The Tehran UFO Case started on September 19th, 1976, at approximately 12:30am, the Imperial Iranian Air Force command post received four telephone reports from civilians in the Shemiran city district of an unidentified object in the night sky. Callers reported an ”object” similar to a star, but much brighter and supposedly closer. The object was picked up by radar over Tehran, the capital of Iran.
The command posts discovered that there were no helicopters or planes airborne at that time and couldn’t claim it was one of their own crafts, so they called General Yousefi, the assistant deputy commander of operations. Initially he thought it was just a star, but after conferring with the control tower at Mehrabad Airport and taking a look for himself, he saw it was a very bright object, larger than a star. He then gave the order and sent an F-4 Phantom II fighter jet from Shahrokhi Air Force Base, piloted by Captain Mohammad Reza Azizkhani, to investigate the strange object.
At 01:30am, the F-4 took off and headed towards the object which was said to be visible from 70 miles away and the object was described with ”such brilliance”. During its approach, the jet was approximately 45km away from the object when it lost all instrumental and communication capabilities. Azizkhani took it upon himself to head away from the object, which resumed the functions of the F-4.
At 01:40am, another F-4 was dispatched. Piloted by Lieutenant Parviz Jafari and Lieutenant Jalal Damirian. Their jet got a radar lock on the object from 50km away, which resembled the radar signature of a Boeing 707 airplane.
Upon closing the distance, the object started to move, keeping a distance of around 50km from the F-4. The size of the object was difficult to determine because of its intense brightness. The lights of the object were said to be alternating blue, green, red, and orange, and were arranged in a square pattern. The lights were reported to be flashing in sequence, but so quickly, that they could all be seen at the same time.
While they flew the F-4 towards the object, a smaller object detached itself from the Tehran UFO and flew towards the F-4 at high speed. Lieutenant Jafari, convinced he was under attack, tried to launch an AIM-9 sidewinder missile and attack, but as he attempted to do this, he realized that the instruments, communication and weapon controls of his jet were malfunctioning. Shortly after expecting to get blown out the sky, he tried to eject, but this mechanical system also malfunctioned and he was trapped in a useless jet with an unknown object fast approaching.
Jafari turned and initiated a negative G dive (an evasive dive in military aviation terms), as he did, the object fell in behind him at about 7.5km, in hot pursuit. After a short time, the object broke off and returned to the primary UFO. Once again, as soon as the F-4 and the UFO had distance between them, the onboard equipment started to function correctly.
Moments later, the F-4 pilots noticed another object detached from the primary and head straight down to the ground at high speed. The crew expected the UFO to crash land and explode on impact, but it slowed down rapidly and came to a gentle stop.
The F-4 crew flew overhead of the object at a decreased altitude and marked the position of the light’s touchdown. As the F-4 was on its final approach back to Mehrabad, they spotted another object with bright, steady lights on each end and a flashing light in the middle, described as cylinder-shaped. The Tehran UFO overflew them, but Mehrabad tower reported no other aircraft in the area, however, they were able to see the object themselves.
Many years after the incident, an investigating general revealed that when the tower were able to see the object, it actually flew over the control tower and temporarily knocked out all of its electrical equipment.
The following morning, on September 20th, 1976, the F-4 crew flew a helicopter out over the marked position where the UFO had touched down. Upon arriving, they saw that it was a dry lake bed, but there were no traces of the Tehran UFO. The crew circled the surrounding area and picked up a noticeable ”beeper” signal in the helicopter. They followed its location and notice it was at its loudest when they were over a small house nearby. They landed and questioned the home owners about any unusual activity from the previous night. The occupants claimed to have reported a loud noise and ”a bright light, like lightning”.
The military further investigated the landing site and surrounding areas and conducted a radiation test, but the results were never made public and it’s likely that most or all the records have been lost, since the event took place before the fall of the Shah. You can learn more about the Shah by doing a simple Google search and be sure to check out Ahmad Shah Durrani’s lost treasure.
The UFO event was reported in a four-page U.S Defense Intelligence Agency report which was distributed to the White House, Secretary of State, Joint Chiefs of Staff, the NSA, and the CIA. The encounter is still one of the most well-documented military UFO reports in Iranian history.
Many of the senior Iranian military whom were involved in the event from 1976 have gone on record and stated their beliefs that the object or craft was not from earth.
Jafari retired as a general, after which time he attended a National Press Club conference on November 12th, 2007 and demanded a worldwide investigation into UFO phenomena.
With all of the officials being so heavily involved and receiving the reports of the event, it would suggest that it was not a military vehicle that was spotted. Plus, the brilliant light, high speeds, equipment failure and potential radiation traces would certainly make one think it was not of terrestrial origin as these reports are common in other credible UFO cases, such as the encounter in Rendlesham Forest just four years later.