- Looking back over the years during the 40th anniversary
of UFOs in modern times(JUNE 24,1987) it is interesting to note that UFOs
have been seen and recorded near various atomic energy locations in this
country and overseas. This link was first noticed by Captain Edward Ruppelt
in 1952 and reported in a LOOK magazine article(JUNE 24,1952) titled "Hunt
For The Flying Saucer."
- Captain Ruppelt, who directed the U.S. Air Force Project
Blue Book at that time, when viewing a folder of 63 mystifing UFO reportas
that had been plotted on a map of the United States discovered that it
showed "an ominous correleation" with the location of various
atomic energy installations. LOOK magazine learned that some high ranking
officers had taken note of this fact and had then held a Pentagon conference
to discuss these numerous strange concentrations that have continued to
- 1. Such incidents at the Savannah River, Hanford, Los
Alamos, Oak Ridge, McGuire, Cherokee and Indian Point nuclear and atomic
plants are of continued vital interest and concern to scientific, military,
civilian and governmental observers everywhere.
- These UFo encounters raise such serious questions as:
Are UFOs monitoring our atomic and nuclear energy sites and if so, why?
Why has the AEC(now NRC) had represenitives on most of all the major government
UFO investigative projects? Why do guards at some AEC installations report
their UFO encounters directly to the AEC?
- The questions continue -- What have AEC studies using
air samplers, radioactive background counters, portable counters, magnetometers,
oscilloscopes, cameras, radar and other devices revealed? That types of
radiation increases have been discovered? What do they make of the increasing
numbers of individuals who have suffered "radioactive" injuries
of one sort or another allegded to have occured during UFO incidents in
many states in the United States and other global countries?
- In essence, what have been the major discoveries and
perhaps hidden secrets of the AEC-UFO link since the late 1940's?
- Let's examine some of these often reported events. On
May 10, 1952 four employees of the DuPont Company, employed at the Savannah
River Plant saw eight "disc-shaped" objects approach the Ellenton,
South Carolina plant. The objects varied from a yellow to gold in color,
moved south to north at a "high rate" of speed. The eight UFOs
approached the area at such a low altitude that they had to rise to pass
over some tall tanks in the area. The noiseless UFOs weaved from left to
right and moved from side to side as they departed at a 90 degree angle.
" The AEC in Washington was advised."
- 2. On July 5, 1952 four Florida pilots reported a flying
saucer hovering above the Hanford atomic works, a sensitive scientific
installation at Richlands, Washington. Captain John Baldwin, Captain George
Robertson and pilots D. Shanbel and Steven Summers stated that the UFO
was round and flat. After hovering over the atomic plant, it gained speed,
reversed its course and then disappeared quickly. Two yellow globes of
fiery appearence were reported over the Hanford plant seven days later,
confirmed by Air Force investigators.
- 3. Two years earlier on April 17, 1950 more than fifteen
persons at the secret atomic energy project at Los Alamos, New Mexico reported
they saw a UFO on the eastern horizon. One of the observers, a scientist
from the University of California Personnel Division watched one of the
three objects thru a telescope and said that it looked flat, metallic and
was roughly circular and about nine feet in diameter. The UFO appeared
to be about 2,000 feet high and moved ".. faster than any known coventional
aircraft." It was seen for about 20 minutes and put on quite a show.
Dozens of excellent UFO sightings have been reported by countless eyewitnesses
at Los Alamos over the years.
- 4. June 21, 1952 brought an interesting case of a UFO
that trespassed prohibited airspace at the AEC's Oak Ridge Laboratory in
Tennessee at 10:58 pm. The UFO was observer by Ground Observer Corps volunteers
and also detected by radar. The UFO was persued by a F-47 aircraft on combat
patrol from a 10,000 to 27,000 foot altitude. During the aerial dogfight,
the UFO attempted to ram the F-47 on several occasions, before leaving
the area. UFO encounters have become quite commonplace at this AEC site.
- 5. In October 1965 Philip Parker on an aerial photography
mission was flying with pilot H.T. Mayhew near the Perth Church Road Lake
Norman crossing. Their plane was flying at about 1,000 feet as they circled
the lake near the McGuire Nuclear Station, when they noticed three "bright
objects" to their right. Pilot Mayhew gave his plane full throttle
and they rose barely high enough to escape the UFOs, which were flying
in formation 100 feet below them. Unnerved, as he was Parker was able to
take one photograph of the three circular UFOs above Lake Norman, which
is bordered by the Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston, Mecklenburg and Iredell counties
in North Carolina.
- 6. In past years several other photographs of UFOs flying
above Lake Norman were taken by different photographers. One of the photographs
of an early morning UFO was captured near the Sun on the film. In the photo,
the UFO moved from the 4 to the 6 o'clock position from 90 to 20 degrees
over a short period of time.
- In the late summer of 1968 at 2 a.m. a married couple(names
confidential on file) reported seeing a dome-topped UFO with "windows"
and odd-colored lights(yellow, blue and red fixed together) flying near
their Lake Norman home. The UFO was about two to three car lengths wide
and made a soft hum- ming sound. A "metal rod" came from the
bottom edge of the UFO, as it moved down nearby power lines, almost touching
the wires as it followed the power lines. The eyewitnesses ran the rest
of the way home and were badly frightened by their experience.
- 7. In July or August, 1972 at 9:30 p.m. businessman
Robert P. Sartin, who lives near the Lake Norman Airport and Duke Power
Plant's 150 high Cowans Ford Dam spotted a UFO. His attention to the UFO
came when he heard children fishing from a nearby pier, who were shouting
about an object in the sky. Four other persons became eyewitnesses to the
UFO, which was seen about four miles East of the Marshall Steam Plant near
- The UFO, appeared to be about the size of a basketball
court and had a thickness, one-half its width. The object looked like "one
saucer inverted on top of another and had a row of flashing windows through
its middle." It had red, white and yellow lighted windows and hovered
in the area overhead for about 10 minutes, before it flew sideways, then
moved up and away at an unbelievable speed as it disappeared in the sky.
- 8. In March, 1975 at Lexington, South Carolina Mr. and
Mrs. Jim Richardson were driving near the Lake Murray Hydroelectric Plant's
Saluda Dam, when a brillant "spotlight" came on and illuminated
the interior of their car. They noticed the UFO looked "like two pie
pans" put together and had a dome on top.
- It flew about 40 to 50 feet above their car and it had
red and blue lights on its ends and its dome was "brillant white."
The bottom of the UFO was octagonal in shape or like a stop sign. The Lake
Murray area has been the scene of many UFO encounters over the years.
- 9. On October 27,1975 a UFO was reported by Staff Sgt.
Danny K. Lewis near the Loring Air Force Base, Maine. The UFO began to
circle the nuclear weapons storage area to within 300 yards of the facility.
Finally, it hovered 150 feet above the ground. The base was placed on a
major alert status. Radar tracked its maneuvers in the area for over 40
minutes. The reddish- orange UFO later moved to within five feet of the
ground. Security personnel said the UFO was "like a stretched-out
football in the air" as it hovered nearby. They described the object
as about four car lengths long. It shut off its lights and rapidly left
the area from near ground level.
- 10. On November 22, 1975 Pilot Frank Auman, Jr. and
UFO investigator Arlan Keith Andrews were flying in a private plane near
the Savannah, Georgia Nuclear Plant. They saw a bright white UFO maneuvering
in the area for four or five minutes. It made a "slight wobble"
and then a hard turn, before it flew away. Jacksonville Control Center
personnel at Jacksonville, Florida confirmed three UFO sightings(either
radar or visuals) by pilots at the site.
- 11. Arlan K. Andrews is a MUFON Consultant and State
Director in Indiana. On March, 1978 several persons described seeing two
"milky white" UFOs flying side by side at treetop level at the
McGuire Nuclear Station near Triangle, North Carolina.
- 12. April 24, 1980 at 9 p.m. brought another UFO report
from the Lake Norman area. Pete Link and Jeff Schlatter, two Rutherford
County carpenters, while working on a house roof observed a bright yellow
UFO that rose up vertically from Lake Norman, made a loop and then disappeared
while moving rapidly away.
- 13. Lake Norman is a large lake and is surrounded by
Highway 16, Highway 73, Highway 150 and Highway 21. The lake is surrounded
by many towns and cities, among them Mooresville, Lincolnton, Lowesville,
Denver, Triangle, Iron Station, Stanley, Davidson and Sherrills Ford. These
communities have been a "hotbed of UFO sightings" over the past
- One of the more intriguing UFO sightings was reported
at 7:30 a.m. on October 18,1982. Gary Fortenberry and Jimmy Bumgarner,
two employees at the McGuire Nuclear Station on Lake NOrman were driving
to work on Highway 73 at the Catawba River(Lincoln County) when they encounted
an unknown. They watched a dull silver oval UFO with "four legs"
above a nearby fogbank. During the daylight encounter, they first mistook
it for a water tank, but later in the day when they returned home from
work, the fog had lifted and no water tank was to be seen anywhere in the
area. They did notice that high voltage lines from the power plants were
in the general area of the earlier sightings. When first seen the UFO was
about 250 feet above the ground
- The eyewitnesses had worked at McGuire for six years
without experiencing anything unusual. Several months before, when UFOs
again visited the same location, the power fluctuated, before the UFOs
left the area. Security guards, when questioned by me on the phone, told
me that such UFO incidents were to be made directly to AEC headquarters.
- 14. On October 13, 1983 at 12:30 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne
Ruppe of Gaffney, South Carolina were disturbed forom their sleep by a
siren-like sound(like something taking off). They looked out of their house
windows in time to see a glowing oval-shaped UFO about 20 feet above their
neighbor's home. The neighborhood dogs were barking in a frenzy. The UFO,
described as "about the size of a Winnebago travel-trailer" had
two "beams of lights" on the bottom of the object.
- It was orange-yellow in color and made a high-pitched
sound as it crossed the power lines and moved east in direction of the
Cherokee Nuclear Station. The UFO was seen for approximately five minutes
and was estimated to be about 20 feet long and 8 to 10 feet in height.
- 15. On June 24,1984 from 10:30 to 10:45 p.m. security
guards at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant near Peekskill, New York
reported seeing UFO over the plant for approximately 15 minutes. It was
roughly 30 stories above the exhaust funnel of one of the plant's three
nuclear reactors. UFO investigator Philip J. Imbrogno for the Dr. J. Allen
Hynek's Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) in Chicago, Illinois interviewed
six of the twelve security guards who saw the UFO.
- The UFO, according to the witnesses was huge in size,
diamond-shaped and approximately 450 feet in length. It was first white,
then changed to blue to red to green to amber in color. Local police in
Peekskill received numerous UFO sightings during the same evening. One
of them, Sgt. Karl Hoffman said the UFO he observed included a "dozen
white lights" in V- formation that slowly moved towards the power
plant at Indian Point.
- 16. In the case of the UFO reported by security guards
at the Indian Point Nuclear Plant at Peekskill investigators uncovered
some interesting information.
- As the UFO apporached the nuclear plant it flew to within
30 feet of its Reactor Number Three. When it did the plant's security systems,
shut down as did all of its alarm systems and communication systems. Security
guards were issued shotguns and were waiting for the final word to shoot
at the UFO. A request was also made for an armed helicopter to come and
shoot down the UFO, but before the command was given, the UFO moved away
and left the area.
- Carl Patrick of the plant's information office, when
questioned by investigators about the UFO had this to say, "I can
neither confirm or deny that the guards fired upon it, but they did what
was necessary to protect the plant.
- 17. UFO reports continued to be concentrated near various
atomic energy locations in the late 1980s by reliable eyewitnesses.
- We are reminded of a statement made by General Nathan
F. Twining of the Army Air Forces(the original UFO study Project Sign)
in 1947 forty years ago. General Twining said, "all pertinent data
would be made available to the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)."
- Perhaps answers to the many question posed at the beginning
of this article were furnished to the Atomic Energy Commission, but they
have yet to see the light of day in the public sector through 1987. Perhaps
in the not to distant future, the truth behind the UFO-AEC link will be
fully revealed to the public.
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- Special Investigations,
- Hq. USAF, Washington, D.C. OSI Records. BLUE BOOK
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- Gross, "Flyers Report Saucers Near Atomic Plant"
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- Gross, "News Service Teletype Z134P4/19"
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- Gross, "The Report on UFOs" (Edward J. Ruppelt)
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- 14,1965 issue), "UFOs Flying Over Lake Norman?"
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- UFO Experience), Prentice-Hall, Inc.(1984) (Lawernce
- Fawcett & Barry Greenwood)
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