Oddly enough, throughout all of these claims, Salas was in possession of a letter from Meiwald insisting that he and Salas served only at Oscar Flight. Salas continued to claim the event he remembered was at November Flight for another three years.
As a result, Meiwald has certainly not confirmed any such event at Echo Flight. Salas has insisted, and continues to do so today, that my father, the commander of Echo Flight, also confirmed the UFO story. This is also untrue. My father has never claimed that a UFO was involved, and he told this to a newspaper reporter in Great Falls, Montana in 1996. He also told the producer of "Sightings", the cable television program that gave Salas' story national coverage in March 1997, that there was no UFO. That's the primary reason that they refused to have him on that particular show, even though Salas had been telling his friend, Raymond Fowler, that it was very important to have someone who served at Echo Flight on the show. Both my father and the Echo Flight deputy commander refused to be on the show, because they insisted that there was no UFO. As a result, they were forced to have the deputy commander of the crew that relieved Echo Flight many hours after the fact, a man who saw nothying, and could report nothing.
Robert Hastings and Robert Salas have only presented one additional Echo Flight witness, and that was Col. Walt Figel, Jr. When I contacted Col. Figel and asked him what exactly he had confirmed, he responded immediately that his comments has been wildly distorted, misinterpreted, and that statements were taken out of context by Robert Hastings to suggest a UFO presence that never actually existed. He staed that he hjad pointed out numerous errors in both Hastings' and Salas' books that both authors have refused to correct. To this day, he insists that there was no UFO at Echo Flight, there was no UFO inestigation, and there was no resolution to the case involving a UFO. He has been very outspoken in regard to the claims that Hastings and Salas have attributed to him, and insists that he has never told anybody that a UFO wa sinvolved, or even that he believed a UFO was involved.
Therer are no other witnesses for the UFO, but there are very many who insist there was no UFO. If a UFO report had been made, there would have been an investigation by the command UFO officver, Lt. Col. Lewis D. Chase. But no such investigation ever took place, and Lt. Col. Chase insisted from 1967 until his death many years later, that there wa no UFO investigation, ecause there was no UFO reported. He continued to make these claims well after the entire incident had been declassified.
There is no evidence at all to suggest that an actual UFO was involved at Echo Flight, and there are no witnesses who have stated otherwise, excepting Robert Salas and Robert Hastings. Robert Salas' claims are based on absolutely nothing, all of which we can easily see in the many different versions of this story that he has told (inconsistency being the only consistent aspect of his claims), while Hastings' claims are based on statements that his own witness has repeatedly and very strongly denounced.
If there are any other witnesses, I would be very interested in knowing who they are.