Air Force UFO files hit the Web

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

130,000 pages of Project Blue Book UFO files released online.

From eyewitness accounts of “trails of light” streaking across the sky to sightings of flying saucers, now amateur Mulders and Scullys alike can see if the truth really is out there by poring over almost 130,000 pages of declassified UFO documents that are now available online, reports Greenewald has spent nearly two decades filing Freedom of Information requests to compile an extensive archive of UFO case files from around the world, including the fabled Project Blue Book. “Since 1996, I have filed more than 4,000 FOIA requests to nearly every government agency, regarding nearly every government secret that exists,” writes John.There are countless bizarre sightings, hundreds with no explanation, and they are now easy to find online thanks to UFO enthusiast John Greenewald, who posted the entire collection for the first time last week on his site The Black Vault.

The files were declassified years ago, but were more or less kept from the public due to the restrictions on viewing: interested parties had to visit the National Archives and view them individiually on 94 spools of microfilm. Started in 1952, the project was terminated 17 years later after concluding that there was no UFO reported, investigated and evaluated by the Air Force that was an indication of threat to national security. Many are lauding this declassification of something that was once the thing of legend as a step in the right direction, but conspiracy theorists continue to bang the same drums.

While searching through the files (which are daunting in mass) we’ve found more than a few PBB cases that originated in the Houston-area, with some reported to officials at Ellington Air Force Base. Out of that total, 701 incidents remain “unidentified.” A University of Colorado report called the “Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects” found that “there has been no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as ‘unidentified’ are extraterrestrial vehicles,” according to a 1985 Air Force fact sheet. But John, who spoke to the New York Daily News, said these documents are just the “tip of the iceberg with what the military and US government is hiding behind the UFO phenomenon.” “The UFO phenomenon was a true fear.

The sightings were by no means limited to the USA though, with a July 1965 sighting in South Africa by two crew members of the government-owned Antarctic research ship R.S.A. “Object observed in SSW moving East at elevation of 35 deg. Some were explained away in documentation as merely satellites, planets in the solar system, meteors, balloons, or even merely high-flying jets from the base. Is it an alien threat or a threat from the Soviets or recycled Nazi technology,” Greenewald said. “It wasn’t too far off from the Pearl Harbour bombings.” Most sightings were, in fact, debunked — including a sighting in 1965 at the World’s Fair later that was called “a photographic anomaly” — but 701 cases remain not fully explained in the papers. According to the fact sheet, “the National Archives has been unable to locate any documentation among” the project’s records “which discuss the 1947 incident in Roswell, New Mexico.” The Roswell location itself does make a few brief appearances in the files.

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