This segment of of ‘Your Need To Know’ covers the all encompassing project Blue Book. Project Blue Book was one of a series of systematic studies of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) conducted by the United States Air Force. Started in 1952, it was the second revival of such a study (the first two of its kind being Projects Sign and Grudge). A termination order was given for the study in December 1969, and all activity under its auspices ceased in January 1970.

Project Blue Book had two goals:

  • to determine if UFOs were a threat to national security, and
  • to scientifically analyze UFO-related data.


Every time I read something about Project Blue Book what jumps out at me is the open acknowledgement by the American government that UFOs are real. They never attempted to hide the fact that UFOs were in our skies they just wanted to know where they came from and in typical government/military fashion, if they posed a threat. I suspect that even if the government came out today and told the population of the world that UFOs are very much real some people would have to see and touch one before they believed it! 

I think you will enjoy this well put together piece by openminds

In this next part of the new series of ‘Your Need to Know’, Antonio Huneeus examines Project Blue Book.Blue Book was carried out over an eighteen-year period by the US Air Force, and was tasked with determining if UFOs were a threat to national security and to scientifically analyze UFO-related data. Each Air Force Base had an officer assigned to Blue Book who would collect UFO reports and forward them to Blue Book’s headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Each officer had authorization to interview all military personnel who witnessed UFOs and were not required to follow the traditional chain of command, underlining the seriousness of the project.

In this piece, you can see a clip from an interview with Robert Friend, one of Project Blue Book’s directors. Blue Book saw many changes in leadership and staff through its eighteen-year existence. It also generated many contradictory conclusions, though there can be little doubt that it played a pivotal role in the official history of UFOs in the USA.