Robert L. Hastings was born May 6, 1950, in Albuquerque, NM, at Sandia Base, where atomic weapons were engineered. His father, Robert E. Hastings, was career U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1967 with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. In 1966–67, the Hastings family was stationed at Malmstrom AFB, Montana, during one peak period of UFO activity at nearby Minuteman nuclear missile sites. In March 1967, Hastings witnessed five UFOs being tracked on radar at the base air traffic control tower. He later learned that these “unknown targets” had been maneuvering near intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) sites located southeast of the base. This experience ultimately led to his decades-long research into the UFO-nukes connection.
Hastings received a BFA in photography at Ohio University in 1972, and worked as a photographic technician at Northern Illinois University for eight years. In 1981, after conducting numerous interviews with former and retired U.S. Air Force personnel regarding their knowledge of nuclear weapons-related UFO incidents, Hastings ventured out on the college lecture circuit to speak about the U.S. government’s cover-up on UFOs. To date, he has appeared at more than 500 colleges and universities in the U.S. as well as Oxford University in England.
In 1986–88, Hastings retrained in Electron Microscopy at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA, and received a certificate in Materials Science Applications. Between 1988 and 2002, he was employed as a laboratory analyst by Philips Semiconductors in Albuquerque, NM, but continued lecturing at colleges in his spare time. Now retired, he continues to promote public awareness of the reality of UFO activity at nuclear weapons sites.
Hastings’ recent documentary, UFOs and Nukes: The Secret Link Revealed (2016), rigorously examines the officially still-hidden history of UFO activity at nuclear weapons laboratories, test areas, storage depots and missile sites—using authenticated files and the testimony of vetted military eyewitnesses.
UFOs and Nukes: Extraordinary Encounters at Nuclear Weapons Sites (2008)
UFOs and Nukes: The Secret Link Revealed (2016)