Here is a rather "unknown" UFO incident supposedly involving the Air Force, SAC and CIA. Of course the DOD's involvment is predicated on what side of the issue that one looks. This happened to be the very first "debate" topic that I attempted to engage Robert Hastings. Little that I knew, this would expose me to how these incidents take on an almost "religious" narrative including villians and heroes all fighting for the "cause."
In the early morning hours in September, 1964, SAC launched an Atlas D ICBM (code name Buzzing Bee) from its Western Test Range located on Vandenberg AFB, CA. This was a routine launch where the ICBM was programmed to "fly" over the Pacific releasing a test Re-entry vehicle and the RV impacting near the Johnston Island Atoll. Interestingly, the flight was filmed by a photographic crew stationed up the coast line in the mountains near Big Sur. The photographic crew was using an image orthicon device that provided then top of the line video recordings. (This was before the days of VCRs and CDs!) It was hoped the the image orthicon would be able to enhance and track the ICBM during its flight path looking for any anomalies or malfunctions. Lt. Bob Jacobs was the Air Force officer incharge of the photographic crew. Jacobs interpretation of the filming would cause contraversy, as the ICBM failed in mid-flight and he would state that the film showed that a UFO had knocked the ICBM and its RV off course.
Robert Hastings provided an article to cufos.org and also available on his website, hastingsufo.com, A Shot Across the Bow: Another Look at the Big Sur Incident
. I'll let Hastings interpretation of the event speak for itself.
Kingston George rebuttal via the Skeptical Inquirer, 'Buzzing Bee' Missile Mythology Flies Again
. Kingston George was involved with Buzzing Bee in 1964.
As usual, we're talking about a supposed event that occured forty-five years ago. As of this date, the film itself has not surfaced so we're left with Jacobs' account versus that of George.
P.s. Having difficulty with setting up the links, I'll clean it up soon!
edit note: Ok, links are established! Damn near had to get a neighborhood teenager to help me!