Are Mysterious Triangular UFOs, Seen Near Military Installations, A Variety of Secret Surveillance Aircraft?
In February 2016, I had an opportunity to speak with a former USAF officer, who recounted an unusual story. In around 1986, the officer in question told me that he had been stationed on a night watch wit ha number of other servicemen. Shortly after midnight, he and the others in the guard tower overlooking one of the installation runways observed a black, slow moving aircraft enter their airspace. The object ascended to a low altitude, and passed directly above the runway, visible by all the guard personnel on duty at that time.
“This aircraft was about the size of a school bus,” he recalled, and had three blue lights, one marking each of the corners.” The object glided through the area, and upon nearing the end of the runway area began to ascend again, gaining speed as it rose in altitude, disappearing from sight.
“We notified our superior officers,” the gentleman explained. “And they gave us direct orders to ‘forget about it.’ So that’s what we did, at least around that time.
The aircraft described here, of course, bears similarity to an almost unending array of similar reports of mysterious, triangle-shaped aircraft that have come to light over the years. Researchers Piotr Cielebias and Michal Kusnierz, who have documented such reports over Poland, many of which were received by UFO researchers in the region between 2013 and 2014. Cielebias and Kusnierz note a range of features that are “typical” with such reports, including large, black or dark-colored aircraft that operate exclusively at night; also in keeping with similar reports collected over the years had been that these objects are most often seen near military installations. The Polish researchers had even speculated as to whether the prevalence of sightings between 2013 and 2014 could have had to do with the tensions occurring in Ukraine at that time.
As with the American reports, those occurring overseas do appear to have a similar feature: their occurrence near military facilities and other sensitive locations. One of the most interesting reports of this kind was recently obtained by researcher John Greenwald of The Black Vault, which involves such a UFO report from within the files of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Greenwald has spent a number of years obtaining government files pertaining to UFOs and other similar matters through Freedom of Information Act Requests.
The NRC report, dating back to the same general period as that of the serviceman I spoke with in 2016, features a remarkably similar aircraft that was observed by the primary witness and a few others on duty, over the course of two evenings:
While posted at the intake structure one night, he observed an “unidentified flying object” fly down the Missouri River about 150 feet in the air and hover in front of the intake. He observed it for a few moments and then contacted a fellow security officer who also observed it (he could not recall the individual’s name exactly but his first name was [REDACTED] and his last name was either [REDACTED ]. After they together observed the UFO, it turned and went back up the river and did not come back that shift. He and the other officer shared their observation with their peers who did not believe them.
The next evening he again was posted at the intake and observed the UFO return again. This time he didn’t call anyone until the UFO had traversed into the protected area and hovered above the protected area just north of the Reactor Building. He said it was roughly triangular in shape with a circle of rotating lights on the bottom. He could not hear any propulsion noise from the UFO. He believes that it was roughly 1/3 the size of the Reactor Building. Once the UFO hovered in the protected area. He called the security break room and most of the officers on shift observed the UFO.
The witness describes having watched the object hover for a number of minutes, after which it “exited the protected area and returned back up the river to the north as it had the previous night.” The observer and his fellow guards did not see the object again the following evening, nor at any time thereafter, although the document notes that he did believe that this matter should have been reported to the NRC, as it seemed to indicate a security concern.
A number of organizations have undertaken studies in such reports of “Mystery Aircraft” such as these. A number of years ago, the National Institute for Discovery Science conducted their own investigation, noting that these objects generally appear in areas with proximity to USAF installations. The Federation of American Scientists produced a similar report detailing claims of unusual aircraft, in which the FAS Government Secrecy Project Director Steven Aftergood noted the following:
“The study argues that secrecy in military aerospace has exceeded all reasonable justifications. Such secrecy cannot, in any case, be effectively maintained beyond the early research and development phase, and has little point in the absence of a high-tech adversary. Secrecy in aerospace functions above all as a mechanism for enhancing the political fortunes of questionable programs,” Aftergood wrote. “In short, it appears that many black aircraft programs are designed only to penetrate Congressional airspace.”
Although customarily dismissed in any official capacity, the myriad reports of these objects, as collected and reported over the years, seem to make a case for the existence of some variety of aircraft; their origin, whether within government, or elsewhere, remains a mystery, as does their ultimate purpose of operation.