Former Air Force missileer, David Schindele, was the guest this week. He had been part of a group of former military officers who had encounters with UFOs. In his case, as he was eating breakfast, he heard about a UFO sighting near Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. When he arrived at the Launch Control Facility for duty, he learned that the missiles in his flight had gone off line.. You can listen to my interview with David Shindele here:
To end confusion about some of this let me say that this was a year before a similar event took place as Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. Information about that incident eventually made its way
public arena. I reported on that incident, which also involved sightings of
UFOs around Belt, Montana, and the number of missiles that were disabled. And,
for those interested in the Belt, Montana, sightings and Malmstrom AFB missile
shut down, you can read about it in The Government UFO Files. You can
use the link to the left if you wish to learn more about that sighting and that
During our discussion, David revealed that such occurrences weren’t as rare as we might think and that they do pose a threat to national security. If an outside force is able to disable the missiles, rendering them inoperable and unable to launch, then that entire retaliatory capable is defeated. This is, of course, the elimination of a deterrent, which makes the world slightly less safe.
This also suggests that UFO sightings are more important than the government has let on. During the Belt, Montana, sightings, an investigator with the Condon Committee did attempt to learn more. Although he had a security clearance, there were aspects to the sighting that he was not allowed to explore because of… what else? National Security.
Now, before I’m accused of cherry picking the data, I will note that the Air Force investigation into the Malmstrom missile failure found that the UFO sighting had nothing to do with it. The Unit History of the 341st SMW, the unit directly involved, didn’t credit the UFO with disabling the missiles. It did say, “Rumors of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) around the area of Echo Flight during the time of the default were unproven.”
Echo Flight was, of course, the missile unit that had been affected by the shutdown, and Echo Flight was based at Malmstrom AFB. As I say, the details of all this is published in The Government UFO Files.
During the interview with David, you do get to learn a little more about how these things happen. He also provided some names of others who had had similar experiences, and shared some of that information as well.