Robert Hastings is a UFO researcher and lecturer who wrote the book “UFOs and Nukes: Extraordinary Encounters at Nuclear Weapons Sites.” What sets Hastings aside from other alien enthusiasts is his focus on nuclear weapons cases. In September 2010, he hosted a press conference on the subject, which was live streamed on CNN.
By Cody Owens
By Cody Owens
Hastings shared his views with the Virginia Tech community last night in the Owens Banquet Hall. The Collegiate Times met with him before his lecture to ask him about his theories, as well as the connections he sees between UFOs and nuclear weapons.
Collegiate Times: How did you become interested in UFOs?
Robert Hastings: My father was career Air Force, and in 1967, he was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force base in Montana, which was a nuclear missile base. He was aware of UFO activity at some of the (intercontinental ballistic missile) sites and objects being tracked on radar. It was clear that the UFOs were maneuvering near and even hovering above some of the underground nuclear missile silos. I was aware in a very peripheral way of what had gone on at the time.
Coincidentally, I had a job at the air traffic controller tower three nights a week as a janitor (as) a junior in high school. In March of ’67, I was present when the (Federal Aviation Administration) controllers who worked at the tower covered up the presence of five unidentified aerial objects being tracked. I brought that fact to my father’s attention. Unbeknownst to me, he made inquiries where he worked, which was called (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment). It was part of the Air Force’s radar system. They confirmed the presence of these unknown objects.