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This week on The Micah Hanks Program, after news updates related to the current coronavirus scare, as well as a House Resolution aimed at getting NASA to prioritize Mars over our return trips to the Moon, we take a deep-dive into the events surrounding a 1976 UFO incident over Tehran, Iran, which remains one of the most significant military UFO encounters of all time.
Shortly after midnight on September 19, 1976, residents from various parts of Tehran had begun placing calls to the local Mehrabad airport with reports of a brightly lit object passing through the sky. Soon afterward, a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom from Shahrokhi Air Force Base to attempt to engage the object. What began to transpire as the pilot and his weapons officer approached Tehran was more like something one would expect to have seen in an episode of Star Trek than to have read of among noteworthy events in military aviation history.
We explore government documents, historical parallels, and a range of speculations from researchers, skeptics, and members of government pertaining to this tantalizing case, as well as similar events occurring elsewhere around that time, and the event’s broader reaching implications over the decades.
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Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode:
- “The U.S. Government and the Iran Case” (NSA.gov)
- Joint Chiefs of Staff report concerning the sighting of a UFO in Iran on 19 September 1976 (NSA.gov)
- Routing and Transmittal Slip from Louis E. Foster, DIA with a DIA summary sheet and US Defense Attache report on the sighting of a UFO in Iran on 19 September 1976 (NSA.gov)
- Philip Klass “debunks” incident in UFOs: The Public Deceived (Chapter 14, page 126)
- Current Wiki Page on the 1976 Tehran UFO incident
- Archived Version of Wikipedia Page from 2015
- Brian Dunning’s Analysis of the case at Skeptoid
- Mike Peck’s Forbes article from 2014
- Parviz Jafari talks about his UFO-Encounter
- Bruce Maccabee’s report on the Tehran incident
- NSA Document with article referencing Algerian and Kuwaiti Observations
- Foreign Policy argues in favor of Soviet Space Junk
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Music featured on The Micah Hanks Program includes songs composed by Caleb Hanks (The Clerk Chronicles), Decepticons (Dreamland, Start the Machine) and Micah Hanks. All songs are either in the public domain, Royalty Free, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, or are used with permission of the creators.