about the so-called
"Blue Room" and its alien bodies at Wright-Patterson Air Force
Base because LeMay was not going to discuss the matter with him.
Did LeMay's attitudes about discussing these matters change after
he retired? We'll let you know if we find out.
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