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Last Sunday, October 25th, Brazilian UFO Magazine interviewed the former minister of Air Force during the government of Fernando Collor, from 1990-1992, lieutenant-brigadier Sócrates da Costa Monteiro. The interview was conducted in his residence in Rio de Janeiro and was performed by this editor A. J. Gevaerd,
with the cooperation of the co-editor Marco Antonio Petit and the consultants Francisco Pires de Campos and Arthur Ferreira Neto. It was more than two hours of extremely interesting and fruitful conversation, in which the military felt comfortable to talk about Ufology, like some other officials who also gave their statements to Brazilian UFO Magazine.
The officer was the commander of I Integrated Air Defense and Air Traffic Control Centre (Cindacta), in Brasilia, at the time when he was ahead of registering the ufological occurrences all over the country, especially in the area of the Federal District and Southeast region.
He revealed that the observations of unidentified flying objects were regular on the radar screens of the institution, well before he assumed its command, and that all the cases were carefully registered, with some of them being further investigated by the Air Force.
For example, the officer said that “for many years these cases have been registered by the Air Force” and that the UFOs “went from 250 to 1.500 km/h in seconds”. Monteiro also said that “FAB recorded the entire event on tape”. These facts are now complemented by him.
Always referring to the term “electronic abnormalities”, “with the lack of a better explanation to what those object were”, according to Monteiro, the interviewee said the speed of the UFOs was really astonishing and that the fighters could get closer to them only for a few moments, because the artifacts would escape away at extremely high speed.
“There was no way for us to get closer, so we abandoned the search, which last for many hours in that night”.
There is a reference stating the UFOs achieved the speed of Mach 15, and about i, Monteiro said it is possible, although the instruments measured only near to 3.500 km/h, “because beyond that, there could be natural reading distortions”.