On this day in 1969, the US Air Force officially closed Project Blue Book. The project, established in 1947, was of great interest to sci-fi lovers as it sought to make sense of the thousands of UFO sightings reported by folk from all territories of the USA.
Three key findings from the Condon Report, begun in 1966, precipitated the Blue Book termination. The main conclusions of the Condon Report were as follows:
- No UFO reported, investigated, and evaluated by the Air Force was ever an indication of threat to our national security;
- There was no evidence submitted to or discovered by the Air Force that sightings categorized as “unidentified” represented technological developments or principles beyond the range of modern scientific knowledge; and
- There was no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as “unidentified” were extraterrestrial vehicles.
Project Blue book collected 12,618 UFO reports between the late 1940s and its termination in 1969. In its own termination summary, it asserted that most UFO reports were due to a mix of mass hysteria, attention seekers, psychopathological persons, and misidentification of conventional objects.
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