August 27, 2013 in Planet Earth
UFO buttonA recently declassified CIA report on the development of the U-2 and SR-71 spy planes said the high-flying jets were mistaken for UFOs more than half the time in the late 1950s and 1960s during Project Blue Book, a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base operation that investigated reports of UFOs. Not everyone is convinced, however, of the explanation. “There’s no question that a lot of the sightings that take place are in fact our own aircraft, secret military projects or whatever it happens to be,” said David P. MacDonald, a Cincinnati area resident and executive director emeritus of the Mutual UFO Network. “Whether or not 50 percent can be attributed to one or two aircraft, I don’t know if I could go along with that or not just because of the diversity of what people were seeing.” Blue Book investigated 12,618 UFO reports, and 701 of those remain unidentified, according to the Air Force. Project Sign and Project Grudge preceded Blue Book in the late 1940s and early 1950s. “The Air Force was concerned back in the 1940s that some of the UFO sightings might be related to the Soviet Union,” said Robert Young, a National Air and Space Intelligence Center historian at Wright-Patterson. The concern was the Cold War adversary might have “something that we didn’t have. That’s really what drove a lot of it.”

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