It is more common that you might think for Unidentified Flying Objects to be seen at military installations around the world. Two well-known examples out of many such encounters include the incident at Minot Air Force base and another at RAF Bentwaters military base. Documents that have been released into the public domain indicate multiple instances of UFO sightings have occurred, and they have been both seen and tracked on radar. Significantly, their appearance at military sites also coincides with interference of critical weapons systems, like nuclear warheads.
“There is a serious possibility that we are being visited and have been visited for many years by people from outer space, from other civilizations. [And] it behooves us, in case some of these people in the future or now should turn hostile, to find out who they are, where they come from, and what they want. This should be the subject of rigorous scientific investigation and not the subject of ‘rubishing’ by tabloid newspapers.” (source) – Lord Admiral Hill-Norton, Former Chief of Defence Staff, 5 Star Admiral of the Royal Navy, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee
This is why defence intelligence agencies have demonstrated such a high level of interest in UFOs; there are literally thousands of now unclassified documents detailing incredible encounters. Here is a great example of a declassified document detailing what happens when the military has an encounter with a UFO.
“As the F-4 approached a range of 25 nautical miles it lost all instrumentation and communications. When the F-4 turned away from the object and apparently was no longer a threat to it, the aircraft regained all instrumentation and communications. Another brightly lighted object came out of the original object. The second object headed straight toward the F4.” (source)
Another great example comes from Canada, when pilots were flying in a formation of four F86 Sabre jet aircraft. One of the pilots described the phenomenon as a “bright light which was sharply defined as disk-shaped,” that looked like “a shiny silver dollar sitting horizontal.” Another pilot managed to photograph the object. Dr. Jacques Vallee, notable for co-developing the first computerized mapping of Mars for NASA, and for his work at SRI International on the network information center for ARPANET, a precursor to the modern Internet, also published a paper in the Journal of Scientific Exploration titled “Estimates of Optical Power Output in Six Cases Of Unexplained Ariel Objects With Defined Luminosity Characteristics.” (source)(source) In the paper, you can see the picture of the object as well as read his description of similar strange anomalies.
Thousands of these encounters have occurred over previous decades. For more details and documents, you can read an article we published a couple of years ago titled, “This Is What Happens When The Military Tracks A UFO On Radar.“
I just want to make it clear that there are better examples of such incidents than the few mentioned in Wikileaks cables, though there are indeed multiple Wikileaks documents which reference UFOs and show a level of interest from defence agency personnel. One of them is titled, “Unidentified Flying Objects Over Algeria,” and it provides details regarding the Secretary General of The Ministry of Defense, Colonel Abdelhamid Latrech, and his interest in “strange machines which had been maneuvering over Alergian airspace in recent weeks.”
The document outlines how these strange objects had “been seen near military installations by responsible people.” The “responsible people” list is blocked out and states “Limited Official Use,” because the people in question are military personnel. Hundreds of these people have come forward publicly, however, and here is one example.
The cable goes on to explain that the object was both seen and tracked on radar, and reveals that the Colonel said “the object had been seen five times” and “on one occasion it had remained visible for over two hours.”
It further outlines how the object “had been seen twice near Oran, once in center of country, once near Bechar and, most recently, off the coast last night.” The interesting thing to note here is that this object had multiple visual confirmations. It is described as having a “very bright light which obscures its shape.” It was also noted that it “maneuvers and has been seen to land and take off” and changes altitude continually.
Again, this is one of multiple incidents, and there are more telling documents out there detailing other verified encounters that are just as, or even more, astonishing.
“Behind the scenes, high ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense.” Former head of the CIA, Roscoe Hillenkoetter, 1960 (source, NY Times)