By: Brian Aguilar
Project Blue Book was the code name for the systematic study of unidentified flying objects by the United States Air Force from March 1952 to its termination on December 17, 1969. Project Blue Book had two goals. First, determine if UFOs were a threat to national security. Second, to scientifically analyze UFO-related data.
Public USAF UFO studies were first initiated under Project Sign at the end of 1947, following many widely publicized UFO reports. Project Sign’s initial intelligence estimate concluded that the flying saucers were real craft, were not made by either the Soviet Union or United States, and were likely extraterrestrial in origin.
The project was subsequently dismantled and replaced by Project Grudge, which was criticized as having a debunking mandate. Project Grudge concluded that all UFOs were natural phenomena or other misinterpretations, although it also stated that 23 percent of the reports could not be explained.
Several high-ranking, very influential USAF generals were so dissatisfied with the investigations that they dismantled Project Grudge and replaced it with Project Blue Book in March 1952. Project Blue Book was terminated in 1969. Thousands of UFO reports were collected, analyzed, and filed.
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