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– IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE in the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects, consider the phenomenon from my point of view. I am an insider and a trained aerospace engineer with over 60 years experience in the fields of space science and UFO research.
Consider this expose from the standpoint of someone who played a major part in helping to fulfill President Kennedy’s commitment of landing American men on the moon and returning them safely to earth. Then — change your mind. Those who choose to ignore the truth can remain in a blissful dream-world until reality hits the proverbial fan. The truth is fast approaching.
The information in The Stargate Chronicles won’t let you be caught by surprise.
The truth may be new, but the facts and evidence are ancient. Some of the earliest stones in recorded history display strange objects in the ancient skies of earth. These objects weren’t birds or simple artistic renderings of the sun and stars. They were foreign and of unearthly origin, and were most probably UFOs used by the creators of the Human Race.
I know what that statement sounds like to UFO skeptics and followers alike, but I ask both sides to please reserve your judgment until the whole story is told. If, in fact, the whole story can ever be told. Some of that is up to Them.
The Bible, best-selling book of all ages, has numerous events recorded by writers of the gospel telling of unique aerial objects that defy imagination.
The Book of Ezekiel describes one such object as “a wheel within a wheel.”
Are all these ancient records to be discounted, disregarded as fanciful misinterpretations of ordinary phenomena?
Or is there a grain of some greater truth within these records?
I know there is. My story reveals astounding cosmic facts that indicate this planet has been and is being visited by forms of intelligence far more advanced than our own, coming from somewhere among the stars.
Until the release of The Stargate Chronicles, no other person working within the secretive inner circle of NASA at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) has had the courage to come forth with intimate data and historical facts concerning the knowledge NASA possesses of “nonexistent” craft — UFOs — unidentified flying objects that the US government refuses to acknowledge as already having been identified.
Recently, former NASA astronaut and moon walker of Apollo 14, Dr. Edgar Mitchell, came forth with his belief that UFOs do most probably exist. Dr. Mitchell also stated he has spoken to several highly placed people, apparently in Washington, DC and/or the Pentagon, who said the famous Roswell UFO crash did actually happen, and that indeed, the craft was of alien origin. In company with Dr. Mitchell, other famous NASA astronauts have stated their positive belief.
Among them, retired Colonel L. Gordon Cooper — who had a sighting of his own — an exclusive member of the Original Seven Astronauts and the first to publicly state to the United Nations his belief in the existence of UFOs; and Dr. Story Musgrave, six mission Space Shuttle Astronaut, who may not have had a personal sighting, but has made his position concerning extraterrestrial life very clear — that of being one of openness and public disclosure, should he ever witness a UFO.
To all outward appearances, it would seem he believes he is “up there” to learn the truth, not to hide it.
Anyone still on the fence about the existence of UFOs must contend with the testimonies of these respected and honored men. Many accept the ways of the Bible, never having seen David kill Goliath, or Moses during the Exodus of the Tribes of Israel from Egypt — yet they believe what is written with conviction and passion.
Mitchell and Cooper are two rational, accomplished representatives of our national space program, two scientifically trained NASA astronauts, disclosing their personal knowledge of the existence of UFOs — yet some will not accept their testimony. (More testimonies and quotes are listed in the Those Who Know section below.)
The logic in one’s skepticism or impassioned belief is always rightly in question. However, the credibility of these witnesses and believers is rock solid. They have no reason to fabricate anything, and many reasons to keep their beliefs (and close encounters) in this area to themselves. The same can be said for myself, but I will hold my tongue no longer.
The sad state of many UFO books and documentaries today is that of merely retelling a story over and over, actually doing a disservice to the UFO cause by boring people to death. One can only read so many books on Roswell or Area-51 until one’s head implodes from lack of information.
This book is different. It contains new, never-before-released material. It will not only satisfy the appetite of the UFO community (and general public) for new data, but also stimulate a desire to know more.
Experience what I have experienced, the truth, from the inside. I hope you will be as amazed and awakened as I was when I first lived through these events, and as I still am as I continue to relive them.
As they say on the X-Files, “The Truth is Out There.”
History is created, manipulated, and written by those who are predominantly on the victorious side of the nation which has supreme political — and especially military — dominance. Any “truth” which has the slightest potential of weakening their total hold over the masses is not tolerated. Any truth which can impact their power is squelched or cunningly hidden by them — usually in a manufactured media release to the unsuspecting public, often in a jovial manner to render the information a laughing matter and display it as harmless.
Visits to earth by UFOs and their crews have been reported since ancient times and all throughout history. The frequency of sightings has increased over the last five decades. All have been portrayed officially by the cunning revisionists of history as a joke.
After all, who will believe something as fact if placed in the category of humor?
The US government will, if necessary, implement whatever it takes to keep the public from learning the truth about these important cosmic events. Perhaps there is a legitimate military reason for total secrecy, particularly if the Pentagon has no means of combating these forces, perhaps a reason so ominous that they surmise the human race cannot handle the truth.
To counter public interest and demands for the release of UFO information, the military and federal government create and employ buzzwords like “National Security” to protect against forced public disclosure. Have you ever asked yourself why? When both claim UFOs do not exist? How long will it be before the human race awakens from its comatose state? Alien races have been here for a very long time. It is very possible our entire race was created by them.
This Web site only begins to tell the true story, and my future book will reveal much more.
Clark McClelland is a bonafide expert in the field of UFO specialists. He began his investigations of this strange phenomenon in 1947. His 60 years of study in the field of UFOlogy puts him in a unique class of educators and investigators.
McClelland in the cockpit of the space shuttle.
He has lectured at many national universities including Notre Dame, Penn State, Ohio State, Berea, Montana State University, New York University, Idaho State, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and others too numerous to mention. On several occasions, he was requested by students and faculty to bring his unique topic to their campus as an elective course, although his work at Kennedy Space Center at the time overruled his acceptance.
Clark McClelland’s long association with the UFO phenomenon has followed him throughout his aerospace career. In 1958 he was assigned to the national space program at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and helped launch or viewed 639 rockets and spacecraft. In addition to being an Aerospace Engineer and Technical Assistant to the Apollo Program Manager during the Apollo moon landings, McClelland and other SpaceCraft Operators did extensive technical checkout of simulated flights and mission objectives of the various shuttles to assure orbital success and the personal safety of the astronauts.
McClelland knew many of the astronauts who perished during the Challenger disaster and certainly did all he could to keep each shuttle from such a repeat accident. He has held important positions involving such manned projects as Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo lunar landings, Skylab, the Space Shuttle and the Space Station. He was assigned to the cockpit of the Space Shuttle missions as a SpaceCraft Operator (Ground Test Astronaut).
If anyone knows what is going on in space, with humans or otherwise, it is McClelland
In 1960, Major Donald E Keyhoe, the International Director of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) selected McClelland to be Director for the Kennedy Space Center and central Florida region. His unit members included two NASA Astronaut Flight Surgeons, many engineers, scientists and mathematicians as consultants and investigators. Later, he was chosen as the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) Director at the KSC and served concurrently as Assistant State Director for Florida.
McClelland’s name is presently listed on two large monuments adjacent to the space center, commemorating the Mercury and Gemini Missions and honoring those who significantly contributed to the various projects at KSC.
His name will be included on the Apollo, Space Shuttle and Space Station monuments as they are completed over the next few years.
More on “Background“.
The following section contains quotes from famous and respected scientists, politicians and astronauts regarding UFO and ET phenomena.
“I can assure you that flying saucers, given that they exist, are not constructed by any power on earth.”
President Harry S. Truman,
“If I become President, I’ll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and scientists. I am convinced that UFOs exist because I have seen one.”
President Jimmy Carter
during his Presidential campaign
What happened after he was elected? Absolutely nothing. What stopped him?
“In the firm belief that the American public deserves a better explanation than that thus far given by the Air Force, I strongly recommend that there be a committee investigation of the UFO phenomena. I think we owe it to the people to establish credibility regarding UFOs, and to produce the greatest possible enlightenment of the subject.”
President Gerald Ford
(during his years as a US Congressman)
What happened thereafter? Absolutely nothing. What stopped him?
“In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. I occasionally think how quickly our differences, worldwide, would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.”
Former President Ronald Reagan,
while sharing the stage with former Russian leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, 1988
Was this stated to prepare the human race for an alien reality? Did alien contact influence the collapse of communism?
“It is true that I was denied access to a facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, because I never got in. I can’t tell you what was inside. We both know about the rumors (concerning a captured UFO and crew members). I have never seen what I would call a UFO, but I have intelligent friends who have.”
US Senator, US Air Force General, and candidate for President, Barry Goldwater
quoted from a letter he wrote dated April 11, 1979
Did anything significant happen regarding UFO secrecy? The Pentagon warned him to drop his interest in UFOs. Why, if UFOs do not exist?
“Well, Slim, (McClelland’s knick name by Astronaut friends), I was flying a P-51 Mustang at about 12,000 feet over Minneapolis in 1951. I thought it was a simple kite. As I flew closer to it I looked at it and thought it was a weather balloon. But as I got behind it I could tell it wasn’t a balloon. It looked like a disc.”
NASA astronaut, Donald “Deke” Slayton
“Mission Control, please be informed, there is a Santa Claus.”
— NASA astronaut, James Lovell (of Apollo 13 fame), flying with Frank Borman and William Anders, emerging from the dark side of the moon during their historic first circumlunar mission, Apollo-8, in December, 1968
“Santa Claus” was the mission code used if sighting a strange object such as a UFO.
“While flying with several other USAF pilots over Germany in 1957, we sighted numerous radiant flying discs above us. We couldn’t tell how high they were. We couldn’t get anywhere near their altitude.”
“While working with a camera crew supervising flight testing of advanced aircraft at Edward’s Air Force Base, California, the camera crew filmed the landing of a strange disc object that flew in over their heads and landed on a dry lake nearby. A camera crewman approached the saucer, it rose up above the area and flew off at a speed faster than any known aircraft.”
NASA astronaut, L. Gordon Cooper
“I’ve talked with people of military and government credentials and position and heard their stories, and their desire to tell their stories openly to the public. And that got my attention very, very rapidly…the first hand experiences of these credible witnesses that, now in advanced years are anxious to tell their story. We can’t deny that, and the evidence points to the fact that Roswell was a real incident, and that indeed an alien craft did crash, and that material was recovered from that crash site…”
Astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Mission veteran.
“The next war will be an interplanetary war. The nations must someday make a common front against attack by people from other planets.”
Former Five Star General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur, 1955.
In one of the strangest stories in recent years, former Apollo astronaut and Senator JOHN GLENN made a March appearance on the NBC comedy “Frasier” in which he made following comments.
Although many have dismissed them as simple humor because of their context – one of the most popular comedy’s on television — when you actually watch the program, listen to the words and observe Glenn’s demeanor, it becomes much harder to dismiss this as “simple episodic comedy.”
“Back in those glory days, I was very uncomfortable when they asked us to say things we didn’t want to say and deny other things. Some people asked, you know, were you alone out there? We never gave the real answer, and yet we see things out there, strange things, but we know what we saw out there. And we couldn’t really say anything.
The bosses were really afraid of this, they were afraid of the War of the Worlds type stuff, and about panic in the streets. So we had to keep quiet. And now we only see these things in our nightmares or maybe in the movies, and some of them are pretty close to being the truth.”
Astronaut John Glenn
These remarks were made by NEIL ARMSTRONG at the White House on WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 1994 during a ceremony commemorating the Apollo 11 mission:
“Today we have with us a group of students, among America’s best. To you we say we have only completed a beginning. We leave you much that is undone. There are great ideas undiscovered, breakthroughs available to those who can remove one of the truth’s protective layers. There are places to go beyond belief…”
Astronaut Neil Armstrong
From the St. Petersburg Times, Florida – February 18, 2004:
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES
Astronaut: We’ve had visitors
“A few insiders know the truth… and are studying the bodies that have been discovered,” said Mitchell, who was the sixth man to walk on the moon.
Mitchell, who landed on the moon with Alan B. Shepard, said a “cabal” of insiders stopped briefing presidents about extraterrestrials after President Kennedy.
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell
According to a taped interview by J. L. Ferrando, Major Cooper said:
“For many years I have lived with a secret, in a secrecy imposed on all specialists in astronautics. I can now reveal that every day, in the USA, our radar instruments capture objects of form and composition unknown to us. And there are thousands of witness reports and a quantity of documents to prove this, but nobody wants to make them public.
Why? Because authority is afraid that people may think of God knows what kind of horrible invaders. So the password still is: We have to avoid panic by all means”
“I was furthermore a witness to an extraordinary phenomenon, here on this planet Earth. It happened a few months ago in Florida. There I saw with my own eyes a defined area of ground being consumed by flames, with four indentations left by a flying object which had descended in the middle of a field. Beings had left the craft (there were other traces to prove this).
They seemed to have studied topography, they had collected soil samples and, eventually, they returned to where they had come from, disappearing at enormous speed… I happen to know that authority did just about everything to keep this incident from the press and TV, in fear of a panicky reaction from the public”
Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper
from an autographed photo given to Mr. McClelland.
“Your gift of knowledge concerning space exploration, astronomy and cosmic life is most impressive. I’ve always enjoyed our talks during my visits to the KSC/MFA (Kennedy Space Center/Manned Flight Awareness) awards presentations.”
“Clark, it is as impossible to confirm them (UFOs) in the present as it will be to deny them in the future.”
Dr. Wernher von Braun (deceased), space flight pioneer and NASA scientist.
“Thanks for the great orbiter (Shuttle) you gave us. It ran better than my lawn mower! Again, thanks to you and your fellow spaceship perfectionists, it pays off!”
NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle Mission Commander
Thanks for letting us borrow YOUR orbiter.”
Kathy Thornton, NASA astronaut and space walker who helped repair the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit.
“Clark, you were a GREAT Space Shuttle ScO SpaceCraft Operator).”
Dr. Sally Ride, NASA Astronaut and first American woman in space.
“I am indebted to Clark McClelland, Director of the Kennedy Space Center UFO Investigative NICAP group, for the benefit of his scientific evaluation of UFO sightings and those of his fellow aerospace engineers and scientists.”
Major Donald E. Keyhoe (deceased), former International Director, National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena, Washington, DC.
“I will be pleased to call upon you to investigate UFO reports in the Kennedy Space Center area. I am most interested in your exchange of information with the Russian scientists.”
Dr. J. Alan Hynek (deceased), Director, The Center for UFO Studies.
The human race is on the threshold of a new millennium, a new age. Our brave Astronauts and Cosmonauts have only just stepped into a realm that will test our intellectual capacities and technological capabilities, and hone them to the degree we must possess to survive. We can now consider ourselves a cosmic member of a very elite group of planets exploring space.
The day will arrive when the governments of earth will finally admit we are not alone, that humans have come face to face with other life-forms from the cosmos.
Will we shoot first and ask questions later?
Will our fears stall the inevitable encounter, and place yet another entry, another wound, upon our known dark history of terrible violence?
Was such a reaction demonstrated as we fired our SDI weapons at the unidentified ships escaping back into space during the STS-48 Space Shuttle mission in 1991?
Will the weapons of other life-forms some day be targeted at our own human aggression and ignorance?
We had better hope and pray they do not.
Space, and the infinity it has to offer, will afford us the opportunity to explore, learn, and do what we can only now imagine. Our future chosen leaders must have the vast hearts of cosmic statesmen, not the cold hammers of past earthly dictators. We will need more leaders like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Mahatma Gandhi, Akhenaton, Martin Luther King, Confucius, and other excellent personages of human history, who considered peace, freedom and liberty the right of every living creature.
Only then shall we here on earth arrive at the true promised land.
In my many years as a UFO investigator, I’ve been able to study the various aspects of this unique field of science that may someday hold the key to the creation of the human race.
Many have contributed their professional status, reputations and lives to this research, and to uncovering the truth about the greatest mystery of all time — to answering the grandest question:
“Are we alone?”
The following are some, but not all, of the pioneers that eventually will prevail.
Kenneth Arnold, Flying Saucer Pioneer who gave us this cosmic subject in 1947.
Donald E. Keyhoe, Major, USMC/Director of NICAP
Jesse Marcel, Major, USAAC
Al Chop, UFO Pioneer Investigator/Journalist
Leonard H. Stringfield, UFO Investigator/Author
Gordon Creighton, UFO Researcher/Publisher
James McDonald, Scientist/Ph.D.
L. Gordon Cooper, NASA Astronaut
Richard Hall, Author/UFO Researcher (Original NICAP staff)
Phillip J. Corso, Lt. Colonel, USA
J. Allen Hynek, Scientist/Ph.D.
Don Berliner, Author/UFO Researcher (Original NICAP staff)
Coral and Jim Lorenzon, UFO Researchers/Authors
Bud Hopkins, Hypnotist/UFO Researcher/Author
Edgar Mitchell, NASA Astronaut/Ph.D.
Bill Hamilton, Military Expert/UFO Researcher/Author
Stan Gordon, UFO Researcher/Video Producer
Robert M. Collins, Author, the excellent book: “Exempt from Disclosure”
Robert (Bob) Jacobs, Lt. USAF/Ph.D.
Dr. Jacques Vallee, UFO Researcher/Author
Florenz J. Mansmann, Major, USAF/Ph.D.
Story Musgrave, NASA Astronaut/MD
John Fuller, UFO Researcher/Author
Jerome Clark, Author/UFO Researcher
The original Staff of NICAP and all those who investigated and those who witnessed and disclosed testimony regarding the Roswell UFO incident in New Mexico, 1947.
The following is one of several incidents from “The Stargate Chronicles”, my future book. These incidents are a small part of a greater story, but with them, the Big Picture begins to unfold.
Clark interviews Barry Goldwater
by Clark C. McClelland
former ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Senator Barry M. Goldwater at Kennedy Space Center on Moon Shot Day!
The date of July 16, 1969 was the day of the launch of Apollo 11 and the initial kick-off for the first landing of the human race on our neighbor, the moon. The global importance of this major historic event was very evident at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. It was Moon Shot Day! Many famous people from all over the world gathered in the VIP launch viewing area near the Apollo LCC (Launch Control Center). The security was at its highest level with VIP guests present from every nation on earth.
One guest was in attendance whom I had supported during his political career, Senator Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona. He had been the Republican Presidential candidate in 1964 running against President Lyndon B. Johnson. He had lost by a wide margin, but, we in Florida had delivered him a victory in Brevard County, Florida and the Space Port area and pride in ourselves regarding that minor accomplishment. In 1968, Goldwater won back his Senatorial seat in Arizona.
Senator Barry M. Goldwater was a former Major General in the United States Army Air Corp wanting to be a fighter pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt and/or a P-51 Mustang aircraft, but was assigned to deliver various aircraft to combat areas. He had flown an estimated 160 plus other planes during his WW II and civilian years. I was also informed that he had been checked-out in an SR-71 Blackbird. That was VERY impressive to learn.
Being a registered Democrat supporting a Republican candidate in Florida did not gain me any favor through my lifelong political party in Florida. I constantly lived with insults and jokes which supplemented my involvement in UFO research. McCleland has always been a maverick.
During the long countdown of the Saturn V Apollo 11 launch vehicle, I took a breakfast break from the LCC and walked to the nearby VIP guest viewing site in hopes of meeting Senator Goldwater. As I scanned the numerous people gathered, I asked one of our security guards if he was aware of the location of Goldwater?
He pointed his finger to an open field nearby saying,
“Do you see that guy over there setting up his camera tripod, Mac? That’s Senator Goldwater”.
I had my camera around my neck in hopes of having a photo opportunity with the Senator. I strolled across the crab grass turf as he was setting up his personal camera. I was surprised he was alone except for a half dozen other guests that were nearby also setting up their cameras. I introduced myself and he responded with a polite greeting. He asked if I was a guest in the VIP area. I chuckled a bit and said, no sir, I am not yet a VIP. He smiled, and said, yes, I know how you feel. I had the same experience in the past. We talked about his earlier effort to gain the Presidency and I told him about my personal efforts in Brevard County.
He thanked me saying at least he had won here in the Cape area.
I seriously pondered my next question concerning UFOs and finally asked him if he would discuss the subject with me? I was surprised he had no Secret Service Agents or NASA Public Affairs personnel hovering around him. I explained my position at KSC and my being the NICAP Unit-3 Director for Major Donald E. Keyhoe at KSC. He had met Keyhoe in DC years before. He approved our discussion on the UFO subject and we began our exchange of information. I began by saying it was obvious he had a deep abiding interest in UFOs and possible visits of alien races to earth.
“That is accepted fact in Washington and especially at the Pentagon, young man.”
I had some understanding of his alleged statements regarding UFOs in the past and brought up the popular story of his effort to gain entry into a special storage area at Wright-Patterson AFB that purportedly had alien artifacts in it.
“Yes, that’s the main event concerning me and UFOs. I was under the impression that a US Senator with a past as a Major General in the US Army Air Corp and a member of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for many years would carry some weight in my allowances to enter such an area of military secrecy. I was rudely awakened to reality very swiftly when I was denied passage. It had me angry enough to discuss it with a personal friend of mine in the military and inquired why my position in the US Senate had no such allowance?
My friend, General Curtis LeMay, Chairman of the Military Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon VERY angrily told me that I had no need to know. He gave me a lot of HELL about my activities at Wright-Patterson. He threatened to end our friendship for life! My God, Mac, that surprised the hell out of me.”
“you stay clear of our mutual friend, “Butch”, too. ( meaning General William “Butch” Blanchard) his having been at Roswell (later Walker) Army Air base and the 509Th., will not gain you any favor for knowledge of that Roswell crash claim.”
“Mac, Butch Blanchard was also a very valued friend of mine since WWII. He was the person who announced that a disc had crashed near Roswell in 1947. This cussing out did awaken me to one fact, that the UFO situation is the highest level of national secrecy. Much higher than the H-Bomb was and more than anything else that is known within the Pentagon, FBI, CIA, DIA, NSA, etc.
That is, nothing is higher security than aliens being here on this planet. Then I realized Curtis was correct. And I never again approached him on the subject. That seemed to prove to me that UFOs were a fact, and do exist. But, are they all aliens? I highly suspect a majority are! Hell, they are no doubt far ahead of our level of intelligence. TheUnited States Air Foce knows the truth, but will they ever reveal it to this nation?”
I quickly said,
“Yes, Senator, some UFOs sighted I have learned through the ONI are alien”.
His eyes brightened up and showed surprise saying,
“Mac how would you know that as a fact and I was denied the truth?”
I said “Senator, I was here, at KSC, and had also been at Cape Canaveral since the start of our national space program. With all due respect for your great accomplishments, sir, you were not. I’ve heard and seen things that without any doubt, proved to me that UFO’s and star races exist.”
“Congress is not made aware of secrets of this caliber. The Pentagon controls such disclosures”.
He stared at me, then said:
“Yes, I get your point. You were and are on the cutting edge of Technology Mac. Hell, you have seen events I can only dream about”. I replied, “Yes, sir, more than you know!”
I then tested the Senator with another question. I asked him if he was at that time aware of the fact that several former German Scientists were assigned to Wright Field?
“No, Mac, I was not”.
Then, one of the nearby launch viewers came close to our location and I stopped the discussion. The man wanted to say hello and shake the hand of Senator Goldwater.
Following his departure, I continued, saying,
“Those Germans were at Wright since post-WWII and assigned to reverse engineer certain retrieved hardware that was suspected to be of alien origin. They accomplished that assignment of the object that crashed in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania. It was taken to Wright Field.”
Senator Goldwater said,
“Yes, I recall that incident. What was it? Do you know?”
“Yes, sir, it was a Soviet failed mission to Venus in 1965. It was not alien, Senator. The public was lead to believe it was a UFO. Far easier to explain than a missile from the USSR hitting within the USA”.
Goldwater asked if I was aware of who the Germans were? I replied,
“Yes, one was Siegfried Knemeyer, the former head of the German RLM (The Reichsluftfahrtministerium), the Third Reich’s Air Ministry for aircraft development for the Luftwaffe. He died in 1979 in the USA. Another was Dr. Hans Amtmann, an expert in vertical take off aircraft. One other I am familiar is Dr. Alexander Lippisch who was more so well known and a pioneer in tailless aircraft, the US Delta wing fighter, the F-102A Delta Dagger and an advanced design of a ground effect flying boat. I’m almost certain these men also did a reverse engineering on the object that crashed near Roswell, New Mexico”.
I could see that what I was telling the Senator may have had his mind in a spin. So, I slowed down.
“Mac, what are you doing here? We need people like you in DC”.
I said that my place was right here at KSC.
I noted the countdown clock was at two hours and twenty seven minutes prior to the launch of Apollo 11 and asked him if he would like a soft drink?
“Yeah, maybe a shot and a beer, after hearing all you have said, Mac”.
He laughed. I smiled and went for two Pepsi Colas.
When I returned, he continued the conversation saying:
“Mac, you work in one of the most secretive and important areas of our national security on the cutting edge of space science and are no doubt aware of much that has and is happening during our missions into space”.
I confirmed his statement saying I was also part of an ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence) unit at Patrick Air Force Base South of the Cape. He was surprised to hear that fact.
“So, you are Naval Intelligence, young man?” I said, “Well, yes sir, but, only one member”.
He continued, making certain none of the people nearby was within listening distance,
“Now, may I ask you what you have heard or seen here?” I joked with him and said “Do you have a need to know, sir” and we both laughed.
Goldwater smiled while he adjusted his camera tripod. Soon, a man and woman wondered by saying hello and we both similarly replied. I asked the man if he would take a photo of Goldwater and I together. I asked approval of the Senator and he gave his OK. Following the photo being taken, I thanked both the people, they shook the hand of the Senator and they went on their way. I was disappointed and noted after it was developed that the photo had been taken too distant to show both our faces in more detail.
But, it does show enough recognition.
I asked the Senator if he knew Senator Richard Russell of the State of Georgia?
He snapped back,
“Are you kidding, Mac? Of course I know Dick Russell”. Goldwater then softly ask me if I was aware of Senator Russell’s UFO sighting in the Soviet Union?”
I smiled and said “Yes sir. I learned of it through my ONI Unit” He said, “Now, do you have the proper clearances, Mac?” with a smile.
I told him my clearance level. He said,
“That was more than acceptable”, and again smiled.
“I had heard a rumor about Russell having his UFO experience, and thought I would approach him about it. I was careful not to have him cuss me out like LeMay. I’ll tell you what he and I discussed. About six or seven years ago in 1962, before my election loss to Johnson in 1964, Dick and I got together after a Senate meeting and sat alone in his office. Dick said that around sundown on 4 October 1955, he saw two separate saucer shaped crafts while traveling on a train through the Soviet Union on his way to Czechoslovakia.
He made a small sketch of the object for us to study on his desk pad. He showed a sparkle flashing under its base and indicated it had two lights on its top portion that remained stationary, while the outer section of each disc appeared to revolve or spin. He said it had a slight yellowish color and may have been 25 to 35 feet in diameter.
After talking about the object for about five minutes, Russell tore the desk pad drawing off his sketch pad and placed it in his jacket pocket for later burning. He told me that it was classified Top Secret by the FBI and military. He did not want the sketch to end up in the wrong hands”.
Goldwater told me that Russell then detailed how he watched from his train window as one saucer shaped craft was seen to rise slowly from the ground about 2 miles away and flew over his train at not too high a rate of speed. It was estimated to be between 5 to 6,000 feet in altitude.
“Mac, Dick was so excited about this actual viewing of a UFO that he tried to summon his Russian language interpreter, Ruben Efron who arrived too late and had only a brief sighting of the object. His aid was Colonel Hathaway (later, I learned he was U. S. Army Colonel, E. U. Hathaway, the military aid-de-camp for the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee).
Goldwater said that Russell was not able to alert Ruben quickly for him to have only a brief sighting of the initial craft, but, he, Colonel Hathaway and Ruben all witnessed the second disc in detail. Russell said the CIA and FBI, and perhaps the NSA were apparently briefed in DC concerning this very important event and had a US Air Force officer interview Russell, Ruben and Colonel Hathaway in Europe.
Goldwater could not recall the US Air Force Officers name. Later I gained that data and discovered it was Lt. Colonel, Thomas Ryan who prepared a detailed report on the sighting for the Pentagon. The report was highly classified and was not made public until the excellent work of Dr. Bruce Maccabee, Chairman of the Fund for UFO Research obtained the documents through the Freedom of Information Act It was not declassified for public viewing until 1985! Thirty years after the incident.
“Mac, it makes one wonder why objects that do not exist, according to the USAF, require such TOP Secrecy by the US Government?”
Note: In February 2006, The Bush Administration once again reclassified at least 55,000 former secret and confidential documents. Once again they were not to be released to the public through the Freedom of Information Act. What caused the highly secretive Bush Administration to reverse that decision? What is Bush, Chaney, Rumsfeld, Rice, etc., now keeping from the general knowledge of the tax paying public? Makes one seriously think!
I continued our exchange, saying,
“Senator, when I first arrived at Cape Canaveral in 1958, the initial mystery event I became aware of was what RCA Engineers called Lonesome George! I later was informed by those personnel that they had accidentally discovered an orbiting, what could be called, alien space probe out at the distance of the moon.
Senator, remember that the USA and USSR had not orbited any man made object at the time they initially discovered the object. What was its purpose, negative or positive concerning the safety of the human race? It apparently was not showing any harmful intent towards the earth”.
Goldwater did show amazement at my disclosure and admitted having no knowledge of the object.
I then related I was also aware of several Mercury, Gemini and other UFO sightings by astronaut crews. That statement seemed to light up the Senators eyes.
“What did they observe?” I continued, “During our Mercury Program, I heard the voice of Astronaut Gordon Cooper during his Mercury 9 mission report a “green colored object” that appeared to be passing his capsule in the opposite orbital direction over the Pacific Ocean in 1963. Many years later, I spoke with Gordo during a phone conversation and asked him if he would elaborate?
He denied it was a fact and said he did not see an object during Mercury 9. But, I had heard him say he was tracking such an object? He quickly added, we are on a phone Slim (My nickname used by several of the earlier astronauts). He caught me by surprise”.
The Senator asked me why?
“I suspected that Gordo was giving me a message. He apparently had suspicion his phone was not secure. Maybe I was incorrectly making that judgment, but, that was my analysis of his statement. Senator, now to elaborate on the Mercury 9 mission. I was at the Mercury Mission Control facility here at Cape Canaveral on the day of the return to earth by Cooper. I had initially tried to visit USAF Colonel John A. “Shorty” Powers at Hangar “S” discovering that the Colonel was at mission control South of the hangar area and I drove there to see him.
He had my special Mercury 9 lapel pin, a memento of this historic mission. Having security clearance, I entered the mission control area. I immediately heard communications between Mercury 9 and the Cap Com (Capsule Communication) officer, Astronaut Wally Schirra who was tracking Cooper and the Faith 7 across the Pacific Ocean on it’s final pass prior to splash down in that same area on its next pass. It was the final orbit of Faith Seven before reentry back to earth.
The commentary was on an open PA system at mission control. Following the disclosure of Cooper that he was observing a “green colored object”, and other comments that were made by Astronaut Scott Carpenter who was in the Kauai, Hawaii tracking station concerning it.
Senator, Cooper was on his third orbit and had released a highly luminous 6 inch diameter Xenon Strobe Light sphere to test his tracking capabilities of the object while on orbit. He finally was able to see it on his fourth orbit. Senator, I wonder if the object he saw was connected to that Xenon Strobe Light?
But, it was not green and not in the proper orbital path..”
“Senator, I believe he actually did see a UFO. Sir, Cooper has disclosed to me that he had chased UFOs during his USAF duties in 1951 while in Germany. He said they out maneuvered his flight of F-86 Sabre jets and were flying at a greater speed than our airplanes.
“Yes, Mac, I’m aware of that fact.”
“Are you aware that Astronaut Gordon Cooper was later bumped from the Apollo 14 lunar landing mission by NASA?
“Mac, I also recall that fact”.
“Yes sir, he was” I replied.
“Why? Were there hidden reasons?” Goldwater again asked?
“Sir, Gordo enjoyed racing, he loved controlling a fast vehicle, like most of those earlier astronauts. He was considering entering a big car race in Daytona Beach against the objections of NASA. He was warned by NASA to stay clear of any race in Daytona. They had spent a lot of money training him and were not going to have an car accident impact their critical lunar launch schedule. Gordo was angered by that refusal. NASA realized he was still planning on entering a race, so they finally assigned that Apollo 14 mission to Alan Shepard.”
Following that incident, it was all down hill for Gordon Cooper and his NASA astronaut career.
Gordon was bitter about that up to the day of his death. Weeks, a month or two after the Coopers Mercury-9 mission, I often went to Hangar “S” that was a short distance from Hangar “T” where I was part of the Titan II Launch Operations team. The guard at the hangar gate approved my entry and I would find the astronaut that was next up for a mission. Cooper was there and we sat down and discussed his mission and UFOs.
He said he was considering taking the mystery to a world organization (He did not say the UN) and hopefully have the subject brought before the world to establish research into what they were and what their mission might be concerning the earth. Cooper believed UFOs were extraterrestrial machines. I believe Cooper knew secrets about UFOs he kept from disclosing to the public at that time. I personally believe he was threatened with the loss of his retirement if he would not remain quiet. His interest in UFOs also may have impacted his NASA career.
Goldwater then asked about sightings during other space missions. I mentioned several during Gemini and Apollo and then I asked him if he had heard anything about a 1956 US Naval aircraft and the huge UFO that many crew member and others observed over the Atlantic Ocean? He said he had not.
“I was not surprised. Senator, it apparently was also kept secret by the Pentagon as that incident of Senator Russell. My initial muster (US Naval term for a meeting) with the US Navy ONI Unit 6-69 at Patrick AFB, Florida was in early 1959. I was introduced to several highly ranked officers (admirals, captains, etc.) who immediately swore me to secrecy, Bible and all, concerning what I was about to presently view and other data I would experience in the future concerning confidential and secret information. I agreed and volunteered to operate the group movie and slide projector.”
My being an investigator of UFOs, and a member of NICAP, for many years was apparently well known by this group of US Naval Officers. I had presented talks on the subject of Space Flight and UFOs at the Philadelphia Naval Base a few years prior, and was presently seeking additional UFO encounters within the space program. I realized that would be my value to the unit along with my friendship with many NASA Astronauts to this ONI Unit.
Captain Rudy Bergholz, a technical manager at NASA KSC, opened a large film canister and handed it to me.
The film can was marked, confidential with other taped notes of instructions and warnings. I began rolling the film and I found it to be an amazing disclosure of a UFO incident that occurred in 1956. The officers were excitingly talking among themselves as it described the sighting of a huge disc shaped UFO (400 feet in diameter) by a US Naval flight crew in a Navy R7V-2 transport, which was a four engine Super-Constellation traveling West over the Atlantic Ocean towards Gander, Newfoundland.
An apparent refueling stop for its eventual landing at the Naval Air Station at Patuxant, Maryland. (Note: A base where several astronaut crews would eventually be trained for secret DoD missions, STS-48, UFOs etc. during future Space Shuttle Program).
I immediately noted a familiar name, Admiral Delmar S. Fahrney being mentioned in the film. Goldwater injected a comment,
“Yes, I have met Admiral Fahrney, Mac.”
I said,” Yes, sir”
I continued, “Another comment was made in the film recognizing NICAP and Major Donald E. Keyhoe, a former US Marine fighter pilot”.
I asked the Senator if he knew Keyhoe? He said,
“Yes, I have met him. A very impressive man”.
I commented that I wondered why I had not heard about this case prior to this ONI meeting, perhaps from NICAP in Washington DC?
Captain Bergholz said I had not yet been approved to have a “need to know” by the US Navy. Apparently, now I had that need, but, why? During the meeting, Captain Bergholz finally sprung the reason, I was to investigate and verify through those German Scientists at Cape Canaveral, who those Paper Clip Scientists were that had come to the USA with Dr. Wernher von Braun in 1946 and who had been assigned to the AMC (Air Material Command) Foreign Technology Division at Wright Field, Ohio?
Bergholz being my commanding officers delegated the job to me because of my association with many German Scientists at Cape Canaveral. I later informed Burgholz that I had discovered at least three Paper Clip Scientists that were assigned to Wright Field following their arrival with Dr. Wernher von Braun.
One named Siegfried Knemeyer, former Third Riech Luftwaffe Pilot and RLM Director,
Senator Goldwater interrupted me, and said,
“Mac, what’s RLM? I told him it was the German Air Ministry that created the various planes, like the Messerschmidt, Junker, and may have influenced the the V-1 and V-2 rockets at Peenemunde. I continued, two other Paper Clip scientists at Wright Field are Dr. Hans Amtmann and Dr. Alexander Lippisch. I believe all three are still at Wright-Patterson Air Force base, Senator. Perhaps you can try and contact them there.”
The Senator quickly replied,
“No, not after that experience with General LeMay, Mac!”
“Senator, you are aware of the military rivalry to gain the upper hand over other areas of the United States military that has been an on-going practice throughout our national history”.
“Yes, I am, having been associated with the military budgets in the Senate”.
I continued saying,
“There was and still is a great rivalry between the US military services and since the USAF and the US Army ABMA were playing the same game between them at Wright Field, the AMC (Air Material Command) Foreign Technology Division of the USAF had captured alien technology and the US Navy wanted it shared with the ONI.
Another habitual US Military squabble. Can you imagine the Soviet Union having such squabbles? Not on your life. Admirals and General would have been marched to a wall and executed. In fact, Stalin did just that to several of his military officers. Goldwater agreed.
I continued to explain the film,
“As we all watched the ONI film, it described the sighting of a huge 400 foot or larger saucer shaped object that was encountered by a US Navy R7V-2 four engine Constellation aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean. As many as 40 military personnel and air crew observed it as it approached the aircraft and appeared to be observing the Navy plane.
It was at an altitude of about 19 to 20,000 feet and at first the object was mistaken for being a gathering of many ships below the plane due to its size when initially and earlier viewed far below the aircraft by the navigator and commander of the plane. I said, Senator Goldwater, I cannot recall the names of the flight crew. He said, “Just continue with the incident, Mac. It’s very interesting and I was not aware it had happened”.
“They all witnessed it and described it as having a large illuminated outer ring. Since it and what some said may have been other craft below were possibly seen. As the large object approached the plane at about 1,000 yards those aboard were mystified and frightened. The crew later said it was a huge saucer shaped metallic machine.”
“Mac, did they show photographs of it in the ONI film ?”
I told him I was not aware that a film was exposed during the actual incident, so, no, I did not see any depiction of the UFO. If any UFO film, was taken at all, it was apparently under Top Secret classification and not shown in the ONI film. Some comments made by the crew in the film were that they all considered the huge object was “intelligently controlled”. They also said that no living creature, etc, was seen.
They added that,
“the crafts speed from when it climbed from near sea level to their aircraft altitude was estimated to be about 1,400 to 2,000+ knots in a brief time lapse of seven to eight seconds.”
The Senator said,
“That’s astounding, Mac! What else was said?”
“The Navy aircraft commander radioed ahead to the Gander Air Force Base control tower and asked if their radar was identifying any other object near his R7V-2? The tower control officer said, yes, a larger object and in close proximity of the Navy plane. Sir, they verified that gigantic craft was on their radar!”
“Mac, I was not aware of that case! I will try and pursue it when I return to Washington”.
“Contact Don Keyhoe or Richard Hall, his deputy”.
I continued with the sighting saying,
“The US Navy flight Commander asked the USAF interviewer at Gander during their individual and group debriefing was asked by the interrogator, did they see any indication of life? His reply was, no, but it was intelligently controlled, and my crew and I are all witnesses to that fact!
That object was not remotely controlled, something inside of it was in CONTROL! The interrogator would not discuss what the Gander Radar had recorded and refused to allow the Navy to review it. The Navy Commander asked the Air Force Officer, what’s the USAF up to now? You people say UFOs do not exist, what the hell did we see if they don’t exist? The USAF Officer said, Sorry, we cannot answer any of your questions!
I told the Senator that I suspected it was Dr. J. Alan Hynek who became involved about four or so days later after the US Navy aircraft arrived at Patuxant, Maryland and the crew was once again placed under an intense ONI interrogation with a detailed report from each crew member and those who were passengers returning home.”
Senator Goldwater then said,
“What was the scientists response, Mac? I am very interested to know. I may contact Hynek and try to investigate if he were the scientist involved.”
“Good idea sir. Now to continue, the unidentified scientist asked the Navy Commander if he had any photographs of the huge UFO? The Commander said yes, but they have all been confiscated and classified. The scientist met with the Commander and unlocked a brief case and withdrew several photos of strange objects (UFOs). He asked the Commander if any were similar? While reviewing the photos, the Commander stopped and said, this is the exact saucer shaped object my crew and I saw.
He then said, if you and the government have photos such as these, there are people within the Federal Government who know? The scientist said he was sorry, but., he could not disclose anything. Closed his briefcase and left the room. Senator, the facts concerning UFOs and if they are from an alien star race is known in DC!”
Senator Goldwater then said,
“Mac, I am absolutely going to look into this when I return to Washington tomorrow”.
I then asked the Senator if he would answer a few questions I had for him. He agreed.
I asked him,
“Are you aware of any facts that are unknown to the public regarding the alleged Roswell crash in 1947?”
“Mac, I have investigated that incident through every possible agency that may have had some responsibility, the FBI (Hoover who shut me off quickly), The NRO, DIA, NSA, etc., and have gained nothing other than hell from the Pentagon. You may know more about it than I. I’m as curious about those facts as you.
The reaction I have had from General LeMay and the on-site Roswell facts known by General “Butch” Blanchard, etc., has told me one thing that it did happen and is a major secret regarding UFOs and aliens of our time. Perhaps of all times”.
I looked at my watch and the NASA Countdown Clock a short distance from where we were and it was progressing without any launch holds. Excitement was rising with the VIP crowd. My break had run out. Senator Goldwater and I both shook hands and I thanked him for his openness with me. As I walked away, I glanced back at him and realized I would probably not talk with this great man in our nations history again. To me, Senator Barry Goldwater was a national treasure and great American patriot.
I returned to the LCC.
At 9:32 AM the liftoff of the huge Saturn V Apollo 11 rocket rumbled into space and a historic was realized. Mankind landed and returned from the moon and will continue to explore the vast universe should our human existence continue.
On 29 May 1998, Barry Goldwater passed away in Phoenix, Arizona. Perhaps he now knows the secrets of that “secret area” at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and is now aware of other races among the stars.
Yes, I have witnessed Hyper Drive UFOs!
by Clark C. McClelland
former ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
(1958 to 1992)
For those visiting this exciting website, I now inform them that “yes”, I have had the good fortune of personally seeing unidentified flying objects on several occasions.
Were they of alien origin? At this time, I cannot say.
In November 1995, I had a very unique sighting of two large globes (or discs bottom up) during my return to a resort owned by a friend on the coast of Ambergris Caye, Belize, Central America. Many strange aerial objects have been observed over Belize throughout the years. The native Mayans have related other events to me occurring in the skies over this island. It’s an excellent area to test advanced military aircraft or other aerial vehicles.
I was with four other witnesses that evening when two bright fast moving lights caught our attention flying between Castor and Pollux, the two brightest stars in the constellation Gemini. Being a trained astronomer since age twelve, I’m very familiar with star fields.
As the two objects flew from Northwest to Southeast each one emitted, or launched, a bright pale off-white bar, (resembling a beam of light), which was observed projecting from the leading edge of each object, and preceding them in flight. The beams preceding each object I estimated at several thousand feet in length. Maybe more. They were flying one behind the other at an unknown distance. We heard no sound and I estimated their size at twice the dimension of the US Space Shuttle.
The objects appeared to be in low earth orbit, or possibly very high altitude within the atmosphere. Each of the globes/discs color was a bright, soft white and did not appear metallic. As each released/formed another beam of light, each craft appeared to “ride it” like a rail and as each beam neared its end, another was formed ahead of each. We watched them for approximately three to four minutes until they went out of sight over the horizon.
The question arises, if these craft were “riding” a light beam, it may possibly indicate an advanced propulsion capability by converting photon energy into inertia to propel the craft at speeds approaching the speed of light (or what is normally called Warp Drive in today’s terminology).
The sighting was especially intriguing due to the nature and behavior of the “beams” being produced and used for what appeared to be their propulsion mechanism. It was both fascinating and mysterious even with all the experience I have had with rockets and spacecraft. I searched for years unable to locate a scientist or physicist willing to openly venture a theory concerning the energy source both were using, until I placed my search on the Internet. Then a group involved in what they call the “Onion Drive Double Helix System”, made contact with me.
Until then, I was not able to venture a guess as to what I had viewed above Belize, Central America. What Jeff Savage, an engineer with an interest in physics and his team have disclosed to me has since created the realization that their concept of an advanced energy source for space travel may now be a reality. Especially those untethered to the military and government bureaucracy, those who are advancing the Onion Drive technology.
I’ve been asked many times, if these craft were alien technology being flown by aliens, or alien technology being flown by US Naval/USAF pilots, back-engineered here on earth? All I can add to this report is that I was “informed” by a person prior to leaving for Central America to watch the skies to the Northwest above Belize on the night I observed them for a display of advanced technology. Apparently that source knew something would be tested in Belize skies that night.
The source also indicated that this technology, U. S., foreign (alien) or otherwise would be flown by pilots of the United States military. This person was knowledgeable of the location of Ambergris Island and the Central American test area. Sorry about the anonymity, but as with all other golden tidbits of covert information, we must respect these valuable sources and their wishes for continuance of their paychecks, and in more delicate situations, their next birthdays.
If anyone, (physicist, scientist, etc.) reading this report wishes to communicate with me concerning the “Onion Drive System” or this incident please contact me at email: email@example.com. For more of my inside Kennedy Space Center eye witness disclosures please continue on to the next incident listed on this website.
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Alien Disclosure from an Astronaut
by Clark C. McClelland
former ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Prior to the fateful launch of the space shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986, I had the honor and pleasure of sharing conversations with several members of that crew.
During one of many pre-mission preps for the Challenger mission, I came upon Lt. Col. Ellison Onizuka in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at launch complex 39.
I had an assignment to assess some problems at the Launch Control Center (LCC) and needed to access the main drawing files. A file operator was there and I went to her for assistance. Ellison walked in on our conversation and we exchanged greetings. Jokingly, I asked him if he had important business with her, and he said “yes, Clark” with a big smile. I told her to help Lt. Colonel Ellison first, and I would wait. She opened a plastic bag that had a packet of goodies for this very important customer. Ellison “loved” those chocolate-peanut butter brownies that she baked for him when he was at KSC on training assignments.
Many astronauts at the KSC knew of my interest in the study of possible ET intelligence, and my association with Major Donald Keyhoe, Dick Hall and the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP since 1958), and the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), at Cape Canaveral and KSC.
Another evening while off-site, I once again accidentally came upon Ellison. He asked if I could give him an opinion regarding a topic that was sparking his curiosity. Ellison had a great interest in ET life and asked me my belief concerning aliens, and if I believed they have been here on earth?
His question caught me by surprise.
As we walked slowly towards our destinations, I briefly explained what I had learned since 1947, the initial year I entered my UFO research. I briefly related what I knew regarding the Roswell case and that I had become more aware of it many years later at the Cape through several discussions with ABMA (Army Ballistic Missile Agency) personnel who were at White Sands Proving Grounds near Roswell, New Mexico in July, 1947. These men had worked directly with Dr. Wernher von Braun and his team of German Scientists who were at that base at that time. Onizuka said he was aware of that case.
I then told him my belief that life does exist among the stars and that it has visited earth throughout human history. He smiled in agreement. I thought to myself, what else does he know? Soon it became very clear.
Onizuka asked me if my surname had any connection with McClellan Air Force Base in California? I said not as far as I was aware. I asked him why? Ellison said he had a surprising experience along with other USAF aerospace flight engineers and pilots while on military training duty at McClellan AFB, about eight or nine years prior to his astronaut training.
He and this group were at this base for specialized training when they were directed to report to a viewing room. As they were seated, the room darkened and a movie began without the usual official introduction by a USAF officer.
They were all startled when a view of a facility similar to a medical examination room appeared on the screen and small bodies were observed lying on slabs. He heard several excited comments by the other officers seated near him. The small, strange looking creatures were humanoid in shape, and appeared similar to those described by alleged witnesses at the well-known Roswell site in the Southwest USA in 1947. They all had large heads, large eyes, slight torsos, arms, and legs. They did not appear to be of earthly origin.
Ellison then said,
“Clark, my God, these highly trained officers and I were shocked by what we saw. We were not made privy to what we would see until it happened. We were all caught off guard. Perhaps it was a test of our psyche to determine our overall reaction. Well, we were all caught by surprise”.
Needless to say, I was also caught off guard hearing this revelation from a highly intelligent USAF officer and NASA astronaut. One who flew his initial space mission 51-C in the space shuttle Discovery a highly classified Department of Defense (DoD) mission under top secret conditions. It made me wonder what else Ellison knew, or perhaps had seen, during his first shuttle mission and USAF career?
“that’s amazing, Ellison! Were all of you given any opportunity to question what you saw?” He said, “No! We were then asked to exit the room and continued our scheduled technical activities as if nothing special had occurred. In my opinion, I have considered the possibility that the group was evaluated for individual reactions to what they saw. Perhaps it was a planned USAF psychological test for military reasons. Who knows, NASA may have evaluated it in my selection as an astronaut in 1978. You know, what would my reaction be if I actually saw an alien being”?
We arrived at our separate building destinations and briefly discussed his approaching second space mission in Challenger 51-L. He said he was anticipating a successful flight with Judy Resnik, Christa McAuliffe, and crew. I asked if we could discuss this topic again; and he agreed.
Unknown to us both, this would be the last time we would speak. He, Judy, Christa and the other crew members would be making their final mission on January 28, 1986. I was at the Kennedy Space Center and watched in disbelief as they and space shuttle Challenger fell into the Atlantic Ocean.
Upon leaving KSC for the night after being on duty for about 15 hours, I was driving home to my Port St. John Apartment when the disaster finally caught up with my emotions. I pulled to the side of the main NASA causeway crossing the Indian River and sobbed my eyes out for about ten minutes. God, how horrible it was, and still is to this day, in my memory.
God bless you Judy Resnik, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Dick Scobee, Michael Smith, Gregory Jarvis and Ronald McNair. Thank you God for the honor of knowing all of them. And, please, if you would – make sure Ellison gets those chocolate-peanut butter brownies up there in heaven.
For more of my inside Kennedy Space Center eye witness disclosures please continue on to the next incident listed on this website.
The Arkansas Incident
by Clark C. McClelland
former ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
The UFO Crash in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 is rightfully considered the paramount case thus far experienced by the public in the history of the UFO enigma. Yet, there was another disc recovery disclosed to me in 1994, and it apparently occurred in the State of Arkansas in October/November, 1946.
A former United States Army Air Force Private stationed at Wright Patterson A. F. B., recently came out of the closet and disclosed his experience witnessing a recovered disc which was being stored at building 18 (not yet called Hangar 18). The Private was delivering documents to the building when a friend in his unit, on guard duty asked him if he wanted to see a strange craft stored in the building. He followed him inside and to his surprise, a disc shaped object was sitting on the deck. It was 15 feet in diameter and about 7 feet in width.
He said it looked like two soup bowls sealed together. In the center was an 18 inch divider with 10 x 15 inch rectangular “windows” set about 8 to 10 inches apart circling the disc.
This sketch was drawn during the interview session with the witness.
The guard told the Private that several scientists were attempting to gain entry into the interior. They tried to use a diamond drill to penetrate the “glass” yet the drill had no effect on the clear material. There were no visual doors or entry hatches. No insignias, flags, no writing, no numbers. The material appeared to be a mold of one continuous material. It appeared to be brushed aluminum yet it wasn’t. The body inside and out had no weld seams, no rivets, no apparent joining of the skin.
They both looked into the interior and did not see anything of apparent interest. No control panels, no seats, no hatches, no entities, nothing. A cylinder was in the center and its wall was about 6 feet from the window. The cylinder was about 3 feet in diameter and possibly housed the power unit
The Private was a Clerk Specialist assigned to interview and classify new recruits to their specialty school on base. The base Commander was Colonel Nathan Twining who would years later be the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.
Von Braun at Roswell
by Clark C. McClelland
former ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
In 1947, a controversial event took place in New Mexico near the town of Roswell. The “Roswell Incident,” as it has come to be known, remains the paramount case in UFO crash/retrieval history. In addition to the claims of a downed alien ship, alien bodies were said to have been recovered from the debris.
The USAF and Federal Government have kept a steadfast opinion that the object in question was a high altitude balloon project, code named: Mogul.
The project was designed to detect nuclear blasts in the USSR. The bodies that were recovered, according to the USAF, were parachute test dummies that had been released high above the desert, and had eventually drifted into the “balloon” crash area. The USAF finally settled on this fabricated version of events and passed it off to the American public as truth.
During my long years of service in our national space program, I was very fortunate to come to know and exchange some very exciting data with former German scientists, who had been brought to the USA under Operation Paper Clip following WW II. These men were the elite of the German rocket programs controlled by Adolph Hitler.
On many occasions I had the distinct privilege of speaking with Dr. Wernher von Braun, the leader of the elite group, and several other scientists who were assigned to the ABMA (Army Ballistics Missile Agency) launch crews at the Cape Canaveral launch sites. Eventually, these same men were incorporated into the new National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) organization.
During the periodic MFA (Manned Flight Awareness) meetings that were held at Cocoa Beach, I was able to talk freely and briefly with such scientists, particularly Dr. von Braun.
On one such occasion, he and I had taken a break and stepped out of the Cocoa Beach Ramada Inn into the back patio. I admitted that I was aware that he and his German Scientific team were located not too far from the crash site at that time. They were launching captured V-2 rockets from the White Sands Testing Range. On this night, I asked him a question concerning the Roswell Incident that caused his eyebrows to raise.
Did the Roswell Incident in fact happen, was an alien craft recovered along with alien bodies? Did you have a chance to go to the crash site?”
Dr von Braun was a cigarette smoker and he lit one up. He thought for a second, then proceeded to talk freely about his inspection of the crashed craft.
He trusted me to hear such astonishing events because I vowed to not report it to newspapers, magazines, television, etc. I never broke that vow. Since he is deceased, and the incident happened over fifty years ago, I am now disclosing what I heard. I have a right to speak about anything — even things that, according to certain agencies, “do not exist.”
Dr. von Braun explained how he and his (unnamed, for now) associates had been taken to the crash site after most of the military were pulled back. They did a quick analysis of what they found. He told me the craft did not appear to be made of metal as we know metal on earth. He said it seemed to be created from something biological, like skin. I was lost as to what he indicated, other than thinking perhaps the craft was “alive.” The recovered bodies were temporarily being kept in a nearby medical tent.
They were small, very frail and had large heads. Their eyes were large. Their skin was grayish and reptilian in texture. He said it looked similar to the skin texture of rattle snakes he’d seen several times at White Sands. His inspection of the debris had even him puzzled: very thin, aluminum colored, like silvery chewing gum wrappers. Very light and extremely strong. The interior of the craft was nearly bare of equipment, as if the creatures and craft were part of a single unit.
That’s when I became lost in the moment. We returned to the awards ceremony, in which he participated, later bidding farewell. I went home with my head spinning from all I had heard. Keeping this quiet for many years was very difficult, especially with the temptations of having many friends and associates who believe in UFOs, ETs, etc. I never released this amazing data to Major Keyhoe and NICAP, or the public, until now.
I considered my honor sacred when a vow was made.
by Clark C. McClelland
former ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Several years before the Atlas incident in September of ’64, a Juno II rocket had been launched by the Army Ballistic Missile Agency at Cape Canaveral, Florida. German Scientist, Dr. Wernher von Braun was assigned to this agency in Huntsville, Alabama. The “buzz” around the Cape was that the Juno II, which was having tests run on the ablative shield applied to its nosecone, was accompanied by “visitors” which followed it into the earth’s atmosphere upon reentry.
The nosecone left quite a streak, resembling a fireball as it reentered atmosphere. Remarkably, the UFOs seemed to behave as if atmospheric friction was not an issue.
I was working on a launch tower steel modification assignment when Dr. von Braun and other former German Scientists were doing an on-site inspection near Launch Pad 5. I had an opportunity to introduce myself to him, Dr. Kurt DeBus, Director of the ABMA Launch Team at the Cape, and Dr. Grune, his deputy.
As Dr. DeBus walked ahead of von Braun and me, I asked him,
“Dr. von Braun, is it true that a Juno II we launched from here had other unknown craft accompany it back into the earth’s atmosphere?”
He looked at me with a bit of surprise, and said,
“Young man, yes we had such an encounter with a power that appears advanced beyond ours here. Stronger than we have assumed and unknown to us where their base is located. I cannot say much more other than we are entering into a closer contact with these unknown powers and perhaps within a short time, a few months or so of time, we will be capable of saying more.”
I must have had my lower jaw hit the ground when I heard these statements. I shook his hand and returned to my assignments. Later, I would learn that he made a similar statement while visiting his homeland of Germany.
I personally withheld this astounding disclosure for many years due to my utmost respect for this pioneer of space travel.
Interfering with Atlas
by Clark C. McClelland
former ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
UFO Disables ICBM — SEPTEMBER, 1964
Was the USAF facing an Interstellar “Act of Peace?”
An Atlas ICBM launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, during a test of a dummy nuclear warhead, took part in what now appears to have been a very significant mission, although the military would not realize its importance until the flight ended in failure. In fact, from a military standpoint, it seems to have ended in an act of interstellar war. However, there is another far less threatening interpretation of this event, and it may in fact have been just the opposite of an act of hostile aggression.
Whatever the motive for this close encounter, nothing the USAF released hinted at anything out of the ordinary. Was the USAF even slightly aware of what was to happen that day? Or were they simply trying to establish the best visual coverage of a major test of the Nike-Zeus antimissile system? The latter was probably the case, but let’s study the steps that led up to one of the most startling events in UFO history. Astonishingly, even today, few know anything about it.
The USAF Western Missile Testing Range at Vandenberg provides a testing range capability practically unmatched anywhere else on earth. It allows the launch of rockets across vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean 5,000 miles or longer. It also provides a chain of islands for tracking and launch of defensive missile systems tested against those fired from Vandenberg. It is a strong link in our national defense capabilities.
An important series of Atlas ICBM launchings were planned in the fall of 1964. The USAF, needing strategic data from each mission, required a scrutinizing look at each missile launched in that series. To be assured success, the USAF Western Missile Test Range received permission to borrow a state-of-the-art 24-inch Gregorian Telescopic Camera from their counterparts, the USAF Eastern Missile Test Range at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, located about twenty miles south of the USAF Cape Canaveral Missile Test Center.
The Gregorian Telescopic Camera was a precise astronomical instrument built by scientists at Boston University, and was quite capable of delivering close-up views of the Atlas rocket during its most critical phases of flight.
USAF Lieutanant Robert Jacobs was assigned as Officer-in-charge of Photo-Optical Instrumentation for the 1369th Photographic Squadron at Vandenberg. His first responsibility was to locate a suitable, remotely located site to securely mount the camera. The site had to be high, stable, and located at a specific distance northwest of the launch site. It also had to be in an area not susceptible to the California early morning coastal fog which plagues most beach areas, usually drifting inland. Fog would obscure the vital view of the launch.
After days of extensive searching, Jacobs located a perfect remote site in Big Sur. He and his crew securely mounted the camera in place. What it captured was simply amazing.
The film began to roll, catching the Atlas missile in an awesome view that literally filled the camera frame from an amazing distance of 100 nautical miles! As the dummy nuclear nosecone approached T+400 seconds into the flight, a sufficient visual angle had been established to verify the rocket was locked into the camera tracking frame. As the camera automatically ran off the remaining 35 mm frames, Lt. Jacobs and his crew celebrated their success.
Later that evening, Jacobs placed the film canisters in his vehicle and delivered them to Vandenberg for developmental processing. Jacobs had no hint what his camera had recorded.
The next morning, Jacobs was immediately ordered to report to the office of Major Florenz Mansmann, First STRAT AD, of Vandenberg Air Force Base, a very intelligent and dedicated military officer.
When Jacobs arrived, he first noticed a 35 mm movie projector and large screen had already been set up. He eagerly anticipated seeing the film from Big Sur. Turning to scan the office, he noticed three solemn looking men dressed in gray suits, watching every move he made. None spoke a word, no Good-morning, no exchanges, nothing.
Soon, the Major greeted them with a Good-morning and started the projector rolling. Jacobs found himself admiring the clear, crisp frames showing the Atlas rising into space in all its glory. He was very proud of his team and their accomplishments. Every sequence of the rocket was clearly captured as it continued out over the ocean. The segment of the flight reached the point where the dummy nuclear warhead sequence was to take place.
As the final frames of the film approached, Major Mansmann said,
“Lt. Jacobs, now watch the screen carefully.”
Suddenly the most remarkable thing Jacobs had ever seen came into view from right to left and joined the streaking Atlas. It approached the dummy warhead and began to maneuver around it. The strange visitor was actually orbiting the nosecone in flight. It dawned on Jacobs that this “thing” was intricately circling the warhead while both were traveling at 18,000 miles per hour! That is phenomenal maneuverability, even by today’s standards of aviation.
Jacobs was shocked into realizing that as far as he was concerned, the US, better yet, the world governments, had no such capability to display this feat of technological showmanship.
“Who did?” was Jacobs’ silent question.
Then, something even more astonishing occurred.
The “thing” circumnavigated the warhead while emitting four very distinct and bright flashes of very intense white light, hitting the warhead at approximately the four cardinal points of the compass as it related to the long cylindrical shape of the nosecone. These flashes were so intense that each strike on the warhead caused the image orthicon (television) tube to bloom or form a halo around each light burst. Following this unearthly display, the strange craft departed in the direction from which it came. Jacobs noted that the shape of the object was the classic saucer. On top, in the center of the disc, was a dome from which the four bright flashes of light emanated.
Subsequently, the dummy warhead’s trajectory was obviously disrupted by the “attack.” It malfunctioned, tumbling out of control into the Pacific, hundreds of miles short of where the Nike-Zeus was to intercept it in a crucial test of our missile defense capabilities. The mission’s primary objective had failed.
The film ended. Major Mansmann switched on the lights and pointedly asked if Lt. Jacobs or his crew had been fooling around with the optical equipment.
“No sir!” replied Jacobs. “Then,” demanded Mansmann, “what the hell was that, Lt. Jacobs?”
Jacobs looked straight into Mansmann’s eyes and said,
“It looks to me like we got a UFO, sir.”
Jacobs had just committed a major mistake.
The three spooks in gray suits glared at Jacobs without saying a word. Their stare was cold and filled with grave concern over his remark.
Major Mansmann, observing their reaction, ordered Jacobs to forget all he had witnessed on the film, told him it never happened. Jacobs responded with his affirmation and left the room like any USAF officer would do if he valued his military career. Years later, Lt. Jacobs would feel guilty over keeping this astounding event from the public. He disclosed it in an article published in the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) Journal.
In 1997, I attempted to locate Major Florenz Mansmann, who had no doubt retired. After finding an address, I wrote a very polite letter and awaited an answer. To be honest, I did not expect one.
About two weeks later, to my complete surprise, a very cordial response arrived accompanied by photocopies of articles of the Major and his photographic crew, including Lt. Jacobs. It was obvious the Major was proud of his long military career and his numerous, impressive accomplishments. He also provided written approval to quote him and all he said concerning this incident, and verified that this strange craft had indeed downed one of the USA’s strategic missile nosecones.
Was this an alien “act of peace?”
“They” demonstrated a level of technology clearly capable of totally destroying the missile — or doing far worse — but instead, the UFO merely disrupted the guidance system by maneuvering in at extremely close range, and firing four pulses of light.
Act of war?
Why not just blast the missile out of the sky?
Or pick a more logical military target?
Perhaps “They” even knew it was only a dummy warhead, and chose precisely this mission to send their message. What would the military reaction have been to an “attack” on a live missile? More may be inferred by assessing the aliens’ capabilities and looking at what they could have done but didn’t do, than by examining what they did.
What are we to make of this particular incident?
Two things are certain:
1. The “Other Intelligences” (as von Braun called them) downed that missile
2. If “They” had wanted to, “They” could have done far worse, judging by their level of technology
The “Alien Message,” if there is one, may not be one of peace — but at the very least, it seems to be one of antiwar.
Or so we should hope.
Investigating the Investigator
by Clark C. McClelland
former ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
In 1994, I located the former wife of the NASA Senior Scientist who had been at the Kennedy Space Center during the Apollo Missions to the moon. She gave me his address, which was back in Germany where he retired as a Professor.
I thought it would be OK to send him a letter asking him to verify that he and I had discussed UFOs and ETs during my tenure as Director of the NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena) at KSC in the 1960s. I specifically requested he verify our discussion of the Juno II nose cone reentry and the “guests of another Intelligence”; that followed it in through the atmosphere.
I waited for a reply. Nothing came.
Then, several weeks later, I received a call from my Sioux Indian Chief, White Wolf. He was excited and told me the following: During the early morning, another Native American Chief had received a telephone call from US Army Intelligence in Huntsville, Alabama asking him very direct and detailed questions about the author of this book. He was asked questions of whether I (the author) had spoken of anything secret or events dealing with UFOs? The Chief said no to everything he was asked. The USA Intelligence person then politely ended the interrogation.
Later that afternoon, two men identifying themselves as FBI Agents from the Pittsburgh Office came to the front door of the home of Chief White Wolf. They knocked and the Chief answered. They showed the Chief their official credentials and began to question the Chief concerning his friendship with the author and brought up the subject of UFOs. The Chief became angry and told them that his friend, McClelland has not spoken of anything other than his support in assisting in correcting the terrible plight of the Native Americans. The Chief then told the two agents to leave his property and not come back.
I later made an attempt to follow up on this matter by sending a letter to the FBI in Washington, DC. I asked them using the Freedom of Information Act what they had in their files regarding me. With all my clearances at Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center not to mention the US Navy, they later responded that there was no data in their files concerning me. To a normal person, the news would be wonderful, to me, it was a terrible reality to accept. I apparently did not exist where it concerned the FBI. They did not address the fact that I had been investigated and the Chief’s questioned.
Readers, if UFOs don’t exist,
WHY DID THEY INVESTIGATE ME?
Why would the Former NASA Scientist be so alarmed and cause the US Army Intelligence and the FBI to scramble to interrogate the two Native Americans?
Why didn’t the FBI question me directly?
Very odd reaction since you and I know that according to the military UFO’s do not exist.
by Clark C. McClelland
former ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
NOVEMBER 19, 1996
Space Shuttle Columbia during STS-80 took a crew of five astronauts into a 17 day, 15 hour and 54 minute mission around the earth, the longest flight in the history of this vehicle. During this lengthy flight a very strange event occurred that even had crewman Dr. Story Musgrave unable to explain what he observed from the shuttle windows.
A large disc shaped object appeared below the Columbia. The shuttle was approximately, 190 Nautical miles high.
The disc was first observed to miraculously appear from out of nowhere, flying through the clouds below and progressing from right to left as the astronauts stared in utter amazement. The outer rim of the craft appeared to be rotating counterclockwise. It was very large (compared to common space junk and breakaway ice), approximately 50 to 150 feet in diameter.
Astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave, a Payload Specialist on the STS-80 Mission, was interviewed following the flight. As he viewed a videotape of the incident which showed lightning flashes in the atmosphere, the city lights of Denver, Colorado and other earthbound sights, he stated:
“I don’t know what it is. Whether it’s a washer, debris, ice particles, I don’t know. But it’s characteristic of the thousands of things which I’ve seen. What is not so characteristic is it appears to come from no where. You would think that if it’s facing the dark side or facing a side towards you which is not reflecting the sun, you would think that you would see something there. It’s really impressive.”
During an earlier interview, Dr. Musgrave stated he attempted to communicate with ET life-forms during each of his six missions. He actually asked them to take him with them. Now that’s an astronaut with a lot of courage. Dr. Musgrave retired after this flight from NASA. Since then he’s been spreading his considered opinion that alien life exists.
When Musgrave speaks of this, it’s no great leap for one to assume he’s admitting knowledge of alien life. As the final slide of a “Grey” ET was shown during a recent astronomy presentation by Dr. Musgrave, he made this surprising comment:
“These guys are real… I guarantee it!”
Dr. Musgrave does know the truth. This author guarantees it!
Consider that carefully. These are world renown scientists making statements almost beyond belief. Dr. von Braun and others of his stature have the courage to disclose “sensitive” information, but obviously the leaders of the USA and the world do not.
If billions could find a way of coping with the overwhelming threat of atomic annihilation for half a century, it is reasonable to assume we can cope with the knowledge of these “Other Intelligence’s” from the stars. We can cope with the fact they are visiting earth, and have been since the beginning of history. We must.
Those still asleep must open their eyes.
We Are Not Alone.
Four Guests with Gemini
by Clark C. McClelland
former ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
On April 9, 1964 the Gemini-Titan 2 was launched from complex 19 at the Cape Canaveral USAF Missile Test Range in Florida. It was unmanned yet drew a lot of attention by “other intelligence’s”. Who or what were they?
Your guess is as good as any.
(Photo: Gemini Titan 2, Credit: NASA)
I was a young Designer working for the Titan ll Launch Operations Team in Hangar “U”. I was assigned to work with a bright engineer called Chuck. We had a problem happening with the first stage of the Titan and called it “POGO”. Several previous test flights were flown and the effect showed up at lift off. It acted like a POGO stick (up and down motion) as the vehicle rose into the sky. NASA and the USAF determined the effect to be dangerous for any of the two astronauts chosen to fly in the Gemini capsule. The booster would not meet Man Rated restrictions by NASA and the USAF.
Chuck and I were to attach measurements to the booster and determine how or what could be done to stop the POGO effect. Several modifications had been made and this flight would prove if we were approaching the correction of the difficulty. The capsule had a canned man which is sometimes called a “black box” inside the astronaut compartment to help solve the problem by collecting data.
The rocket lifted off and began to return data which indicated that the modifications Chuck and I had designed had reduced the POGO effect significantly. Everyone was delighted to receive the preliminary information.
As the Gemini Capsule entered orbit, the RCA world tracking team began to realize that “our” capsule was not alone as viewed through their incoming telemetry, visual theodolite and other high powered optical data. Our capsule had four ‘visitors”. The RCA team was ordered to run a recheck of the situation to be certain ghost images were not the cause. The Titan ll stages were also excluded as causing the images.
NASA, the USAF and Martin-Marietta who built the Titan ll were all puzzled and just about scratching their heads in unison. After much huddling and discussion the intelligent determination was that we had other physical objects up there with our Gemini capsule. Total silence filled the launch
control area. A few whispers were heard but nothing else. Then a brash young member of the team said the words that caused faces to turn to horror.
“What about UFOs?”
It was as if I had taken the Lords name in vain.
The silence deepened as almost everyone present was staring at me. I felt like a child caught with his/her hand in the cookie jar. Cold stares
came at me from the NASA Brass and USAF Officers. Actually, the only obvious answer was what I had so blatantly stated, they were UFOs! I slipped back into my assignments and remained a very interested and quiet observer.
Several hours after the objects departed their single orbit rendezvous with the Gemini capsule, a strange shadowy group of personnel arrived on scene. They were not faces of those who had worked at Cape Canaveral for any length of time. Old time Cape workers like myself knew a stranger when one showed up in our work area. Who they were no one seemed to know or if they did know did not identify them. I made an attempt to I.D. them and ran into a brick wall of silence. One thing was for certain, this group was at the Cape for no other reason other than the Gemini Titan mission and its guests.
A week or so later, I was talking to an old friend called Vince. He was a Pan American Security guard at the Cape and got around to all launch complex areas. Vince told me that he transported several men to the Cape Canaveral Skid Strip (aircraft runway) at the time all the Gemini activity had taken place. He heard a younger man call another older person Colonel. Vince had a good pair of eyes when he wore his glasses and told me they had top secret security clearance badges he had only seen once before.
The badges appeared to have letters and a number on them. He thought that he had seen MG, MJ or M something with a number 12 marked on their badges. He observed them from across the car roof as they entered his security cruiser and did not observe the badges close up. They wore no uniforms yet acted as if they were military.
They spoke of returning the Washington, DC and only one other word was unclear to him. Vince said it sounded like Akarius or may have had a “Q” involved in the spelling ( was it Aquarius?). Vince also noted that they wore matching lapel pins that may have been similar to those worn by secret service officers during the several visits by President Kennedy and Eisenhower in past years.
To make a long story short, NASA, USAF, Pentagon, White House, NSA etc., all determined that it had to be eventually explained as normal activity. The hungry dogs of the mass media who ate broken glass and razor blades to sharpen their questions were awaiting the NASA news conference eagerly willing to slash away. The official NASA determination was that the objects were the torn particles or remains of the Titan upper stage that apparently entered orbit with the Gemini capsule.
I was at the news conference and I nearly began to laugh. How could a broken stage overtake the capsule and stop slightly ahead of the capsule to accompany it an entire orbit around the earth? But I held my laugh to save my job. A NASA PIO Officer held his breath hoping my mouth would stay shut. It did and I remained in my job to record other astounding events that will be in my book.
Readers Note: Also read the Interfering with Atlas incident and note that it happened also in 1964.
by Clark C. McClelland
former ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
In 1958 when I initially arrived at the Cape Canaveral U.S.A.F. Missile Test Center, I began to hear the word “Lonesome George” intermingled into conversations between old time aerospace personnel. Finally, as I was sitting and eating lunch in one of several base cafeterias, I heard it once again and interrupted three people that had used the words between bites.
Two of the lunch guests told me the following:
They had been developing and working the Range Tracking Network contracted by the RCA Company since the earlier years of the 1950’s. During the range testing of various instruments, the large radio telescope (Tel-2) in use to collect telemetry as a rocket was launched and in flight down range was confronted by a mystery.
While the launch was in progress, the RCA crew operating the large dish began to pick up two signals returning from what they thought to be one source. One signal was quicker to return and the other caused a longer delay to report to the instrumentation consoles located in an adjacent building to the dish. As the missile gained altitude and distance, the second deep space object faded from the dish due to it following the progress of the rocket.
Completing the assigned tracking and telemetry gathering of the missile functions, the crew realized that the acquisition of the second object located its position to be far out in space somewhere between the moon and earth. Then they realized that the object appeared to be in a stationary orbit some 80 to 100,000 miles from earth.
This was highly improbable due to our not having the capabilities to orbit such a deep space object or any other at this point in our scientific development.
What could it be?
Our deepest concerns were that the USSR had leaped far ahead of our expertise in booster rocket capabilities and spacecraft design. A fact that was only a few years off with the first satellite orbiting of Sputnik in 1957.
The acquiring of this mystery object would repeat itself several times again in the coming years. Once during the bouncing of signals off the moon. Another second reply was heard and determined to be the same mystery object. So, the pioneering RCA Team gave the mystery object a name: Lonesome George.
Is Lonesome George still out there? I have no clue at this time of history. But it did cause the high ranking USAF officers at the Cape and those at Patrick AFB, 20 miles South of the launch sites much concern in their suspicions that it was a Soviet Space Weapon being aimed at the USA.
Of course we know today that it was not.