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Declassified Case Is UFO Mystery

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Tabaq Tahera

                      The 1976 UFO Confrontation Over Tehran, Iran                       Declassified Defense Intelligence Agency documents released under the

                      Freedom of Information Act reveal that on 19 September, 1976, an unusual

                      incident occurred over Tehran, Iran.

                      At about 0030 hours, the Shah's Imperial Iranian Air Force command post

                      at Tehran received four telephone reports from citizens in the Shemiran

                      area of the city. Some of the callers reported seeing a bird-like object in

                      the sky, while others reported a helicopter with a bright light. When the

                      command post found that there were no helicopters airborne at that time,

                      they called BG Yousefi, assistant deputy commander of operations.Yousefi

                      at first said the object was only a star, but after talking to the tower at

                      Mehrabad Airport, he looked for himself and saw a very bright object larger

                      than a star. At that point he decided to scramble an F-4 jet from Shahrokhi


                      At 0130 hours, the F-4 took off and proceeded to a point 40 nautical miles

                      north of Tehran. It was noted that the object was of such brilliance that it

                      could be seen up to 70 miles away. When the F-4 came to within about 25

                      nautical miles of the object, the jet suddenly lost all instrumentation and

                      communications. The pilot broke off the intercept and turned away. When

                      the F-4 had turned back toward Sharokhi, the aircraft regained instrumentation and


                      At 0140 hours, a second F-4 was scrambled and it acquired a radar lock on the object at 27                   nautical miles range, closing on the object at 150 nautical miles per hour. At a range of 25 nautical                       miles, the object began to move, keeping a steady distance of 25 nautical miles from the F-4.                        The size of the object was difficult to determine due to its intense brilliance, but the radar return                      was comparable to that of a 707 tanker. The lights of the object were alternating blue, green, red,                      and orange, and were arranged in a square pattern. The lights flashed in sequence, but the flashing

                      was so rapid that they all could be seen at once.                        

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As the object and the F-4 continued on a southerly path, a smaller second object detached itself

                      from the first and advanced on the F-4 at a high rate of speed. Thinking himself to be under

                      attack, the F-4 pilot attempted to launch an AIM-9 missile, but he suddenly lost all

                      instrumentation, including weapons control, and all communication. The F-4 pilot then instituted a                       turn and a negative G dive as evasive action. The object fell in behind him at about 3 to 4 nautical                       miles distance for a short time, then turned and rejoined the primary object.

                      Once again, as soon as the F-4 had turned away, instrumentation and communications were

                      regained. The F-4 crew then saw another brightly lit object detach itself from the other side of the

                      primary object and drop straight down at a high rate of speed. The F-4 crew expected it to impact

                      the ground and explode, but it came to rest gently. The F-4 crew then overflew the site at a

                      decreased altitude and marked the position of the light's touchdown. They then landed at

                      Mehrabad, noting that each time they passed through a magnetic bearing of 150 degrees from

                      Mehrabad, they experienced interference and experienced communications failure. A civilian airliner

                      that was approaching Mehrabad experienced a loss of communications at the same position relative                       to Mehrabad. As the F-4 was on final approach, they sighted yet another object, cylinder-shaped,                       with bright, steady lights on each end and a flashing light in the middle. Mehrabad tower reported                       no other aircraft in the area, but tower personnel were able to see the object when given direction  by the F-4 pilot.

                      The next day, the F-4 crew flew out in a helicopter to the site where they had seen the smaller

                      object land. In the daylight, it was determined to be a dry lake bed, but no traces could be seen.                       They then circled the area to the west and picked up a noticeable "beeper" signal. The signal was                      loudest near a small house, so they landed and questioned the occupants of the house about any                       unusual events of the previous night. They reported a loud noise and a bright light like lightning.                        Further investigation of the landing site, including radiation testing of the area was apparently                      done, but the results were never made public. Since this event occurred before the fall of the                      Shah, any records in Tehran itself may be lost.                       The Defense Intelligence Agency itself called this report:                      An outstanding report. This case is a classic which meets all the criteria necessary for a valid

                      study of the UFO phenomenon...

                      One of the most interesting things about this event is that it was apparently detected by a military spy satellite. This satellite, the DSP-1, was launched to warn of ballistic missile launches by

                      detecting infrared heat sources. It was used to detect SCUD missile launches during Desert Storm.

                      An analysis of computer printouts from DSP-1 by researchers Lee Graham and Ron Reghr, of

                      Aero-Jet in California, shows that it definitely detected an infrared anomaly over Tehran at the time                       of the UFO event reported above.

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