Astronaut Gordon Cooper on UFOs: “It was pretty clear it was an alien craft.”
Leroy Gordon “Gordo” Cooper, Jr., one of the seven original astronauts of America’s first manned space program (Project Mercury) claims to have seen a UFO land in 1957, which he is convinced was an alien craft. It happened when he was part of an elite band of test pilots at Edwards Air Force Base in California, where some allege a species of humanoid aliens had met with former President Dwight D. Eisenhower 3 years earlier.
In his own words:
“I had a camera crew filming the installation when they spotted a saucer. They filmed it as it flew overhead, then hovered, extended three legs as landing gear, and slowly came down to land on a dry lake bed! These guys were all pro cameramen, so the picture quality was very good. The camera crew managed to get within 20 or 30 yards of it, filming all the time. It was a classic saucer, shiny silver and smooth, about 30 feet across. It was pretty clear it was an alien craft. As they approached closer it took off.”
Cooper sent the film that the cameramen had recorded to Washington and it came back from the lab faithfully representing the incident. He is also convinced that the 1947 Roswell incident was an authentic alien landing or crash, and reports that he knew a fellow officer present at the incident who told him it was an alien spacecraft. He says that the reason the information was not released to the public was primarily due to fear of the technology falling into the hands of the Soviets.