It has now been five weeks since I posted links to my audio-taped telephone conversations with Col. Walt Figel (USAF Ret.) regarding his experiences at Malmstrom AFB in 1967. Nevertheless, Figel still has not written to me or called me to protest my doing so, or to challenge the authenticity of the tapes—even though I provided him with the links on June 5th and have emailed him at least three times since then to update him on one thing or another (including the desperate claims by some to the effect that the tapes are doctored).
By Robert Hastings
By Robert Hastings
In response to Figel's documented admissions, James Carlson has continued to claim that I am a liar and a fraud. Carlson has been doing this at countless blogs over the past few years, in an attempt to discredit the testimony of USAF veterans who have courageously come forward and divulged their involvement in UFO incidents at nuclear weapons sites over the years.
In particular, Carlson has claimed that there was no UFO-involvement in two separate large-scale missile shutdown incidents at Malmstrom AFB, Montana, in March 1967, even though three of the four ICBM launch officers involved—Captain Robert Salas, Colonel Frederick Meiwald and Colonel Walter Figel—have gone on-the-record regarding a UFO presence during those missile-disruption events. (Figel at Echo Flight; Salas and Meiwald at Oscar Flight)
James Carlson's father, Eric Carlson—who was the fourth launch officer involved—claims to have no memory of a UFO presence at Echo Flight, even though his deputy missile commander, now-retired Col. Walt Figel, has confirmed (repeatedly, on tape) receiving reports from his security personnel of a “large round object” hovering over one of the missiles, just as the entire flight of ten ICBMs malfunctioned.
Figel also says that he and the elder Carlson were later debriefed by their commander and told not to talk about the incident. Figel further acknowledges that his own skeptical views about UFOs have no bearing on the credibility of the reports he received from persons in the field at Echo Flight, who were “serious” when they informed him of the hovering UFO.
James Carlson, taking his cue from his, ahem, forgetful father, has brazenly and repeatedly misrepresented these startling facts, as one will hear by listening to my audio taped conversations with Cols. Figel and Meiwald, both of whom reveal the dramatic details of the shutdown incidents and, further, repudiate James Carlson's many falsehoods about them.
The article containing audio links to my (and Bob Salas’) taped conversations with Col. Figel is at:
The Echo Flight ICBM Incident: Retired USAF Officer Confirms Receiving A UFO Report Just as the Missiles Failed
The article containing audio links to my (and Bob Salas’) taped conversations with Col. Meiwald is at:
Echo Flight UFO Incident Not Unique: Retired Col. Frederick Meiwald Says “Bright Object” Also Sighted During OSCAR Flight Missile Malfunctions
While James Carlson will undoubtedly continue to claim that his father is the only person being truthful in this affair, one should carefully listen to the statements of the other launch officers involved in these amazing events before drawing conclusions.
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