Joanie November 17th, 2007
& DECLARATIONS FROM 11/12/07 UFO CONFERENCE
Wilfried DE BROUWER, Major General, Ret.
After spending 20 years as a fighter pilot, he was appointed to the
Strategic Planning Branch in NATO while a Colonel in 1983. He then became
Wing Commander of the Belgian Air Force Transport Wing and, in 1989, chief
of the Operations Division in the Air Staff. It was in this function that he
was confronted with the Belgian UFO wave. Promoted to Major General in 1991,
he became Deputy Chief of Staff of the Belgian Air Force, in charge of
Operations, Planning and Human Resources. General De Brouwer retired in 1995
and subsequently worked more than ten years as consultant in the United
Nations to improve the UN Logistics rapid response capabilities during
Dr. Claude POHER, engineer, astronomer and astrophysicist.
Had a 33 year career in space research at CNES (Centre National d=B9Etudes
Spatiales), the French equivilant of NASA and was awarded the National Order
of Merit. In 1977, he created and directed, at CNES, the GEPAN (Groupe
d=B9Etude des Ph=E9nom=E8nes A=E9rospatiaux Non identifi=E9s ; Group for the Study of
Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena), the official French agency dedicated to
the investigation and analysis of UFO reports. (Today, the agency is called
GEIPAN.) He investigated numerous well-documented UFO cases while training
investigators for GEPAN.
Jean-Charles DUBOC, Captain, Air France, Ret.
While piloting an Airbus A 320 over France in 1994, he observed a large
lens-shaped UFO at about 25 NM to the left of the plane, also seen by the
copilot and one steward. It didn=B9t move and then disappeared after one
minute almost instantaneously. Duboc reported the sighting to Air Traffic
Control and Air Defense Operations (CODA); simultaneously CODA recorded an
unidentified object on radar crossing the track of the plane. The object
seemed to disappear from the radar scope at the same instant as it did from
the view of the crew. CODA investigations ruled out a weather balloon or any
Dr. Jean-Claude RIBES, Astrophysicist.
Radio Astronomer, Paris Observatory and associate director of National Institute for Astronomy and Geophysics. Member, New York Academy of Sciences. Contributed to the COMETA report, 1999, and the new book
“Phenomenes spatiaux non identifies.” As a long term consultant to GEIPAN,
he was asked by the Steering Committee to represent GEIPAN at this event.
Parviz JAFARI, General, Iranian Air Force, Ret.
In 1976, as a major and squadron commander, he was ordered by the Air Force
Command to approach, in his Phantom F-4 jet, a large UFO observed over
Tehran. During a wild cat and mouse chase, he attempted to launch a
Sidewinder missile at the brilliant object but at that instant his fire
control consul became inoperable. The UFO exhibited an extraordinary degree
of maneuverability. Other electromagnetic effects were reported. The object
was pursued by a second pilot, recorded on radar and witnessed by a General
and experienced air navigation crews. A US Government officer interviewed
Jafari in Tehran and the incident was described in a detailed US Defense
Intelligence Agency document, released through the Freedom of Information
Act. The DIA assessment said “This case is a classic that meets all the
necessary conditions for a legitimate study of the UFO phenomenon.” Later,
as a General, Jafari became the coordinating officer between the Iranian
Army, Navy and Air Force. He retired in 1989.
Rodrigo Bravo GARRIDO, Captain and Pilot for the Aviation Army of Chile.
In 2000, he was assigned to conduct an internal study titled “Introduction
to Anomalous Aerial Phenomenon and their considerations for aerospace
security” involving previous case reports military planes encounters with
UAP. For the last several years he has continued this research on recent and
current cases affecting aviation safety in cooperation with the Committee
for the Study of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena (CEFAA), a branch of the General
Administration of Civil Aeronautics, Chile’s FAA.
Comandante Oscar Alfonso SANTA MARIA HUERTAS
Commander with the Peruvian Air Force (FAP), Ret. Specialization as an Air
Force fighter jet pilot. In 1980, while a FAP Lieutenant, he encountered a
UFO while flying his SU-22 “SUKOI” jet over the La Joya Military Base. He
fired at the object, strafing it with sixty-four 30mm rounds, but the UFO
remained unaffected. A US Department of Defense document for the CIA and the
NSA, titled “UFO Sighted in Peru”, describes the incident. “The Peruvian Air
Force tried to intercept and destroy the UFO, but without success,” it
states, adding that the vehicle’s origin remains unknown. CMDT Santa Maris
is currently a Flight Safety and Accident Prevention Consultant for the
Dr. Anthony CHOY Lawyer and founding member in 2001 of the Air Anomalous Phenomenon
Investigation Office (OIFAA), of the Peruvian Air Force, with a Masters from
the Peruvian Air Force in High Management in Defense and Aerospace
He conducted a three year investigation on a sequence of
sightings and landings of a UFO on behalf of the OIFAA in 2002, which were
recorded on video. In 2003, this case became the first official UFO
investigation in Per=FA to be disclosed by the Air Force.
Ray BOWYER, Captain, Aurigny Airlines.
In April 2007 he observed a UFO estimated as being up to a mile long,
visible from about 50 miles away, in the vicinity of the Channel Islands.
Some of his passengers saw the object, as did at least one other pilot in
the area. An anomalous radar return was detected and the incident was
reported by the BBC.
Nick POPE, official for the UK’s Ministry of Defence from 1985 to 2006.
From 1991 to 1994, he was the desk officer responsible for investigating
officially documented UFO sightings to determine whether they involved any
potential threat to the UK. As a result of his thorough study of some
incidents involving the police and military during his watch, he and some
colleagues became privately convinced that there were important defense,
national security and flight safety issues involved with the unexplained
Jim PENNISTON, TSgt USAF Ret.
Also stationed at RAF Bentwaters, he witnessed a landed UFO with two
military patrolman in nearby Rendlesham Forest. He conducted a 45 minute
ground investigation and filed an official report. He has the original log
book with drawings including details of symbols on the craft; radiation
records; and plaster casts of landing gear imprints. He is the only person
out the three witnesses that actually touched the UFO.
Charles HALT, Col. USAF Ret.
Deputy Base Commander of RAF Bentwaters, former US Air Force facility in the
UK. He witnessed multiple UFOs at close range with six other military
personnel in December, 1980, and documented this event on a pocket tape
recorder. He also saw a UFO shooting beams into sensitive weapons storage
areas at the base. He wrote an official memorandum for the Ministry of
Defence (MOD) describing a UFO maneuvering through the forest and ascending,
which was released through the US Freedom of Information Act.
John CALLAHAN, Ret.
Division Chief of the Accidents and Investigations Branch of the FAA in
Washington DC, for 6 years during the 1980=B9s. He investigated an incident in
which a 1986 Japanese Airlines 747 flight was followed by an unidentified
object for 31 minutes over Alaska. The UFO also trailed a United Airlines
flight until the flight landed. Data includes visual confirmation, air-based
and ground-based radar confirmation, videotape radar evidence, air traffic
voice communications and official reports.
Two term Governor of Arizona in the nineties; cousin of the late Missouri
Senator Stuart Symington; former Captain, USAF. While Governor, he witnessed
to a massive craft up to a mile across over Arizona in 1997, also seen by
hundreds of citizens. Although he attempted to investigate at the time, he
also publicly spoofed the sighting so as not to add to the public hysteria,
while keeping his own observation secret. He first revealed his sighting
last March, and states that the craft is of unknown origin and the incident
INTERNATIONAL DECLARATION TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
Facilitated by the Coalition for Freedom of Information
November 12, 2007
We, the signatories below, with backgrounds and careers in government,
aviation, or the military, hereby present this declaration as a result of
our common experience and purpose. While on active duty, each of us has
either been a witness to an incident involving an unidentified flying object
or has conducted an official investigation into UFO cases relevant to
aviation safety, national security, or for the benefit of science.
We use the term “unidentified flying objects” (UFOs) simply to mean any
airborne phenomena that cannot be identified or explained, a definition
first used by the U.S. Air Force in the 1950’s. We make no claim as to the
nature or origin of these objects.
While most UFO sightings can be explained as misidentifications of known
objects or natural phenomena, those governments that have studied them,
including some with which these signatories have been on staff, have
consistently found that a small percentage of sightings defy conventional
explanation. Reports of these incidents often involve credible witnesses
such as police officers, military personnel, pilots and air traffic
controllers, and include solid, official documentation.
We believe that for reasons of both national security and flight safety,
every country should make an effort to identify any object in its airspace.
Especially after the attacks of 9/11 it is no longer satisfactory to ignore
radar returns for which no transponder data are available and/or which
cannot be associated with performances of existing aircraft and helicopters.
While civil aviation radars and air traffic controllers mainly rely on
secondary radar, military air defense radars should be configured such as to
detect and track any object in the air, even when static or operating at
very slow or very high speeds.
In this regard, we refer to the incident that occurred at O’Hare
International Airport in November, 2006 when a metallic disc was observed
hovering over the United Airlines terminal for several minutes. Since it was
not detected on radar, the Federal Aviation Administration declined to
investigate. The FAA also did not accept the many corroborating reports from
United Airlines pilots and other personnel at face value, dismissing the
sighting as “weather.” We suggest that prejudice against the term ‘UFO’ and
against reports of unknowns could lead officials to dismiss sightings that
involve unconventional aircraft or unmanned aerial vehicles engaged in
espionage or terrorist activity, especially when radar returns are not
However, important sightings have also been ignored when radar is not a
factor. Even though hundreds of citizens witnessed a massive triangular
object traveling over Arizona in 1997, the U.S. government ignored inquiries
from state officials about the incident, and never offered the public any
explanation about this invasion of US airspace by a strange, unknown flying
machine. We believe this kind of disengagement represents both a missed
opportunity and a potential risk.
We maintain that a restive, concerned public has the right to be informed of
the facts about UFO incidents that are well-documented and involve multiple
witnesses. In addition, science lacks potentially important knowledge that
may be gained by the study of these events involving objects demonstrating
speeds, maneuvers or other characteristics that challenge our current
We, the undersigned, ask the United States to join in cooperation with those
governments which, recognizing the reality of unidentified flying objects
and related aviation safety concerns, have already set up their own
investigative agencies. Following in the footsteps of its now defunct
Project Blue Book, we propose that the United States Air Force reopen its
research effort, or that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
initiate such a research effort, to address the international concerns
stated herein, provide needed reassurance and increase scientific
We call on the United States of America to engage with us and with currently
active officials around the world to address this problem in an ongoing
dialogue, beginning with the gathering of some of the signatories below in
Washington, DC on this 12th of November, 2007.
Vasily Alexeyev - Major General, Russian Air Force, Space Communications
Center in Russia
Ricardo Bermudez S. - General, Brigada A=E9rea (Ret.); Former President of the
Ray Bowyer - Captain, Aurigny Air Services, Channel Islands, UK
Wilfried De Brouwer - Major General, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations and
Planning (Ret.) Belgian Air Force
John Callahan - Division Chief of Accidents, Evaluations and Investigations,
Don C. Donderi, Ph.D. - McGill University; Contract Researcher, Dept. of
National Defence, Canada
Julio Cesar Chamorro Flores Comandante Peruvian Air Force (Ret.); Founder
of the OIFAA, 2001
Rodrigo Bravo Garrido - Officer Chilean Army, Military Pilot, Associate with
Richard F. Haines, Ph.D. - Sr. NASA Research Scientist (Ret.)
Charles I. Halt - Col. USAF (Ret.), Former Director, Inspections
Directorate, DOD I.G.
Parviz Jafari General, Iranian Air Force (Ret)
Denis Letty - Major General, French Air Force (Ret.); Chairman of COMETA
Oscar Santa Maria - Commander and Fighter Pilot of the Peruvian Air Force
Anthony Choy Montes - Lawyer, researcher with the OIFAA, Peruvian Air Force,
James Penniston TSgt, US Air Force (Ret.)
Nick Pope - Ministry of Defence, UK, 1985-2006
Jean-Claude Ribes - Astronomer, Centre National de la Recherche
Scientifique, France, 1963-1998
Yves Sillard - Chair of the Steering Committee, GEIPAN in France Fife
Symington III - Governor of Arizona, 1991-1997
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