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18                                 UFOs and Nuclear Facilities

         Why Have There Been So

        Many UFO Sightings Near

               Nuclear Facilities?

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        Barker, a master sergeant who was second in
        charge at the facility, says he was an 18-year
        veteran at that point and knew “about every
        aircraft in the U.S., NATO and the Soviet bloc.”
        This object, he says, shocked him and his two
        colleagues that night with its remarkable speed
        and maneuverability. On radar, it covered 120
        miles in a matter of seconds, he said: “It had to
        be moving Mach 5, 6, 7 or 8—faster than
        anything other than possibly a missile.”

        As he looked up from the radar to view it
        directly, the craft moved into close range,
        slowed and then stopped over the base’s water
        tower: “Like a helicopter hovering, except with
                                                         F-18 fighter pilots from the nuclear-powered several “low-probability” prosaic explanations
        a helicopter you get movement up and down.
                                                         USS  Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group for the Roosevelt sightings. They include “bugs
        This was stationary. It was between about 1,500
                                                         saw UAPs almost daily for several months in the [radar’s] code for the imaging and display
        and 2,000 feet high. The thing was…at least a
                                                         between the summer of 2014 and the spring of systems, atmospheric effects and reflections
        city block…in diameter.”
                                                         2015 while executing training maneuvers along [and] neurological overload from multiple
                                                         the Eastern seaboard between  Virginia and inputs during high-speed flight.”
        Barker says it was shaped like a giant basketball,
                                                         Florida, witnesses told Elizondo.
        with portholes around the center, from which
                                                                                                          Still, the Roosevelt reports echo those made by
        lights were emanating outward. “I was
                                                         “Wherever we were, they were there,” says Navy pilots undergoing training exercises on the
        shocked…  There was nothing aerodynamic
                                                         Ryan Graves, an active-duty F-18 fighter pilot other side of the country. In November 2004
        about it. Basketballs don’t fly.”
                                                         from the USS Roosevelt, who holds a degree in pilots and radar operators from the USS Nimitz
                                                         aerospace engineering.                           carrier fleet saw a 40-foot long tic-tac shaped
        It stopped over the water tower for only a few
                                                                                                          object flying just above the ocean while flying
        seconds, he said, before reversing course and
                                                         The objects appeared in three shapes, Graves 100 miles off the coast of California near San
        speeding back the way it came in: “It was like—
                                                         says—some were discs, others looked like a Diego. When F-18 fighter jets were scrambled to
        swish!—it’s gone.”
                                                         cube inside a sphere, while smaller round        approach the object, it accelerated, easily
                                                         objects flew together in formation. All lacked outrunning the supersonic Navy craft.
        Barker didn’t report the sighting to his superiors.
                                                         visible engines or exhaust systems. Some tilted,
        “You don’t understand what the Air Force did to
                                                         mid-flight, like spinning tops, as seen on an Increasing attention to the topic
        people who reported UFOs,” he says.
                                                         infrared video released by the U.S. Department
                                                         of Defense in 2017. Graves and another F-18      Whereas earlier reports were career-killers for
        Barker’s story dovetails with that of Col.
                                                         pilot, Danny Accoin, confirm that video, along   military personnel, there is an increasing
        Charles Halt, Bentwaters’ deputy commander at
                                                         with one other released by the government, had   openness in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill to
        the time. Halt led a patrol that night to
                                                         been shot by their fellow Roosevelt pilots while  taking these sightings seriously as potential
        investigate strange colorful lights seen
                                                         in the air.                                      threats. In April 2019, the U.S. Navy announced
        descending into nearby Rendlesham Forest. Halt
                                                                                                          that it was updating its guidelines for how pilots
        described to Elizondo what he saw from inside
                                                         One UAP, Grave says, almost caused a terrifying  and personnel should report unexplained aerial
        the forest: a red light moving horizontally
                                                         collision by zipping dangerously between two     phenomena—making it easier for military
        though the trees, "obviously under some kind of
                                                         planes.  An aviation flight-safety report was    members to report sightings to superiors without
        intelligent control.” A laser-like beam, he said,
                                                         filed, he says, but never investigated.          facing professional stigma and backlash.  And
        “landed 10-15 feet away from us. I was literally
                                                                                                          Congress, beginning with former Senate
        in shock.”
                                                         Graves says the unidentified objects reappeared  majority leader Harry Reid, has taken more
                                                         once the Roosevelt had deployed to its mission   interest in being briefed.
        Then the beam’s source quickly left, flying north
                                                         in the Persian Gulf.
        toward the base, says Halt, who audiotaped the
                                                                                                          George Knapp says that’s more activity than he
        incident at the time. “We could hear chatter on
                                                         “It’s hard to find a prosaic explanation for a   has seen in three decades. He, and many others,
        the radios that the beams went down into the
                                                         carrier battle group being shadowed by           think it’s overdue.
        weapons storage area.”
                                                         unidentified aircraft all the way across the
                                                         Atlantic, to an area of operations overseas in the  “At the facilities where we were first designing
        Later, his commander played the audio for a
                                                         Middle East,” says Chris Mellon, former U.S.     and building nuclear weapons…at the places
        general, who dismissed the need for further
                                                         Deputy  Assistant Secretary of Defense for       where we were processing the fuel…at the
        investigation. They were loath to get involved,
                                                         Intelligence during the Clinton and George W.    facilities where we were testing the weapons…
        says Halt.
                                                         Bush administrations, who now serves as an       at the bases where we deployed those weapons,
                                                         integral part of the To The Stars team. “It makes  on the ships…the nuclear submarines…  All
        Navy sightings in the Atlantic and the
                                                         an extremely compelling case for the existence   those places, all the people working there have
        Pacific                                          of technologies we didn’t think were possible.”  seen these things,” Knapp says.
        In recent years, sightings of unidentified aerial  Leon Golub, a senior astrophysicist at the     “Are they all crazy?” he continued. “Because if
        phenomena have emerged from  America’s           Harvard-Smithsonian Center for  Astrophysics,    they are, they shouldn't have their hands on
        nuclear navy.                                    told The New York Times there may indeed be      nuclear weapons.” []
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