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The National Press Club Conference on UFOs:
Part One
"The Tide is Turning"
by Robert D. Morningstar

(Copyright 2007, Robert D. Morningstar - All Rights Reserved)

Comandante Huerta's full statement follows:

"I am Oscar Santa Maria Huerta, official pilot of the Peruvian Air Force, currently retired.

On April 11, 1980, at 7:15 in the morning, 1800 men were in formation at the Air Base of La Joya, Arequipa.

They all observed a stationary object in the sky, which looked like a balloon, at about three miles distance, and approximately 1,800 feet altitude. It was luminous because it reflected the sun.

My unit commander ordered me to takeoff in my Sukhoi 22 jet to shoot down the spherical object. It was in restricted airspace, without clearance, and we were concerned about espionage.

I approached the object and strafed sixty-four 30 mm. shells at it. Some projectiles went towards the ground, and others hit the object fully, but they had no effect at all. The projectiles didn't bounce off; probably they were absorbed. The cone-shaped "wall of fire" that I sent out would normally obliterate anything in its path.

The object then began to ascend, and move farther away from the base. When I was at about 36,000 ft., it made a sudden stop, forcing me to veer to the side since I was only 1500 feet away. I flew up higher to attack It from above, but just as I had locked on to the target and was ready to shoot, the object made a straight vertical climb evading the attack.

Two more times, I had the object on target, when the object was stationary. Each time, it moved away at the very last minute, when I was just about to fire, always eluding my attack.

I decided to climb at full thrust to get above the object, bit began to ascend almost parallel to my plane, and when I reached 63,000 ft., it stopped.

"It still gives me chills to think about it."
Facsimile of Commander Oscar Huerta's UFO Encounter at 63,000 feet by RDM*

At this point, I came within about 300 feet of the UFO. It was about 30 feet in diameter. It was an enameled, cream-colored dome, with a wide, circular, metallic base. It had no engines, no exhausts, no windows, no wings or antennae. It lacked all the typical aircraft components, with no visible propulsion system.

It was at that moment that I realized that this was no spying device, but that it was a UFO, something totally unknown. I was almost out of fuel, so I couldn't attack or maneuver my plane, or make a high speed escape. I was afraid. I thought I might be finished.

When I had calmed down, I radioed for another plane to come and have a look, trying to hide my fear. They said no, it's too high, just come back. I had to glide part way down due to lack of fuel, zigzagging to make my plane harder to hit, always with my eyes on the rearview mirrors, hoping it wouldn't chase me. It didn't.

I spent 22 minutes maneuvering with this object. After I landed, the object remained stationary in the sky for two more hours, for everyone at the base to see.

A US Department of Defense document titled 'UFO Sighted in Peru' described the incident, stating that the vehicle's origin remains unknown.

It still gives me chills to think about it."

From left to right: Rodrigo Bravo Garrido, Captain and Pilot for the Aviation Army of Chile, Dr. Anthony Choy, founder, OIFAA, Peruvian Air Force, and a "Man in Black," with Oscar Santa Maria Huerta, Commander, Peruvian Air Force (Ret.), Sukhoi S-22 Pilot in the La Joya UFO Incident.

After the conference, I told Commander Huerta that I envied his experience, his flight and the amazing things his eyes had seen.

This conference was truly a historic event in the annals of UFO research. "Out of the Blue" producer, James Fox, and reporter, Leslie Kean, are to be highly commended for organizing this unique event in UFO history.

The Tide of Truth is turning.

End of Part 1

Stay tuned for more amazing details from each of the speaker's testimonies and personal comments on UFO Digest in the near future.

Robert D. Morningstar
Editor, UFO Digest

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