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Watch ex-Air Force colonel testify to seeing 2 UFOs in the '50s

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May 13, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT

The U.S. Air Force spent a lot of time looking into aliens back in the 1950s, and apparently they found something — at least according to a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel involved in the government’s UFO-debunking “Blue Book” project.

Richard French recently testified at the Citizen Hearing On Disclosure, which is being held before a panel of six former members of Congress. Specifically, he was there to discuss some of his missions as an official UFO debunker for the government in the early 1950s.

French told of a mission from 1952 in Newfoundland, where there was a report of aliens tending to a ship underwater. While he was watching, he claims one of the ships rose out of the water and zipped across the sky before returning for the other ship:

"When it hit the [surface], it was going about 100 miles an hour. It then accelerated to somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,500 to 3,000 miles an hour and disappeared. It returned about 20 minutes later, slowed down to nearly a stop before it entered the water, then went down, and the two [beings] worked together.

It took them about 20 minutes and then the two ships departed together, again slow when they exited the water, and immediately they sped up to a very high speed. I believe they were repairing [the ship] and tested that the repairs had been adequate, and then away they went."

So, what did the official UFO debunker put in his report once he returned to the U.S. Air Force office after seeing that?

"Needless to say, it was a fictitious report, as all of them were. I didn't really say that they were UFOs -- I said that there was something we didn't know -- some type of foreign or unrecognizable vehicle there. In other words, I weasel-worded it ... Oh, I think without a doubt it was a UFO and I think there were aliens aboard it. There's no question in my mind that was exactly what it was, and my duty was to debunk the story, so I did my best to do so."

What do you think of French's story? Are there aliens among us?

(Via The Huffington Post)