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Monthly UFOB Summary, Oct 55 - 02 Of 03

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2010 13:53:02 +0700 (GMT+07:00)
Archived: Sun, 17 Oct 2010 08:43:07 -0400
Subject: Monthly UFOB Summary, Oct 55 - 02 Of 03


Here is section two of three.

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BT
UNCLAS   SECTION 02 OF 03
CAPTAIN GEORGE T. GREGORY TOOK OVER AS BLUE BOOK'S DIRECTOR
IN 1956. CLARK WRITES THAT GREGORY LED BLUE BOOK "IN AN EVEN
FIRMER ANTI-UFO DIRECTION THAN THE APATHETIC HARDIN."(9) THE
4602ND WAS DISSOLVED, AND THE 1066TH AIR INTELLIGENCE SERVICE
SQUADRON WAS CHARGED WITH UFO INVESTIGATIONS.

AIR FORCE REGULATION 200-2. IN ADDITION, UFOS (CALLED "UFOBS")
WERE DEFINED AS "ANY AIRBORNE OBJECT WHICH BY PERFORMANCE,
AERODYNAMIC CHARACTERISTICS, OR UNUSUAL FEATURES, DOES NOT CONFORM
TO ANY PRESENTLY KNOWN AIRCRAFT OR MISSILE TYPE, OR WHICH CANNOT
BE POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED AS A FAMILIAR OBJECT." INVESTIGATION OF
UFOS WAS STATED TO BE FOR THE PURPOSES OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND



PAGE 02 RUMOUHA3752 UNCLAS
TO ASCERTAIN "TECHNICAL ASPECTS." AFR 200-2 AGAIN STATED THAT
BLUE BOOK COULD DISCUSS UFO CASES WITH THE MEDIA ONLY IF THEY
WERE REGARDED AS HAVING A CONVENTIONAL EXPLANATION. IF THEY WERE
UNIDENTIFIED, THE MEDIA WAS TO BE TOLD ONLY THAT THE SITUATION
WAS BEING ANALYZED. BLUE BOOK WAS ALSO ORDERED TO REDUCE THE
NUMBER OF UNIDENTIFIED TO A MINIMUM.

ALL THIS WAS DONE SECRETLY. THE PUBLIC FACE OF BLUE BOOK
CONTINUED TO BE THE OFFICIAL AIR FORCE INVESTIGATION OF UFOS,
BUT THE REALITY WAS IT HAD ESSENTIALLY BEEN REDUCED TO DOING
VERY LITTLE SERIOUS INVESTIGATION, AND HAD BECOME ALMOST SOLELY
A PUBLIC RELATIONS OUTFIT WITH A DEBUNKING MANDATE. TO CITE ONE
EXAMPLE, BY THE END OF 1956, THE NUMBER OF CASES LISTED AS
UNSOLVED HAD DIPPED TO BARELY 0.4 PERCENT, FROM THE 20 TO 30%
IT HAD BEEN ONLY A FEW YEARS EARLIER.
((ADDED TEXT))
EVENTUALLY, RUPPELT REQUESTED REASSIGNMENT; AT HIS DEPARTURE IN
AUGUST 1953, HIS STAFF HAD BEEN REDUCED FROM MORE THAN TEN (PRECISE
NUMBERS OF PERSONNEL VARIED) TO JUST TWO SUBORDINATES AND HIMSELF.
HIS TEMPORARY REPLACEMENT WAS A NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER. MOST WHO



PAGE 03 RUMOUHA3752 UNCLAS
SUCCEEDED HIM AS BLUE BOOK DIRECTOR EXHIBITED EITHER APATHY OR
OUTRIGHT HOSTILITY TO THE SUBJECT OF UFOS, OR WERE HAMPERED BY A
LACK OF FUNDING AND OFFICIAL SUPPORT.

UFO INVESTIGATORS OFTEN REGARD RUPPELT'S BRIEF TENURE AT BLUE BOOK
AS THE HIGH-WATER MARK OF PUBLIC AIR FORCE INVESTIGATIONS OF UFOS,
WHEN UFO INVESTIGATIONS WERE TREATED SERIOUSLY AND HAD SUPPORT AT
HIGH LEVELS(8). THEREAFTER, PROJECT BLUE BOOK DESCENDED INTO A NEW
"DARK AGES" FROM WHICH MANY UFO INVESTIGATORS ARGUE IT NEVER
EMERGED(8). HOWEVER, RUPPELT LATER CAME TO EMBRACE THE BLUE BOOK
PERSPECTIVE THAT THERE WAS NOTHING EXTRAORDINARY ABOUT UFOS; HE
EVEN LABELED THE SUBJECT A "SPACE AGE MYTH."


THE CAPTAIN HARDIN ERA

IN MARCH 1954, CAPTAIN CHARLES HARDIN WAS APPOINTED THE HEAD OF BLUE
BOOK. HOWEVER, MOST UFO INVESTIGATIONS WERE CONDUCTED BY THE 4602ND,
AND HARDIN HAD NO OBJECTION. RUPPELT WROTE THAT HARDIN "THINKS THAT
ANYONE WHO IS EVEN INTERESTED (IN UFOS) IS CRAZY. THEY BORE HIM."(9)



PAGE 04 RUMOUHA3752 UNCLAS
IN 1955, THE AIR FORCE DECIDED THAT THE GOAL OF BLUE BOOK SHOULD BE
NOT TO INVESTIGATE UFO REPORTS, BUT RATHER TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF
UNIDENTIFIED UFO REPORTS TO A MINIMUM. BY LATE 1956, THE NUMBER OF
UNIDENTIFED SIGHTINGS HAD DROPPED FROM THE 20-25% OF THE RUPPELT ERA,
TO LESS THAN 1%.


THE CAPTAIN GREGORY ERA

ONE WAY THAT GREGORY REDUCED THE NUMBER OF UNEXPLAINED UFOS WAS BY
SIMPLE RECLASSIFICATION. "POSSIBLE CASES" BECAME "PROBABLE", AND
"PROBABLE" CASES WERE UPGRADED TO CERTAINTIES. BY THIS LOGIC, A
POSSIBLE COMET BECAME A PROBABLE COMET, WHILE A PROBABLE COMET WAS
FLATLY DECLARED TO HAVE BEEN A MISIDENTIFIED COMET. SIMILARLY, IF
A WITNESS REPORTED AN OBSERVATION OF AN UNUSUAL BALLOON-LIKE OBJECT,
BLUE BOOK USUALLY CLASSIFIED IT AS A BALLOON, WITH NO RESEARCH AND
QUALIFICATION. THESE PROCEDURES BECAME STANDARD FOR MOST OF BLUE
BOOK'S LATER INVESTIGATIONS; SEE HYNEK'S COMMENTS BELOW.



PAGE 05 RUMOUHA3752 UNCLAS
THE MAJOR FRIEND ERA

MAJOR ROBERT J. FRIEND WAS APPOINTED THE HEAD OF BLUE BOOK IN 1958.
FRIEND MADE SOME ATTEMPTS TO REVERSE THE DIRECTION BLUE BOOK HAD
TAKEN SINCE 1954. CLARK WRITES THAT "FRIEND'S EFFORTS TO UPGRADE THE
FILES AND CATALOG SIGHTINGS ACCORDING TO VARIOUS OBSERVED STATISTICS
WERE FRUSTRATED BY A LACK OF FUNDING AND ASSISTANCE."(9)

HEARTENED BY FRIEND'S EFFORTS, HYNEK ORGANIZED THE FIRST OF SEVERAL
MEETINGS BETWEEN BLUE BOOK STAFFERS AND ATIC PERSONNEL IN 1959.
HYNEK SUGGESTED THAT SOME OLDER UFO REPORTS SHOULD BE REEVALUATED,
WITH THE OSTENSIBLE AIM OF MOVING THEM FROM THE "UNKNOWN" TO THE
"IDENTIFIED" CATEGORY. HYNEK'S PLANS CAME TO NAUGHT.

DURING FRIEND'S TENURE, ATIC CONTEMPLATED PASSING OVERSIGHT BLUE BOOK
TO ANOTHER AIR FORCE AGENCY, BUT NEITHER THE AIR RESEARCH AND DEVELOP-
MENT CENTER, NOR THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION FOR THE SECRETARY OF THE
AIR FORCE WAS INTERESTED.

IN 1960, THERE WERE U.S. CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS REGARDING UFOS.



PAGE 06 RUMOUHA3752 UNCLAS
CIVILIAN UFO RESEARCH GROUP NICAP HAD PUBLICLY CHARGED BLUE BOOK WITH
COVERING UP UFO EVIDENCE, AND HAD ALSO ACQUIRED A FEW ALLIES IN THE
U.S. CONGRESS. BLUE BOOK WAS INVESTIGATED BY THE CONGRESS AND THE CIA,
WITH CRITICS=E2=80=94MOST NOTABLY THE CIVILIAN UFO GROUP NICAP(8) ASSERTING=

THAT BLUE BOOK WAS LACKING AS A SCIENTIFIC STUDY. IN RESPONSE, ATIC
ADDED PERSONNEL (INCREASING THE TOTAL PERSONNEL TO THREE MILITARY
PERSONNEL, PLUS CIVILIAN SECRETARIES) AND INCREASED BLUE BOOK'S BUDGET.
THIS SEEMED TO MOLLIFY SOME OF BLUE BOOK'S CRITICS,(8) THAT BUT IT WAS
ONLY TEMPORARY. A FEW YEARS LATER (SEE BELOW), THE CRITICISM WOULD BE
EVEN LOUDER.

BY THE TIME HE WAS TRANSFERRED FROM BLUE BOOK IN 1963, FRIEND THOUGHT
THAT BLUE BOOK WAS EFFECTIVELY USELESS AND OUGHT TO BE DISSOLVED, EVEN
IF IT CAUSED AN OUTCRY AMONGST THE PUBLIC.


THE MAJOR QUINTANILLA ERA

MAJOR HECTOR QUINTANILLA TOOK OVER AS BLUE BOOK'S LEADER IN AUGUST 1963.
HE LARGELY CONTINUED THE DEBUNKING EFFORTS, AND IT WAS UNDER HIS
((PROJECT BLUE BOOK - HQ, 4602D AISS AISOP SUBJ:  MONTHLY UFOB
SUMMARY, OCT 55))
BT
#3752







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Terry W. Colvin
Ladphrao (Bangkok), Thailand
Pran Buri (Hua Hin), Thailand
http://terrycolvin.freewebsites.com/
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