US Air Force
This is a copy of the United States Air Force's official UFO statement, as noted in (USAF Fact Sheet 95-03)
From 1947 to 1969, the Air Force investigated Unidentified Flying Objects under
Project Blue Book.
The project, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, was terminated Dec. 17, 1969. Of a total of 12,618 sightings reported to Project Blue Book, 701 remained "unidentified."
The decision to discontinue UFO investigations was based on an evaluation of a report prepared by the University of Colorado entitled, "Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects;" a review of the University of Colorado's report by the National Academy of Sciences; previous UFO studies and Air Force experience investigating UFO reports during 1940 to 1969.
As a result of these investigations, studies and experience gained from investigating UFO reports since 1948, the conclusions of
Project Blue Book
1) No UFO reported, investigated, and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given any indication of threat to our national security.
2) There has been no evidence submitted to or discovered by the Air Force that sightings categorized as "unidentified" represent technological developments or principles beyond the range of present day scientific knowledge.
3) There has been no evidence indicating the sightings categorized as "unidentified" are extraterrestrial vehicles.
With the termination of
Project Blue Book,
the Air Force regulation establishing and controlling the program for investigating and analyzing UFOs was rescinded. Documentation regarding the former Blue Book investigation was permanently transferred to the Modern Military Branch, National Archives and Records Service, and is available for public review and analysis.
Since the termination of
Project Blue Book,
nothing has occurred that would support a resumption of UFO investigations by the Air Force. Given the current environment of steadily decreasing defense budgets, it is unlikely the Air Force would become involved in such a costly project in the foreseeable future.
There are a number of universities and professional scientific organizations that have considered UFO phenomena during periodic meetings and seminars. A list of private organizations interested in aerial phenomena may be found in "Encyclopedia of Associations", published by Gale Research. Interest in and timely review of UFO reports by private groups ensures that sound evidence is not overlooked by the scientific community. Persons wishing to report UFO sightings should be advised to contact local law enforcement agencies.
An Air Force memorandum (released via the Freedom of Information Act) dated October 20, 1969 and signed by Brigadier General C.H. Bolander states that even after
Project Blue Book
was dissolved in 1969, that "reports of UFOs" would still "continue to be handled through the standard Air Force procedure designed for this purpose." Furthermore, wrote Bolander, "Reports of unidentified flying objects which could affect national security ... are not part of the Blue Book system." To date, these other investigation channels, agencies or groups are unknown.
A UFO statement from any agency is almost nonexistent. Many people believe that any UFO statement made is done so to misdirect or mislead the public. If "something cannot be explained" most people in authority would rather not say anything in fear of ridicule. Having to answer additional questions maybe even harder that making the statement in the first place.
The above USAF UFO statement is an example. "Persons wishing to report UFO sightings should be advised to contact local law enforcement agencies."
UFO Statement - Project Blue Book Special Report No.14
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