During the Cold War, the air borders of the USSR were guarded like the apple of the eye. Any object that Soviet air defense specialists could not or had difficulty identifying was considered an enemy aircraft.
During those years, the CIA contributed heavily to the spread of rumors of aliens: the Americans hoped that this sauce would make it possible to launch probes and other aircraft over the territory of the Soviet Union. But they miscalculated. Soviet air defense forces shot down everything they found.
And yet there were a number of local conflicts on Soviet territory, which experts now identify as collisions with alien ships.
For the first time the USSR state security organs registered an encounter with an unidentified flying object on June 16, 1948, during test flights of new Soviet fighters over the lake of Baskunchak near Astrakhan. At an altitude of ten thousand meters test pilot Apraksin saw a huge cigar-shaped object near the plane.
Reporting to the ground about the unexpected “satellite”, the pilot received an order to intercept the plane, and if it failed, to destroy it. But Apraksin did not succeed in his mission.
As soon as his MiG approached the “cigar”, it fired a thin beam of light towards the plane, blinding the pilot and disabling the onboard instruments. Apraksin had to forget about the attack and save himself and the plane. Thanks to his experience, the pilot managed to reach the airfield and land safely. But it wasn’t always so lucky.
The second UFO encounter with Apraksin took place a year later, 400 kilometers from Baskunchak, not far from Volsk, the regional center. The pilot again tried to approach the glowing object – and again unsuccessfully.
This time the object not only disabled the MiG’s instruments – the glass in the cockpit became cloudy due to an unknown impact on the jet plane, and the cockpit itself depressurized.
The pilot was forced to abandon the pursuit and make an emergency landing in the Volga delta. It is possible that he was injured during landing or was exposed to UFOs and had to stay in the hospital for over a month afterwards.
It is known that state commissions were created to investigate both cases, but they could not come to unequivocal conclusions. Apparently, after the investigations, the top brass of the Soviet Air Force decided to shoot down anything that could not be identified.
In the next decade, several planes were damaged in attempts to intercept or shoot down unidentified objects – pilots were forced to land the damaged planes wherever they could.
Several fighters crashed and pilots were able to eject. It was rumored that some Soviet pilots even stopped reporting saucers to the ground. They attacked UFOs only if the objects were seen by ground radar and an order was given from the ground to destroy the UFOs.
Another attempt to shoot down an unidentified craft was made on July 24, 1957 in the Kuril Islands. This time a UFO hovered directly above the positions of a Soviet air defense battery. The battery command gave the order to destroy the object, believing it to be an American or Japanese plane. However, the fire had no results. The UFO quietly slipped away in the direction of the ocean.
In 1965, the UFO first responded to an attack from the ground. This happened during the Vietnam War, where Soviet military specialists were training the North Vietnamese army to fire S-75 surface-to-air missile systems.
The S-75 batteries protected the skies over Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, and were located mostly 35-40 kilometers from the city.
A Soviet military expert said that once a huge dark disc, about 300 meters in diameter, appeared above a newly redeployed Vietnamese air defense battery.
It was hovering at an altitude of only one and a half kilometers, and, naturally, the battery commander ordered to open fire on it. At least ten surface-to-air missiles were fired at the UFO, but they did no harm to the object and exploded on approach. In response to the aggression, the UFO emitted a thin beam of light, which hit exactly the battery and took out all the C-75.
By the way, it was not only the North Vietnamese positions that were of interest to flying objects. In June 1966, a UFO was spotted above the U.S. military base in Nha Trang.
The object hovered over the base at an altitude of 150 meters. At that time, the lights on the ground went out, generators failed, and all communication was interrupted. The soldiers panicked and the officers expected the object to be destroyed, but in a few minutes the “saucer” went up rapidly and disappeared.
A similar situation to the one over Hanoi occurred in 1976 at a testing ground in the Urals – during tests of new anti-aircraft missiles a huge ball with a radius of half a kilometer hovered over the range.
The command decided to shoot down the balloon with missiles, but failed – just as in Vietnam, the missiles exploded before reaching their targets. A few minutes later, the UFO went up like a candle and disappeared from radar screens.
But the real tragedy happened in the summer of 1979 in Central Asia over the airspace of Turkestan Military District. There from the airfield of one of the fighter regiments was spotted “cigar” about 200 meters long, flying over the ground.
Two fighters took off immediately from the ground to intercept it. Since the cigar was heading toward the border with Afghanistan, the order was given to destroy it. The lead pilot managed to fire two rockets at the target and … disappeared in the air. Just as the missiles did not reach the target, they disappeared.
The second wingman returned to the airfield after the object rapidly gained altitude. A search in the mountainous terrain, organized by the local military unit, yielded nothing – neither the wreckage of the plane nor the body of the pilot was found.