[Document transcribed by Richard Vitello].
Department of the Air Force
Office of the Secretary
SEP 28 1965
MEMORANDUM FOR MILITARY DIRECTOR, SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY
SUBJECT: unidentified flying objects (UFOs)
with its air defense role, the Air Force has the
responsibility for the investigation of unidentified
flying objects reported over the United States. The
name of this project is Blue Book (attachment 1).
Procedures for conducting this program are established
by Air Force Rregulation 200-2 (attachment 2)
Force has conducted Project Blue Book since 1948. As
of 30 June 1965, a total of 9267 reports had been
investigated by the Air Force. Of these 9267 reports,
663 cannot be explained.
It has been
determined by the Assistant Deputy Chief of
Staff/Plans and Operations that Project Blue Book is a
worthwhile program which deserves the support of all
staff agencies and major commands and that the Air
Force should continue to investigate and analyze all
UFO reports in order to assure that such objects did
not present a threat to our national security. The
Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff/Plans and Operations
has determined also that the Foreign Technology
Division (FTD) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base
should continue to exercise its presently assigned
responsibilities concerning UFOs.
the Air Force has found no evidence that any of the
UFO reports reflect a threat to our national security.
However, many of the reports that cannot be explained
have come from intelligent and technically well
qualified individuals whose integrity cannot be
doubted. In addition, the reports received officially
by the Air Force include only a fraction of the
spectacular reports which are publicized by many
private UFO organizations.
Accordingly, it is requested that a working scientific
panel composed of both physical and social scientists
be organized to review Project Blue Book -- its
resources, methods, and findings -- and to advise the
Air Force as to any improvements that should be made
in the program in order to carry out the Air Force's
Dr. J. Alan
Hynek who is the Chairman of the Dearborn Observatory
at Northwestern University is the scientific
consultant to Project Blue Book. He has indicated a
willingness to work with such a panel in order to
place this problem in its proper perspective.
has discussed this problem with Dr. Winston R. Markey,
the former Air Force Chief Scientist.
E. B. LeBailley
Major General, USAF
Director of Information
1. Blue Book Report
2. AFR 200-2