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Russia Taking UFOs Seriously

Russia Taking UFOs Seriously - Statesman Journal (Salem Oregon) 11-27-1967

     The Soviet Union has taken an about face on Flying Saucers [UFOs]. After dismissing them as “fairy tales” and an “American hoax,” it has created a government commission to investigate the many sightings over Russian territory and to find out what they are.
BY The Statesman Journal
11-27-1967

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Scientists Probing UFO Mystery | UFO CHRONICLE – 1967

Scientists Probing UFO Mystery - Morning Call (Allentown Pennsylvania 7-23-1967)

     … Dr Edward Condon, physicist, is in a sense looking for UFOs. He heads a team of scientists investigating reports of UFOs, which some persons believe are visitors from distant planets….
The Morning Call
7-23-1967

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Gen. Curtis LeMay on UFOs over Ancient Egypt

General Curtis LeMay, UFOs and Ancient Egypt

     General Curtis LeMay was a larger than life figure who rose to prominence through his command of bombers in the second World War, and and afterwards for his development of the United States’ armed warfare during the Cold War. For an overview of his military career, see the biography at the Air Force’s site.
By Curt Collins
thesaucersthattimeforgot
9-26-17

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To UFO buffs, Gen. LeMay is best known for his role in the anecdote that Senator Barry Goldwater told….

Remarks at a Rodeo

Gen. Curtis LeMay, asked what he thought about flying saucers, replied:

“The best information in my opinion on them is to be found in a book written by an Englishman explaining numerous such mysteries. He says that the first flying saucers were seen in Egypt about the year 3,000 B. C.”

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“UFOs and Nukes” Documentary Takes On Controversial Topic

UFOs and Nukes – The Secret Link Revealed

Since the dawn of the atomic age, UFOs have been
monitoring humankind’s use and storage of nuclear weapons.

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     Hastings’short-and-sweet documentary is actually well done and uses believable graphics and re-enactments that tone down the

By Andrew W. Griffin
www.reddirtreport.com
8-1-17

usual “cheese” level you can get with “fringe” documentaries of this nature. Hastings makes it clear that this is no joke and that if the unknown individuals piloting these mysterious craft can disable nuclear weapons – or, more scarily – trigger launch countdowns, only to stop them at will – it is something humanity needs to address openly and honestly.

And when Hastings is asked why these UFOs are interfering with humankind’s civilization-ending weapons arsenal, he suggested that “they” are warning humanity not to “play with fire.”

We agree. And seven years ago, CNN took the topic seriously enough to provide coverage of a Washington press conference addressing the subject of UFOs and their links to nukes. Sobering stuff.

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Perpetrators of National UFO Hoax Reunite

Perpetrators of National UFO Hoax Reunite

Trainee engineers from the former Royal Aircraft Establishment
put the nation on high alert in 1967 with their flying saucers

      Masterminds of a national alien hoax cooked up in Farnborough in 1967 are holding a reunion on the eve of its 50th anniversary.

A band of mischievous trainee engineers from the MoD’s ( Ministry of

By Fergus McEwan
www.getsurrey.co.uk
8-27-17

Defence ) Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) in Farnborough were behind the audacious prank.

The ringleaders, aged just 21 at the time, came up with the idea to raise money for charity as part of the college’s Rag Week.

They also wanted to see how the authorities would react if there was an alien invasion, and to find out just how prepared Britain was.

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Mystery Discs (UFOs) Trail Plane | UFO CHRONICLE – 1959

Mystery Discs Trail Plane Here (Headline) - Detroit Times 2-25-1959
Detroit Times / 2-25-1959

     … Clearly visible off the left wing was were what appeared to be three saucer-shaped orange-yellow lights moving along with the plane.
Flagship News
3-9-1959

“They aren’t stars,” continued the captain, “and no airplanes have colors like that,” He told his passengers to “make up your own minds what they are.”

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UFO Footage Shot By Nick Mariana | UFO CHRONICLE – 1950 • Great Falls, Montana

Nick Mariana UFO Footage (2) 1950 - Great Falls, Montana

“They appeared to be of a bright, shiny metal, like polished silver. Both were the same size and traveling at the same rate of speed, which was much slower then the jets that shot by shortly after I filmed the discs. Suddenly they stopped. It weas then I remembered the camera ….”

     It just might be the most famous home movie ever shot in Montana. It’s been uploaded by multiple sources, but this clip from the little-known 1956 film “U.F.O.” shows Great Falls Electrics baseball
By helenair.com
8-21-17

team general manager Nick Mariana describing his home movie of what is purported to be two unidentified flying objects in the skies over the Electric City in August 1950.

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UFO Investigative Teams and Brigadier General Arthur Exon

Brigadier General Arthur Exon

     As happens all too often, as I’m searching for something else, I stumble onto a document that helps explain information I had found in the past. Brigadier General Arthur Exon, who was the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base commander, a position similar to that of a mayor, told me during an interview on May 19, 1990, that he was responsible for dispatching aircraft to carry investigators to important UFO sightings. He said:

Well, the way this happened to me is that I would get a call and say that the crew or the team was leaving and


By Kevin Randle
A Different Perspective
8-15-17

they knew… there was such and such a time they wanted an airplane and pilots to take “X” number of people to wherever, you know. They might be gone two or three days or might be gone a week. The would come back and that would be the end of it. So, there would be certain people in FTD [ATIC evolved into FTD in 1961] that would lay the missions on… I know they went out to Montana and Wyoming and the northwest states a number of times in a year and a half… They went to Arizona once or twice.

These special teams, or these people, would apparently come from around the United States and their assignment was to investigate a UFO sighting according to Exon. He didn’t have much in the way of details about these special flights, but the implication I took away from this was that the teams, or the team members, were a specially trained group who were investigating UFOs at a higher level than Project Blue Book. It was clear that they weren’t part of the Blue Book operation.

We (Don Schmitt and I, who first interviewed Exon) asked if the men were assigned to Wright-Patterson. Exon said, “No. They would come from Washington, D.C.” He also said that the team would be made up of eight, maybe fifteen people, the number probably dictated by the sighting they were investigating. The idea was that if anyone checked, they would learn that the team had been dispatched from Wright-Patterson as a way of disguising the nature of this somewhat secret activity.

During my interview with Exon, I wanted to know if he knew who the controlling agency or agencies were. I thought FTD was one of those agencies, but Exon said, “I don’t know they were controlling but I know where the assignments came from.”

I asked, “That was basically your control? FTD?”

He said, simply, “Yeah.”

The conclusions that I drew, and the conclusions that Don drew, were that teams, controlled at a different level, but that were not assigned to Blue Book were called in for special investigations. This, according to Exon, was in 1960 and 1961.

But it turns out, according to the documentation that I have just found, this assumption is not true. Oh, the documents were there in the Project Blue Book files for anyone to find who scanned through the boxes and boxes of data as it is contained on microfilm. As, I say, I was looking for something else when I found this.

According to the documents, in a draft of a staff study that was declassified in 1969 but suggested in a document dated December 17, 1958, that:

To provide a flexible investigative force which will not cause a particular drain on any one office within ATIC [think FTD at this point] the Commander has approved the establishment of a volunteer force which will work under the direction of the Aerial Phenomena Group of the Air Science Division when actually engaged in field investigation of UFO sightings. The general ground rules for their employment are as follows:

A total group of from 18 to 20 volunteers will be selected from company grade officers [lieutenants and captains] and NCO’s presently assigned within ATIC. This group will for the most part be people who do not have much opportunity to travel during the normal course of their duties. Once selected they will be given a 20 hour course of instruction in interrogative and investigative procedures and will be checked out on equipment pertinent thereto [the class syllabus was included in the documentation]. Once trained two of these individuals will be placed on alert each week to undertake such investigations as may arise during the week. Orders required for TDY [temporary duty] travel will be processed by the Aerial Phenomena Group citing funds programmed by that Group for such travel. A separate project nick-named “Horse Fly” [which is the first time that I have heard of this project] will be established to provide military airlift for investigators to and from the nearest Air Force installation to point of UFO sighting. Flyaway kits of equipment will be issued by and specific flight arrangements will be made by the Aerial Phenomena Group.

It is estimated that each investigator can plan on about 5 TDY trips of 3 days duration per year.

The officer who signed the document was William E. Boyd, who was a colonel at the time and listed as the Chief of Staff at ATIC. Although what I found was a draft, there was additional discussion about this later but it apparently was implemented. While the suggestion is that the alert teams would be made up of two individuals, there was nothing in the original document to suggest that the deployment teams were restricted to the two people on alert. This sounds suspiciously like the teams that Exon spoke about when he talked to me, though he seemed to have overestimated the size. They didn’t come from Washington, D.C as he suggested, but they were not all consolidated in a single office within ATIC. They would come from a number of locations within ATIC to deploy into the field.

Given that the documents were originally classified (confidential, I believe), and given the nature of the assignment, I don’t believe that there was any reason for Exon to have denied the request for the assets needed. It would have come from inside ATIC [or later FTD], or possibly from the Pentagon, authorizing the use of military equipment to move the personnel into the field. Since it involved specific intelligence, which in this case would be a UFO sighting or landing, there would be no reason to brief Exon on the specific mission. The request would have the proper authorization, and in fact, given the nature of it, and the various authorizations approved, there would be no reason for Exon to handle this personally. Someone on his staff could certainly have made the arrangements and if there were questions about the authorizations, those might have been bumped up to Exon for resolution, but I doubt that would be necessary. This suggests the reason that Exon was rather vague on the nature of the assignments. He wouldn’t be doing the work himself, one of his staff did, and Exon was probably briefed on this, as he would be on other aspects of the operations at Wright-Patterson that fell under his area of authority. At the time, this would not have been a big deal, but the routine movement of assets to a location where their expertise would be of value.

This means, I suppose, that we shouldn’t draw any specific conclusions about the nature of these teams, simply because we now know about their formation, their purpose, and their deployments. They were sent to investigate UFO sightings that would require the expertise that these officers and NCOs brought to the table based on their 20 hours of classroom work so that they knew, at least in a rudimentary sense, what they were doing.

What I don’t know at this point is where their reports would have been sent. Probably to the Aerial Phenomena Group, which would have been housed at ATIC and then FTD when the name change came about. All I really know is that the teams were formed and were apparently deployed on a number of investigations. While all this is interesting, it seems to lessen the importance of the information supplied by Exon, but it does give another avenue of investigation. It will be interesting to see if I can find the results of those investigations that Exon mentioned.

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UFOs Appear in Air Force Training Manual

UFOs Appear in Air Force Training Manual

What's a Drawing Like This - By Robert Barrow APRO Bulletin April 1980

What’s a Drawing Like That, Doing in a Place Like This?

     One day, we were instructed to complete, in class, a manual and test on Air Force security. Working diligently from page to page of the booklet, dated 1 January 1968 and entitled, “Air Force Standard Communications Security Education Program (Transmission Security),” I at last reached page 56–where I suddenly encountered a strange sight indeed. Under the heading, “Proper communications Security Procedures,” was a drawing depicting two unmistakably saucer-shaped craft, armed and firing no less. Below the drawing a caption read: “Information concerning radically new and extremely important weapons or equipment should be classified Top Secret.
Robert Barrow
By Robert Barrow
APRO Bulletin
April 1980

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UFO Ghost Village | VIDEO

UFO Ghost Village

Eerie pictures show the surreal community
where people lived in spaceship-like pods

     For those who like sci-fi, this abandoned village in Taiwan is definitely for you.
By Sophie Williams
Daily Mail
8-9-17

Video footage shows an abandoned village where people lived in ‘spaceships’ until the late 1960s and early 1970s.

It’s thought that this village was abandoned due to a nearby redevelopment.

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