Air Force UFO Rules Vanish After Huffington Post Inquiry

Air Force UFO Rules Vanish After Huffington Post Inquiry

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he military deleted a passage about unidentified flying objects from a 2008 Air Force personnel manual just days after The Huffington Post asked Pentagon officials about the purpose of the UFO section.

Before the recent revisions, the document — Air Force Instruction 10-206 — advised pilots, radar operators and other Air Force personnel on what to do when they encountered any unknown airborne objects. Now in the 2011 version, the reference to UFOs — which simply means “unidentified flying objects,” not necessarily spaceships with little green men — has been eliminated.

What makes this so intriguing is that the U.S. government officially stopped investigating UFOs in 1969 with the termination of the Air Force‘s Project Blue Book.


Air Force AFI 2008

The 22-year study, led by high-level military officials and academic experts, ruled that UFOs weren’t extraterrestrial visitors, nor were they technologically advanced aircraft, nor were they a threat to national security. With that, the military essentially shut the book on flying saucer research, concluding that “nothing has occurred that would support a resumption of UFO investigation by the Air Force.” “The reason why the military is claiming they don’t investigate UFOs is because they don’t want to respond to people like you,” former Air Force Captain Robert Salas told The Huffington Post. “They don’t want to respond to reporters or to the public as to what the heck is going on, and it’s been going on for so long. They just don’t want to have to answer that question.” Yet more than 40 years after the close of Project Blue Book, there were still written orders on what Air Force personnel should do in the event they spotted a flying vehicle that couldn’t be identified. As recently as early September, Air Force members who came across anything they didn’t recognize were told to note “altitude, direction of travel, speed, description of flight path and maneuvers, what first called attention to the object, how long was the object visible and how did the object disappear?” Eyes in the sky and on the ground were commanded to treat a UFO as they would if they had seen a missile, hostile aircraft or unidentified submarine. All details were required to be included in a report to NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), which protects the airspace over the U.S. and Canada. On Sept. 2, The Huffington Post made inquiries to the Air Force about the UFO directives. A spokesman said he’d arrange an interview with an appropriate officer. But before the interview was set up, the 111-page instruction manual was revised on Sept. 6, and the UFO instructions were deleted, as were other portions of the document, now shortened to 40 pages.


Air Force 10-206 2011

For several weeks, military officials failed to respond to HuffPost inquiries about the rewritten manual, which included changes to areas unrelated to UFOs. Finally, on Oct. 5, after several follow-up calls, an Air Force major emailed a response, informing HuffPost that UFO reporting is not a duty of the armed forces branch. He denied any cover-up, and instead said it was a coincidence that the document was updated after this news organization asked for an explanation. “UFO reporting is a NORAD requirement, but not a requirement for Air Force operational reports,” Air Force Maj. Chad Steffey told The Huffington Post in the e-mail. “All Air Force Instructions are reviewed/revised on a regular basis (about every two to three years). For this revision, we merely deleted a procedure that did not apply to this AFI. “For any other questions about requirements for UFO reporting, I’ll have to refer you to NORAD,” Steffey wrote. Unlike the Air Force, officials at NORAD acknowledge that looking into UFOs is part of their job description. Of course, most UFOs are eventually explained as something far less extraordinary than little green — or grey — men. “When I talk about UFOs, it is literally an unidentified flying object, not an extraterrestrial,” said John Cornelio, chief of media relations at NORAD headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. “There is a blip on the radar, and we don’t know what it is. And we’re responsible for identifying what that object is. We know it’s an aircraft of some sort, but we don’t know who it is, and so have to go up and identify it.” But here’s the big question: Did the Air Force really stop investigating UFOs in 1969as they have repeatedly claimed throughout the ensuing decades? “Absolutely not! They have continued to look into UFO cases,” said Salas, co-author of “Faded Giant.” “In fact, there are NORAD records from 1975 of UFO sightings — and this was not any general aviation aircraft — objects seen over missile sites and other bases. “They scrambled jets to intercept these UFOs, which clearly operated at speeds that the jets couldn’t keep up with, and they were sighted by a lot of people,” Salas told HuffPost.


Black Vault NORAD Doc1

Salas is just one of many former military officers who have come forward in recent years to disclose their involvement with a variety of UFO incidents that occurred over several U.S. nuclear weapons sites, sightings that had been kept secret for decades.

“As a matter of fact, there was that incident in Wyoming last year where 50 ICBM missiles went down and the base commanders instructed the troops not to talk to anybody about this UFO that was seen over the base,” said Salas.

It was a scenario too familiar to Salas, who in 1967 was monitoring a launch control center at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. When UFOs appeared over the base, Salas recalled, “all of a sudden, we started getting bells and whistles going off. As we looked at the display board in front of us, sure enough, the missiles began going into an unlaunchable, or no-go, mode. They couldn’t be launched.”


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