Aug 16

The Iranian UFO Incident: UFO DogFight over Tehran


In our opinion, one of the best UFO cases available in the public record is the 1976 Tehran, Iran UFO incident. It involved multiple witness accounts, a possible landing, and the attempt by two Iranian Air Force F-4 Phantoms to intercept the unknown.

Some of our readers are likely rolling their eyes at this point, with the mention of Iran. But before discounting the story as “so much Ayatollah nonsense,” we must remember that we are not talking about the present-day Iran — disjointed and terrorized by a less than level-headed government.

The Iran of 1976 was still under the administration of the Shah, and was a steadfast ally of the United States. With the benign attitude of the country toward the West at the time, one can safely accept that the Shah and the corporate infrastructure of Iran was squarely into the pockets of the United States. Their oil production and reserves were a very important logistic point for our economic game plan at that point in history.

Just as important, from a military perspective, was the fact that Iran’s Air Force was not the piece-meal product of “get it where you can” hardware-procurement during this period. The United States supplied and helped maintain their aircraft, and their fighter pilots were trained and supported by our own Air Force.

With this understood, our readers can more clearly see the scope and reliability of the people involved in this incident.

The objects seen over Iran in this incident were witnessed by numerous persons, both civilian and military, from several locations. The reports do vary somewhat in description, but the fact remains that these objects could be seen both by the naked human eye and by military radar. In-fact the radar at Mehrabad airport indicated the object was the size of a Boeing 707 tanker. And some of the naked eye sightings were reported from as far away as seventy miles.

At the height of intensity during this affair, two F-4 fighters were scrambled to investigate the intruders.

The first F-4 Phantom Fighter jet was deployed from Shahrokhi Air Force Base. Piloted by Captain Mohammad Reza Azizkhani, the jet made it’s way towards the object. Azizkhani reported that the object was of such brilliance that it could be seen from almost 70 miles away. Whatever it was, it was very, very large. At about 25 nautical miles from the object, Azizkhani’s instruments began to malfunction. Communication capabilities were also dropped. At this point, the confused and scared pilot had no choice but to abort the interception, heading back to base. As he distanced himself from the object, his instruments began to function once again, but he didn’t want to take any chances. He headed back to base to explain what had happened to his superiors.

In response to Azizkhani’s experience, a second F-4 jet was scrambled to see if it was merely the original plane that somehow malfunctioned, rather than having anything to do with the unknown object. Piloted by Lieutenant Parviz Jafari, he headed toward the object and was able to acquire a radar lock on it. Jafari would later report that the object’s radar signature was massive, comparable to that of a Boeing 707 aircraft. As he closed in on the object, it began to move. Clearly, it was aware of the interception occurring. Jafari tried to estimate the size of the object, but just like Azizkhani’s observation earlier, it was just too bright to make a fair estimate. Jafari, however, was able to make out different colored lights alternating in blinking succession. Blues, red, and orange were rapidly flashing all at once. Jafari continued south, tailing the object. That is when things got interesting.

As these state-of-the-art, American-built aircraft approached the unknowns, they lost all of their communication and instrumentation facilities. Under these circumstances, the confused (and probably frightened) pilots were forced to turn away from the pursuit.

Strangely, once the chase was abandoned, the planes regained their electronic capabilities. This effect of electrical instrument malfunction has been reported in other UFO encounters, and is quite functionally demonstrated in the Iranian incident.

The DSP Connection

An impressive breakthrough in the confirmation of the Iranian UFO encounter was uncovered by researchers Lee Graham and Ron Regehr, of Aero-Jet in California. They confirmed that the UFO sighting over Tehran was, in fact, tracked by the United States military’s DSP satellite.

Some of our readers may be aware that the primary responsibility of the DSP-1 satellite is to detect the launch of ballistic missiles. This deep-space platform detects infrared heat through sensors that are mounted on the body of the satellite. ANYTHING that emits infrared heat is detected by this apparatus. It can determine different types of aircraft simply by comparing the “signature” of the infrared signals displayed by an object against an intensely complete database of all known aircraft. The DSP was, as we now know, responsible for the detection of Iraqi SCUD missile launches during Operation Desert Storm.

During their investigations, Graham and Reghr have located computer print-outs from the time frame of the the Iranian UFO overflight, which show that the DSP definitely detected an “anomalous object” in Iranian air space.

Lee Graham was a guest on Don Ecker’s UFOs Tonite radio show on 10/31/93. During the show Don and Lee talk about this particular incident.


Computer prinout of the anomalous event
with the classified term “238 SCANS – POSSIBLE SR”.
The term “238 SCANS” indicates that the event lasted more than an hour.
To the best of our knowledge, this is the ONLY case in history where we have confirmation of a UFO sighting by observers both on the ground, in the air and by the DSP-1. The magnitude of this revelation should not be overlooked. It would be an interesting project to compare DSP records to other reported anomalous sightings around the world.

DIA Defense Information Report Evaluation

SOURCE: “Above Top Secret” by Timothy Good

Attached to the Iranian Intercept report was this DIA Defense
Information Report Evaluation, a rarity among documents released
by the Agency. The concluding comments are remarkable:

An outstanding report. This case is a classic which meets all
the criteria necessary for a valid study of the UFO phenomenon:

a) The object was seen by multiple witnesses from different locations
(i.e. Shamiran, Mehrabad, and the dry lake bed) and view-
points (both airborne and from the ground).

b) The credibility of many of the witnesses was high (an Air
Force general, qualified aircrews, and experienced tower operators).

c) Visual sightings were confirmed by radar.

d) Similar electromagnetic effects (EME) were reported by three
separate aircraft.

e) There were physiological effects on some crew members (i.e.
loss of night vision due to brightness of the object).

f) An inordinate amount of maneuverability was displayed by the

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