Senator Barry Goldwater,
former Air Force Reserve Brigadier General and Senator
"I certainly believe in aliens in space. They may not look like us, but I have
very strong feelings that they have advanced beyond our mental capabilities."
He stated that he was refused permission to check the Air Force files on
UFOs and added, "I think some highly secret government UFO investigations are
going on that we don’t know about – and probably never will unless the Air Force
He stated that he put his faith in the
reports of the Air Force, Navy and commercial pilots who reported instances
where a UFO would fly near them – right off their plane’s wing – and then just
zoom away at incredible speeds. I remember the case in Georgia in the 1950s of a
National Guard plane going over a UFO and never returning. And I recall the case
in Franklin, Kentucky, when four military planes investigated a UFO. One of them
exploded in mid-air and no one knows why."
Atmospheric Physicist, NASA
On 7th June 1968, Lee Katchen stated that on the
basis of the 7000 reports he had examined, he believed UFOs to be
extraterrestrial probes. "UFO sightings are now so common, the military doesn’t
have time to worry about them – so they screen them out. The major defence
systems have UFO filters built into them, and when a UFO appears, they simply
ignore it." Katchen made reference to the radar network employed by
SAGE (semi-automatic ground environmental system), the North American
tactical air defence system, which tracks all aircraft flights. "The filters cut
out all unconventional objects or targets and makes no record of UFOs". He
claimed that unconventional targets were ignored because, at that time, the US
was only interested in Russian targets. An object that "hovers in the air, then
shoots off at 5000mph, doesn’t interest us because it can’t be the enemy."
Dr. Hermann Oberth,
father of modern rocketry
Oberth headed a German Commission to study the UFO
phenomena. The Oberth Commission found that "UFOs are conceived and directed by
intelligent beings of a very high order, and they are propelled by distorting
the gravitational field, converting gravity into useable energy. There is no
doubt in my mind that these objects are interplanetary craft of some sort. I and my colleagues are confident that they
do not originate in our solar system, but we feel that they may use Mars or some
other body as sort of a way station. They probably do not originate in our solar
system, perhaps not even in our galaxy." (25) In the American Weekly of 24th October of
that year Oberth was quoted as stating "It is my thesis that flying saucers are
real and that they are space ships from another solar system." (26)
Dr Walter Riedel
Dr Riedel was a colleague of Hermann Oberth and former
chief designer and research director at Peenemunde. After the war he entered the
US as part of Operation Paperclip and gave an interview to LIFE magazine that
appeared on 7th April 1952. He told LIFE "I am completely convinced
that they have an out-of-world basis."
He based this on four key points. "First,
the skin temperatures off structures operating under the observed conditions would make it impossible for any terrestrial structure to
survive. The skin friction of the missile at those speeds at those altitudes
would melt any metals or non-metals available.
Second, consider the high acceleration at
which they fly and manoeuvre … In some descriptions the beast spirals straight
up. If you think of the fact that the centrifugal force in a few minutes of such
a manoeuvre would press the crew against the outside, and do likewise to the
blood, you see what I mean. Third… there are many occurrences where they have done things
that only a pilot could perform but that no pilot could stand. Fourth, in most of the reports there is a lack of visible jet.
Most observers report units without visible flame …and no trail. If it would be
any known type of jet, rocket, piston engine, or chain-reaction motor, there
would be a very clear trail at high altitude. It is from no power we know of…"
George Filer, Air Force
Intelligence Officer 1958-1978
"It isn’t a question of whether of no flying saucers exist. The
question is, what are they and who do they belong to?" (28)
Rear Admiral Delmar S.
Fahrney, Former US Naval Missile Chief
Formerly head of the Navy’s guided missile programme, on
16th January 1957 at a press conference in Washington D.C. he stated
that "Reliable reports indicate there are objects coming into our atmosphere at
very high speeds. No agency in this country or Russia is able to duplicate at
this time the speeds and accelerations which radars and observers indicate these
flying objects are able to achieve."