The Tehran UFO incident

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 17 jun 2020, 6:15 por Plataforma Sites Dgac   [ actualizado el 3 nov 2020, 10:17 ]
In the annals of ufology, there are cases that stand out for the strangeness of the incident, the proximity to the anomalous aerial phenomenon and the quality of the witnesses.
A F-4 Phantom II fighter like the one that Parviz Jarafi was piloting during the Tehran UFO incident in September, 1976.

Iranian Air Force General (R) Parviz Jafari shares his experience at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., in the United States of America, in November, 2007.
A case that meets these three characteristics is the one that occurred in Tehran, Iran, in the early morning of September 19, 1976. On that date, at 0:30 local time, the Imperial Iranian Air Force received four telephone calls from citizens who lived in the Shermiran area of the capital saying they had seen strange objects in the sky.

Some reported a bird-shaped object, while others reported a helicopter with a spotlight, but no helicopters were in the air at the time. The Iranian Air Force decided to send an F-4 Phantom II fighter to investigate the origin of the phenomenon and intercept the eventual intruder. 

Effects on the instruments

The Iranian fighter took off at 1:30 a.m., local time, and headed for a point about 75 kilometers north of Tehran. Due to its brightness, the unidentified object was easily visible from a distance of 130 kilometers.

When the F-4 got to 45 kilometers from the unidentified object, it suffered a loss of all instruments and communications, thus aborting the interception to return to base. When it turned its back on the unknown object and began to fly away, it regained the functions of its instruments and communications.

At about 1:40 a.m., local time, another F-4 took off to investigate the object. Upon reaching about 45 kilometers, the UFO drifted away and stayed at that same distance. Its size was difficult to determine due to its intense brightness. Its light was like strobes in a rectangular pattern that alternated in rapid succession between blue, green, red, and orange so rapidly that all four colors could be seen at the same time.

Weaponry failure

The object and the F-4 followed a trajectory South of Tehran when another luminous body, with an apparent size of half or a third of the Moon, emerged from the first object. That second object headed straight for the F-4 at high speed. The pilot, Parviz Jafari, attempted to fire an AIM-9 missile at the object, but at that point his weapons panel went off and he lost all communications. 

Faced with this situation, Jafari started a turn, with the second object very close behind, about 5 or 7 kilometers, but then it returned to the original body and merged with it. Shortly after, a third body emerged on the other side of the first phenomenon and descended at great speed.

The crew of the F-4, which had recovered the communications and the weapons control panel, saw that third object approach the ground, anticipating an explosion. However, the phenomenon seemed to rest gently on the ground and emitted a very bright light in an area of about 2 to 3 kilometers.

The F-4 descended and continued to observe the position of the third object. Soon after, the F-4 returned to base and landed, but during the approach to the runway it observed a fourth UFO, a cylindrical object with bright lights on each side and a flashing light in the middle. A jetliner approaching at the same time to Mehrabad International Airport suffered a communications failure, but didn’t report the observation of anything abnormal.
After sunrise, the F-4 crew were taken by helicopter to the area where the third object had apparently landed, but they did not notice anything out of the ordinary at the scene, which was a dry lake bed.

However, to the West of that place they found a small house with a garden, so they landed nearby and asked the tenants of the house if they had noticed anything unusual during the night. They reported hearing a very loud noise and seeing a very bright light, like lightning.

Account in 2007

On November 12, 2007, the Iranian Air Force General (R) Parviz Jafari shared his experience during a meeting at the National Press Club in Washington, United States, where military personnel from different countries gathered to share their experiences around anomalous aerial phenomena.

“One of the objects came towards me. I thought it was a missile. I tried to launch a heat-chasing missile at it, but my missile panel went off. Another followed me as I descended on my return (to the base)”, said Jafari at the time.

“During my debriefing session at headquarters after the incident, US Lieutenant (Colonel) Olin Mooy took notes, but when he finished I couldn’t find him to talk to him”, he added.

Today, investigators have had access to the report prepared by the US military on the incident in Tehran after obtaining it under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).