Sunday, June 18, 2023

UFO Lands Near Near Nuclear Missile Site; Security Forces Dispatched

Article presented by entitled, Minot Launch COntrol Center 'Saucer' Cited As One Indication of Outer Space Visitors by he Minot Daily News 2-6-1966

"... personnel on the surface reported seeing a UFO with a red light high in the sky. At the same time, a radar crew picked up the object ..."

     More than three months after it reportedly occurred, and Unidentified Flying Object sighting in the Minot area has been blown up as a lead-off topic in an article entitled, "Are Flying Saucers Real" which appears in the latest issue of the Saturday Evening Post magazine.

This sighting says the Post article occurred at a Minot Air force Base Minuteman missile launch control center. Date of the incident is given as Aug. 25, 1966.

Base information offices confirmed such a report was made. It was never released in Minot, but was sent to Wright-Patterson Field in Ohio. From there, it presumably was channeled to the Secretary of the Air Force's office–and again, presumably, released to the magazine.

The article is by J. Allen Hynek, identified as chairman of Northwestern University's astronomy department and an Air Force consultant on "Flying Saucers" from 1948 until this year.

The Minot incident is detailed in this manner:

A launch control center officer, who was in an underground capsule, discovered static was interfering with radio transmission, while he was attempting to clear the problem, personnel on the surface reported seeing a UFO with a red light high in the sky. At the same time, a radar crew picked up the object at a height estimated at 100,000 ft.

Static stopped when the object climbed, the report maintains. After climbing, it began to swoop and dive, then apparently landed some distance away.

"Missile-site control sent a strike team ... to check. When the team was about 10 miles from the landing site, static disrupted radio contact with them. Five to eight minutes later, the glow diminished and the UFO took off. Another UFO was visually sighted and confirmed by radar. The one that was first sighted passed beneath the second. Radar also confirmed this. The first made for altitude toward the north and the second seemed to disappear with a glow of red."

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