1967 Cuban Jet Incident: Case Solved
Tom Deuley

From: TPDeuley@aol.com 
Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 11:38:27 EDT 
Subject: Re: cuban jet incident - 3/67 
To: Frans Ridge

Fran, 

I have gone in and looked at the file and it is the case I spoke of. 

I served at the NSA with one of the watch officers (USAF) from Homestead Air Force Base, where Stanton Friedman's contact would have worked.  He was not on the shift when this incident occurred, but he did give me the name of the officer he thought it would have been. I don't recall the name, but as you will see I later, I did not consider it important.  By coincidence, and as was pointed out to me by the Air Force officer (and the community is small), a senior officer who also served at Homestead at that time was my Navy chain of command officer in charge at NSA. 

I spoke to both officers about this case and they had never heard of a UFO incident at Homestead but did tell me that they thought, from the story told (by Friedman) that it referred to the attempts by the Cubans to shoot down one of our high flying spy planes.  This occurred from time to time and this case was memorable because one of the planes blew up during the process. 

So the "bogey" was an SR71 and not a UFO. 

The exploding plane was attributed to the attempts by the Cubans to use what was referred to as a Chandell (sp, french) climb to get higher speed and higher altitude in trying to get to these high flyers.  I am not positive, but as I recall this involved going into a dive, pulling out of it and then hitting the afterburners to get all of the speed and altitude they could get.  The assumption was that when he hit the afterburner, he blew himself up.  In general, the senior personnel at Homestead knew all sides of the issue, but it was not considered all that big of a deal.  The basic story was gained from the two officers with very high agreement and with no contact between them in the interim. 

To keep this story in perspective, as others, when an incident such as this occurs there is no special briefing that tells people how they are to behave and what they should say if someone should ask.  If it is important you know to tell the whole truth, or keep your mouth shut.  I don't think anyone had anything to hide in this situation.  It seemed quite straight forward and clean. 

In my estimation the significance of this case in the UFO field is that it is the one case where a person in the military who was out speaking out of school was post haste visited by the FBI. I know of no other.  Further comment on this person by the USAF officer was that the person was very likely very young, very new to the AF, and very new to the intelligence community, and apparently did not learn enough about the latter, considering the FBI had to remind him of his out briefing. 

Further, the USAF officer explained that the term the Cubans used for "bogeys" included "unidentified" in Spanish, but that the young AF reporter should have been aware of that.  What he was saying in a nice way was that this young person did not seem to be that sharp, all things considered. 

Personally I think that the young man was in the same position as many others on the edges of this field, and that is that they think they can say whatever they want because no one can check on their story anyway.  I can also accept that he really thought there was a UFO, but I have a hard time with that. Well in this case the story got checked on. 

So as you see, this was a non-UFO case to me, so I never tried to get any detailed information on it.  Didn't see the need then or now. 

To cap this off, neither of these military officers, both in the intelligence field for their entire careers, had ever seen or heard of any UFO incidents other than what they saw in the newspapers, on TV, or on magazine racks.  Further, among the other five officers in our branch at the NSA, only one of them had a UFO story, and that was related to seeing a UFO while being stationed in Hawaii, the one that showed up on the cover of the LOOK magazine. 

Tom Deuley