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UFO Quotes

An extensive collection of important statements regarding UFOs

"Non-human intelligence exists. Non-human intelligence has been interacting with humanity. This interaction is not new and it's been on-going, and there are unelected people in the government that are aware of that. There is zero doubt."  - Colonel Karl Nell, former Director of the UAP Task Force, 2024 (New York SALT Conference)

"It was a winter scene, there was snow on the ground, and the saucer was a classic large disc saucer, about 40 to 50 feet across, with a big dome on the top of it. It had hit into this snow covered field, it had ploughed this big ditch all the way across the field, the earth was all turned up, and it was stuck into the side of this big snow-covered embankment, stuck in there at like this 45 degree angle, stuck in the side of the hill, and I could see all around it there were these air force personnel, they were in winter jackets with big fur around the hood and they were taking photographs of it... I could see around the bottom of the dome these symbols, I looked at them and I said wow look at them, they were like nothing I had ever seen, they're not Russian, they're not Chinese, they're not hieroglyphics, they're totally unique."  - Daniel Sheehan, former Pentagon Papers Attorney, 2024 (Describing in a News Nation interview the UFO crash photographs he saw at the National Archives in 1977 after being granted access to the Project Blue Book classified UFO files)

"I am taking the extraordinary step of informing the public and the media that I, personally, know that Dr. Kirkpatrick and his associates at DoD AARO are consciously lying when they falsely assert that they have been provided no substantiable evidence of the existence of a secret U.S. government UFO crash retrieval program because I personally provided to Dr. Kirkpatrick himself, under oath, the fact that I was granted access to the still-classified files of Project Blue Book related to the over 700 cases of UFO sightings that could not be rationalized as any natural phenomenon that had been simply mistakenly mis-identified as a UFO – and, that, in that capacity, I was shown, by official representatives of our U.S. government, several official photographs of an active UFO crash retrieval operation."  - Daniel Sheehan, former Pentagon Papers Attorney, 2024 (Twitter)

"Due to my extensive executive level support duties I was cleared to literally all relevant compartments in a position of extreme trust, both in my military and civilian capacities. I was informed in the course of my official duties of a multi-decade UAP crash retrieval and reverse engineering program to which I was denied access... Non-human biologics came with some of these recoveries, and that was the assessment of people with direct knowledge on the program I talked to that are currently still on the program."  - David Grusch, former Air Force Intelligence Officer, 2023 (US Congressional Hearing)

"Due to my extensive executive level support duties I was cleared to literally all relevant compartments in a position of extreme trust, both in my military and civilian capacities. I was informed in the course of my official duties of a multi-decade UAP crash retrieval and reverse engineering program to which I was denied access... Non-human biologics came with some of these recoveries, and that was the assessment of people with direct knowledge on the program I talked to that are currently still on the program."  - David Grusch, former Air Force Intelligence Officer, 2023 (US Congressional Hearing)

"The objects that are being seen by commercial pilots are performing manouevers that they are unexplainable due to our current understanding of our technology and capabilities as a country. That applies for military as well... Some of the behaviours that we saw in our working area, we would see these objects being at 0.0 mach, that's zero air speed over certain pieces of the ground. So what that means, just like a river if you throw a bottle in it's going to float downstream. These objects were staying completely stationary in category 4 hurricane winds. These same objects would then accelerate to supersonic speeds, 1.1, 1.2 mach and they would do so in very erratic and quick behaviours that we don't, I don't, have an explanation for."  - Ryan Graves, retired US Navy Pilot, 2023 (describing various incidents to US Congress)

"The technology that we faced was far superior than anything that we had, and you can put that anywhere. If you have one, you captured one, you reverse engineered it, you got it to work, you're talking something that can go into space, go some place, drop down in a matter of seconds, do whatever it wants, and there's nothing we can do about it."  - David Fravor, retired US Navy pilot Commander, 2023 (describing his 2004 UFO encounter to US Congress)

"From 2008 to 2017, I had the privilege to participate in a small, but significant program within the Pentagon, focusing on the collection of UFO data. In 2010, I was asked to lead the overall effort which later became a small footnote to my country's history, involving the dedicated study of this phenomenon. It was during this time that it became very evident to all of us involved in the project that our military was encountering a technology that far exceeded our own capabilities. Furthermore, it was abundantly clear that this technology had the ability to gain access to our controlled airspace, and once more perform in ways that was unimaginable and yet verifiable by some of our most sophisticated weapon platforms and data collection techniques. On a regular routine basis our military equities were coming face to face with these technologies, perplexing our military eyewitnesses, and stymieing our best efforts to understand the unique performance characteristics. Furthermore of critical concern, was the apparent interest this phenomenon has with our nuclear technologies, including power generation, weapons systems, and propulsion."  - Luis Elizondo, former Pentagon official and leader of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, 2022

"The report submitted by the Director of National Intelligence said we see no evidence that it's from a foreign government. None of the 144 incidents they identified could be explained by US classified research programmes, so that leaves you wondering what hypothesis best fits the facts, and frankly the alien hypthesis fits the facts better than the alternatives...The reason why we're concerned about it, from a National security standpoint, is so much of this activity is around military and training operating areas and military facilities. In some cases they're swarming Navy ships, they're swarming Air Force bases, they're interupting planned training operations. It's not just a theory that they are preventing us from using nuclear weapons, it's been testified to by numerous retired military officers themselves." - Chris Mellon, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, 2022

"We know it’s not the US because the US has already come out and admitted it’s not us. So now let’s talk about the potential for it to be a foreign adversarial technology. Well, if that were the case, this would be the greatest intelligence failure that this country has ever faced, including that of 9/11. Because some country, for more than 70 years, has managed to be able to conduct operations with a technology that surpasses anything that we’ve ever had or currently have. And they’ve been able to operate in and around our restricted airspace unchallenged. I have in my possession official US government documentation that describes the exact same vehicle that we now call the Tic Tac [seen by the Nimitz pilots in 2004] being described in the early 1950s and early 1960s and performing in ways that, frankly, can outperform anything we have in our inventory. For some country to have developed hypersonic technology, instantaneous acceleration and basically transmedial travel in the early 1950s is absolutely preposterous." - Luis Elizondo, former Pentagon official and leader of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, 2021

"There’s a correlation with water and then there’s also a correlation toward nuclear technology." - Luis Elizondo, former Pentagon official and leader of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, 2021

"It is my opinion, my belief – a strong belief, hint, hint – that the US government is in possession of exotic material associated with UAPs. That is all I’m allowed to say." - Luis Elizondo, former Pentagon official and leader of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, 2021

"They’re intelligently controlled, for sure, because they’re responding and reacting to our actions. That is for certain. They are absolutely intelligently controlled by something." - Luis Elizondo, former Pentagon official and leader of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, 2021

"I know, as a matter of fact, three presidents have been briefed at some point, but I’m not going to disclose who they were and what was discussed." - Luis Elizondo, former Pentagon official and leader of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, 2021

"Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. I just recently saw it for the first time and I was shocked at some of the performance characteristics and how they depicted the UAPs, because that is exactly how they’ve been described in some, up until recently, very classified US documents. The description of how they do right-angle turns at very fast velocity, the illumination, the shapes of some of these craft. Spielberg definitely had somebody on the inside that was giving him information, for sure. I mean there’s a lot of that movie that, if you know what you’re looking at, is very, very close to real life." - Luis Elizondo, former Pentagon official and leader of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, 2021

"Are we alone? Personally, I don't think we are. The universe is so big, it's thirteen and a half billion years ago is when the universe started. That's pretty big. But people are hungry for this kind of information and we're going to keep searching. The report “says basically what we thought. We don't know the answer to what those Navy pilots saw. Now they know that they saw something. They tracked it, they locked their radar on to it, they followed it, it would suddenly move quickly from one location to another. And what the report does tell us that is public is that there have been over 140 of these sightings." - Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator, 2021

"There are technologies that we don't have and frankly that we are not capable of defending against - based on those things that we've seen, multiple sensors, in other words, where not just people visually see it but where it's picked up on radar, where it's seen on satellites. And so, you know, it's an issue of national security, and as the person who was informing policy makers about national security threats, it's not good to say 'Gosh, we don't have good answers.' And so, we have to have a larger discussion to try and figure out specifically what this is all about." - John Ratcliffe, former National Intelligence Director, 2021


"If a foreign power had technology that could operate that fast, take turns that aerodynamically really shouldn’t be able to happen, that we would see that in operation during a conflict. And if a foreign power was actually testing really hi-tech equipment, they would be testing hi-tech equipment in a protected area of their country that the United States or other foreign powers couldn’t see. If you get something that secret that can work that well, you’re not going to show it to anybody until you absolutely need it." - Jack Weinstein, Boston University International Security Professor and former US Air Force Lieutenant General, 2021


"China has well-documented issues with basic jet engines, they rely on espionage to develop their most advanced weapons systems. So, I struggle with China having developed this. Russia has a defense budget that is a fraction of the United States, and much of its military infrastructure is crumbling so I struggle with that too. So if it is China or Russia, then that’s extraordinary. I don’t know how they did it, and it would be a monumental failure of intelligence collection on the part of the United States, orders of magnitude worse than 9/11." - Marik Von Rennenkampff,  Pentagon and State Departments Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation Analyst, 2021

"For years the men and women we trust to defend our country reported encounters with unidentified aircraft with superior capabilities, and for years their concerns were often ignored or ridiculed. This report is an important first step in cataloging these incidents, but it is just a first step. The Defense Department and Intelligence Community have a lot of work to do before we can actually understand whether these aerial threats present a serious national security concern." - Marco Rubio, Senator, 2021

"If the Russians had secret technology they would own us right now...that's ridiculous. It has to be something that's out of our galaxy." - Tim Burchett, Republican Senator, 2021

"The truth is that there are things flying around up there which we haven't fully identified yet." - Bill Clinton, ex-President of the USA, 2021

"We are doing a lot. As a matter of fact, I have seen and been briefed on those films you have seen. I have talked to those Navy pilots…They followed it and suddenly it would move in a direction faster than anything they had ever seen. It’s not just those couple of Navy pilots. This has happened now among a number of aviators. So there is something there. We just don’t know what it is." - Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator, 2021

"In this country we've had incidents where these UAPs have interfered and actually brought offline our nuclear capabilities. There does seem to be some sort of congruency or some sort of intersection between these UAP or UFO sightings and our nuclear technology with nuclear propulsion, nuclear power generation, or nuclear weapons systems. Furthermore, those same observations have been seen overseas in other countries. They too have had the same incidents. So that tells us this is a global issue." - Luiz Elizondo, former Pentagon official and leader of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, 2021

"The White House acknowledges and supports current efforts to produce a report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. In terms of disclosure it will be up to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence." - Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, 2021

"What is true, and I'm actually being serious here, is that there there's footage and records of objects in the skies that we don't know exactly what they are, we can't explain how they moved, their trajectory, they did not have an easily explainable pattern, and I think that people take seriously trying to investigate and figure out what that is." - Barack Obama, ex-President of the USA, 2021

"I cannot imagine if we have, if there is a foreign government that has these kinds of capabilities, I think we would have other indications of advanced technology. I can't imagine that, that what's being described or shown in some of the videos is of, belongs to any government I'm aware of. I'm not really a betting man but the way these things operate, you know, they certainly, you wouldn't want a human being or some living creature inside something that moves that fast, that changes direction that quickly, so like I've said, I've no idea what they are but we should figure it out." - Martin Heinrich, member of Sentate Intelligence Committee

"I don't know why we haven't been more transparent about it in the past and I'm part of that crime I guess and my former capacities. I didn't, I didn't insist on more transparency with respect to this issue." - James Clapper, former director of National Intelligence. 2021

"Imagine a technology that can do six to seven hundred G-forces, that can fly at thirteen thousand miles an hour, that can evade radar, and that can fly through air, and water and possibly space, and oh by the way has no obvious signs of propulsions, no wings, no control surfaces and yet still can defy the natural effects of Earth's gravity. That's precicely what we're seeing." - Luiz Elizondo, former Pentagon official and leader of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, 2021

"We have things flying over military installations, over military exercises and other places, and we don't know what it is. It isn't ours, it isn't anything that's registered with the FAA, and in many cases exhibits attributes of things we've never seen, technology, the kinds of technology we haven't seen before." - Marco Rubio, Senator, 2021

"Frankly there are a lot more sightings than have been made public. We're talking about objects that frankly engage in actions that are difficult to explain, movements that are hard to replicate, that we don't have the technology for." - John Ratcliffe, former National Intelligence Director, 2021

"It is no longer speculation that people see these Unidentified Flying Objects, that's beyond question...I wanted to make sure that we were able to do something scientifically, let's document, who sees them, how many of them are real, how many of them are not. And we did that...what the pilots have said, the vehicles that they've seen, we do not have any kind of ability to do what they do." - Harry Reid, retired Nevada state Senator, 2019

"These aircraft, we'll call them aircraft, are displaying characteristics that are not currently within the US inventory nor in any foreign inventory that we are aware of. Things that don't have any obvious flight services, any obvious forms of propulsion, and maneuvering in ways that include extreme maneuverability beyond, I would submit, the healthy G-forces of a human or anything biological. The phenomena is indeed real." - Luiz Elizondo, former Pentagon official and leader of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, 2017

"I can tell you, I think it was not from this world. I'm not crazy, haven't been drinking. After 18 years of flying, I've seen pretty much about everything that I can see in that realm, and this was nothing close. I have never seen anything in my life, in my history of flying that has the performance, the acceleration — keep in mind this thing had no wings." - David Fravor, retired US Navy pilot Commander, 2017 (describing his 2004 UFO encounter)

"There has been and is an existing presence, an ET presence. And I spent millions and millions and millions. I probably spent more as an individual than anybody else in the United States has ever spent on this subject. I'm absolutely convinced, that's all there is to it. It's right under people's noses." - Robert Bigelow, Bigelow Aerospace founder, 2017

“Of course it is possible that UFO’s really do contain aliens as many people believe, and the government is hushing it up.” - Steven Hawking, Physicist and Cosmologist, 2017

"Finally, my biggest failure of 2014: Once again not securing the disclosure of the UFO files." - John Posesta, former Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to President Barack Obama, 2015

"Decades ago, visitors from other planets warned us about the direction we were heading and offered to help. Instead, some of us interpreted their visits as a threat, and decided to shoot first and ask questions after. Trillions of dollars have been spent on black projects which both congress and the commander in chief have deliberately been kept in the dark." – Paul Hellyer, Former Canadian Defence Minister, 2013

"Yes there have been crashed craft, and bodies recovered. We are not alone in the universe, they have been coming here for a long time." – Dr. Edgar Mitchell , Apollo 14 Astronaut and Air Force Captain, 2013

"The document I saw was an official brief to President Eisenhower. To the best of my memory this brief was pervaded with a sense of hope and it informed President Eisenhower of the continued presence of extraterrestrial beings here in the United States of America. The brief seemed to indicate that a meeting between the President and some of these visitors could be arranged as appropriate if desired. The tone of the brief indicated to me that there was no need for concern since these visitors were in no way causing any harm or had any intention whatsoever of causing any disruption then or in the future." - Henry W. McElroy Jr, former State Representative to New Hampshire, 2012

"There is abundant evidence that we are being contacted, that civilizations have been visiting us for a very long time." - Dr Brian O'Leary, former NASA astronaut and Princeton Physics Professor, 2011

"There is another way whether it’s wormholes or warping space, there’s got to be a way to generate energy so that you can pull it out of the vacuum, and the fact that they’re here shows us that they found a way." - Jack Kasher PHD, Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Nebraska, 2011

"Extraterrestrial contact is a real phenomenon. The Vatican is receiving much information about extraterrestrials and their contacts with humans from its embassies in various countries, such as Mexico, Chile and Venezuela." - Monsignor Corrado Balducci, Vatican theologian

“More than ten thousand sightings have been reported, the majority of which cannot be accounted for by any scientific explanation - that they are hallucinations, the effects of light refraction, meteors, wheels falling from aeroplanes, and the like. They have been tracked on radar screens and the observed speeds have been as great as 9000mph. I am convinced that these objects do exist and they are not manufactured by any nation on earth. I can therefore see no alternative to accepting the theory that they come from an extraterrestrial source.” - Lord Dowding, retired RAF Commanding Officer

"The classification was, from the outset, above Top Secret, so the vast majority of U.S. officials and politicians, let alone a mere allied minister of defence, were never in the loop. The time has come to lift the veil of secrecy and let the truth emerge so there can be a real and informed debate about the one of the most important problems facing our planet today.” - Paul Hellyer, former Canadian Minister of Defence, 2005

"I saw some lights that seemed to be in a line and it was almost like an upside-down check mark, and I saw them fly by and thought it was awfully strange. It wasn’t just one, but a line of them strung out along the South American coast. I’m skeptical of claims that we’ve been visited by aliens from another planet or other dimensions, but I don’t rule it out 100 percent. I have an open mind and I do believe there’s other life in the universe." – Leroy Chiao, Commander of the International Space Station, 2005

"When I was working at the Salyut orbital station, I saw something strange in a porthole one day. The object was the size of a finger. I was surprised to see it was an orbiting object. It was hard to determine the size and the speed of an object in space. That is why I can not say exactly, which size it actually was. Savinykh prepared to take a picture of it, but the UFO suddenly exploded. Only clouds of smoke were left. The object split into two interconnected pieces. It was reminiscent of a dumb-bell. I reported about it to the Mission Control immediately. The Soviet press headlined the event widely. Soviet newspapers and magazines published a lot of articles and messages about it, but they were mostly critical articles. Journalists excluded the existence of the extraterrestrial reason. It was probably a UFO, but it was definitely not mysticism – two people watched it at the same time. I do not believe it when astronauts say they have never seen anything extraordinary in space." - Vladimir Kovalenok, Soviet astronaut and hero, 2004 (describing his UFO sighting from 1981)

"The UFO was bouncing around the 747. It was a huge ball with lights running around it. Well, I’ve been involved in a lot of cover-ups with the FAA. When we gave the presentation to the Reagan staff, they had all those people swear that this never happened. But they never had me swear it never happened. I can tell you what I’ve seen with my own eyes. I’ve got a videotape. I’ve got the voice tape. I’ve got the reports that were filed that will confirm what I’ve been telling you." - John Callaghan, FAA Chief of Accidents and Investigations, 2001 (Discussing the Japan Airlines 1628 UFO incident from 1986)

"I have frequently been asked why a person of my background—a former Chief of the Defence Staff, a former Chairman of the NATO Military Committee—why I think there is a cover-up of the facts about UFOs. I believe governments fear that if they did disclose those facts, people would panic. I don’t believe that at all. There is a serious possibility that we are being visited by people from outer space. It behoves us to find out who they are, where they come from, and what they want." - Admiral Lord Hill-Norton, British Royal Navy, former Chief of Defence, 5 Star Admiral of the Royal Navy and Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, 2001

"The security guard called and said, 'Sir, there’s a glowing red object hovering right outside the front gate. I’ve got all the men out here with their weapons drawn.' We lost between 16-18 ICBMs (nuclear tipped Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles) at the same time UFOs were in the area. A high ranking Air Force officer said 'Stop the investigation, do no more on this and do not write a final report.' I heard that many of the guards that reported the incident were sent off to Vietnam." - Captain Robert Salas, U.S. Air Force, 2001

"Well, if I had been briefed on UFOs, I am sure it would have been classified." – Vice President Dick Chaney, 2001

"There is a serious possibility that we are being visited and have been visited for many years by people from outer space, by other civilizations. Who they are, where they are from, and what they want should be the subject of rigorous scientific investigation and not be the subject of ‘rubishing’ by tabloid newspapers." – Admiral Lord Hill-Norton, Former Chief of Defence Staff, 5 Star Admiral of the Royal Navy and Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, 2000

"While working under President Eisenhower, I discovered that Eisenhower had a keen interest in UFOs, but that he came to realize that he had lost control of the subject." – Brigadier General Steven Lovekin, 1999

"When that truth of alien intervention in our planet's affairs and our ongoing contact with an alien culture is finally revealed, it won't be frightening even though it will be a shock." - Philip Corso, National Security Council Colonel, 1997

"It’s both literally, physically happening to a degree, and it’s also some kind of psychological, spiritual experience occurring and originating perhaps in another dimension. And so the phenomenon stretches us, or it asks us to stretch to open to realities that are not simply the literal physical world, but to extend to the possibility that there are other unseen realities from which our consciousness, our, if you will, learning processes over the past several hundred years have closed us off. Just how literally to take this, is one of the most interesting and complex aspects of this. And I want to walk through that as clearly as I can. There are aspects of this which I believe we are justified in taking quite literally. That is, UFOs are in fact observed, filmed on camera at the same time that people are having their abduction experiences." - John Mack, Harvard professor & psychologist, 1996 (Discussing the contact phenomenon)

"We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects and it would take an Act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity. Anything you can imagine, we already know how to do. We now have the technology to take ET home." - Ben Rich, Lockheed Martin scientist & aeronautical engineer, 1993

"Today it can be stated with a high degree of confidence that observed manifestation of UFOs is no longer confined to the modern picture of the world...The historical evidence of the phenomenon allows us to hypothesize that ever since mankind has been co-existing with this extraordinary substance, it has manifested a high level of intelligence and technology. The UFO sightings have become a constant component of human activity and require a serious global study. The scientific study of the UFO phenomenon should take place in the mids of other sciences dealing with man and the world." - Major-General Pavel Popovich, cosmonaut and hero of the Soviet Union, 1992

“The phenomenon of UFOs does exist, and it must be treated seriously.” - Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the Soviet Union

"After the plane from Roswell arrived with the material I asked the base commander to personally transport it in a B-26 to Major General McMullen in Washington DC. The entire operation was conducted under strictest secrecy. The weather balloon explanation for the material was a cover story to divert the attention of the press." - Brigadier General Thomas Dubose, Commanding Officer of Wright Patterson Air Force Base, 1991

"The Air Force has arrived at the conclusion that a certain number of anomalous phenomena has been produced in Belgian airspace. The numerous testimonies of ground observations, reinforced by the reports of the night March 30-31 1990 have led us to face the hypothesis that a certain number of unauthorised aerial activities have taken place. The day will undoubtedly come when the phenomenon will be observed with the technological means of detection and collection that won’t leave a single doubt about its origin. This should lift a part of the veil that has covered the mystery for a long time, a mystery that continues to be present. But it exists, it is real, and that in itself is an important conclusion." - Colonel Wilfred De Brouwer, Belgian Air Force Chief of Operations, 1990

"All Apollo and Gemini flights were followed, both at a distance and sometimes also quite closely, by space vehicles of extraterrestrial origin - flying saucers, or UFOs, if you want to call them by that name. Every time it occurred, the astronauts informed Mission Control, who then ordered absolute silence." - Maurice Chatelain, former chief of NASA Communications Systems, 1988

"I looked out the window and saw this white light. It was zig-zagging around. I went up to the pilot and said, ‘Have you ever seen anything like that?’ He was shocked and he said ‘Nope.’ And I said to him ‘Let’s follow it!’ We followed it for several minutes. It was a bright white light. We followed it to Bakersfield, and all of a sudden to our utter amazement it went straight up into the heavens. When I got off the plane I told Nancy all about it.” - Ronald Reagan, US President (describing his 1974 UFO sighting)

"This is the first sighting in Zimbabwe where airborne pilots have tried to intercept a UFO. As far as my air staff is concerned, we believe implicitly that the unexplained UFOs are from civilizations beyond our planet." - Air Commodore David Thorne, Zimbabwe Air Force Director of General Operations, 1985

"This was no ordinary UFO. Scores of people saw it. It was no illusion, no deception, no imagination." - Azim Daudpota, Pakistan Air Force Officer (Discussing a UFO sighting from 1985)

"It is true that I was denied access to a facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, because I never got in. I can't tell you what was inside. We both know about the rumors concerning a captured UFO and crew members. I have never seen what I would call a UFO, but I have intelligent friends who have." – Barry Goldwater, US Senator and former Air Force General, 1979

"The phenomenon of UFOs is real. I know that there are scientific organisations which study the problem." - Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet President, 1990

"I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. And yet, I ask, is not an alien force already among us?" - Ronald Reagan, US President, 1987 (addressing the United Nations General Assembly)

"The U.S. President said that if the Earth faced an invasion by extraterrestrials, the United States and the Soviet Union would join forces to repel such an invasion." - Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Soviet Union, 1987

"It is impossible for any man-made machine to make a sudden appearance in front of a jumbo jet that is flying 910 kilometers per hour and to remain in steady formation paralleling our aircraft. Honestly, we were simply breathtaken." - Kenju Terauchi, Japan Airlines pilot, 1986

“I was amazed at what I saw. The amount of debris that was scattered over such an area. The more I saw of the fragments, the more I realized it wasn’t anything I was acquainted with. In fact, as it turned out, nobody else was acquainted with it. There was a cover up some place about the whole matter.” - Major Jesse Marcel, US Army Intelligence Officer (Discussing the Roswell crash of 1947)

"I believe that these extraterrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets, which are a little more technically advanced than we are on Earth. I feel that we need to have a top level, coordinated program to scientifically collect and analyze data from all over the Earth concerning any type of encounter, and to determine how best to interfere with these visitors in a friendly fashion. We may first have to show them that we have learned how to resolve our problems by peaceful means rather than warfare, before we are accepted as fully qualified universal team members. Their acceptance will have tremendous possibilities of advancing our world in all areas...I did have occasion in 1951 to have two days of observation of many flights of them, of different sizes flying in fighter formation, generally from west to east over Europe. They were at a higher altitude than we could reach with our jet fighters." - Gordon Cooper, Project Mercury astronaut, 1985 (Addressing the United Nations)

“I don’t laugh at people any more when they say they’ve seen UFOs. I’ve seen one myself.” - Jimmy Carter, U.S. President

"As the Iranian Air Force F-4 continued pursuit south of Tehran, a second brightly-lit object detached from the original UFO and headed straight for the F-4 at a high rate of speed. The pilot attempted to fire an AIM-9 missile at the new object but was prevented by a sudden power loss in his weapons control panel." - U.S. Air Force Security Service report, 1978

"The flying saucer situation is not all imaginary... something is flying around." – July 1947 FBI/Army Intelligence Report (declassified in 1976)

"It is still classified above Top Secret. I have, however, heard that there is a plan to release some, if not all, of this material in the near future." - Barry Goldwater, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, 1975

"It is my conclusion that UFOs do exist, are very real, and are spaceships from another or more than one solar system. They are possibly manned by intelligent observers who are members of a race carrying out long-range scientific investigations of our earth for centuries." – Dr. Herman Oberth, NASA father of modern rocketry, 1974

"I must say that if listeners could see for themselves the mass of reports coming in from the airborne gendarmerie, from the mobile gendarmerie, and from the gendarmerie charged with the job of conducting investigations, all of which reports are forwarded by us to the National Centre for Space Studies, then they would see that it is all pretty disturbing." - Robert Galley, French Minister of Defence, 1974

"I've been asked about UFOs and I've said publicly I thought they were somebody else, some other civilization." - Eugene Cernan, Apollo 17 Commander, 1973

“When the long-awaited solution to the UFO problem comes, I believe that it will prove to be not merely the next small step in the march of science, but a mighty and totally unexpected quantum leap. We had a job to do, whether right or wrong, to keep the public from getting excited." ” - Dr J Allen Hynek, astrophysicist and former assistant on Project Blue Book, 1972

"A saucer flew right over us, put down three landing gears, and landed out on the dry lakebed. The cameramen went out there with their cameras toward the UFO. I had chance to hold the film up to the window. Good close-up shots. There was no doubt in my mind that it was made someplace other than on this earth." - Gordon Cooper, original Mercury astronaut (describing his UFO encounter in the 1960s)

“I’m not at liberty to discuss the government’s knowledge of extraterrestrial UFO’s at this time. I am still personally being briefed on the subject.” - Richard Nixon, U.S. President

"Having spent a great deal of my life in the air, as a pilot, I know that many pilots have seen phenomena that they could not explain. These men, most of whom have talked to me, have been very reticent to talk about this publicly, because of the ridicule that they were afraid would be heaped upon them. However, there is a phenomenon here that isn’t explained." - Representative Jerry L. Pettis, 1968 (during House Committee on Science and Astronautics UFO Hearings)

"My own present opinion, based on two years of careful study, is that UFOs are probably extraterrestrial devices engaged in something that might very tentatively be termed ‘surveillance’." - Dr James McDonald, 1968

"UFOs sighted in Indonesia are identical with those sighted in other countries. Sometimes they pose a problem for our Air Defence and once we were obliged to open fire on them.” - Air Marshall Nurjadin Roesmin, Indonesian Air Force Commander in Chief, 1967

"The most spectacular UFO incident in Indonesia occurred when during the height of President Sukarno’s confrontation in Malaysia, UFOs penetrated a well defended area in Java for two weeks at a stretch, and each time were welcomed with perhaps the heaviest anti-aircraft barrage in history." - Air Commodore J. Salutun, National Aerospace Council of Indonesia and Member of Indonesian Parliament, 1967

"I've been asked about UFOs and I've said publicly I thought they were somebody else, some other civilization." – Eugene Cernan, Apollo 17 Commander, 1967

"We appeal to all viewers to send us details of any observations of strange flying craft. This is a serious challenge to science, and we need the help of all Soviet citizens." - Dr Felix Zigel, Moscow Aviation Institute, 1967

“UFOs are real and they may come from outer space...photographs and various materials show scientifically that there are more advanced people piloting the saucers and motherships.” - General Kanshi Ishikawa, Chief of Air Staff, 1967

“Something is going on in the skies that we do not understand. If all the airline pilots and Air Force pilots who have seen UFOs and sometimes chased them have been the victims of hallucinations, then an awful lot of pilots should be taken off and forbidden to fly.” - Captain Kervendal, French Gendarmerie

"In the firm belief that the American public deserves a better explanation than that thus far given by the Air Force, I strongly recommend that there be a committee investigation of the UFO phenomena. I think we owe it to the people to establish credibility regarding UFOs, and to produce the greatest possible enlightenment of the subject." – Gerald Ford, U.S. President, 1966

"I've been convinced for a long time that the flying saucers are interplanetary. We are being watched by beings from outer space." - Albert M. Chop, Deputy Public Relations Director for NASA, 1965

"Fighters are constantly scrambled to pursue these objects..." - John G. Fuller, journalist and author, 1965

"We are not alone in the Universe." - Professor Claudio Anguila, Director of the Cerro Calan Observatory, 1965

"I don't feel like speculating about them. All I know is what appeared on the film which was developed after the flight." - Joseph Walker, NASA pilot, 1962

"I have no idea what it could be. It was grayish in color and about thrity to forty feet away. There ARE things out there! There absolutely is!" - Major Robert White, X-15 pilot, 1962

"At no time when the astronauts were in space were they alone; there was a constant surveillance by UFOs." - M. Scott Carpenter, Mercury 7 Astronaut, 1962

"For many years I have lived with a secret, in a secrecy imposed on all specialists in astronautics. I can now reveal that every day, in the USA, our radar instruments capture objects of form and composition unknown to us. And there are thousands of witness reports and a quantity of documents to prove this, but nobody wants to make them public. Why? Because authority is afraid that people may think of God knows what kind of horrible invaders. So the password still is 'We have to avoid panic by all means.' I was furthermore a witness to an extraordinary phenomenon, here on this planet Earth. It happened a few months ago in Florida. There I saw with my own eyes a defined area of ground being consumed by flames, with four indentions left by a flying object which had descended in the middle of a field. Beings had left the craft (there were other traces to prove this). They seemed to have studied topography, they had collected soil samples and, eventually, they returned to where they had come from, disappearing at enormous speed. I happen to know that authority did just about everything to keep this incident from the press and TV, in fear of a panicky reaction from the public." - Major Gordon Cooper, Project Mercury astronaut, 1961

"Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe that unknown flying objects are nonsense." - Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter, former CIA Director, 1960

“I am aware that hundreds of military and airline pilots, airport personnel, astronomers, missile trackers and other competent observers have reported sightings. These UFOs are interplanetary devices systematically observing the Earth, either manned or under remote control, or both. Information on UFOs, including sighting reports, has been and is still being officially withheld.” - Colonel Joseph Bryan III, founder member of the CIA's psychological warfare staff and advisor to NATO, 1960

"Saucers exist - I saw two. They were intelligently flown or operated for they showed evasive tactics, formation flight, hovering). They were mechanisms, not United States weapons, nor Russian. I presume they are extraterrestrial." - Lieutenant Colonel Richard Headrick, USAF radar bombing expert, 1959

"We find ourselves faced by powers which are far stronger than we had hithero assumed, and whose base is at present unknown to us. More I cannot say at present...We are now engaged in entering into closer contact with these powers, and in six or nine months time it may be possible to speak with some precicion on the matter." - Dr. Wernher von Braun, rocketry pioneer and aeronautical engineer, 1959

"Congressional investigations are still being held on the problem of unidentified flying objects and the problem is one in which there is quite a bit of interest. Since most of the material presented to the committee is classified, the hearings are never printed." - William H. Ayres, U.S. Representative, 1958

"The Air Force had put out a secret order for its pilots to capture UFOs. For the last six months we have been working with a congressional committee for investigating official secrecy concerning proof that UFOs are real machines under intelligent." - Major Donald Keyhoe, 1958

"The number of thoughtful, intelligent, educated people in full possession of their faculties who have ‘seen something’ and described it grows every day...We can say categorically that mysterious objects have indeed appeared and continue to appear in the sky that surrounds us...(they) unmistakably suggest a systematic aerial exploration and cannot be the result of chance. It indicates the purpose and intelligent action." - Lionel M. Chassin, Commanding General of the French Air Force and General Air Defense Co-ordinator of the Allied Air Forces of NATO, 1958

"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...Reliable reports indicate there are objects coming into our atmosphere at very high speeds and controlled by thinking intelligences." - Delmar Fharney, US Navy Admiral & head of guided missile program, 1957

"Air Force interceptors still pursue UFOs as a matter of national security to this country and to determine technical aspects involved." - Major General Joe W. Kelly, 1957

"Unidentified Flying Objects are entering our atmosphere at very high speeds and obviously under intelligent control. We must solve this riddle without delay..." - Delmar Fharney, US Navy Admiral & head of guided missile program, 1956

"You now face a new world, a world of chage. We speak in strange terms, of harnessing the cosmic energy, of ultimate conflict between a united human race and the sinister forces of some other planetary galaxy...the nations of the world will have to unite, for the next war will be an interplantetary war. The nations of the Earth must someday make a common front against attack by people from other planets." - Douglas MacArthur, Korean & World War II U.S. General, 1955

"Maximum security exists concerning the subject of UFOs.” - Allen Dulles, CIA Director, 1955

“I have discussed this matter with the effected agencies of the government, and they are of the opinion that is it not wise to publicize this matter at this time." - Senator Richard Russell, head of the Armed Services Committee, 1955

"These objects (UFOs) are conceived and directed by intelligent beings of a very high order. They do not originate in our solar system, perhaps not in our galaxy. It is my thesis that flying saucers are real and that they are space ships from another solar system. I think that they possibly are manned by intelligent observers who are members of a race that may have been investigating our earth for centuries" - Dr Herman Oberth, German rocketry pioneer and head of secret West German UFO study between 1951-54

"Don’t tell me they were reflections, I know they were solid objects.” - Lieutenant D. A Swimley, USAF, 1953 (describing his sighting of 8 UFOs)

"We have lost many men and planes trying to intercept them." - Benjamin Chidlaw, Commanding General of Air Defense Command, 1953

“I am completely convinced that UFOs have an out-of-world basis.” - Dr. Walther Riedel, research director at Peenemunde Nazi rocket research establishment, 1952

"I was testing a P-51 fighter in Minneapolis when I spotted this object. I was at about 10,000 feet on a nice, bright, sunny afternoon. I thought the object was a kite, then I realized that no kite is gonna fly that high. As I got closer it looked like a weather balloon, grey and about three feet in diameter. But as soon as I got behind the darn thing it didn't look like a balloon anymore. It looked like a saucer, a disk. About the same time, I realized that it was suddenly going away from me - and there I was, running at about 300 miles per hour. I tracked it for a little way, and then all of a sudden the damn thing just took off. It pulled about a 45 degree climbing turn and accelerated and just flat disappeared." - Donald Slayton, Mercury Astronaut and NASA Director of Flight Crew Operations, 1951

"The matter is the most highly classified subject in the United States Government, rating even higher than the H Bomb. Flying saucers exist. Their Modus operandi is unknown but concentrated effort is being made by by a small group headed by Doctor Vannevar Bush." – Wilbert Smith, 1950

"Headquarters wouldn't let us go after it and we played around a little bit. We got to watching how it made 90 degree turns at this high speed and everything. We knew it wasn’t a missile of any type, so then we confirmed it with the radar control station, and they kept following it, and then it crashed somewhere off between Texas and the Mexico border.” - Colonel Robert Willingham, U.S. Air Force (describing his UFO sighting in 1950)

“It appears to be a metallic object, tremendous in size, directly ahead and slightly above. I am trying to close for a better look.” - Captain Thomas Mantell, U.S. Air Force, 1948 (final words before his plane crashed)

“I am convinced there was thought behind the thing’s manoeuvres.” - Leuteniant George Gorman, F51 pilot, 1948 (speaking about his UFO encounter)

"The UFO phenomenon being reported is something real and not visionary or fictitious." – General Nathan Twining Chairman, joint chief of staff, 1947

“I made my report because I thought it was my duty. It was the only proper and American thing to do. I saw what I saw." - Kenneth Arnold, private pilot (Referring to his UFO sighting in 1947)

"Before we could do anymore, the army, after conferring with US officials, ordered the investigation stopped." - Dr Paul Santorini (discussing UFOs seen over Greece in 1946)

“We must insist upon full access to disks recovered. For instance, in the LA case the Army grabbed it and would not let us have it for cursory examination.” - J Edgar Hoover, FBI Director, 1942

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