On January 30, 2013, I issued my latest press release, titled “Researcher Urges U.S. Military Veterans to Divulge Their UFO Sightings at Nuclear Weapons Sites”. My hope was/is that persons who had not yet gone on-the-record about their UFO experiences would contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first to do so, Larry Rogers, has provided an unexpected glimpse into UFO activity during the period of French atomic testing in the Sahara desert in the early 1960s. I have twice interviewed Mr. Rogers on the telephone and he has provided his DD214 military service record, which verifies his presence at a U.S. Air Force base in North Africa during that era.
In 1960, Airman 3rd Class Larry W. Rogers was assigned to the USAF’s 3926th Air Police Squadron K-9, and stationed at Ben Guerir Air Base, in Morocco. At the time, France had begun to detonate its first atomic devices in neighboring Algeria, then a colony. The detonations took place at the Reggane test site, some 600 miles southeast of the American airbase.
Rogers told me, “I personally never saw the bright flash from any of the tests. What we could see was a sky that was brilliantly colored at sunrise and at sunset, as a result of the sand and other debris that was thrown into the atmosphere. In fact, it seemed like the whole dome of the sky was filled with color for days after each of those tests.”
One night, shortly after such a detonation, Rogers and five other members of his squadron were on guard at the north end of the base runway, accompanied by their German Shepard companions. “I cannot even guess the time-frame,” he said, “There are no seasons in the Sahara desert and so there was no distinctive weather that I could associate with the event. I’m afraid the date will remain unknown.”
At some point, Rogers and the others began to notice a group of small glowing objects hovering in the sky, seemingly above the Atlas Mountains, some 90 miles away on the southeastern horizon. “There were maybe half-a-dozen of them. They were really bright but I don’t know if they were lit up themselves or just reflecting the sun. They were high enough in the sky that, even though it was already dark, the sun below the horizon may have caught them in its glare.”
Rogers continued, “The objects may have been directly above the mountains, or beyond them, or in front of them. You couldn’t tell because of the distance and the darkness. Anyway, they looked strange to us so we called that in to the squadron’s command post. A little while later, we saw four or five jet fighters streaking toward the lights. They had been launched from Zaragoza Air Force Base, in Spain, and flew almost directly over our position. They were really loud and you could see the blue-flame of their afterburners.”
Robert L. Hastings - UFOs and NUKES