After a thorough(ish) search about this man here on ATS, here are a few threads relating to Gordon Cooper:
So more about Gordon:
Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. (March 6, 1927 – October 4, 2004), also known as Gordon Cooper, was an American aeronautical engineer, test pilot and
one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States.
Cooper piloted the longest and final Mercury spaceflight in 1963. He was the first American to sleep in space during that 34-hour mission and was the
last American to be launched alone to conduct an entirely solo orbital mission. In 1965, Cooper flew as command pilot of Gemini 5.
Fair to say this is a well accomplished man, here are a few of his Awards and Decorations:
His UFO claims:
Cooper received many awards including the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf clusters, the NASA Exceptional Achievement
Medal, the Collier Trophy, the Harmon Trophy, the DeMolay Legion of Honor, the John F. Kennedy Trophy, the Iven C. Kincheloe Award, the Air Force
Association Trophy, the John Montgomery Trophy, the General Thomas D. White Trophy, the University of Hawaii Regents Medal, the Columbus Medal, and
the Silver Antelope Award. He was a Master Mason (member of Carbondale Lodge 82 in Carbondale, Colorado), and was given the honorary 33rd Degree by
the Scottish Rite Masonic body, see List of Notable Freemasons.
Cooper was a member of several groups and societies including the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics, the American Astronautical Society, Scottish Rite and York Rite Masons, Shriners, the Rotary Club, Order of Daedalians, Confederate Air
Force and Boy Scouts of America.
The Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma is named after Cooper.
Most of us all know about his claims, and most of us know about every other astronauts testimony's on the UFO phenomenon, but for me, Gordon's stand
out the most.
Cooper claimed to have seen his first UFO while flying over West Germany in 1951, although he denied reports he had seen a UFO during his Mercury
In 1957, when Cooper was 30 and a Captain, he was assigned to Fighter Section of the Experimental Flight Test Engineering Division at Edwards AFB in
California. He acted as a test pilot and project manager. On May 3 of that year, he had a crew setting up an Askania Cinetheodolite precision landing
system on a dry lake bed. This cinetheodolite system would take pictures at one frame per second as an aircraft landed. The crew consisted of James
Bittick and Jack Gettys who began work at the site just before 0800, using both still and motion picture cameras. According to his accounts, later
that morning they returned to report to Cooper that they saw a "strange-looking saucer" like aircraft that did not make a sound either on landing or
According to his accounts, Cooper realized that these men, who on a regular basis have seen experimental aircraft flying and landing around them as
part of their job of filming those aircraft, were clearly worked up and unnerved. They explained how the saucer hovered over them, landed 50 yards
away from them using three extended landing gears and then took off as they approached for a closer look. Being photographers with cameras in hand,
they of course shot images with 35mm and 4×5 still cameras as well as motion picture film. There was a special Pentagon number to call to report
incidents like this. He called and it immediately went up the chain of command until he was instructed by a general to have the film developed (but to
make no prints of it) and send it right away in a locked courier pouch. As he had not been instructed to not look at the negatives before sending
them, he did. He said the quality of the photography was excellent as would be expected from the experienced photographers who took them. What he saw
was exactly what they had described to him. He did not see the movie film before everything was sent away. He expected that there would be a follow up
investigation since an aircraft of unknown origin had landed in a highly classified military installation, but nothing was ever said of the incident
again. He was never able to track down what happened to those photos. He assumed that they ended up going to the Air Force's official UFO
investigation, Project Blue Book, which was based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
He held claim until his death that the U.S. government is indeed covering up information about UFOs. He gave the example of President Harry Truman who
said on April 4, 1950, "I can assure you that flying saucers, given that they exist, are not constructed by any power on Earth." He also pointed out
that there were hundreds of reports made by his fellow pilots, many coming from military jet pilots sent to respond to radar or visual sightings from
the ground. In his memoirs, Cooper wrote he had seen other unexplained aircraft several times during his career, and also said hundreds of similar
reports had been made. He further claimed these sightings had been "swept under the rug" by the U.S. government. Throughout his later life Cooper
expressed repeatedly in interviews he had seen UFOs and described his recollections for the documentary Out of the Blue.
So this very credible man of whom should be taken seriously in my opinion, never was listened too,why? Agenda against him? Cover-up? Was he telling
porky's? You decide, my choice is chosen.
So some memoirs from his book:
"Leap of Faith: An Astronaut's Journey into the Unknown", by USAF Colonel L. Gordon Cooper (Ret.) recounts how he chased UFOs over Germany in his
F-86. Following this experience, Cooper was very open minded about UFOs. He writes, "I knew an Air Force master sergeant assigned to a team that
received an emergency call-out from Washington D.C., to the Pacific southwest (not Roswell.) He told me they reached a canyon and found a wreckage at
the site. According to his friend -- and I had been around him enough to consider him a reliable guy -- a metallic disk-shaped object had crashed, and
sitting atop the wreckage were two very human-looking fellows in flight suits, waving at them. They were hustled away, and the sergeant never found
out who they were or what happened to them."
As a captain stationed at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on May 3, 1957, he became aware that a metallic, saucer-shaped craft had landed (silently)
sometime after 8:00 a.m. on base property. He alleges that the event was filmed by a startled technical film crew on assignment 50 yards away, the
craft zooming out of sight when the photographers tried to approach it for a better camera shot. Cooper writes that, upon learning of the incident, he
telephoned appropriate Pentagon officials, who ordered him to have all the film developed (but not printed) and to ship it immediately to the
Pentagon. He adds that, before complying, he chose to peek at some of the negatives, which confirmed the existence of the "saucer" as described to him
by the film crew.
More to come..
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