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Military magazine highlights Iranian air force encounters with UFOs

The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) has reportedly used F-14A Tomcats to intercept UFOs for decades.

Cover of Combat Aircraft Monthly. (Credit: Key Publishing)
Cover of Combat Aircraft Monthly. (Credit: Key Publishing)

An article in the October 2013 issue of the military aviation magazine Combat Aircraft Monthly details the history of the Tomcat aircraft in the IRIAF. Near the end of the article, a section titled “UFO hunters” describes that F-14s have been used by the air force during the last twenty years to “intercept foreign and unknown aircraft.”

The article explains that, when Iran’s nuclear program was revealed, the U.S. used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to gather reconnaissance from nuclear facilities in the fall of 2004. IRIAF reportedly had four F-4 and four F-14 interceptors standing by, twenty-four hours a day, because of this UAV presence. Other F-4s and F-14s were kept on alert, and some were even flown every night to monitor the area’s airspace. But some of the unidentified craft they encountered were anything but ordinary.

UFOs were spotted multiple times by both ground radar and airborne radar. According to Combat Aircraft Monthly, Iranian sources described that the UFOs “displayed astonishing flight characteristics, including an ability to fly outside the atmosphere, attain a maximum cruise speed of Mach 10, and a minimum speed of zero, with the ability to hover over the target.” These craft also reportedly emitted high levels of magnetic energy that disrupted navigation systems and jammed radars.

The article details one of these encounters where equipment was affected by a UFO:

In one case over Arak in November 2004, the crew of an F-14A armed with two AIM-9Js and two AIM-7E-4s spotted a luminous object flying near the heavy water plant of the Arak site. When the beam of the jet’s AN/AWG-9 radar “painted” the object, both the RIO and pilot saw that the radar scope was disrupted, probably due to the high magnetic energy of the object increasing the power of the reflected radar waves. The pilot described the object as being spherical, with something like a green afterburner creating a considerable amount of turbulence behind it. The Tomcat crew achieved a lock-on when it was flying a linear and constant flight path. Once the pilot selected an AIM-7E-4 to launch against it, the object increased its speed and then disappeared like a meteor.

The article also mentions a 2012 incident where an F-14 was scrambled to intercept an incoming UFO, but seconds after taking off, the F-14 exploded.

NASA's X-43A. (Credit: NASA)
NASA’s X-43A. (Credit: NASA)

Other attempted engagements by the F-4s and F-14s proved futile, so the IRIAF reportedly ordered an end to flying missions against these “luminous objects.” Both Iran and Russia allegedly investigated these extraordinary UAVs. But following two years of research, the Iranian Army settled with the conclusion that the craft were simply U.S. intelligence drones.

No currently known aircraft has the ability to perform like the UFOs observed in Iran. NASA’s X-43A Scramjet set a new world speed record for a jet-powered aircraft–Mach 9.6, or nearly 7,000 mph–in 2004. But it does not have the capability to hover. It is a natural assumption that the U.S. military has secret aircraft and technology that is yet to be publicly acknowledged. But until such incredible technology is revealed, it is impossible to conclusively write off the UAVs in Iran as U.S. drones.

Thanks to Pedro from Miami, FL for sending the Combat Aircraft Monthly article to me.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. Quote: “the Iranian Army settled with the conclusion that the craft were simply U.S. intelligence drones.”

    Our government doesn’t like to admit there is something superior to them, ruins their over inflated egos.

  2. A minor correction: On page 71 of the article in question in Combat Aircraft Monthly, the writer said that after two years of examining the flight profiles of the craft and “examination of remnants of a crashed example recovered in 2006” by Iranian and Russian experts, “the Iranian Army specified that they were US intelligence drones.”
    This is much wilder than space aliens. Looks like the CIA got some Area 51 technology instead of the Air Force, and now, after a couple of crashes, the Russians and their allies have or shortly will reverse engineer the technology for themselves. This is an interesting and unsettling example of technology flow between and among heavily armed antagonists. Thanks for the interesting piece pulled out of techie lit.

  3. This is strange. First off, why would you bother building a stealth drone and then allow it to emit any radiation (light, noise, IR, radio, radar) whatsoever during a recon mission. EMCON (emissions control) is standard USAF doctrine, especially for missions overflying a heavily defended airspace like the one over Iran’s nuclear facilities. Whoever is piloting these objects must be very confident in their capabilities to be so casually obvious where Russian S-400 SAMs are emplaced. Also, there is a history of mysterious lights overflying our own nuclear facilities (like Bentwaters in 1980 and ND missile complexes as recently as 2012). I feel like the Iranians know as little as we do about the phenomena and are covering their ignorance.

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