UFOs CONTINUE TO VISIT NUCLEAR ENERGY SITES
by GEORGE D. FAWCETT
Looking back over the years during the 40th anniversary of UFOs
in modern times (JUNE 24,1987) it is interesting to note that
UFOs have been seen and recorded near various atomic energy
locations in this country and overseas. This link was first
noticed by Captain Edward Ruppelt in 1952 and reported in a LOOK
magazine article (JUNE 24,1952) titled "Hunt For The Flying Saucer."
Captain Ruppelt, who directed the U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book
at that time, when viewing a folder of 63 mystifying UFO reports
that had been plotted on a map of the United States discovered that
it showed "an ominous correlation" with the location of various
atomic energy installations. LOOK magazine learned that some high
ranking officers had taken note of this fact and had then held a
Pentagon conference to discuss these numerous strange concentrations
that have continued to this day.
Such incidents at the Savannah River, Hanford, Los Alamos, Oak
Ridge, McGuire , Cherokee and Indian Point nuclear and atomic
plants are of continued vital interest and concern to scientific,
military, civilian and governmental observers everywhere.
These UFO encounters raise such serious questions as: Are UFOs
monitoring our atomic and nuclear energy sites and if so, why?
Why has the AEC (now NRC) had representatives on most of all the
major government UFO investigative projects? Why do guards at some
AEC installations report their UFO encounters directly to the AEC?
The questions continue -- What have AEC studies using air samplers,
radioactive background counters, portable counters, magnetometers,
oscilloscopes, cameras, radar and other devices revealed? That types
of radiation increases have been discovered? What do they make of
the increasing numbers of individuals who have suffered "radioactive"
injuries of one sort or another alleged to have occurred during
UFO incidents in many states in the United States and other
In essence, what have been the major discoveries and perhaps
hidden secrets of the AEC-UFO link since the late 1940's?
Let's examine some of these often reported events. On May 10,
1952 four employees of the DuPont Company, employed at the Savannah
River Plant saw eight "disc-shaped" objects approach the Ellenton,
South Carolina plant. The objects varied from a yellow to gold
in color, moved south to north at a "high rate" of speed. The
eight UFOs approached the area at such a low altitude that they
had to rise to pass over some tall tanks in the area. The
noiseless UFOs weaved from left to right and moved from side to side
as they departed at a 90 degree angle. " The AEC in Washington
On July 5, 1952 four Florida pilots reported a flying saucer
hovering above the Hanford atomic works, a sensitive scientific
installation at Richlands ,Washington. Captain John Baldwin,
Captain George Robertson and pilots D. Shanbel and Steven
Summers stated that the UFO was round and flat. After hovering
over the atomic plant, it gained speed, reversed its course
and then disappeared quickly. Two yellow globes of fiery
appearance were reported over the Hanford plant seven days later,
confirmed by Air Force investigators. Two years earlier on April
17, 1950 more than fifteen persons at the secret atomic energy
project at Los Alamos, New Mexico reported they saw a UFO on the
eastern horizon. One of the observers, a scientist from the
University of California Personnel Division watched one of the
three objects thru a telescope and said that it looked flat,
metallic and was roughly circular and about nine feet in
diameter. The UFO appeared to be about 2,000 feet high and
moved ".. faster than any known conventional aircraft." It was seen
for about 20 minutes and put on quite a show. Dozens of excellent
UFO sightings have been reported by countless eyewitnesses at
Los Alamos over the years.
On 4 June 21, 1952 brought an interesting case of a UFO
that trespassed prohibited airspace at the AEC's Oak Ridge
Laboratory in Tennessee at 10:58 pm. The UFO was observer
by Ground Observer Corps volunteers and also detected by
radar. The UFO was pursued by a F-47 aircraft on combat
patrol from a 10,000 to 27,000 foot altitude. During the
aerial dogfight, the UFO attempted to ram the F-47 on several
occasions, before leaving the area. UFO encounters have become
quite commonplace at this AEC site.
In October 1965 Philip Parker on an aerial photography mission
was flying with pilot H.T. Mayhew near the Perth Church Road
Lake Norman crossing. Their plane was flying at about 1,000
feet as they circled the lake near the McGuire Nuclear Station,
when they noticed three "bright objects" to their right. Pilot
Mayhew gave his plane full throttle and they rose barely high
enough to escape the UFOs, which were flying in formation
100 feet below them. Unnerved, as he was Parker was able to
take one photograph of the three circular UFOs above Lake Norman,
which is bordered by the Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston, Mecklenburg
and Iredell counties in North Carolina.
In past years several other photographs of UFOs flying
above Lake Norman were taken by different photographers. One
of the photographs of an early morning UFO was captured near
the Sun on the film. In the photo, the UFO moved from the
4 to the 6 o'clock position from 90 to 20 degrees over a short
period of time.
In the late summer of 1968 at 2 a.m. a married couple (names
confidential on file) reported seeing a dome-topped UFO with
"windows" and odd-colored lights (yellow, blue and red fixed
together) flying near their Lake Norman home. The UFO was
about two to three car lengths wide and made a soft humming
sound. A "metal rod" came from the bottom edge of the UFO, as
it moved down nearby power lines, almost touching the wires as
it followed the power lines. The eyewitnesses ran the rest of
the way home and were badly frightened by their experience. 7
In July or August, 1972 at 9:30 p.m. businessman Robert
P. Sartin, who lives near the Lake Norman Airport and Duke
Power Plant's 150 high Cowans Ford Dam spotted a UFO. His
attention to the UFO came when he heard children fishing from a
nearby pier, who were shouting about an object in the sky.
Four other persons became eyewitnesses to the UFO, which
was seen about four miles East of the Marshall Steam Plant
The UFO, appeared to be about the size of a basketball
court and had a thickness, one-half its width. The object
looked like "one saucer inverted on top of another and had
a row of flashing windows through its middle."
It had red, white and yellow lighted windows and hovered
in the area overhead for about 10 minutes, before it flew
sideways, then moved up and away at an unbelievable speed as
it disappeared in the sky. 8
In March, 1975 at Lexington, South Carolina Mr. and Mrs.
Jim Richardson were driving near the Lake Murray Hydroelectric
Plant's Saluda Dam, when a brilliant "spotlight" came on and
illuminated the interior of their car. They noticed the UFO
looked "like two pie pans" put together and had a dome on top.
It flew about 40 to 50 feet above their car and it had
red and blue lights on its ends and its dome was "brilliant
white." The bottom of the UFO was octagonal in shape or like
a stop sign. The Lake Murray area has been the scene of many
UFO encounters over the years. 9
On October 27,1975 a UFO was reported by Staff Sgt.
Danny K. Lewis near the Loring Air Force Base, Maine. The
UFO began to circle the nuclear weapons storage area to within
300 yards of the facility. Finally, it hovered 150 feet
above the ground. The base was placed on a major alert status.
Radar tracked its maneuvers in the area for over 40 minutes.
The reddish-orange UFO later moved to within five feet of the
ground. Security personnel said the UFO was "like a stretched-out
football in the air" as it hovered nearby. They described the
object as about four car lengths long. It shut off its lights
and rapidly left the area from near ground level. 10
On November 22, 1975 Pilot Frank Auman, Jr. and UFO
investigator Arlan Keith Andrews were flying in a private
plane near the Savannah, Georgia Nuclear Plant. They saw
a bright white UFO maneuvering in the area for four
or five minutes. It made a "slight wobble" and then a hard
turn, before it flew away. Jacksonville Control Center personnel at
Jacksonville, Florida confirmed three UFO sightings(either
radar or visuals) by pilots at the site. 11
Arlan K. Andrews is a MUFON Consultant and State Director
On March, 1978 several persons described seeing two "milky
white" UFOs flying side by side at treetop level at the McGuire
Nuclear Station near Triangle, North Carolina. 12
April 24, 1980 at 9 p.m. brought another UFO report from
the Lake Norman area. Pete Link and Jeff Schlatter, two
Rutherford County carpenters, while working on a house roof
observed a bright yellow UFO that rose up vertically from Lake
Norman, made a loop and then disappeared while moving rapidly
Lake Norman is a large lake and is surrounded by Highway
16, Highway 73, Highway 150 and Highway 21. The lake is
surrounded by many towns and cities, among them Mooresville,
Lincolnton, Lowesville, Denver, Triangle, Iron Station, Stanley,
Davidson and Sherrills Ford. These communities have been a "hotbed
of UFO sightings" over the past four decades.
One of the more intriguing UFO sightings was reported
at 7:30 a.m. on October 18,1982. Gary Fortenberry and Jimmy
Bumgarner, two employees at the McGuire Nuclear Station on
Lake NOrman were driving to work on Highway 73 at the Catawba
River(Lincoln County) when they encountered an unknown.
They watched a dull silver oval UFO with "four legs" above
a nearby fogbank. During the daylight encounter, they first
mistook it for a water tank, but later in the day when they
returned home from work, the fog had lifted and no water tank
was to be seen anywhere in the area. They did notice
that high voltage lines from the power plants were in the
general area of the earlier sightings. When first seen the
UFO was about 250 feet above the ground The eyewitnesses had
worked at McGuire for six years without experiencing anything
unusual. Several months before, when UFOs again visited the
same location, the power fluctuated, before the UFOs left
the area. Security guards, when questioned by me on the
phone, told me that such UFO incidents were to be made directly
to AEC headquarters. 14
On October 13, 1983 at 12:30 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne
Ruppe of Gaffney, South Carolina were disturbed from their
sleep by a siren-like sound (like something taking off).
They looked out of their house windows in time to see a glowing
oval-shaped UFO about 20 feet above their neighbor's home.
The neighborhood dogs were barking in a frenzy. The
UFO, described as "about the size of a Winnebago travel-trailer"
had two "beams of lights" on the bottom of the object.
It was orange-yellow in color and made a high-pitched
sound as it crossed the power lines and moved east in direction
of the Cherokee Nuclear Station. The UFO was seen for approximately
five minutes and was estimated to be about 20 feet long and 8 to
10 feet in height. 15
On June 24,1984 from 10:30 to 10:45 p.m. security guards
at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant near Peekskill, New
York reported seeing UFO over the plant for approximately
15 minutes. It was roughly 30 stories above the exhaust
funnel of one of the plant's three nuclear reactors.
UFO investigator Philip J. Imbrogno for the Dr. J.
Allen Hynek's Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) in Chicago,
Illinois interviewed six of the twelve security guards who
saw the UFO.
The UFO, according to the witnesses was huge in size,
diamond-shaped and approximately 450 feet in length. It was
first white, then changed to blue to red to green to amber
in color. Local police in Peekskill received numerous UFO
sightings during the same evening. One of them, Sgt. Karl
Hoffman said the UFO he observed included a "dozen white
lights" in V-formation that slowly moved towards the power
plant at Indian Point. 16
In the case of the UFO reported by security guards at
the Indian Point Nuclear Plant at Peekskill investigators
uncovered some interesting information.
As the UFO approached the nuclear plant it flew to within
30 feet of its Reactor Number Three. When it did the plant's
security systems, shut down as did all of its alarm systems
and communication systems.
Security guards were issued shotguns and were waiting
for the final word to shoot at the UFO. A request was also
made for an armed helicopter to come and shoot down the UFO,
but before the command was given, the UFO moved away and
left the area.
Carl Patrick of the plant's information office, when
questioned by investigators about the UFO had this to say,
"I can neither confirm or deny that the guards fired upon it,
but they did what was necessary to protect the plant. 17
UFO reports continued to be concentrated near various
atomic energy locations in the late 1980s by reliable
We are reminded of a statement made by General Nathan
F. Twining of the Army Air Forces (the original UFO study
Project Sign) in 1947 forty years ago. General Twining said,
"all pertinent data would be made available to the
Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)."
Perhaps answers to the many question posed at the beginning
of this article were furnished to the Atomic Energy Commission,
but they have yet to see the light of day in the public
sector through 1987.
Perhaps in the not to distant future, the truth behind the UFO-AEC
link will be fully revealed to the public.
1. Look Magazine, June 24, 1952 issue, "Hunt For The Flying Saucer"
2. UFOs: A History (January-May, 1952)Loren E. Gross, "Memorandum
for Mr. Levy. Prepared by the Inspector General, Directorate
of Special Investigations, Hq. USAF, Washington, D.C. OSI
Records. BLUE BOOK Files.
3. UFOs: A History (June-July 20,1952)Loren E. Gross,
"Flyers Report Saucers Near Atomic Plant"
4. UFOs: A History (April-July, 1950)Loren E. Gross,
"News Service Teletype Z134P4/19"
5. UFOs: A History (June-July 20,1952)Loren E. Gross,
"The Report on UFOs" (Edward J. Ruppelt)
6. Mooresville Tribune, Mooresville, N.C. (October 14,1965
issue), "UFOs Flying Over Lake Norman?"
7. Personal Files of George D. Fawcett(1968)
8. Personal Files of George D. Fawcett(1974)
9. Personal Files of George D. Fawcett (1975)
10. Clear Intent (The Government Coverup of the UFO Experience),
Prentice- Hall, Inc.(1984) (Lawrence Fawcett & Barry Greenwood)
11. Personal Files of George D. Fawcett(1975)
12. Personal Files of George D. Fawcett(1978)
13. Personal Files of George D. Fawcett(1980)
14. Personal Files of George D. Fawcett(1982)
15. Personal Files of George D. Fawcett(1983)
16. National Enquirer, (July 23, 1985 issue), "N.Y. Police
Watch Huge UFO Buzz Nuclear Power Plant" (Franklin R. Ruehl)
17. Night Siege (The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings), Ballantine
NICAP Home Page
Books(1987) (Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Philip J. Imbrogno With
The Nuclear Connection