The former Brazil’s Air Force minister Sócrates Monteiro was
interviewed by the Brazilian UFO Magazine and made astonishing
statements about the action of extraterrestrial intelligences in the country.
(Kindly sent to my by my friend and colleague Prof. A.J. Gevaerd)
Another distinguished officer supports the campaign UFOs: Freedom of Information Now!
Observation: Photos can be downloaded here: www.ufo.com.br/public/socrates/.
Last Sunday, October 25th, Brazilian UFO Magazine interviewed the former minister of Air
Force during the government of Fernando Collor, from 1990-1992, lieutenant-brigadier
Sócrates da Costa Monteiro. The interview was conducted in his residence in Rio de
Janeiro and was performed by this editor A. J. Gevaerd, with the cooperation of the co-
editor Marco Antonio Petit and the consultants Francisco Pires de Campos and Arthur
Ferreira Neto. It was more than two hours of extremely interesting and fruitful conversation,
in which the military felt comfortable to talk about Ufology, like some other officials who also
gave their statements to Brazilian UFO Magazine.
Monteiro is retired from the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) for a number of years, but keeps his
bounds with active militaries from various sectors of the Brazilian military. He has an
extremely lucid memory of the major facts of his activities in the Air Force and – of special
interest to the Ufology – about how the country handled with the matter during the time
when he was on active duty. Like other ministers, before and after him, Monteiro also had
access to sensitive information on the interaction of other cosmic species in our country,
reporting a few cases. He was pilot of many airplane types, including fighters, gathering
more than 5 thousand flight hours in them.
“Technology far more advanced than ours”
The officer was the commander of I Integrated Air Defense and Air Traffic Control Centre
(Cindacta), in Brasilia, at the time when he was ahead of registering the ufological
occurrences all over the country, especially in the area of the Federal District and
Southeast region. He revealed that the observations of unidentified flying objects were
regular on the radar screens of the institution, well before he assumed its command, and
that all the cases were carefully registered, with some of them being further investigated by
the Air Force. In that occasion the expression “Traffic Hotel” was not yet used to designate
Monteiro described a situation when the radar station of Cindacta in Gama (DF) was
overflown at low altitude by a disk type object of great proportions, and that its staff, without
knowing what to do, opened fire against the “intruder”. When he got to know it, Monteiro
gave them express orders to stop the gun fire immediately. “They have a technology far
more advanced than ours and we don’t know how they would react to our action”.
The interviewee also was the commander of IV Regional Air Command (COMAR), in São
Paulo, institution that controls the air space of the Southeast region, during the famous
“UFO Official Night in Brazil”, on May 19th 1986, when the area was flooded by the
appearance of more than 20 flying spheres of more than 100 m diameter each, which were
chased by 7 FAB’s fighters F-5E and Mirage, sent from the air bases of Santa Cruz (RJ)
and Anápolis (GO). This is one of the most important ufological cases in the country, which
counted on the participation of the Embraer’s president at that time colonel Ozires Silva, on
board of a Xingu airplane heading from Brasilia to Sao José dos Campos. Ozires spotted an
object and even chased it over Sao Paulo state. As it is known, the Air Force Minister at that
time Octavio Moreira Lima went to TV in national broadcast, the next day, to admit the
“invasion” of Brazilian air space by UFOs. Both, Ozires and Moreira Lima, are friends of
Monteiro and the first told him details of his sighting. Ozires is at this moment being
contacted by Brazilian UFO Magazine for new statements.
UFO Official Night in Brazil
As it’s known, the government just released a very important document about the
mentioned “UFO Official Night in Brazil”, in which it is admitted that the observed objects
were “solid and reflected somehow intelligence”, additional to the fact that made amazing
maneuvers. The document can be downloaded at:
www.ufo.com.br/documentos/night/. With this disclosure, the main matter of the interview,
naturally, was the occurrence on May 19th 1986, which was confirmed in different ways by
Monteiro, including details unknown until the moment. It is attributed to him some strong
statements about the facts, given at that time. For example, the officer said that “for many
years these cases have been registered by the Air Force” and that the UFOs “went from
250 to 1.500 km/h in seconds”. Monteiro also said that “FAB recorded the entire event on
tape”. These facts are now complemented by him.
Always referring to the term “electronic abnormalities”, “with the lack of a better explanation
to what those object were”, according to Monteiro, the interviewee said the speed of the
UFOs was really astonishing and that the fighters could get closer to them only for a few
moments, because the artifacts would escape away at extremely high speed. “There was no
way for us to get closer, so we abandoned the search, which last for many hours in that
There is a reference stating the UFOs achieved the speed of Mach 15, and about i,
Monteiro said it is possible, although the instruments measured only near to 3.500 km/h,
“because beyond that, there could be natural reading distortions”. About FAB recording the
facts on videotape, he said that, actually, the institution – especially Cindacta – always
registered what happened on the radar screens, and everything was registered in
appropriate recordings done from those instruments. But pointed out that every 30 days the
tapes are deleted and reused.
Visited by other cosmic species
The interviewee was cautious during the whole time. But, initially closed, was giving up to
the pressure of the interviewers and making clear that, as other graduated officers of the
country, also he had the clear notion that we are being visited by other cosmic species.
Although at the beginning referred to the UFOs as “electronic abnormalities”, gradually
started talking about “they”, to refer to its crew members, and “ships” in order to effectively
describe what their vehicles were, mentioning also its “technology”. Also referred openly to
the intelligence behind the phenomenon, giving clear notion that we are before superior
This was the most striking statement given during the interview, at the end of the session,
when he again mentioned the case in which his men were shooting at the flying saucer in
Gama, and he had to immediately intervene because “the reaction could be tragic to us”.
For that, he used as analogy the Mantell Case, occurred in USA in 1948, in which a pilot
was found death and his plane was destroyed after a pursuit to an UFO. “For that, the
fighters, when chasing those “electronic abnormalities”, did it with caution”. By the end of
the conversation, when feeling more comfortable with the interviewers, he was referring to
the abnormalities almost laughing of his own interpretation of the phenomenon and
admitting the use of the expression “only because of the lack of an UFO on hands to say
what they exactly are”.
Support to the freedom of information campaign
Finally, the lieutenant-brigadier Sócrates da Costa Monteiro is one additional person from
the Brazilian military circle who, recognizing the serious mission of the ufologists of Brazilian
UFO Magazine on the pursue of these questions, supports the campaign UFOs: Freedom of
Information Now, conducted by the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU). He, like
his colleagues previously interviewed, among them the brigadier José Carlos Pereira and
the colonels Uyrangê Hollanda and Antonio Celente Videira, admitted the seriousness of
the ufological manifestation and the need of treating it in a straight way. And declared: “The
files must be opened and you must keep your action with the government, in order to
ensure it happens”.
The full content of this interview will soon be published by Brazilian UFO Magazine, www.ufo.
Photos can be downloaded here: www.ufo.com.br/public/socrates/.
Translation thanks to Wander Alcaraz, volunteer.
A. J. Gevaerd,
Editor, Brazilian UFO Magazine
Coordinator, Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU)
National Director, Mutual UFO Network (MUFON)