1975 FOIA Document: Malmstrom AFB, MT Sightings

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NORAD Region Senior Director’s Log (Malmstrom AFB, Montana).

0835Z: SAT Teams K3 and L4 report visual, K3 report target at 300 feet
altituds and L4 reports target at 5 miles. Contact lost at 0820Z. F-106s
returned to base at 0850Z with negative results. 0905Z Great Falls radar search
and height had intermittent contact. 0910Z SAT teams again had visual (Site C-1,
10 miles SE Stanford, Montana0. 0920Z SAT CP reported that when F-106s were in
area, targets would turn out lights, and when F-106s left, targets would turn
lights on. F-106s never gained visual or radar contact at anytime due to terrain

This type of activity has been reported in the Malmstrom area for several
days although previous to tonight no unknowns were declared. The track will be
carried as a remaining unknown.

7 NOV 75 (1035Z) – Received a call from the 34st Strategic Air Command post
(SAC CP), saying that the following missile locations reported seeing a large
red to orange to yellow object: M-1, L-3, LIMA and L-6.The general object
location would be 10 miles south of Moore, Montana, and 20 miles east of
Buffalo,Montana, Commander and Deputy for Operations (DO) informed

7 NOV 75 (1203Z) – SAC advised that the LCF at Harlowton, Montana,observed an
object which emitted a light which illuminated the site driveway.

8 NOV 75 (0645Z) – Height personnel picked up object 10-13,000 feet, track
J330, EKLB 0648, 18 Knots, 9,500 feet. Objects as many as seven, as few as two

8 NOV 75 (0753Z) – J330 unknown 0753, Stationary / seven knots /12,000.

One (varies seven objects.). None, no possibility, EKLB 3746, two F-106, GTF,
SCR 0754. NCOC notified.

7 NOV 75 (1319Z) – SAC advised K-1 says very bright object to their east is
now southeast of them and they are looking at it with 10×50 binoculars.

Object seems to have lights (several) on it, but no distinct pattern.

The orange/gold object overhead also has small lights on it. SAC also advises
female civilian reports having seen an object bearing south from her position
six miles west of Lewistown.

7 NOV 75 (1327Z) – L-1 reports that the object to their northeast seems to be
issuing a black object from it, tubular in the shape. In all this time,
surveilance has not been able to detect any sort of track except for known

7 NOV 75 (1355Z) – K-1 and L-1 report that as the sun rises, so do the
objects they have visual.

7 NOV 75 (1429Z) – From SAC CP: As the sun rose, the UFOs disappeared.

Commander and DO notitier.

8 NOV 75 (0635Z) – A security camper team at K-4 reported UFO with white
lights, one red light 50 yards behind white light personnel at K-1 seeing same

24th NORAD Region Senior Director’s Log (Malmstrom AFB, Montana).

8 NOV 75 (0820Z) – Lost radar contact, fighters broken off at 0825, looking
in area of J331 (another height finder contact).

8 NOV 75 (0905Z) – From SAC CP: L-sites had fighters and objects; fighters
did not get down to objects.

8 NOV 75 (0915Z) – From SAC CP:From four different points:Observed objects
and fighters; when fighters arrived in the area, the lights went out; when
fighters departed, the lights came back on; to NCOC.

8 nov 75 (0953Z) – From SAC CP: L-5 reported object increased in speed –

high velocity,raised in altitude and now cannot tell the object from stars

. to NCOC.

8 NOV 75 (1105Z) – From SAC CP: E-1 reported white light (site is
approximately 60 nautical miles north of Lewistown). NCOC notified.

9 NOV 75 (0305Z) – SAC CP Called and advised SAC crews at sites L-1, L-6 and
M-1 observing UFO. object yellowish bright round light 20 miles north of
Harlowton, 2 to 4,000 feet.

9 NOV 75 (0320) – SAC CP reported UFO 20 miles southeast of Lewistown, orange
white disc object. 24 NORAD Region survellance checking area.

Surveillance unable to get height check.

9 NOV 75 (0320Z) – FAA Watch Supervisor reported he had five air carriers
vicinity of UFO, United Fight 157 reported seeing meteor, “arc welder’s
blue” in color. SAC CP advised, sites still report seeing object stationary

9 NOV 75 (0348Z) – SAC CP Confirms L-1, sees object, a mobile security team
has been directed to get closer and report.

9 NOV 75 (0629Z) – SAC CP advises UFO sighting reported around 0305Z.

Cancelled the flight security team from site L-1, checked area and all
secure, no more sightings.

10 NOV 75 (0215Z) – Received a call from SAC CP. Report UFO sighting from
site K-1 around Harlowton area. Surveillance

10 NOV 75 (0153Z) – Surveillance report unable to locate track that would
correlate with UFO sighting by K-1

24th NORAD Region Senior Director’s Log (malmstrom AFB, Montana).

10 NOV 75 (1125Z) – UFO sighting reported by Minot Air Force Station, a
bright star-like object in the west, moving east, about the size of a car.

First seen approximately 1015Z. Approximately 1120Z, the object passed over
the radar station, 1,000 feet to 2,000 feet high, no noise heard.

Three people from the site or local area saw the object. NCOC notified.

2. HQ USAF/DADF also forwarded a copy of a NORAD document for a review for
possible downgrade and release. We have determined the document is properly and
currently classified and is exempt from disclosure under public law 90-23, 5 USC

3. The decision to withhold release of this document may be appealed in
writing to the Secretary of the Air Force within 45 days from the date of this
letter. If you appeal, include any reasons for reconsideration you wish to
present and attach a copy of this letter. Address your letter as follows:
Secretary of the Air Force, thru HQ ADCOM/DAD, Peterson AFB CO 80914.

TERRENCE C. JAMES, COLONEL, USAF Director of Administration CY to: HQ USAF/DAD