From: Colm Kelleher <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2003 11:07:22 -0700 Fwd Date: Thu, 03 Jul 2003 16:47:33 -0400 Subject: Blue Book UFO Unknowns On NIDS Site For those interested in the ongoing re-appraisal by Brad Sparks of Project Blue Book cases. Colm Kelleher NIDS http://www.nidsci.org Comprehensive Catalog of 1,500 Project BLUE BOOK UFO Unknowns: Work in Progress (Version 1.6, June 18, 2003) Compiled by Brad Sparks Copyright 2001-2003 The main purpose of this catalog at present is to help identify and fill in where possible missing or difficult-to-obtain U.S. Air Force documentation on better quality Unexplained UFO cases, not to present here the "proof" of UFO reality nor to discuss possible IFO identifications, subjects reserved for later analysis once full files can be examined. Here the goal is preliminary and to compile more complete documentation, not the perfection of the analysis or categorizations. This catalog will be used eventually to produce another catalog of UFO Best Evidence after a screening process based on Hynek's and other criteria and for that reason columns for data on Duration, No. of Witnesses, Angular Size and "Instrumentation/Scientists etc." have been separately presented from the available case data and/or calculated where possible. When Project Blue Book (BB) closed down on Jan. 30, 1970 (it was not on Dec. 17, 1969, which was merely the announcement date by the Secretary of the Air Force) the total number of Unidentified sightings was thought to be 701 and this is the number given on all subsequent press releases and so-called "fact sheets." However, based on the review by Hynek and the CUFOS staff of the released sanitized BB microfilm and Hynek's personal records which included many missing (and unsanitized) BB documents, the final number was determined to have been approximately 587, apparently reflecting an IFO elimination process carried out on old historical cases by the last BB Chief, Major Hector Quintanilla in the 60's (and of dubious scientific validity based on examples McDonald studied), which must have reduced the number of Unexplained cases by 114. Evidently the AF did not update its annual historical UFO statistics to reflect this gradual winnowing process, not realizing it could improve upon its anti-UFO PR position by reducing the perennially embarrassing number of Unidentifieds. However, in reverse, Hynek re-evaluated 53 Blue Book IFO cases as Unexplained UFO cases, bringing the total partially back, up to 640, unfortunately a complete list identifying these is not available, though some of the worksheets have been copied by Jan Aldrich from CUFOS-Hynek files. A number of the re-evaluated cases have been included in The Hynek UFO Report book published in 1977. Much more disturbing are the indications from my limited review of BB cases that there may be as many as possibly 4,000 Unexplained UFO cases miscategorized as IFO's in the BB files. McDonald similarly stated in 1968 at his CASI lecture that from his review of BB cases he estimated that 30-40% of 12,000 cases were Unexplained, or about 3,600 to 4,800. These are mostly military cases and many involve radar. The BB files total some 13,134 cases altogether, UFO and IFO, according to the Hynek-CUFOS revised statistics, or about 14,613 when 1,558 "info only" cases are included, per the FUFOR Index. Many cases are actually multiple incidents filed under one date/location. For simplicity I am therefore rounding up to 15,000 as the approximate total number of UFO incidents in the BB files. This catalog is based primarily on the outstanding catalog prepared by Don Berliner of the Fund for UFO Research (FUFOR) from his exhaustive review of the then unreleased Project Blue Book (BB) files at Maxwell AFB (Air Force Base), Alabama, in Jan. 1974, which included many witness names that were later sanitized out ("blacked out") of the public release of the BB files by the Air Force in 1974-5. Berliner's effort ought to be supplemented with the tremendous intelligence coup by William Weitzel and FUFOR in early March 1998 in discovering and later securing copies of the unsanitized pre-redaction record copy 16 mm Maxwell AFB microfilm of the BB files that the National Archives inadvertently made available (at the College Park, Maryland, facility in Record Group 341 / 190 / 68 / 08 / 03, boxes 1-6, 70 films numbered 30,362 through 30,431), but no resources are available for such a large-scale research project. All of UFOlogy owes an enormous debt of gratitude to FUFOR for this lasting contribution to the preservation and disclosure of this vast treasure of priceless military UFO records. The Berliner catalog has been heavily augmented here with: (a) Listing of BB Unknowns selected from the National Archives index of BB cases (published by Steiger in Nov 1976 and available on the World Wide Web at various websites) but lacking descriptive sighting details. (b) Partial case listings of re-evaluations by Hynek and CUFOS staff (primarily in The Hynek UFO Report, Dell, Dec. 1977), who personally retained many thousands of unsanitized BB case files in his personal papers which are now with CUFOS. (c) The 1969 Magonia catalog of landing/close encounter cases by Jacques Vall=E9e who as Hynek's assistant in the 60's examined the BB files and Hynek's copies of BB cases, when many reports had not yet "disappeared." (d) Battelle Memorial Institute list of 12 Best Unknowns which also caught a few cases before records vanished (May 5, 1955, report issued as Blue Book Special Report No. 14). (e) Lists by James McDonald who saw and copied BB files on five research trips from June 1966 to Aug. 1970 and conducted his own exhaustive and independent investigations, especially see his prepared statement in the 1968 House Committee on Science and Astronautics hearing (McDonald 1968) and his 1969 AAAS paper as revised and published posthumously by Sagan & Page (McDonald 1972). (f) Records obtained by Jan Aldrich of Project 1947 directly from unsanitized BB files on the Maxwell AFB microfilm, from McDonald, CUFOS and Keyhoe/Richard Hall/FUFOR files, from FOIA requests, and from SHG oral history and file recovery efforts. (g) Condon Committee investigations of BB cases published in the Condon Report (Bantam Books edition, New York, Jan. 1969; especially see the convenient "Sightings, Unexplained" listing in the index, p. 961). (h) FUFOR's Index to the Case Files of Project Blue Book (1997) which consists of a computer printout reportedly prepared by David R. Saunders of the Condon Committee, but which inexplicably includes cases up to Dec. 1969 near the end of BLUE BOOK and over a year after the AF contract with the Condon Committee had ended. (i) National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP). (j) Willy Smith's case evaluations (On Pilots and UFOs, UNICAT 1997). (k) NICAP website compiled by Francis Ridge. (l) Dominique Weinstein's Aircraft/UFO Encounters (Nov. 1997; and rev. 5th ed. June 2001, Aircraft UAP Encounters). (m) H. B. Darrach and Robert Ginna, LIFE magazine article, April 7, 1952. (n) Various USAF records obtained by Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, especially a collection of long-missing Project SIGN/GRUDGE records found at the St. Louis records center, however please note that it is uncertain whether all of these cases are in the BB/predecessor files or had ever been and got lost or were removed. (o) U.S. Air Force Intelligence TOP SECRET analysis of flying disc incidents, April 28, 1949, Report No. 100-203-79 or "AIR 203." (p) Martin Shough catalog of radar UFO incidents, 1987, revised 2002, and augmented by Jan Aldrich. (q) My personal investigations and research (especially all bracketed [ ] material and most parenthetical ( ) material).
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