The 1976 Tehran Iranian UFO incident occurred on the night of September 18, 1976, in Tehran, Iran. It involved the sighting of an unidentified flying object by experienced military personnel, including pilots and radar operators.
The incident began when an unidentified object was detected on radar at the Mehrabad Airport in Tehran. The radar operator, along with other military personnel, observed an object with an unusual flight pattern, moving at high speeds and making sharp turns. The object was also reported to be emitting a powerful bright light.
Two F-4 Phantom II fighter jets were scrambled to intercept the object. As the pilots approached, they reported experiencing communication and weapon systems malfunctions. They also witnessed a large, brilliant object with flashing lights. One of the pilots attempted to lock onto the object with his radar, but the systems malfunctioned again.
The object then started to evade the jets, exhibiting extraordinary speed and agility. It reportedly accelerated rapidly, making sudden changes in altitude and direction, and left the pursuing jets behind. During the encounter, ground witnesses, including civilians and airport personnel, also observed the object and confirmed the pilots’ accounts.
Following the incident, an investigation was launched by the Iranian Air Force and the government. Several top-level military and civilian officials were involved in examining the case. The witnesses were extensively interviewed, and physical evidence, such as radar tapes and audio recordings, was collected.
The conclusion of the investigation was that the sightings were credible and unexplained. The Iranian government officially stated that the objects witnessed were “unidentified flying objects.” The incident gained international attention and was widely covered by the media, contributing to public interest in UFO phenomena.
The Tehran UFO incident remains one of the most significant UFO sightings involving military personnel. It stands out due to the multiple witnesses, including trained pilots and radar operators, the corroboration of events through radar data, and the documented technical malfunctions during the encounter. Despite investigations, no conventional explanation has been offered to fully account for the observed phenomena during the incident.