It started in 1952, the third study of its kind, following projects sign 1947 and grudge 1949. The true story behind ufo sighting tv series project blue. Indeed, between 1952 and its termination in 1969, the u. Several months later, in march 1952, grudge ii was officially designated as project blue book a project that would remain in existence until 1969. Project blue book was one of a series of systematic studies of unidentified flying objects ufos conducted by the united states air force u. Despite the fact that blue book was terminated in 1969, friend told the huffington post in 2012 that he thought the ufo issue should have been turned over to scientists, who could best determine what was behind the more unusual reports.
Topsecret ufo program revealed in tvs project blue book. Air forces project blue book in december 1969, our interest in all things ufos has only grown stronger. Project blue book was one of a series of systematic studies of unidentified flying objects ufos conducted by the united states air force usaf. Ending project blue book in 1969 only cut off one channel. Project blue book investigated 12,618 ufo sightings and 701 of those sightings remained unidentified. Project blue book ufo investigations ufo sightings. A termination order was given for the study in december 1969, and all activity under its auspices officially ceased on january 19th, 1970. These documents are part of the from the desks of project blue book archive. The group reexamined the information from project blue book and published its efforts in the scientific study of unidentified flying objects also known as the condon report in 1968. The following documents were collected by ufo investigator rob mercer, and digitized to preserve their history. In 1989, an organization calling itself the new project blue book contacted the fbi.
According to government documents released under the freedom of information act, project blue book ran officially from 1952 to 1969. Born in march 1952 on the initiative of general cabell, the so called project blue book was the u. The unexplained ufo cover up cases and the end of project. Project blue book 19511969 official nicap web site. Since the termination of project blue book, no evidence has been presented to indicate that further investigation of. It remains the most influential public document concerning the current scientific status of. The first two were projects sign 1947 and grudge 1949. Many people who study ufo sightings have suggested that the. Project blue book from 1947 until 17 december 1969, the united states air force actively investigated reports and sightings of unidentified flying objects ufos, under a program called project blue book. Condon, the physicist who headed the investigation. In the mid1950s usaf and cia used ufo sightings to cover very high altitude flights of their then secret u2 spy planes. The battelle memorial institute, a thinktank consulting firm, was asked to prepare a statistical study of ufo reports obtained up until that time period. From alaska to arizona, from florida to labrador, ufo sightings were reported from within north america and even around the world. Names of people involved in the sightings are excluded.
Air force usaf program which had the aim to study unidentified flying objects. The goals of project blue book were to scientifically analyze ufo data and to determine if ufos were a national security threat. Very few photographs are included in these records. The unexplained ufo cover up cases and the end of project blue book 1969 findingufo. Hynek was a scientific consultant for project blue book, the united states air force official study of the ufo phenomenon from 1948 to 1969. Project blue book was the code name for an air force program set up in 1952, after numerous u. Although hynek started out as a skeptic and helped the air force to debunk most ufo reports, he gradually became convinced that a small number of ufo cases were not hoaxes or explainable as misidentifications of natural phenomena, and that these. Project blue book has been declassified and the records are available for examination in our research room.
It had two main goals to determine if ufos were a threat and to scientifically analyze the data. Attached for your information is the project blue book sighting summary for the period 1947 1969. The project, headquartered at wrightpatterson air force base, ohio, was tenninated dec. The project, headquartered at wrightpatterson air force base, ohio, was terminated dec. Unidentified flying objects and air force project blue book. The new history channel tv show project blue book is based on the true story of j. A termination order was given for the study in december 1969, and all activity under its auspices ceased inread more.
This file consists of correspondence concerning this organization. In december 1969, secretary of the air force, robert c. Air forces official ufoinvestigation program, known as project blue book, came to the following set of conclusions. Ufo study artifacts stored at air force museum in dayton, ohio. Air force ufo investigation took over from project grudge in 1952 and lasted until december 1969. Of a total of 12,618 sightings reported to project blue book, 701 remained unidentified. Unidentified flying objects and air force project blue book from 1947 to 1969, the air force investigated unidentified flying objects under project blue book. Project sign was later replaced by project grudge, though neither collected sufficient data or turned out any viable conclusions. Air force inquiry into unidentified flying objects that ended in 1969. Of a total of 12,618 sightings reported to project blue. A termination order was given for the study in december 1969, and all activity under.
Center for ufo studies no longer hamstrung by the air force, hynek in 1973 formed the center for ufo studies cufos to further. Onceclassified ufo files now searchable online huffpost. Although grudge reported that ufos warranted no further study, the air forces ufo investigation started up again in 1952 with project blue book. This followed two other uforelated government projects, the first of which began in 1947. Allen hyneks government investigations of ufo sightings. Fact sheet usaf fact sheet 9503 unidentified flying objects and air force project blue book from 1947 to 1969, the air force investigated unidentified flying objects under project blue book. Project blue book unknowns this list claims 701 ufo reports which represent all of the unexplained sightings recorded by the air forces project blue book, a seventeen year investigation.
Instead these are text descriptions of encounters or sightings during the years 1947 to 1969. Documentation the minot afb ufo case 24 october 1968. Please visit our ebay store for thousands of historical newspapers on sale or at auction. The project closed in 1969 and we have no information on sightings. It started in 1952, and it was the third study of its kind the first two were projects sign 1947 and grudge 1949. In all these years, we have yet to see more than a very few examples of usafdriven ufo investigation after project blue book closed shop in late 1969. There were two separate ufo reporting channels within the government through the 50s and 60s. As stated, the usaf was responsible for the investigation of ufo reports, and they coordinated their investigations and findings with the faa. This would lead directly to the establishment of project blue book.
It started in 1952, the third study of its kind the. Project blue book originally project blue book was the air force name for a project that investigated ufo reports between 1947 and 1969. In addition, it suggested that the air force end project blue books investigations into ufoswhich it did in 1969. Air force conducted a study into ufo sightings, known as project blue book. National archives, from 1947 to 1969, a total of 12,618 sightings were reported to project blue book. Started in 1952, it was the second revival of such a study. In 1966 a separate air force committee was set up to further delve into some of the cases within project blue book. Also included is a listing of uforelated materials currently available. Robert friend was the director of project blue book from 1958 to 1963.
Air force effort to investigate ufos that closed in 1969. Project blue book unidentified flying objects national. Worlds strangest ufo cases revealed daily mail online. Two years later this committee, which made a detailed study of 59 ufo sightings, released its results as scientific study of unidentified flying objectsalso known as the condon report, named for edward u. How the cia tried to quell ufo panic during the cold war. This project, headquartered at wrightpatterson air force base, ohio, was terminated on december 17, 1969, based on an evaluation of a report prepared by the university of colorado entitled scientific study of unidentified flying objects, a. The history channels project blue book features mysterious ufo encounters that are based on government files documenting decades of sightings. Project blue book, as ufo enthusiasts and history buffs are well aware, was the official u. Project blue book 1951 1969 by michael hall september 10th, 1951 marked a series of sightings that would prove to be the impetus for a serious reevaluation of the air force investigation into the ufo phenomenon. Project blue book air force declassification office. Project blue book was the name for a project that investigated ufo reports between 1947 and 1969. Project blue book and the university of colorados ufo study were receiving reports filed using air force regulation 8017 afr 8017.379 1019 387 1094 786 172 785 136 540 439 1625 1574 1479 1343 1279 422 1584 719 1108 545 131 278 309 1119 351 957 1239 125 1428 1330 1034 1188 7 817