posted on Feb, 23 2010 @ 09:35 PM
As previously noted, Col. Walt Figel told me that at least one missile maintenance team member working at one of Echo Flight's missile sites reported
seeing a UFO at the time the flight's 10 missiles simultaneously malfuntioned.
From my book UFOs and Nukes:
Other reports from former members of the missile maintenance and targeting teams, who were actually out in the field restarting the missiles, are also
intriguing. Regarding the full-flight missile shutdown at Echo Flight, on March 16, 1967, N. Henry “Hank” Barlow told me,
I arrived at Malmstrom in October 1966 and left in November 1967. I was on Electro-Mechanical Team 24 at the time [the Echo Flight shutdown] happened.
We had to go out to Mike-1 for about four or five days. We had to stay out there and cover the sites. The day we were supposed to return [to base,] my
team chief called Job Control to see if we could come in because it was really starting to snow. It was really miserable out, windy and all. Job
Control said, ‘Yeah, come on in, there’s nothing going on, everything seems okay.’ So we packed up and started back to the base.
Then Job Control called us on the radio and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got a problem here, part of Echo Flight has shut down, so we want you to go to the
nearest site.’ I think that was Echo-6, but I’m not sure. Anyway, somewhere around that area. We checked VRSA and there was nothing on it. [That]
was a unit in each launch facility, with something like 19 or 20 channels on it. [Actually, VRSA or Voice Reporting Signal Assembly had 23 channels,
one for each problem area.] If the missile went down for any reason, or if there was some other problem, Job Control back at Malmstrom would know
about it, know what is was, from the kind of signal it sent. But when we got to the site, there was nothing on [VRSA] to indicate the reason for the
missile shutting down. That in itself was unusual. I had never seen that before.
(RH: Col. Walter Figel recalls getting a Channel 9 No-Go in the launch capsule, but Barlow says here that there was no indication of the *type* of
failure--the channel number--at the missile site itself. James Carlson makes much of this discrepancy, claiming that it confirms that Barlow is lying.
Of course, James makes lots of claims--almost all of them bogus--and Barlow's comment, while puzzling, does not negate the legitimacy of his
So Job Control said, do a start-up, which takes about four hours. After you initiate the startup, you can back out of there and leave because its
automatic after a certain point. Usually, if there was nothing else going on, we would stay at the site to make sure everything was working fine. But
that night, Job Control said go to the next site, whatever that was. So we did that, and [restarted] three or four missiles before going back to
[Echo-1]. Of all ten missiles that went down, only one wouldn’t come back up, but that was due to something that was going to [fail] anyway, like a
Logic Coupler Drawer, or something like that. But none of the missiles had anything on VRSA.
[When we got back to Echo-1] we heard what happened. At Echo-2, there was a team in there earlier that afternoon that could not get the security
[telemetry] to set-up, through the parabolic antenna or the soft support building or something like that. So, they put an Air Police team out there,
in a camper, two guys. Anyway, one of the guys went out to take a leak, and he noticed that it wasn’t snowing over top of his head. The perimeter
lights were on and he could see the snow coming down all around him so he looked up and saw a ring of lights right over top of him. He was scared
stiff, so he went back to the camper and woke up his team partner.
When this other guy came out, he had a camera with him, which they weren’t suppose to have, but guys would do stuff like that. By then this thing
had moved off the perimeter fence and he took pictures of it. [When the security team was debriefed back at the base,] the Air Force confiscated the
camera and film. I was told all of this back at Echo-1. We had passed our ‘timelines’ because we had worked 16 hours, or something like that, and
could not go back to the base so we had to go back to Echo. [During that era, maintenance teams were left out in the field for four to five days,
working a maximum of 16 hours per day—the timeline. If a team got close to reaching that limit, it was sent to the nearest Launch Control Facility
for Remain Over Night, or RON status.] When we got back there, there was brass all over the place. They were from Offutt AFB—SAC Headquarters—they
had brought them in. There were just a lot of high-ranking officers there.
I asked Barlow who had told him about the incident involving the Camper Alert Team. He responded, “I don’t remember. I don’t know if it was one
of the security guys or someone else. I was so tired when we got back to Echo 1. We had worked long hours, we had been out almost a week by that time
and we were just pooped. All I remember is that there were lots of people there and there was no place to lie down. But we were told that it was a UFO
shutdown—that UFOs had been responsible—and that’s why all those guys were there.”
I asked Barlow if he had been surprised or shocked or skeptical when he was informed that UFOs had shutdown the missiles. He replied,
Oh no! On many other occasions, we were out at the sites when Job Control called and told us that, you know, there are reports of UFOs in the area, so
keep your eyes open. That happened many, many times. And I saw them! I would see a light in the sky and it would make a right-angle turn. Or it would
make two different right-angle turns, one after the other. I saw that more than once. They were much faster than a helicopter and we certainly knew
that aircraft [couldn’t] do that.
I once saw a light come straight down, hover at maybe 1000-feet, and then shoot straight off [horizontally] and out of sight. It was crazy! Job
Control always called us first, before we saw anything. They would call and say, you know, heads-up. Then, most of the time, we would see something a
little while later. So, they were getting reports from somewhere, and maybe they had [the UFOs] on radar, but I don’t know for sure. Sometimes, when
the call came in, we were down in the missile [silo] and we would talk to the guard topside about what he was seeing. I remember one time, the guard
was just a nervous wreck. Job Control had called and said UFOs were sighted in the area. Then, I’m not sure, but I think he saw some lights himself.
But anyway, he was just scared out of his wits. He wanted to come down in the silo with us. But the guards weren’t allowed to do that.
One time, [probably during the summer of 1967,] we were at one of the Bravo sites when we got a call from Job Control saying that there were UFO
sightings in our area. Then, a short time later, we saw a green light come straight down out of the sky and land on this hill. Then two lights
separated from it, straight out to each side. We were sitting in the pick up truck, eating our box lunches, when we saw this, along with another team
we were training, plus the guard. We reported it to Job Control. They told us to close up the site and go check that out. We told them that we
didn’t think we were qualified to do that! [Laughs] This was around 4 a.m. When it got light, we were amazed how far away the hill was, where this
thing had landed. It was far, far away. We thought it was much closer, so the light was really bright.
I asked Barlow if he had later been debriefed about the incident at Echo Flight. He said, “No, never! It was almost kind of a joke, we would all
laugh about it. Now, it wasn’t a joke [with all the missiles down] but it was a joke because nobody would believe it if you told them about