1976 Tehran UFO incident

Radar and visual sighting of a UFO over Tehran, Iran

Map of Iran and surrounding countries, showing Tehran and Hamadan, where two F-4 jet interceptors were launched

The 1976 Tehran UFO Incident was a radar and visual sighting of an unidentified flying object (UFO) over Tehran, the capital of Iran, during the early morning hours of 19 September 1976. During the incident, two Imperial Iranian Air Force F-4 Phantom II jet interceptors reported losing instrumentation and communications as they approached the object. These were restored upon withdrawal. One of the aircraft also reported a temporary weapons systems failure while the crew was preparing to open fire.

An initial report of the incident was relayed to the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff on 19 September 1976.



In the early hours of September 19, 1976, a shining object was reported in the sky above Tehran by at least four civilians. Lieutenant Yaddi Nazeri plus a backseat weapons officer were dispatched in a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II to investigate. Once Nazeri reached Tehran, he reported losing all instruments and communications, so they returned to base, reporting that his instruments came back once he did so.

Major Parviz Jafari, a squadron commander in the Imperial Iranian Air Force, along with First Lieutenant Jalal Damirian as weapons officer, were dispatched in a second F-4 Phantom II to intercept the object. Jafari acquired radar lock on an object at a range of 27 nautical miles (≈ 50 KM.), its size described as a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker. As he approached the light, which Jafari described as “flashing with intense red, green, orange and blue lights so bright that I was not able to see its body”, its communications system shut off. As he attempted to fire an AIM-9 Sidewinder infrared guided missile, he said his equipment shut down and only returned to normal after his jet moved away from the object. Jafari said he was "startled by a round object which came out of the primary object and started coming straight toward me at a high rate of speed, almost as if it were a missile", but as he attempted to fire "Suddenly,... ...read more

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