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ICBM Launch Officer Capt. David Schuur Passes

From: Robert Hastings <ufohastings.nul>
Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2013 14:02:14 -0400 (EDT)
Archived: Sun, 02 Jun 2013 06:27:34 -0400
Subject: ICBM Launch Officer Capt. David Schuur Passes


I just received the news that retired USAF Captain David Schuur
passed away yesterday.

[He had leukemia and died at Johns Hopkins Hospital, yesterday
 at 4:30 PM with wife, Judy and daughter, Belinda.]

In 2007, he told me that a UFO had temporarily activated most of
his Minuteman missiles at Minot AFB in 1966. See my book's
"Launch in Progress" chapter, attached.

God bless you, David, for speaking the truth.


The following excerpt comes from Robert Hastings' book UFOs and
Nukes: Extraordinary Encounters at Nuclear Weapons Sites

Copyright 2008 Robert L. Hastings. All Rights Reserved.

~ 14 ~

Launch in Progress!

Of all the interviews I've conducted with former or retired ICBM
launch officers over the past three decades, this was perhaps
the most disturbing. According to the source, David H. Schuur, a
UFO once activated the launch sequence in most of his Minuteman

In August 2007, Schuur told me, "I saw your request for
information in the [June 2007] Association of Air Force
Missileers Newsletter. I was involved in a UFO incident at Minot
AFB in the mid-1960s. I had read your earlier article [in the
September 2002 AAFM Newsletter] but was hesitant to respond." I
asked Schuur why he had been hesitant. He replied, "Well, we
were basically told, way back when, that it was classified
information and, you know, it didn't happen and don't discuss
it. I guess I was still operating on that idea when I saw your
first article."

Schuur had obviously had a change of heart. He continued,
"Anyway, I was a Minuteman missile crewmember in the 455th/91st
Strategic Missile Wing at Minot from December 1963 through
November 1967. I was a 1st Lieutenant during that period and the
deputy commander that night. Since the incident occurred some 40
years ago, my memories are a bit foggy but, based on who my
commander was at the time, I would say it occurred between July
1965 and July 1967."

I asked Schuur if he could narrow the time-frame during which
the incident occurred, by associating it with another event. He
replied, "Not really, but my sense is that the incident occurred
toward the end of my duty in the [missile] field, so it was
probably during 1966, or '67. I was pulling alert in the Echo
[Launch Control] Capsule and was at the console at the time,
probably early in the morning when the commander was sleeping. I
know I was at Echo because that's where I pulled almost all of
my alert duty. My crew commander at the time has died. He was a
Lieutenant Colonel at Minot, in his 50s-he was in the reserves,
an old Korea veteran, who was recalled to duty in the early

"As far as the incident, here's my best recollection of it:
Alpha capsule, which was east of us, reported on PAS-the Primary
Alerting System-that their security personnel were observing a
large, bright object hovering over some of their missile sites.
It was moving from missile to missile. I think the Alpha missile
crew also reported that they were receiving 'spurious
indicators' on their missile control console, but I'm not
certain about that. I do know that a few minutes later our own
capsule had spurious indicators-anomalous readings-from some of
our missiles."

I asked Schuur to explain PAS. He said, "It was an open line
between SAC headquarters and the wing command posts. There was a
speaker in each launch capsule and when the command posts issued
a directive, or whatever, we were able to hear it. When Alpha
had their UFO sightings, they alerted the command post, at which
time the command post called SAC headquarters. So, when the
report of the sightings went out, we all heard it on PAS."

Schuur continued, "But it wasn't just Alpha and Echo. Over the
next hour or so-I don't recall exactly how long it was-all of
the flights reported that their [Security Alert Teams] were
observing a UFO near their facilities. The path of the object
could be followed as it passed over each flight area by the
reports on the PAS. The object moved over the entire wing from
the southeast to the northwest, following the layout of the

Schuur elaborated, "All of them-Bravo Flight, Charlie, Delta,
right on down the line to Oscar-were reporting sightings of this
object. Minot's missile field is laid out like the letter 'C'.
Alpha is located southeast of the base, and the other flights-
Bravo, Charlie and so forth-were south, southwest, west,
northwest, then north of Minot. Oscar, the last flight, is at
the top of the 'C', north of the base. The object-as far as I
know, it was only one object-came across Alpha Flight, then
moved all the way around the flights and ended up at Oscar. We
could hear that on PAS. At Echo, it didn't come close to the
Launch Control Facility, it just visited the LFs (silos), then
passed onto the next flight."

"As far as our flight, Echo, a few minutes after hearing the
report from Alpha, I received a call from topside security that
a large bright light-actually, a large, bright object would be
more accurate-was in the sky, to the east of the launch control
facility. When the guard called down, he may have used the term
'UFO' but I don't recall. He didn't describe its shape or
altitude because it was too far away. It never got close enough
to the LCF to see any detail. At its closest, it was two, three,
maybe four miles away from us, near one of the missile sites."

Schuur continued, "However, when the object passed over our
flight, we started receiving many spurious indications on our
console. The object was apparently sending some kind of signals
into each missile. Not every missile got checked [out] by the
object, but there were several that did. Maybe six, seven, or
eight. Maybe all ten got checked, but I don't think so. As this
thing was passing over each missile site, we would start getting
erratic indications on that particular missile. After a few
seconds, everything reset back to normal. But then the next
missile showed spurious indicators so the object had apparently
moved on to that one and did the same thing to it. Then on to
the next one, and so on. It was as if the object was scanning
each missile, one by one. The Inner Security and Outer Security
[alarms were triggered] but we got those all the time, for one
reason or another. However, on this particular night, we had to
activate the 'Inhibit' switch because we got 'Launch in
Progress' indicators! After a few minutes, the UFO passed to the
northwest of us and all indicators reset to normal."

I wanted to be certain about what I had just been told. I asked
Schuur, "So, if you get a 'Launch in Progress' indicator, does
that mean the launch sequence has been triggered-that the
missile is preparing to launch?" Schuur replied, "That means the
missile has received a launch signal. When that happens, we get
an indication in the capsule that a launch command has been
received by that missile. If that happens, without proper
authority, you flip what's called an 'Inhibit' switch, to delay
the launch for a given period of time. If an Inhibit command
comes in from another launch capsule, that shuts down the launch
totally. But if that second command doesn't come in, the missile
will wait for a specified period of time and then launch
automatically at the end of that expired period-theoretically.
Of course, that night, we had all kinds of other indicators
coming on from each missile so, in that situation, the launch
probably would have aborted itself. I honestly don't know."

I asked Schuur if the "Launch in Progress" indicator had ever
been triggered on any other occasion, either before or after the
UFO incident, while he was on alert duty. He replied, "No,

I asked Schuur if he had heard about missile maintenance teams
having to replace components or whole systems in the affected
missiles-the ones that generated the spurious readings. He
replied, "No, if that happened, I never heard about it."

Schuur said, "Upon returning to the base the next day, my
commander and I were met by the operations officer. He just
said, 'Nothing happened, nothing to discuss, goodbye.' Our logs
and tapes were turned in. Every capsule had a 24-hour tape that,
as I recall, recorded the communications that went over the PAS
system, so all the reports would have been on that tape. But we
were essentially told that nothing had happened that night and
to discuss it no further. It was a non-event. We were never
debriefed, by OSI or anyone else. We just went home. Most of the
returning missile crews drove back to the base from their
facilities, so they all arrived at different times. There was no
group debriefing that I know of. I never heard another thing
about the incident."

I asked Schuur, "I know that you were given no feedback from
your superiors, but what is your personal assessment of the
event?" He replied, "Oh, I think something was up there, uh,
scanning the missiles, seeing what was going on. Some kind of a
scanning process." I asked Schuur whether he thought the launch
activation had been incidental or deliberate. He seemed
surprised by my question and said, "I think that the scanning
just set it off. It set all kinds of things off, we were getting
all sorts of indicators. There were some kind of signals being
sent [from the UFO] to the missile that inadvertently triggered
the launch activation, but I don't think it was deliberate. I
hope not! That would have been-." Schuur didn't finish this
sentence. His voice broke and he heaved a deep sigh. Apparently,
the thought that those aboard the UFO might have deliberately
attempted to launch his nuclear missiles that night had caused
him to pause-and probably shudder-over 40 years later.

I obviously accept Schuur's report as credible, but am of course
attempting to locate other former members of his squadron who
are willing to corroborate it. As Schuur candidly admitted,
after reading my first article in the September 2002 AAFM
newsletter, he waited some five years before approaching me. It
was only after my second published request for information from
former/retired USAF missileers, that he decided to unburden
himself. This hesitant response is not atypical. Many of my
former missile launch officer sources have not readily or easily
divulged their UFO experiences to me, for one reason or another.

Importantly, to my knowledge, Schuur's testimony represents the
only credible report on record of a UFO temporarily activating a
U.S. nuclear missile. However, there is one other reliable
report of such an activation-in the Soviet Union. That case will
be discussed at length in a later chapter.

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