Iranian (Tehran) UFO Incident
The 1976 Iranian (Tehran) UFO incident
allegedly involved a close encounter between two Iranian piloted F-4s
and a UFO.
"incident" began at approximately 12:30 a.m. September 19, 1976, when
the Imperial (pre-revolution) Iranian Air Force command post began
receiving reports of strange activity in the night sky over Tehran.
Some callers thought it to be a brightly lit helicopter, others
reported it as unidentified.
to account for the reports, the command post contacted General Yousefi
the assistant deputy commander of operations. At first sceptical, the
general contacted Mehrabad International for confirmation before
apparently seeing the object in the night sky himself. At 0130 hours
(local time) an F-4 Phantom was dispatched at his request from
Shahrokhi Air Force Base to investigate.
Nazeri, the pilot of the jet, approached to approximately 46 kilometres
before being forced to break off due to instrument and communications
failure; minutes later all instruments regained full functionality.
Nazeri later remembered thinking that the object whatever it was, was
from another planet its technology far beyond that of any earthly
0140 hours a second F-4 took to the air piloted by Lieutenant Parviz
Jafari (later to become General Jafari) and quickly closed on the UFO
even acquiring a radar lock. At 46 kilometres the object matched the
F-4’s speed forcing the jet to keep its distance, while the brilliant
light which emanated from the UFO (it was apparently visible from over
100 km away) made it difficult to determine its size.
a smaller object detached itself from the larger and streaked toward
the F-4. Jafari believing he was under attack tried to retaliate with
an AIM-9 sidewinder only to be faced (just like Nazeri) with a total
loss of instrumentation, weapons control and communications. Diving to
escape, the pilot witnessed the smaller object fall in behind him
before suddenly turning and rejoining its primary. The UFO apparently
then left the area at speeds in excess of Mach 3, the F-4’s instruments
returning to normal with its departure.
number of separate but related events then occurred:
A brightly lit
smaller object dropped from the primary upon its departure,
illuminating then landing in a dry lake bed.
UFO was observed by the F-4 crews upon final approach to Mehrabad, this
time the object was cylindrical in shape with a steady light at each
end and a flashing light in the center.
experienced interference and communications failure while landing at
airliner experienced interference and communications failure while
landing at Mehrabad.
personnel (including air traffic controllers) also saw the tubular/cylindrical object, the tower
experiencing power and equipment failure as it overflew the airport.
to the large number of visual sightings by highly trained observers
both military and civilian, it's
hard to dismiss the Iranian UFO Incident out of hand. Add to this radar
confirmation of said visual sightings and the fact that three separate
aircraft experienced equipment failure at approximately the same time
and place, and one has to accept that something strange was in the
above Iran the morning of September 19, 1976. The question of course is
pilot of the second F-4, Parviz Jafari (now a general) stated on
November 12, 2007, while attending a Washington press conference that
he fully believed he’d had a close encounter with an alien spacecraft a
statement in keeping with those of the first F-4 pilot, Yaddi Nazeri.
Nader Yousefi, who had ordered the two F-4s to intercept the object
stated, "Because of the experience I had on September 19, 1976, I
believe there is something up there. We just don't know what it is or
where it came from."
document from the American embassy in Morocco to the State Department,
alluded to reports of sightings received by Moroccan police two or
three hours after the Iranian Incident, of a cylindrical object
trailing sparks and according to an unnamed witness, preparing to land
Kissinger, then Secretary of State, responding with his usual
pragmatism and in a highly dismissive manner drew their attention to
the Condon Committee report, claiming it showed all UFOs have a natural
cause, “the object was probably a meteor or decaying satellite.”
debunkers have suggested a bright star, a planet, mass hysteria,
hallucination, pilot error, incompetence and equipment failure.
A Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report distributed to the highest
levels of other United States agencies, government, military and
security called the case a classic which met all the criteria necessary
for a valid study of the UFO phenomenon.
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