Smith was an Air Traffic Controller with the Air Force
in Oregon and, subsequently, in Michigan. At both of these
facilities, he and others witnessed UFOs tracked on radar
and moving at extraordinary speeds. He also confirms that
personnel were expected to maintain secrecy concerning
these observations, and that NORAD, the North American
Air Defense Command, was fully apprised of these events.
In fact, in one event in Michigan, NORAD was fully engaged,
and steered B-52s returning to base around these UFOs.
name is Michael W. Smith. I was in the Air Force from
1969 to 1973 and was an Aircraft Control and Early Warning
Operator, which was basically an Aircraft Control person.
Our job was to track and give altitudes for military aircraft,
and to detect and identify any incoming aircraft coming
into our airspace.
spring of 1970, while I was stationed in Klamath Falls,
Oregon, I came up to the radar site on the evening shift,
and where there [were] normally two or three people in
the radar room, there [were] quite a few, from the cooks
to maintenance all kinds of people. I asked what
was going on, and they said that they were watching a
UFO on radar. I immediately was stunned and asked if the
Pentagon [had been] notified, or if we [had] called the
President. They said no, they dont do that. And
I said, well, we should call the news media or, you know,
call somebody this was Earth-shaking news to me.
And they said, No, just calm down.
[North American Air Defense Command] knows about it. They
had called NORAD. The senior NCO pulled me to the side
and said that NORAD knows about it thats
the only people we notify. We dont talk about this.
We dont tell anybody about this. The people that
know, know. We just watch, see what happens, and thats
it. Thats our job. I insisted there has to be a
report filed or something filed, you know? And he said
that there is a report that you can file its
about an inch thick, and the first two pages are about
the sighting. The rest of it is basically a psychological
profile of you, your family, your bloodlines, everything.
the Air Force goes through it, they can discredit you
completely by either saying that [you were] on drugs,
or your mother was a communist, or anything to discredit
you. Youd never get a promotion, and [youd]
spend the next three and one-half years up at the North
Pole, living in a tent, checking the weather balloons.
You know no hope for promotion. So, the message
was pretty loud and clear: you just shut-up and dont
say anything to anybody.
UFO was stationary; wasnt moving at all. Then it
would slowly lower itself down until it got behind a mountain
so that you lost radar contact. It would stay down for
about 15 minutes, and the next thing you knew, it was
right back up there at 80,000 [or] 90,000 feet. Then,
[in] the next sweep of the radarscope, it would be 200
miles away, stationary completely stopped. It would
hover there for 5 [or] 10 minutes, and then slowly start
descending until it dropped off radar. Then it would come
back up. It did this three times, that I saw.
happened one more time that I know of. I heard that its
not an infrequent occurrence out there. They have them
quite often, but Ive personally seen it twice.
no aircraft that can accelerate and decelerate that fast
without having the pilots face go through the windshield.
I mean it is impossible to operate that way with gravity...
So, it was obviously something we didnt have. We
never scrambled interceptors on them, so it was obviously
something the Russians never had. It was a UFO. Thats
the only explanation there was for it. NORAD knew about
it and they just handled it like its just a UFO
watch it and see what happens. Dont take
any actions, dont tell anybody, dont write
it down, and dont disclose it.
is in charge of all of the air space of the United States
and North America. Its their job to identify any
incoming aircraft, any threats Russian planes or
any aircraft at all. The first thing they do is check
it with the flight plans of airlines or private carriers
or whatever. Everything is identified, so when something
like this just pops up on the scope with no flight plan
and doing erratic behaviors, its their job to identify
it. They have a tie-in with all the radar stations in
North America. It all goes to Cheyenne Mountain, CO [NORAD
HQ]. They have a big screen and they can see any area
of the country at any time.
experience I had happened on third shift. I was on the
radar, and NORAD called me and informed me that there
was a UFO coming up the California coast and it would
be in my area pretty soon.
said what do you want me to do? And they said, Nothing,
just watch it, dont write it down. We have
a log book in which we are supposed to keep track of anything
out of the ordinary. But they said, Dont log
it or anything, just watch it. We are just letting you
know heads up. NORAD was well aware, obviously,
that these UFOs were around, and the action of the people
when I first saw the UFO on radar was as if it happens
first time you see a UFO on radar you realize the Government
knows about this, so why arent they telling the
when I was pulled to the side, it was explained that,
yes, there are UFOs. Yes, we know [about] them. Yes, NORAD
knows about them. But thats it. This is a secret.
You are not supposed to talk about it. Dont tell
anybody about it. Dont make any reports. Dont
write it down. Just shut-up and youll get your next
stripe, and youll be promoted, and well go
on from there.
encounter happened while I was stationed in Michigan.
It was in 1972 I believe it was in the fall of
1972. I was working alone that night. By then, I was promoted
to Sergeant. I got a phone call from the switchboard operator,
and he said he had the State Police on the phone and they
wanted to talk to me. He was real frantic when he got
on the phone, and said that there [were] three UFOs over
the north tower of the Mackinac Bridge. Mackinac Bridge
connects the upper peninsula and the lower peninsula of
immediately turned on the radar, but my immediate reply
to the officer was [that] they are not on radar, and I
hung up the phone. Its just something thats
programmed into you thats what you are supposed
to say, Theres nothing on radar, even
if you see something. But actually, the north tower seemed
to be a little bit bigger, and then I realized that they
were the UFOs. One took off, left the other two, circled
Mackinac Island and came back to the other [two]. Then,
all three started going along Interstate 75, north from
the meantime, I got calls from the Sheriffs Department.
They were frantic, saying, We are chasing these
UFOs up the highway. My response was, theres
nothing on radar. Several people called several
civilians. I believe there was a newspaper person that
called. In the meantime, I called NORAD and told them.
They looked it up and they said, Oh, they are going
up I-75? I said yes, at about 70-80 miles an hour.
about halfway between St. Ignace and [unintelligible],
there is Kincheloe Air Force Base, which is a SAC base
[closed in 1977]. They have B-52 bombers. They had two
that were on final approach, and that crosses I-75. Apparently,
they diverted those two bombers because they didnt
want [whether] they have nuclear weapons or not
to take a chance on them meeting UFOs about the
same altitude, crossing the highway. So they diverted
the two B-52s.
the UFOs came closer, I realized that they were coming
this way following the highway right by my radar
site, which is up on top of a hill.
I saw a bright bluish glow go by silently, followed by
the flashing red and blue lights of the police cars that
were chasing them.
I had said, oh, yes, I have them on radar, then the next
thing I know, newspapers are going to be up there wanting
to talk to me and Id probably get courtmartialed
It was just instinct, saying theres nothing on radar
when there actually was. I was watching them come up the
highway. They were so close together, they looked like
one return. In other words, it looked like it was one
aircraft and it was very low.
doesnt matter if hes wearing a badge or not
you dont talk about it. In the log book,
[I] wrote this down, and I told my Senior NCO the next
day about it but thats all you are supposed
to do. Dont tell anybody else. Dont write
it down, although I did write it down. But, I doubt youll
ever find that log book.
government, they cover up. They dont want anybody
talking about it. But this is such remarkable technology.
These people come from who knows where. I would think
youd want everybody to know
a personal note, after the first event happened in Oregon,
I came home on leave and told my Dad about it. He was
red, white, and blue through and through--an old WWII
hero and all that, and very patriotic. I was explaining
to him about these UFOs that we routinely see out there,
and he said, No, the Government says that there
are no UFOs. Im saying, Dad, Ive seen
these on radar with my own eyes. And he says, come on,
the Government would never lie to him. You know? But heres
his son; I would never lie to him.
he just didnt know what to do. It wasnt until
years later, until after Watergate, that he said, Hey,
sit down and tell me about this. The Government is lying
to me about a little thing like Watergate, so obviously
they are out lying about something big.
a Government cover-up that doesnt need to be here
any more. There is no more Cold War. I believe the same
thing Dr. Greer does, that the technology they have could
enable us to stop burning our fossil fuels and stop the
damage to the ozone, etc. These people have technologies
they must have something. And the Government knows
about it. They have these aliens, they have these spacecraft,
they have this technology, all this. Theres a lot
of back-engineered technology, thats pretty obvious.
Who are they to cover this up when other Governments are
coming forward, admitting, and showing their files
why isnt our Government?
I was in the Air Force, there were a number of other people
that had witnessed UFOs on radar, also. A number of pilots
Ive talked to had chased them or come close to them
or flown in formation with them. For example, a friend
of mine was in a tower and there was a flight of three
interceptors coming in. And he said, No, theres
four of them. And the Captain is going, No,
theres three of us. And he said, Well,
look around. Sure enough, there was a UFO flying
in formation with them.
Dr. Greer brought us down to Washington, D.C. for the
Congressional briefing [in April 1997], I was very nervous.
I didnt know what to expect. However, there were
about 12 other people there that really amazed me. My
story is very tame compared to what theyve experienced
and what theyve encountered. It was a real eye-opener,
how deep this secrecy goes, how deep the cover-up is
everyone from astronauts to senators who know that theres
something going on."