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Re: UFOs Over Warren AFB ICBMs - Hynek's Notes

From: Robert Hastings <ufohastings.nul>
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 14:44:19 -0700 (MST)
Archived: Sun, 27 Feb 2011 08:48:40 -0500
Subject: Re: UFOs Over Warren AFB ICBMs - Hynek's Notes

>From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2011 18:44:09 +0000
>Subject: Re: UFOs Over Warren AFB ICBMs - Hynek's Notes

>>From: Robert Hastings <ufohastings.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
>>Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 22:05:15 -0500 (EST)
>>Subject: UFOs Over Warren AFB ICBMs - Hynek's Notes


>>In my book I mention the memo that a Lt. Anspaugh, assigned to
>>Project Bluebook, wrote regarding UFO sightings at FE Warren on
>>August 1, 1965. The project's civilian consultant, Dr. J. Allen
>>Hynek, published the contents in 1972 but I had never seen the
>>original notes.

>>Frank Warren of The UFO Chronicles located those and just posted


>One of the documents is a single page stating that an object
>descended. The page ends with that tease. What happened to the
>object? Was it retrieved? Where is the report on what the object
>turned out to be?

Hi Kathy,

One entry in the telephone call log created by Lt. Anspaugh, as
published by Hynek in his book, The UFO Experience: A Scientific
Inquiry, reads:

4:40 a.m. - Captain Howell, Air Force Command Post, called
Dayton and Defense Intelligence Agency to report that a
Strategic Air Command Team at Site H-2 at 3:00 a.m. reported a
white oval UFO directly overhead. Later Strategic Air Command
Post passed the following: Francis E. Warren Air Force Base
reports (Site B-4 3:17 a.m.) -- A UFO 90 miles east of Cheyenne
at a high rate of speed and descending - oval and white with
white lines on its sides and a flashing red light in its center
moving east; reported to have landed 10 miles east of the site.

So, if the object landed - instead of crashing - it presumably
took off at some point and so there was nothing to retrieve.
Regarding the identity of that object, and the others reported
elsewhere that night, they were clearly bona fide UFOs, although
Blue Book's chief later dismissed them as "stars". Hynek
summarized that ridiculous explanation this way:

"When I asked Major Quintinilla what was being done about
investigating these reports, he said that the sightings were
nothing but stars! This is certainly tantamount to saying that
our Strategic Air Command, responsible for the defense of our
country against major attacks from the air, was staffed by a
notable set of incompetents who mistook twinkling stars for
strange craft."

Given the wealth of detail about the rapidly-maneuvering and
sometimes hovering aerial objects mentioned in Lt. Anspaugh's
notes, Hector Quintinilla's explanation was patently absurd, and
Hynek's annoyance at the remark is obvious. Regrettably, the
"stars" answer was a typical example of the innumerable dubious
rationalizations and wholly inadequate solutions publicly
offered by Project Blue Book over the years, for what were
arguably legitimate UFO sightings.

Several years ago, I located and interviewed two former
Minuteman launch officers, Jay Earnshaw and Richard Tashner, who
were *probably* on alert duty, in different launch capsules, on
the night in question. Their tape-recorded testimony appears in
my book UFOs and Nukes. As I write:

Tashner told me, "I was stationed at F.E. Warren AFB, Cheyenne,
Wyoming from December 1964 through June 1969...I do remember one
time when we had to send in reports to SAC Headquarters about
UFO sightings in the area. At the time, I was in a [launch]
capsule near Sidney, Nebraska. I think I was in the Golf
[Flight] capsule..."

Tashner continued, "My reports were all made to the Wing Command
Post at F.E. Warren, and they would relay them to SAC HQ. Most
communications back and forth from Wing to SAC could be heard in
each [launch capsule] so the crew would be aware of developing
situations. Every time one of my guards called down to report
that the UFOs had moved closer or further away, or whatever, I
updated SAC. I made four or five calls to the command post that
night. I remember there were so many reports coming in to them -
not only from me but lots of [launch officers] - that SAC
decided to cut-off all report calls. They were required [to be
submitted as] written reports the next day. There were also
sightings around the Cheyenne area the same night. There were no
interceptors around to chase the UFOs because F.E. Warren had no
runway or planes. I wish I could remember the actual date for
you, but I've forgotten long ago."

I asked Tashner if he had been on alert duty in August 1965. He
thought a few moments and said, "Yes, I was. I was a deputy
[missile] commander back then." I then described the contents of
the Blue Book memo and offered to email a copy to him.

He responded, "Well, that sounds like the incident I witnessed.
I know that the commander of the Sidney [U.S. Army ammunition]
depot made several reports that night. Now looking back, I think
I remember talking to him myself and took his report. I think I
also gave him the Wing Command Post number for him to call for
verification. That's probably how he got the Project Blue Book
number. My own guards kept calling down to report strange lights
moving around the sky, sort of like aircraft lights but not
quite. One of them told me he saw one light do a 90-degree turn.
I was very skeptical, but I didn't see it myself, of course, so
I don't know. Actually, at first, the calls were kind of fun,
you know, out of the ordinary. But as more of them came in, it
got very spooky."

The other former officer, Jay Earnshaw, told me, "I was a
Captain, a Missile Combat Crew Commander or, early on, a Deputy
Commander, primarily at Echo Flight...We did have [UFO]
sightings at Echo Flight. There were times that our security
forces up above would report strange things. Lights in the
sky...The information we got about the UFOs was that none of
them came inside the fenced area [around the Echo Launch Control
Facility], and none of them touched-down in the area outside the
fence. As reported by the on-duty security controller, [they
were] just strange aerial lights, making no noise, that would
stack on top of one another and then just disappear."

I asked Earnshaw if he could recall any specific description of
the aerial lights. He said, "The security people described them
as oblong or, from the correct perspective, disc-like. No
reported markings or navigation lights. If a color was reported,
it was usually reddish or orange-ish shades. They were reported
as 'aloft' or 'up in the air' but I don't recall any mention of
altitude - no reliable estimated distance other than 'close.'"

Earnshaw then said, "There was a continuing ruckus about those
kinds of sightings and, ultimately, we were told by the
Operations Branch officers to ignore them... They told us that
UFOs had been officially disavowed by Project Blue Book, that
they had turned out to be swamp gas and weather balloons and all
that jazz. After awhile, [the launch commanders] started saying,
'Well, it's going to affect my OER (Officer Efficiency Report)
if I keep insisting on this.' We were led to believe that if we
continued to report those sightings, it would lead to a loss of
our credibility. So, instead of notifying the Wing Command Post,
we just started logging those reports down and then never heard
another thing about it."

Earnshaw added, "I heard that [the Office of Special
Investigations] was debriefing people. OSI was charged with
doing whatever the commanders above them wanted done. That was
one of the reasons why we didn't want to report the sightings -
we didn't want to get involved with OSI. You never knew what
could happen to you should they start looking into your
professional and personal lives. Even an innocent can spend a
great deal of his precious off-duty time giving statements, and
so on. Also, even though they were not officially allowed into
your OER's, the crews knew that OSI questions, and the answers
you might give, could seriously sway the commanders' rating your
performance reports."

Earnshaw then said firmly, "But we got reports from our security
people that there were objects in the sky stacked up, one on top
of the other, just hovering there. The Russians sure didn't have
the capability to do that! So that leaves only one other
possibility. I am one who believes that we are not the only ones
in the Universe and, well, I think someone might have been
interested in what we were doing at our [nuclear missile] sites.
I wasn't one of the witnesses to these events, because I was
underground in the capsule, but my second-hand information from
the security people up above was that the objects were really

I note here Earnshaw's reference to OSI agents, not Blue Book
personnel, interviewing the missile crews and guards. I have
heard the same thing from other former/retired USAF personnel
regarding UFO incursions at nuclear weapons sites.


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