Robert Jacobs is a professor at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. In 1964, Jacobs was in the Air Force and was the officer in charge of optical instrumentation at Vandenberg AFB, a position in which he basically was responsible for filming ballistic missile test launches.
After recording a launch at Big Sur, CA, on September 15, 1964, Jacobs was ordered to appear at an emergency meeting with Maj. Mansmann, his commanding officer. When Jacobs arrived he discovered that two unidentified men in suits were also present.
During the meeting the film of the launch and was shown on a projector. To Jacobs' shock the footage revealed an unidentified object described as appearing like two pie-plates stuck together and having a ping-pong ball on top, fly into the screen and circle the missile while shooting four beams of light at it. The missile then faltered and tumbled out of the sky while the UFO sped out of view. Maj. Mansmann then asked Jacobs point blank if he was 'screwing around' at the time of filming, as if asking if the film was some type of joke. When Jacobs replied that was not, Maj. Mansmann ordered him never to speak of the incident again.
When Jacobs finally came forward with his story in 1982, he claims he experienced harassment both at work and at home and also received death threats. The Air Force even denied his employment. Luckily Jacobs was able to produce documentation proving his employment.
Researcher Lee Graham was able to track down Florence J. Mansman, Jr. (Maj. Mansmann) who then corroborated Jacobs' story and added that at that time the speculation was that the unknown craft was extraterrestrial. Mansmann claimed that after the meeting the two men in suits confiscated the portion of the film containing the UFO. Mansmann had no idea who the men where or what agency they were with though he speculated they may have been CIA agents. Mansmann never saw or heard anything about the film ever again. Mansmann's letter stating such can be viewed in it's entirety HERE.
UFO Filmed Circling Atlas Rocket
Subject: The "UFO" Filming, Big Sur, California