UFO Sighting in Chicago, Illinois on 2009-04-15 18:00:00 – Stationary craft above highway during heavy traffic

Spring (maybe april) 2008 or 2009
near o’hare airport heading east towards chicago on i-90

my wife, daughter, and i had just returned from a trip to florida. the car was parked in the airport’s long term parking and the sky was clear. it was probably around 5-7pm so still light out. we had just left the winding highway roads around the airport and were driving east on i-90 towards chicago. directly in front of us, in the distance, i could see a low, bright light over the highway. i remember thinking, “interesting that that plane is flying directly in parallel with the highway and so low.” i assumed it was just an airplane lined up to land at the airport and that it would quickly turn off from the seemingly straight path it was taking above the highway. however, as i continued to drive, it seemed to continue it’s straight path directly towards us. i mentioned something about it to my wife but she didn’t seem interested (i think she was distracted on her phone, maybe texting her parents that we were on the ground heading home). as we got closer to it it remained in place, and i remember thinking, “wow, that is low!” as we got closer, i noticed it was not moving but stationary above the highway, with cars zipping along under it in both directions, as if nothing were there. as we drove under it, i looked up, leaning up a bit to look through the windshield in front of me. as we passed under, it was approximately 20 feet above the highway and it looked as if it were man-made. by that i mean it had large pipes, or ducts, and other mechanical-ish type looking parts. it must have been huge as i only was able to see a small part or section as we went under. after this, the strangest feeling happened. all of a sudden, i had this feeling of elation and felt as if i was the best and cleverest driver in the world, with the ability to quickly, and without effort, maneuver the car in and out of traffic like a pro (almost felt like flying). i think i looked back in the rear view mirror a couple times as the light diminished as we drove further away from it. afterwards, and over the last many years, i still go over it in my mind and am still mystified by it.

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UFO Sighting in Edgar, Wisconsin on 2017-10-04 07:05:00 – Witnessed a hovering, bright sphere for 20 seconds or so, then object flashed brightly once then ascended stsight up until out of sight at high speed.

I was driving east on highway 29 just west of edgar wisconsin heading towards marathon city. i crested a small hill on the road and saw a bright sphere lower in the eastern sky hovering over the highway. it was approximately 7:05 am on my clock. the sun was coming up in the east in clear skies, and there was at least 1 airplane contrails much further to the east.

at first i thought the object was the planet venus, but it was about 2-3 times larger and brighter then i ever saw venus. as i kept getting closer, i sensed that this was different, and that it seemed to be moving/rotating. i watched it for at least 20 seconds.

the object was bright, but then it flashed one time about double the intensity. then the object started to accend straight up at a high rate of speed. by the time i got to around where it was hovering over highway 29, i could not see it anylonger.

i was in the military , and saw many high speed fighters on different exercises, when this shot straight up, i don’t think anything we have could have kept up with it.

i wish i could see it again longer, it was almost mesmerizing to look at.

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PROJECT BLUE BOOK: A Retrospective

In 1969, the U.S. Air Force closed down their “Project Blue Book” investigation of “Unidentified Flying Objects” by claiming their evaluations of more than 12,000 sightings had not yielded a single instance where a UFO had ever posed a threat to national security, nor demonstrated technology “beyond the range of present day scientific knowledge”, nor been categorized as extraterrestrial. Headquartered at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio where legend long suggests recovered salvage from the 1947 Roswell incident was taken for further research and development, all of the project’s declassified records were allegedly transferred to the National Archives and Records Service.

Photograph of the The National Archives, taken by Nick Cooper 3 February, 2007. (Credit: Nick Cooper/Wikimedia Commons)

But did the Air Force really shut down the project, or just move it into a private sphere where the public could be kept at arm’s length? A handful of government documents have slipped out over the years pointing to the latter scenario. A look back at Project Blue Book is insightful here, for knowledge of how the project evolved remains relevant to modern assessments as well as the effort to gauge what current high-level insiders might know. Historical information indicates that the Army Air Force took serious attention to UFOs when reports of “foo fighters” started coming in from pilots during World War II. Further sightings at military installations in 1947 led to classified orders that UFO reports be sent to division offices at Wright-Patterson Air Field where General Nathan Twining was selected to oversee any type of evaluation.

Twining authored the now legendary September 23, 1947 classified memo to Air Force General George Schulgen in which he responded to a request for information about “flying saucer sightings” by reporting his team’s opinion that, “The phenomenon is something real and not visionary or fictitious.” This apparently catalyzed the Air Force’s decision to open an official investigation into the UFO phenomenon, as Project Sign was then established near the end of 1947.  Major General L. C. Craigie sent a directive to Twining to collect and evaluate information “concerning sightings and phenomena in the atmosphere which can be construed to be of concern to the national security.”

General Nathan Twining, author of the September 23, 1947 memo. He later earned a fourth star and became USAF Chief of Staff — and then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

A precursor to Project Blue Book, Project Sign was where Ohio State University astronomy professor Dr. J. Allen Hynek first became involved with the government study of UFOs. Hynek was contracted by the project to analyze UFO reports and determine if objects observed were misidentified astronomical phenomena. Generally skeptical, Hynek still found that roughly 20 percent of the reports could not be explained in such a manner.

In History of the United States Air Force Programs by Thomas Tulien, we learn that Project Sign’s studies led to an intelligence “estimate of the situation” in the fall of 1948 which suggested that flying objects ranging from pilot Kenneth Arnold’s famous Washington sighting to those witnessed by personnel at Muroc AFB, Rapid City AFB (now Ellsworth AFB), and Los Alamos Laboratory were interplanetary spacecraft (a conclusion largely based around the spectacular maneuvers reported, beyond the scope of modern quantum physics).  Upper brass such as Director of Intelligence Maj. General Charles Cabell and Air Force Chief of Staff General Hoyt S. Vandenberg didn’t care for that assessment however, leading to a political battle for control of the project between the Pentagon and the Air Force. This tussle was won by the Pentagon, with Project Sign ordered to send all case files to the Pentagon and USAF Scientific Advisory Board for further assessment.

General Hoyt Vandenberg

Project Sign staff were soon transferred or reassigned and Project Grudge was launched in the early part of 1949, with a new staff and a directive that UFO reports could be explained with conventional reasoning. Project Grudge wasn’t nearly as active in conducting studies as Project Sign, yet those pesky UFOs still refused to disappear. New project director Lt. Edward J. Ruppelt sought out Hynek again for help interpreting UFO reports, however over time Hynek’s position began to evolve as he realized that the unexplained 20 percent presented a genuine scientific challenge.

Yet, General Cabell ultimately became discontent with Project Grudge’s lack of substantive analysis and re-organized the project again in the spring of 1952, forming Project Blue Book. This was soon followed by one the most notable UFO incidents in American history, when a wave of sightings hit Washington D.C. in late July. Air Force Director of Intelligence Maj. General John Samford held the Pentagon’s largest press conference since World War II to dismiss the sightings as a result of “temperature inversion”, but President Truman meanwhile directed the CIA to start looking into the matter. This led to the formation of the Robertson Panel, which quickly came to conclusions in 1953 which were similar to that of Project Grudge in claiming there was no evidence of a direct threat to national security and that the the Air Force should work to demystify UFOs. The Panel also concluded that “the continued emphasis on the reporting of these phenomena does, in these parlous times, result in a threat to the orderly functioning of the protective organs of the body politic.” This issue of government sovereignty being threatened by the existence of extraterrestrial visitors has haunted Ufology ever since (and was the subject of an academic paper “Sovereignty and the UFO” by Alexander Wendt and Bud Duvall that was first presented at The Ohio State University’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies in 2006.)

Edward Ruppelt (standing center) at July 29, 1952 Pentagon UFO press conference. Also pictured, Major Generals Roger Ramey (seated left), USAF operations chief, and John A. Samford (seated right), USAF director of intelligence. (image credit: Wikipedia)

While there were many extraordinary UFO incidents that occurred during the Blue Book era that were not included in the study, some of the most compelling UFO encounters in history are among the 12,000 cases. The actual number of “unknowns” (regarded as unexplained) has changed over the years, with the Air Force originally noting 701 as the “official number”, though only listing at first 564 in declassified documents, and later with FOIA releases revealing an actual number of over 1,500. The majority of these unknowns involve highly credible professional witnesses, many with the military. They include; 1952 San Marcos Air Force Base involving at least 6 Air Force personell; 1959 Bunker Hill Air Force Base encounter involving mutiple Airmen and an attempted intercept by a jet; 1964, Socorro, New Mexico case involving police officer Lonnie Zamora; and the 1968 airborne encounter with a pilot near Ocala, Florida with radar confirmation.

While publicly the Air Force was actively trying to get ot the bottom of UFO’s, privately they were utilizing Blue Book to now turn away from attempting to investigate the nature of the phenomenon and focus on the public relations issues of trying to downplay them. Hynek however was still embedded with Blue Book and did not concur with the Robertson Panel. He was determined to take on a role as an open-minded investigator, telling a gathering of physicists that “Ridicule is not part of the scientific method.” And while Hynek was now trying to investigate the true nature behind these phenomena, it soon became apparent to him that the investigative methods used by others at Project Blue Book were grossly inadequate to properly investigate and analyze these phenomena. Career opportunities in the astronomy field would keep Hynek busy, yet high profile UFO incidents would continue to bring him back to Project Blue Book. Potential cases would go through an unscientific screening process before reaching Blue Book’s attention and then individually selected for analysis. The majority of each investigation was then performed remotely, with Hynek as one of the only members of the project that would insist on conducting personal interviews and field investigations.


Dr. Howard P. Robertson, the California astrophysicist who chaired the 1953 CIA Panel and recommended Thornton Page.

A 1966 mass UFO sighting in Michigan became a turning point for Project Blue Book when Hynek was dispatched to investigate. Under intense pressure from the Air Force and the media, Hynek suggested a swamp gas explanation at a press conference that was quickly ridiculed and which he later cited as a career low point. The subsequent publicity however put him in the public eye as a UFO expert and he successfully lobbied Congress for an unbiased scientific study of the phenomenon. But the University of Colorado study led by skeptical physicist Edward Condon was far from unbiased, with Condon reported to have been biased all along. “The Condon Committee” came to a conclusion similar to that of the CIA’s Robertson Panel, declaring that UFOs were not worthy of serious study, sealing the fate of Project Blue Book and closing the government’s public investigation of UFO’s in 1969.

Hynek however kept moving forward, and while he was the face of the now controversial Project Blue Book, he became a strong public advocate for the continuing study of the UFO phenomenon. He published several books on the topic and introduced his “Close Encounters” classification system, which became solidified in the public consciousness when director Steven Spielberg utilized it for the title of his 1977 blockbuster film Close Encounters of the Third Kind (which featured a cameo by Hynek in the climactic ending.) Hynek also founded the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) and kept studying the phenomenon up until his passing in 1986.

Dr. J. Allen Hynek

A variety of notable experts have strongly suggested that there were other agendas to Project Blue Book and that its termination did not mark the end of government investigations and research into UFO phenomena. Prominent author and Ufologist Kevin Randle, once a special investigator with CUFOS organization, was one of the first to review Project Blue Book’s declassified files in 1976 and found evidence to indicate that Blue Book was not being sent the reports on sightings that were deemed potential threats to national security. Modern Ufologist Grant Cameron, a widely recognized expert on presidential knowledge of UFOs, has suggested that the shutdown of Project Blue Book merely moved the project into the “black budget” era of deeper secrecy. Ufologist Christopher Chacon, best known as one of the world’s top Anomalists, knew Hynek personally and has been continuously investigating close encounter incidents worldwide for nearly thirty years. Chacon’s stint with a scientific think-tank allowed him an unprecedented access to all of Project Blue Book’s files, including those that are still classified, Chacon noting the presense of multiple agendas behind Blue Book’s existence and supposed termination. Historian Richard Dolan a pre-eminent expert on the topic of government secrecy surrounding UFOs, not only rebutted Edward Condon’s conclusions in the Condon Committee’s report, but also found sources that state many of the Project Blue Book cases were fictitious and part of a misinformation campaign. Researcher John Greenewald, best known as the creator of The Black Vault website, has become one of the top experts on Blue Book because of his intimate familiarity with the files, having acquired an incomparable collection of documents after filing more than 7,000 FOIA requests.

In the 1984 book Clear Intent by Lawrence Fawcett and Barry J. Greenwood (later re-published as The UFO Cover-Up), Hynek authored a foreword that helped shine a light on the truth of the government continuing to take UFOs quite seriously. This is proven in the book through documents obtained concerning UFO incidents up through the 1970s. Hynek took the opportunity to summarize the inherent contradiction of the government’s position following the closure of Blue Book. He noted that “the authors have made revealing use of documents released through the mechanism of the Freedom of Information Act and other data which have been made available to them… which show that the CIA and NSA protestations of innocence and lack of interest in UFOs are nothing short of prevarication.” Hynek goes on to reference NSA documents that were denied investigators by the courts on the grounds that they could jeopardize national security. “If this is so, then this very fact loudly proclaims that UFOs are not figments of the imagination but are, instead, quite real and of vital interest. For the government to continue to maintain that UFOs are nonexistent in the face of the documents already released… is puerile and in a sense an insult to the American people…”

It has been 48 years since Project Blue Book was officially terminated, but it’s place in history, whether as a superficial-scientific study or a public relations campaign, forever transformed the UFO landscape and our culture as a whole. For good or bad, Blue Book and the fascinating possibility of UFO’s captivated the country, divided the scientific and political communities and transformed the cultural landscape, producing an ongoing tsunami of questions and moreover fueling the need for answers. With such a provocative topic of scientific study that crosses-over into philosophical, psychological and sociological arenas, how could we ever not expect that we would be forever changed, no matter what results Project Blue Book produced.

J. Allen Hynek’s can be seen in a scene towards the end of the Close Encounters movie.

The legacy of Project Blue Book lives on thanks to Hynek’s post-Blue Book contributions, the FOIA, all subsequent UFO research and of course the pop culture world, which includes Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and such recent movies as Arrival. While Project Blue Book was steeped in controversy, it undoubtedly led to an increased cultural awareness about the UFO phenomenon. Perhaps the story and legacy of Project Blue Book and that of Dr. J. Allen Hynek’s rise to celebrity as a renowned astronomer who joined the project as a skeptic and left it with the belief that UFOs demand serious scientific inquiry mirrors our own place, in a world now immersed in modern technology, reminding us the need to occasionally step-back with humility and realize we don’t have all the answers and be open-minded to the possibilities.

Learn more about how UFOs have been tracked after Blue Book…


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These Giant Stick Insects Never Disappeared, Genetic Tests Confirm

Lord Howe Island stick insects are back for good. Nearly a century ago, they were exiled from their homeland by invasive rats and thought extinct, only to be rediscovered in 2001, confined to a lonely rock spire in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The insects looked different though. They were skinnier and had lost some of their spines, raising questions about their origins.

Now, a new genetic analysis confirms that the two are indeed members of the same species, Dryococelus australis, fi

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Paying a higher price for something is typically associated with positive benefits. When you shell out more for a thing, you feel it’s faster, stronger, softer or cleaner. You know that premium you paid was worth it.

But when it comes to medication, the association between high price and added benefits is sort of flipped on its head: A medication perceived to be expensive was associated with more negative side effects. That, at least, is a key finding in a new study published Thursday in

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UFO Article: “Subject: Case 35 (Condon Report), Vandenberg AFB, Oct. 6, 1967”

By Francis Ridge, 3 June 2009
Quote from the article:
“This is one I had missed, probably because  it was selected by the Condon Committee and because the explanations given appeared to indicate it wasn’t that good a case. It’s a good thing I read about it in Ann Druffel’s ‘Firestorm.’
According to her report (page 399) the incident began when Vandenberg AFB radar detected a very large stationary object some miles over the Pacific off the Northern Californiacoast. Later, radar detected numerous small, but strong, targets traveling eastward in irregular flight. The location and time of Case #35 was listed in the Condon Report as ‘South Pacific, Fall 1967.’
The Vandenberg incidents, therefore, possibly represented a ‘carrier craft’ releasing numbers of smaller UFOs. Large UFOs like this had appeared off the Californiacoast from time to time, reportedly hovering for hours some miles at sea. If the Vandenberg main object was a ‘carrier craft,’ the Vandenberg reports and the China Lakeaviator sighting could possibly be linked. In McDonald’s files, no indication had been found that he managed to track down the NWC aviator sighting.”

Wikipedia article: “Vandenberg Air Force Base”:
Quote from the Wikipedia article:
“Vandenberg Air Force Base (IATA: VBG, ICAO: KVBG, FAA LID: VBG) is a United States Air Force Base 9.2 miles (14.8 km) northwest of Lompoc, California. It is under the jurisdiction of the 30th Space Wing, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC).
Vandenberg AFB is a Department of Defense space and missile testing base, with a mission of placing satellites into polar orbit from the West Coast using expendable boosters (Pegasus, Taurus, Minotaur, Atlas V, and Delta IV) and reusable boosters (SpaceX’s Falcon 9). Wing personnel also support the Service’s LGM-30G Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Force Development Evaluation program.
In addition to its military mission, the base also leases launch pad facilities to SpaceX (SLC-4E), as well as 100 acres (40 ha) leased to the California Spaceport in 1995.
Established in 1941, the base is named in honor of former Air Force Chief of Staff General Hoyt Vandenberg.

Vandenberg Air Force base will serve as one of two Pacific bases to defend against possible North Korean or Iranian missile threats. The program will have interceptor missiles that will launch to take down intermediate-range ballistic missiles that pose a threat to the United States.[3]”

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Aerial view of Space Launch Complex 6 (1985), 
Vandenberg Air Force Base, California 
(wikimedia.org) (wikimedia.org photo)

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We have likely entered the most dangerous period in the waiting game at Agung in Indonesia. It has been over 2 weeks since the volcano began to show signs of unrest and it has done very little other than shake and produce a small steam-and-gas plume. Upwards of 140,000 people have evacuated from the regions near the volcano and now all of them are watching and waiting for the volcano to do … something. The longer the wait, the more likely people may reject the assessment of volcanologists

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UFO Case Directory (RADCAT): “Radar/Visual & Sighting Lines Intersect July 30, 1967 Kernville, China Lake NAS, California”

The whole UFO case report:
Brad Sparks:
July 30, 1967; Kernville, China LakeNAS / Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS), and Edwards AFB, Calif.
10:17 p.m. (PDT). George Petyak and wife Brownie in Kernville first sighted bright yellow star-like light at about 65 degree elevation to the E [towards direction of Walker Pass and China Lake], later joined by a second similar object appearing to try to ‘steer’ the first onto a ‘definite course.’ A second independent observation from China Lake NAS where object was seen [visually and/or on radar] to the W over Walker Pass(about 20 midistance) [towards direction of Kernville] was reported to Edwards AFB ­ thus visual sighting lines intersected from opposite directions.  Controller (Mr. Buckley?) at Edwards used RAPCON (Radar Approach Control) radar (or Boron AFS FPS-35) search radar.and confirmed visual reported by China Lake but tried to dismiss 100 knot (115 mph) target as merely civil aircraft that ‘frequently’ fly over the area [but light aircraft try to avoid mountain passes]. Kernville witnesses reported by phone during sighting to Boron AFS ADC radar site (with FPS-35 long-range search radar) then Lt. Smith at Edwards AFB where RAPCON radar tracked unidentified target near Lake Isabella S (or SE?) of Kernville witnesses [by 5-10? mi] for ‘several sweeps’ at about 10:30 p.m. PDT traveling S at 50-60 mph. Kernville witnesses reported one object in the E joined by the second object, both appearing like bright stars but moving in circles relative to actual star background in clear sky; used binoculars from time to time though which UFO appeared bright blue. First seen to their E but traveling S, disappearing suddenly in clear sky at 11:30 p.m. PDT in the direction of Lancaster [S to SSE] at about 50 degree elevation, estimated height about 30,000 to 40,000 ft. (Sparks; McDonald list; Saunders/FUFOR Index; Condon Rpt p. 122) 1 hr 15 [13?] mins 2 + 1? + 1? Witnesses RV, binoculars.
It is in the Condon Report p. 122 where it is absurdly dismissed as a mysterious ‘reflected image’ with no reflecting surface only ‘turbulent air’ — a ridiculous Menzelian debunking. The witnesses saw it up at a high 50 to 65 deg angle above the horizon in clear air where there is no possibility of mirage-like grazing angle reflection (has to be within 1 deg of horizon). And apparently it was seen and/or tracked by China Lake looking back at their direction with the UFO(s) right in the middle over Walker Pass — Kernville witnesses looking E at them and China Lake looking or tracking W.”
Wikipedia article: “Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake”:
Quote from the Wikipedia article:
“Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake is a part of Navy Region Southwest[3] under Commander, Navy Installations Command and is located in the Western Mojave Desert region of California, approximately 150 miles (240 km) north of Los Angeles. Occupying three counties – Kern, San Bernardino and Inyo – the installation’s closest neighbors are the cities of Ridgecrest, Inyokern, Trona and Darwin. The main gate of the installation is located at the intersection of Inyokern Road (Highway 178) and China Lake Blvd. in the city of Ridgecrest.”

USGS orthographic image showing the main runways at NAWS China Lake (text by Wikipedia) (wikimedia.org photo)

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These pest control chemicals, which are chemically similar to nicotine, can cause growth disorders, neurological and cognitive disorders, impact the efficiency of the immune system, and more in bees — even at low concentrations. On top of impacting invertebrates like bees, the

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