Form: 97 NUFORC
Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2006 20:00:10 +0100 (BST)
From: daniel wilson <>
Subject: August 15, 1962, East of Denver, Colorado / UFO near Titan ICBM Complex
Cat: 1
To: Francis Ridge <> 
Approximate Date
August 15, 1962, East of Denver, Colorado
Large UFO hovering over a high line tower—Chased by Air Force Helicopters near Denver, CO in 1962. This is in the area of the Lowry AFB Titan I ICBM Complex
National UFO Reporting Center
Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/15/1962 17:30 (Entered as : 08/??/62 17:30)
Reported: 8/30/2002 1:13:03 PM 13:13
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Denver (east of), CO
Shape: Disk
Duration:20 minutes
Large UFO hovering over a high line tower—Chased by Airforce Helicopters near Denver, CO in 1962.

Returning from a fishing trip in late afternoon, my stepdad (an Army Sargent), myself, and three Soldiers under my stepdad's command at Fitzimmons Army Hospital, saw a large elliptical object hovering over a highline power tower as we topped a hill looking West into the setting sun. The shape appeared in silhouette against the sun. The four lane highway was divided by a median down which stretched the highline towers. Below the object, at least 20 vehicles were pulled off the road into the median and people were out of the vehicles looking up at the object. When we arrived at the scene, my stepdad pulled off the road into the median and we all got out to look up at the object. From below, it appeared to be a large circular craft with a diameter of approxamatly 50 or sixty feet across. There appeared to be a section somewhat inside the outer rim that was turning counter clockwise, but it was very difficult to see this movement. While we watched, the craft made no sound that we could hear. After we had observed the craft for approximately 20 minutes without any noticible change in it, we began to hear the sound of approaching helicopters approaching from the West from the diirection of Lowery Air Force Base. As the three copters approached to about a mile distant, the craft above us began to silently move away toward the East. It seemed in no hurry to leave, and kept the distance between itself and the three copters approxamately the one mile distance. We watched until the object and then the three copters had disappeared over the hill we had decended from, and then got back into our car and resumed our trip home. After we dropped off the three soldiers at their barracks on the base, we drove home, and my Stepdad, called Lowery Air Base to report the object. He was told they knew about it and requested he keep silent about the sighting. This is the first report I've made of the sighting to anyone. My stepdad is now dead and I can't remember the names of the three soldiers, so I give this report on the off chance that one of the other people who obviously saw the same object we did, will have already come forward with a report or will come forward if the read this, to substantiate the truth of this UFO sighting.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))
Map showing the location of Lowry AFB
Denver, Colorado
To the east of Lowry AFB is the location
of the Titan I ICBM Complex consisting
of 18 ICBM launchers.
Operational February 1960 - June 1965
See map below.

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724th Strategic Missile Squadron
Operational February 1960 - June 1965

725th Strategic Missile Squadron
Operational August 1960 - June 1965
Complex Map Photo Launcher Site Coordinates
Site 1 Complex 1A     MAP PHOTO 724-A  1, 2, 3 1 39N 38' 57" - 104W 41' 26"
Site 1 Complex 1B   MAP PHOTO 724-B  1, 2, 3 2 39N 36' 20" - 104W 34' 50"
Site 1 Complex 1C  MAP PHOTO 724-C  1, 2, 3 3 39N 39' 57" - 104W 29' 39"
Site 1 Complex 2A    MAP PHOTO 725-A  1, 2, 3 4 39N 35' 17" - 104W 27' 43"
Site 3 Complex 2B     MAP PHOTO 725-B  1, 2, 3 5 39N 40' 07" - 104W 01' 41"
Site 2 Complex 2C     MAP PHOTO 725-C  1, 2, 3 6 39N 18' 55" - 104W 33' 52"
Lowry AFB Silo Complex names and locations, based on EPA Superfund documents
Lowry AFB Titan Missile Site 1 Complex 1A - 724A
1 1/2 Miles East and 3/4 mile North of
Quincy and Gun Club Mile Road
Aurora, Colorado 80016
Lowry AFB Titan Missile Site 1 Complex 2A - 725A  
Five Miles South of East Quincy Av and            
Brick Center Road
Aurora, Colorado 90019
Lowery AFB Titan Missile Site 1 Complex 1B - 724B
Three Miles Southeast of Watkins Road
and East Quincy Ave
Aurora, Colorado 80019
Lowry AFB Titan Missile Site 3 Complex 2B - 725B
Five Miles North East of Deer Trail
Deer Trail, Colorado 80105
Lowery AFB Titan Missile Site 1 Complex 1C - 724C
Two & 1/2 Miles East and 1/2 Mile North
of Quincy Ave and Brick Center Road
Aurora, Colorado 80019
Lowry AFB Titan Missile Site 2 Complex 2C - 725C
Three Miles South and Two Miles East of
Elizabeth, Colorado 80107
Lowry AFB Titan 1 history:

Lowry hosted the first Titan I ICBM missile site located on the bombing range east of Denver. This was conveniently close to the Titan I's manufacturer, the Martin Company (now Lockheed Martin) located in Littleton, Colorado. The Titans were operational from 1962 to 1965.
On March 13, 1958, the Air Force Ballistic Committee approved the selection of Lowry to be the first Titan I ICBM base. Construction of launchers and support facilities began on May 1, 1959. Deployment of the missiles entailed a 3 x 3 configuration, meaning that each of the three complexes had three silos grouped in close proximity to a manned launch control facility.
The Omaha District of the Army Corps of Engineers contracted a joint venture led by Morrison-Knudsen of Boise, Idaho, to construct the silos. A 144-day steel strike in 1959 caused delays and forced Morrison-Knudsen to resort to winter concreting. Despite this problem and others caused by constant design modifications, Morrison-Knudsen completed the project on time with the lowest construction costs of any ICBM base in the country at the time. Fairly smooth management-labor relations contributed to the success. The project also maintained the best safety record in the missile construction program up until that time. Use of a safety net was credited with saving many lives. Three workers did die during the project, although one of these deaths was the result of a motor vehicle accident that occurred off site.
The Lowry AFB Titan I Missile Complex IA is located approximately 15 miles southeast of Denver, Colorado, Township 5 South, Range 65 West of the Sixth Principal Meridian, Section 5, Arapahoe County. The missile complex is located in the center of the 442-acre missile site. The complex is bounded by a chain-link fence and contains approximately 36 acres. An access road (approximately one half mile long) runs from Quincy Ave. north to the missile site. The missile site is situated on a hilltop. Vegetation consists of a few trees and native grasses.
Prior to construction of the Titan I Missile Complex the property was part of the Lowry Bombing Range. The 59,814 acre bombing range, operated from 1 July 1952 to 31 December 1952, was used by the local Navy, Lowry Air Force Base, and the Air National Guard for practicing bombing and strafing missions and for demolition of unusable Air Force munitions. The bombing range was decontaminated (visually searched) and cleared for unrestricted use in May 1963. Since the Titan I Missile Complexes were already completed at that time, they were not searched and subsequently have not been cleared. Titan I Missile Complex 1A is located in the northwest corner of the bombing range. Since construction of the Missile Complex involved extensive excavation, and the target area of the bombing range was approximately four miles southeast of the Missile Complex, it is unlikely that any unexploded ordnance would be present at the site today.
In September 1958, construction began on Titan I Missile Complex 1A, the first of six complexes constructed within an 18 mile radius. The excavation was started in May 1959 using an open cut method with depths ranging from 38' to 72'. The missile silo shafts were excavated by mining crews to a depth of 163'. The construction of the underground facilities were of reinforced concrete and structural steel with steel lined tunnels. An unusual requirement was the blast-proofing of elements incorporated into the work with the major mechanical and electrical elements shock-mounted to withstand all explosions except a direct hit. The heavy construction phase was completed on 4 June 1961. The complex was made up of three missile launching silos.
The complex is made up of the following:
(1) Three launch stations, each with a missile silo, supporting equipment terminal, propellant terminal and propellant system.
(2) One guidance facility with two antennas and one antenna
(3) One underground control center.
(4) Utility and service facilities, including an underground powerhouse for the electrical generating, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning equipment.
(5) Interconnecting tunnels for utility distribution and personnel access.
(6) Utilities, including roads, water storage and distribution, sanitary system, exterior lighting, portal, air intake, and exhaust.
(7) Water wells to provide all water for operation.
(8) Access road and perimeter fence.
The missile complex borders the Lowry Landfill to the west. The Lowry Landfill is owned by the city of Denver and it is a known source of pollution of the Dawson and Denver Aquifers. The landfill was placed on the national priority list in 1984 under Superfund legislation. The missile complex has three launch silos which penetrate the ground to a depth of 160 feet

The activation of the 848th SMS at Lowry Air Force Base on February 1, 1960, marked the first stand-up of a Titan I Squadron. Construction on all nine silos at the three launch complexes for the former 848th, redesignated the 724th, was completed by August 4, 1961. On 18 April 1962, Headquarters SAC declared the 724th SMS operational, and 2 days later the first Titan Is went on alert status. A month later, the sister 725th SMS (initially designated the 849th SMS) declared it had placed all nine of its Titan Is on alert status, which marked a SAC first. Both the 724th and 725th Strategic Missile Squadrons formed components of the Lowry-headquartered 451st Strategic Missile Wing.

On November 19, 1964, Defense Secretary McNamara announced the phase-out of remaining first-generation Atlas and Titan I missiles by the end of June 1965. This objective was met; on June 25, 1965, the 724th SMS and 725th SMS were inactivated. SAC removed the last missile from Lowry on April 14, 1965.
Project Blue Book Master Index
1-15 August 1962 SIGHTINGS
A reference to Denver, Coloardo, under