On October 27 and 28, 1975, events occurred in the northern part of the State of Maine that remain as inexplicable today as they did at the time. The media at the time reported that a black helicopter from over the Canadian border had been busy buzzing Loring Air Force base, possibly as an attempt to harass the military. It appeared out of nowhere, created havoc for the short time, and then disappeared as quickly and quietly as it had appeared. Consider that at the time, Loring Air Force Base was one of the largest nuclear weapons storage facilities in the continental United States. Loring Air Force Base was one of the world’s largest Strategic Air Command bases. Perhaps one of its greatest strengths was its great isolation at the northern tip of the country also giving it the closest approach directly over the pole to our enemy at the time, the Soviet Union. The base hosted the 42nd Bombardment Wing with a capacity of nearly 100 B-52 intercontinental bombers capable of flying very great distances to deliver their payloads. This was not a place one might approach lightly, with a single helicopter, in the middle of the night.
A year before the events described below occurred, President Richard Nixon stopped at Loring on Air Force One on July 3rd, 1974. He had just returned from Moscow from his meeting with Leonid Breshnev where they both signed the Threshold Test Ban Treaty. In front of 5000 people and the huge cantilever hanger that could house 5 parked B-52 bombers, Nixon was greeted by Vice-President and Mrs. Ford, and his own daughter, Julie Nixon Eisenhower. President Nixon addressed the crowd and the nation about the importance of the nuclear weapon test-ban treaty and the future of our two nations. Five weeks later, Nixon resigned as President of the United States.
Fifteen months later, someone or something was so interested in the nuclear weapons stored at Loring Air Force Base that for two days in October, high strangeness ensued. I grew up in Caribou, Maine and my family was heavily involved with the United States Air Force. My father had spent ten years in the service as a flight engineer on a B-29 and worked in Florida, England and finally, back in his home state of Maine, first at the Presque Isle Air Base and then ultimately finishing his stint at the newly opened Loring Air Force Base. My brother had just enlisted in the Air Force and we had many friends in the military, spending time on the base on a regular basis. The events of that October still bring with them a sense of wonder and confusion, even though decades have passed.The events are fairly well-documented on several websites, especially those dedicated to uncovering some kind of alien presence on earth. Whatever visited Loring Air Force base on those chilly October nights so long ago, its arrival set the United States military on high alert.
The Bangor Daily News, the biggest newspaper in the northern part of the state, had a bureau in Presque Isle run by veteran Bangor Daily News journalist, Dean Rhodes. His reporting informs us of the events of that autumn as reported by the military. It begins on October 27, shortly before 8 PM. It was a fairly clear, cold night when an air policeman patrolling the nuclear weapons storage site first saw an unidentified aircraft approaching the edge of the base at a very low level, no more than three hundred feet. It had a red light and white strobe light. At nearly the same moment, the tower made radar contact with an unknown aircraft north of the base. This was one of the the United States largest military bases. Any unannounced, unknown aircraft would be considered a threat and the entire base was put on alert, initiating a ground sweep. For the next forty minutes, the aircraft ‘explored’ the base, moving in ways that were ‘helicopter-like’ according to the news reports. Try as they might, the military personnel in pursuit could never get a fix on the aircraft before it moved quickly away. Then, after about forty minutes, it quickly departed toward Grand Falls, New Brunswick, a distance of about twelve miles. Somehow, a craft of unknown origin had successfully buzzed one of the world’s most heavily-guarded nuclear weapons storage areas and escaped without any real explanation. The Air Force would later call the craft a ‘Canadian helicopter.’ It was also referred to as a ‘black helicopter’, a motif made popular in the 1970s by conspiracy theorists. It was one of the first mentions of a black helicopter in the press to be mentioned on the east coast of the U.S.
That was the end of the first visit. What happened next has only recently come to light and deserves to be added to the few sources of information to surface from these events. Captain Michael Wallace was a pilot and Aircraft Commander of a KC-135 assigned to the 407 Refueling Squadron assigned to Loring AFB. In a video that he posted on Youtube in the interest of disclosure, he outlines his memories of what happened at the base on the night of the second visitation.
On the day after the events of the first night, he and all other flight crew members were summoned to a briefing. By his estimates, between 200 and 250 people attended and each one of them had a security clearance of secret. He had never attended such a large briefing before. The topic, he relates, was that a UFO had been sighted at the base around the nuclear weapons storage facility. The uniformed staff officer from the Wing Staff in charge of the briefing referred to the object as a UFO and described to the assembled flight crews the flight characteristics that had been observed the prior evening. Whatever it was, it could hover silently, move erratically and fast and make an almost instantaneous jump from place to place at the base. The Wing Staff was concerned that already things were getting out of hand. More support in the form of fighters had been requested from another base to come to Loring, Ground forces were also being ‘beefed up.’
The staff officer explained that he was concerned that the local media was already asking questions and he was concerned that this be kept quiet. He explained that the Wing Staff would engage in answering any queries with the misinformation of a black helicopter coming into the Loring airspace from the direction of the Canadian border. At this point in the briefing, the officer ordered the group not to talk to anyone about the meeting or the information shared. Obviously after forty years of silence, Captain Wallace has decided to break his silence.
Later that day Captain Wallace flew on a routine mission south of New York with two other tankers in a formation known as a cell flight, which meant that three tankers flew with each other . It was not an especially important or interesting mission until evening fell and they turned back towards Loring and northern Maine. Command Post contacted the lead plane’s Captain and asked him to transfer to another radio frequency and stand by for a message. Captain Wallace surreptitiously tuned one of his extra radios the specified frequency and listened in on the conversation. He reports that the Command Post ordered the captain of the lead place to transfer command of the flight to Captain Wallace in the second plane. The lead plane’s commander was then told to depart the formation, maintain radio silence and to fly with his lights out. He was to make his way directly to the base and was given discretion as to his altitude, airspeed and direction. His mission now was to get as close as possible and observe the UFO that was gain visiting the base. The captain of the lead plane contacted Wallace and transferred command of the formation to him. Then, in the moonlit night, Captain Wallace watched as the lead plane turned off his lights and descended into the darkness.