- 1975-1977 was a period of frequent reports of UFO sightings
around the United States. 1975-1977 also coincided with peak reports of
a phenomenon known as animal mutilation (for more details on animal mutilation
see/articles/articles2.html). The community around Great Falls, Montana
was no exception to this nationwide trend. However, two features about
Great Falls are of interest with respect to this NIDS report. The first
is that Great Falls was (and is) home to Malmstrom Air Force Base (MAFB).
MAFB and its surrounding area was an integral part of the nation s missile
launching capability during the cold war with 221 Minuteman III missile
silos, and functioned as an important section of the entire Northern Tier
early warning system for incoming Soviet missiles. The second atypical
feature about Great Falls was an unusually open-minded and energetic sheriff
s captain. Captain Keith Wolverton was prepared to go the extra mile in
investigating UFOs, animal mutilations and bizarre happenings in the area.
Wolverton s energy and dedication were instrumental in alerting the people
of Cascade County, and even in nearby Teton County, that if they reported
UFOs, animal mutilations or unidentified flying lights, they would not
be ridiculed and their reports would not be trivialized.
- Captain Wolverton allowed NIDS full access to his original
papers and files detailing the investigations that he carried out on behalf
of the Cascade County sheriff s department in 1975-1977. NIDS was able
to analyze the data in these files and they comprise an interesting picture
of a wave of anomalous activity within a 40-mile radius of Great Falls
and MAFB. Captain Wolverton s files comprised the original police blotters,
original memoranda and original photo negatives detailing the department
s investigations into 192 UFO and unknown helicopter sightings, and 67
reports of animal mutilations, the vast majority happening within a forty
miles radius of MAFB.
- The timing of the UFO wave around MAFB is almost exactly
contemporaneous with similar anomalous incidents that happened in October
1975 at Loring AFB Maine, Wurdsmith AFB Michigan, Minot AFB North Dakota
and at the Canadian Air Force base at Falconbridge Ontario.
- The purpose of this preliminary paper is to examine two
separate and unrelated questions: (a) Was there a linkage between the animal
mutilations (temporal and geographical) and the unidentified aircraft flying
in the area around Cascade County Montana 1975 through 1977 and (b) did
the repeated unauthorized incursions of these flying objects over MAFB
and missile silo airspace, when examined in the context of simultaneous
incursions at other AFBs across the Northern Tier, constitute a national
security issue for the United States?
- NIDS reports the first statistically significant correlation
between mutilations and UFO/helicopter activity in the full report (25
pages) in the What's New section of the NIDS web site at: http://www.nidsci.org.
Further, we propose that the UFO wave in Montana had National Security
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