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Sighting Reports Previous to 1990

Air Force Recalls UFO Siege at Nuclear Weapons Facility

Map Showing Location of Whiteman Air Force Base.

Photo of Marine Harrier Jet. These Jets Were Scrambled After the UFO.
Photo of Marine Harrier Jet.
These Jets Were Scrambled After the UFO.

Date of Sighting: Summer of 1983 (Exact Date Unknown)
Time of Sighting: Between 1:30 and 4:30 AM CDT
Date Sighting Reported: April 30, 2008
Duration of Sighting: Three Hours
Location of Sighting: Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri (See Map)
Latitude: 38.73 Degrees North
Longitude: 93.56 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: (Several Security Guards and Other Security Officers)
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Clear Skies. Stars Visible.

Description: The witness called and left a voice-mail about his sighting. I subsequently called him back and had a nearly 90 minute discussion with him regarding his exciting sighting. The sighting occurred in the summer of 1983 while the veteran was a security guard at Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB) near Knob Noster, Missouri. At the time he worked with another guard and was on night patrol from 11 PM until 8 AM. He was in charge of guarding the nuclear weapons which were housed in 2 igloo type buildings. There were several other "igloos" on the base which apparently were used to house other materials (some explosives and ammunition). Click here to view drawings of facility provided by the witness. At the time at Whiteman no aircraft were regularly stored there. B52s were used to transport nuclear weapons to the base. Later the B2 Stealth bomber was based at Whiteman. On the night of the sighting a few Marine Harrier Jets were at the base. (See photo above.) The veteran at the time was an airman 1st class. (His partner had the same rank, but more seniority.) The witness was in the Air Force from 1982 until 1990. Click Here to read his discharge papers.

At about 1:30 AM the veteran said that he felt static in the air and felt his hair was "standing on edge." His partner had the same sensation. They both removed their caps and confirmed that their hair was standing on edge. At that point they both saw a large black disk hovering over the igloos. The object was silent, but visible in the night sky. The object began emitting a red-blue beam at the two igloos that stored the nuclear weapons. (This is an interesting point that the object knew where the nuclear weapons were stored. There were several other buildings adjacent to the buildings that were used to store the nuclear weapons.)

The two security patrolmen then decided to call the security facility at the base. They had considerable difficulty because of radio static. Upon reaching the security facility a team was dispatched to the scene immediately. At that point a Colonel told the two security officers to leave the scene and move back behind one of the igloos. A video camera was set up and large spot light was beamed on the object.

Next a few of the Marine Harrier jets were scrambled after the UFO. The UFO moved away from the nuclear buildings when the jets were dispatched. A chase occurred for quite awhile (exact time unknown) whereby the UFO out maneuvered the jets. When the jets landed the object returned to the location near the buildings where the weapons were stored. The object continued emitting the red-blue beam of light at the nuclear buildings. Then at about 4:30 AM the object "lit up" and then shot straight in the sky and disappeared never to be seen again.

The security officers then left and ordered the two security guards to return to duty. At about 5:30 AM (about 2 hours and 30 minutes before airman were off duty) a "business type" Air Force jet landed at the base. Within a short time two Air Force buses arrived at the area. The buses contained all 24 security guards rotated through duties guarding the nuclear weapons. Also accompanying the security guards were four men in gray suits with dark glasses and several other base officers. The men were taken to a down stairs location at a nearby building. The security guards witnessing the incident were first debriefed individually. They were interrogated by the plain clothes individuals. They were asked to repeat their story until they came up with a conventional explanation of what they saw. (The veteran finally said that he saw "heat lightning.") At that point the veteran was told to sign a form stating that he would never discuss with anyone what he saw. Apparently the retribution for discussing the incident could be discharge, loss of pay and rank. Each of the other personnel witnessing the incident were also debriefed in a similar manner. Personnel not involved in the incident were also debriefed. The debriefing lasted from about 6 AM until 2:30 PM in the afternoon. During the time the personnel were not given food or allowed to leave the area other than to get a drink of water or use the restroom. (They were accompanied during the restroom visits.)

Comments: I was impressed with sincerity of the witness. He said that he previously had reported his experience to the Disclosure Project. (The Disclosure Project takes reports from military and government officials involved in UFO incidents.) He had kept the incident to himself for nearly 25 years. He had lost touch with and was not able to locate fellow personnel who were involved in the incident. UFOs Northwest received another report of a UFO encounter at Whiteman AFB. This incident occurred about 15 years later in 1998. Click here to read about this incident.