Cpt. Robert Salas, USAF
Cpt. Robert Salas, USAF retired
Captain Salas was witness to one of the most important
and implicative incidents ever to occur in the United States
involving an unidentified flying object – the 1967 nuclear
missile shutdown at Malmstrom AFB in Montana.
Capt. Salas served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force
for seven years after graduation from the U.S. Air Force
Academy in 1964. He served at Tyndall AFB, Florida
before his assignment at Maelstrom in 1966. He earned a
masters degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Air
Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB,
Ohio. He also worked with the Titan III Missile Systems
program office at Los Angeles AFS. After being honorably
discharged from the Air Force in 1971, Mr. Salas briefly
worked as an engineer for Martin-Marietta Aerospace and Rockwell International. From 1974 until his
retirement in 1995, Mr. Salas worked for the Federal Aviation Administration as an aircraft structures
engineer. He is currently employed as a high school mathematics teacher.
His book, Faded Giant, written with James Klotz, goes into detail about the 1967 incident and
concomitant issues. He has spoken publicly about the Malmstrom events since 1995.