nearly 30,000 flight hours under his belt, Jim Courants
qualifications as a major passenger airline captain are
solid. So is his conviction that the UFO phenomenon is real.
got the proof that I was after," Courant says. "Thats
the part I wont discuss. But obviously something
has kept me in this, taking the chances Ive taken."
nature of the proof that he found isnt all that
Courant wont discuss. Concerned about professional
repercussions, he declines to confirm the name of his
airline. Nor will he reveal the identities of some high
level officials who he says have confirmed the extraterrestrial
presence in conversations with him.
are a few names that he will drop, however.
Gordon Cooper, whose own unambiguous UFO encounter is
a matter of public record, was a friend of Courants.
Hes also traded stories with astronaut Edgar Mitchell,
whose 2009 statement at the National Press Building calling
for the U.S. government to come clean on the topic of
UFOs garnered such fleeting media attention.
short shrift Mitchell received in the press gives Courant
little cause for optimism that future media events will
turn the tide.
national hero and the sixth man to walk on the moon says
that your government and others have been in contact with
ETs for 67 years. Thats an incredible statement.
It was buried on page seven the next day in the NY Post.
Then Rush Limbaugh got in on the act."
frustration with the trickle-down effect of what X-Conference
organizer Steve Bassett calls the "truth embargo"
is obvious when hes asked to comment on the effectiveness
of the disclosure movement.
like to say that Steve is getting somewhere with what
hes trying to do," Courant says. "But
the internet is the new sheriff in town. Theres
so much B.S. that its made it tough for people to
know what to believe."
that hes ready to unload his 5,000-volume library
of UFO books, Courant talks with the road-weary circumspection
of someone whos told his story countless times,
and whos taken a few hits for the telling.
ruined my social life,"says Courant, who is divorced
and lives in the Carolinas.
to Courant, its not unheard of for cockpit personnel
to turn in pilots who express an interest in UFOs. This
can trigger everything from psych tests to what are called
line checks (in-flight performance evaluations)
which, if they go badly, can result in dismissal. The
best way to avoid trouble, Courant says, is to steer clear
of the topic while in uniform and, even when out of uniform,
never to mention your employers name in any context
that involves UFOs.
Courant, now 59, continues to fly, despite his active
involvement in UFO research. Hes spoken on the topic
as far afield as China and Brazil and, closer to home,
in Gaithersburg, MD where he participated in the 2005
X-Conference "Seen from Above" pilots
was invited in 1992 by an NBC affiliate in Raleigh, North
Carolina to host "New Perspective," a live daily
television show focusing on topics similar to those popularized
by NBC's "Unsolved Mysteries" series, for which
hed served as a consultant.
did 534 shows, covering many aspects of the UFO subject,"
Courant says. He traveled extensively taping interviews
for the show which he co-hosted with a woman hell
identify only as "Dea," explaining that she
now prefers to maintain a low profile.
for knowledge in the avalanche of lies
about his own UFO sightings, Courant says that hes
had three, the most notable of which occurred in 1995
while he was flying from New Mexico to Los Angeles.
co-pilot wouldnt talk about it afterward,"
he says, describing a large, oval-shaped, blue-green object
that approached from the left, then shot up at a 45-degree
angle in a bright flash of light.
Courant acknowledges that expert testimony is no match
for what he says Gordon Cooper referred to as the "huge
avalanche of lies" obstructing disclosure.
"Jim Courant" and youll find, among other
things, a $20 DVD titled "Jim Courant Presents UFO
Perspective," which Courant says hes never
seen and did not authorize. Search for him on YouTube
and youll find excerpts from an interview he did
with black ops scientist and alleged contactee Dr. Michael
Wolfe, which Courant says was posted without permission.
taken a lot of heat for that," he says, lamenting
the ill effects of information age technology, even as
it raises public awareness (and acceptance) of UFOs.
sad that between your astronauts and your trained pilots,
theres still the put-down factor. Ive learned
from 20 years that youve got the real deal people,
and the people who are in it for the ego and to make some
money and fame."
me," Courant says, "its ended up being
a quest for knowledge."