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USAF Considers Shooting Down a UFO with a Missile – 1952

USAF Considers Shooting Down a UFO with a Missile

Have we Visitors From Space – Life Magazine 1952

     Brigadier General William Garland in a 1952 Memorandum for Record (MFR) told a LIFE magazine researcher that the US Air Force had considered using a missile to shoot down a UFO.
By Jan L. Aldrich
Project 1947

Robert Powell, Scientific Director of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) found two MFR recording LIFE magazine researcher, Robert Ginna’s visit to the Pentagon in February 1952. Ginna met with a number of high ranking officers and intelligence officials gathering more research data for his article which was published in April. Among the general officers who helped him during his visit in addition to Brigadier General Garland were Brigadier Sory Smith, in charge of Public Information, and General Joseph F. Carroll, Deputy Inspector General and Director of Special Investigations. With their help, he was able to interview Lt. Col. Doyle Rees, for Commander of the 17th Air Force Office of Special Investigation, in New Mexico, and who had worked with Dr. Lincoln LaPaz, University of New Mexico expert on meteors. Both Dr. LaPaz and Lt. Col. Doyle Rees had investigated numerous UFO cases and green fire ball incidents in the southwest US. Also, involved in these meeting was Lt. Col. Dewitt Searles, public information UFO spokesman going back years, and a civilian Mrs. Helen Barber, managing editor of the classified internal publication, Air Intelligence Digest, who also figured in a number of Air Force Headquarters UFO investigations. General Garland arranged for a visit to the Air Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) where Ginna could confer with Lieutenant Edward Ruppelt newly appointed chief of the USAF’s revitalized UFO investigative project which would shortly be renamed Project Blue Book. Read more at Project 1947….

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The Only Man to Ever Shoot at a UFO

The Only Man to Ever Shoot at a UFO

By Frank Chung

     Thirty-five years ago, fighter pilot Oscar Santa Maria Huerta had a real-life Independence Day moment when he attempted to shoot down a mysterious light-bulb shaped craft, in what to this day remains the only documented case of a military aircraft firing on a UFO.

It was early on the morning of April 11, 1980, and the 23-year-old Peruvian air force lieutenant was preparing for daily exercises along with around 1800 military personnel and civilians at the La Joya Air Force Base, 1000km south of the Peruvian capital.

Lt Huerta, a pilot with eight years’ experience who had been flying combat missions since 19, was ordered to take off in his Russian-made Sukhoi-22 fighter to intercept the strange silvery object that had been spotted floating near the end of the runway.

The object was five kilometres away, hanging in the air about 600 metres off the ground, and was not replying to any communications. […]

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