Rdport, Ruppelt requested reassignment; at his repoft in Augusthis staff had been reduced from more than ten precise numbers of personnel varied to just two subordinates and himself. His temporary replacement was a noncommissioned blhe. Most who succeeded him as Blue Book director exhibited either apathy or outright hostility to the subject of UFOs, or Grudgge hampered by a lack of funding and official support. Ruppelt wrote that Hardin "thinks that anyone who is even interested [in Obok is crazy. Gregory reasonns over as Blue Book's director in In fact, there was actually little or no investigation of UFO reports; a revised AFR issued during Gregory's tenure emphasized that unexplained UFO reports must be reduced to a minimum.
One way that Gregory reduced the number of unexplained UFOs was by simple reclassification. By this logic, a possible comet became a probable comet, while a probable comet was flatly declared to have been a misidentified comet. Similarly, if a witness reported an observation of an unusual balloon-like object, Blue Book usually classified it as a balloon, with no research and qualification. These procedures became standard for most of Blue Book's later investigations; see Hynek's comments below. Friend was appointed the head of Blue Book in Friend made some attempts to reverse the direction Blue Book had taken since Clark writes that "Friend's efforts to upgrade the files and catalog sightings according to various observed statistics were frustrated by a lack of funding and assistance.
Hynek suggested that some older UFO reports should be reevaluated, with the ostensible aim of moving them from the "unknown" to the "identified" category. Hynek's plans came to naught. Inthere were U. Congressional hearings regarding UFOs. In response, ATIC added personnel increasing the total personnel to three military personnel, plus civilian secretaries and increased Blue Book's budget. This seemed to mollify some of Blue Book's critics,  that but it was only temporary.
A few years later see belowthe criticism would be even louder. By the time he was transferred from Blue Book in rreport, Friend thought reaspns Blue Book was effectively useless and ought to be dissolved, hlue if it caused an outcry amongst the glue. He largely continued the debunking efforts, and it was under his direction that Blue Book received some of its sharpest criticism. McDonald once flatly declared that Quintanilla was "not competent" from either a scientific or an investigative perspective,  although he also stressed that Quintanilla "shouldn't be held accountable for it," as he was chosen for his position by a superior officer, and was following orders in directing Blue Book.
Take, for example, the many mostly nighttime UFO reports from the midwestern and southeastern United States in the summer of Witnesses in Texas reported "multicolored lights" and large aerial objects shaped like eggs or diamonds. John Shockley, a meteorologist from Wichita, Kansasreported that, using the state Weather Bureau radarhe tracked a number of odd aerial objects flying at altitudes between about and feet. Project Blue Book officially determined  the witnesses had mistaken Jupiter or bright stars such as Rigel or Betelgeuse for something else.
Blue Book's explanation was widely criticized as inaccurate.
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These stars and planets are on the opposite side ble the earth from Oklahoma City at this time of year. The Air Force must have had its star finder upside-down blur August. Police reasins Dale Spaur and Wilbur Blok spotted what they described as a disc-shaped, silvery object with a bright light emanating from its underside, at about feet in raesons. The chase ended about 30 minutes later near Freedom, Pennsylvaniasome 85 miles away. Five days later, following brief interviews with only one of the police officers but none of the other ground witnessesBlue Book's director, Major Hector Quintanillaannounced their conclusions: The police one of them an Air Force gunner during the Korean War had first chased a communications satellitethen the planet Venus.
This conclusion was widely derided,  and police officers strenuously rejected it. In his dissenting conclusion, Hynek described Blue Book's conclusions as absurd: Ohio Congressman William Stanton said that "The Air Force has suffered a great loss of prestige in this community … Once people entrusted with the public welfare no longer think the people can handle the truth, then the people, in return, will no longer trust the government. Sleeper noted that Hynek had publicly accused Blue Book of shoddy science, and further asked Hynek to offer advice on how Blue Book could improve its scientific methods.
Hynek was to later declare that Sleeper's letter was "the first time in my 20 year association with the air force as scientific consultant that I had been officially asked for criticism and advice [regarding] … the UFO problem. In part, he wrote: The staff of Blue Book, both in numbers and in scientific training, is grossly inadequate Blue Book suffers … in that it is a closed system The statistical methods employed by Blue Book are nothing less than a travesty. There has been a lack of attention to significant UFO cases Concentration could be on two or three potentially scientific significant cases per month [instead of being] spread thin over 40 to 70 cases per month.
The information input to Blue Book is grossly inadequate. An impossible load is placed on Blue Book by the almost consistent failure of UFO officers at local air bases to transmit adequate information The basic attitude and approach within Blue Book is illogical and unscientific Inadequate use had been made of the Project scientific consultant [Hynek himself].
bpok Only cases that the project monitor deems worthwhile are brought to his attention. His scope of operation He often learns of interesting cases only a month or two after the receipt of the report at Blue Book. Col Quintanilla wrote the manuscript inbut it was not published until after his death. Quintanilla states in the text that he personally believed it arrogant to think human beings were the only intelligent life in the universe.
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Yet, while he found it highly likely that intelligent life existed beyond earth, he had no hard evidence of any extra terrestrial visitation. None of these were extraterrestrial or a threat to national security. Allen Hynek, a science consultant to Blue Book, suggested in an unedited statement that a "civilian panel of physical and social scientists" be formed "for the express purpose of determining whether a major problem really exist" in regards to UFOs. Condon Committee Criticism of Blue Book continued to grow through the mids. Government with a cover-up of UFO evidence.
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Congressional hearings, the Reasojs Committee was established inostensibly as a neutral scientific research body. However, the Committee became mired in controversy, with some members reprt director Edward U. Condon with bias, and critics would question the validity and the scientific rigor of the Condon Report. In the end, the Condon Committee suggested that there was nothing extraordinary about UFOs, and while it left a minority of cases unexplained, the report also argued that further research would not be likely to yield significant results.
In his book, Edward J. Ruppelt additionally reported Grudgd the word "Grudge" was chosen deliberately by the anti-saucer elements in the Air Force. Public relations campaign[ edit ] Like Project Sign, Grudge thought that the vast bulk of UFO reports biok be 133 as misidentified clouds, stars, sun dogsconventional aircraft or the like. Grurge, unlike Sign which thought some UFOs might have an extraordinary answer, Grudge's personnel thought the remaining minority of reports could be explained away as normal phenomena. Grudge began a public relations campaign to explain their conclusions to the general public. The first salvo in the PR campaign came via Sidney Shallet of the Saturday Evening Postone of the more popular magazines of the era.
Shallet's article appeared in two consecutive issues of the Post April 30 and May 7, and generally echoed the Grudge line: Most UFO reports could be easily explained as mundane phenomena misidentified by an eyewitness, the subject was blown out of proportion by the mass media. Shallet suggested that hoaxes and crackpots played a prominent role in popularizing UFOs, and the opinions of many high-ranking military personnel were featured.
The article also included a few misrepresentations of the facts. Shallet asserted that the Air Force thought the subject was nonsense, and was more or less forced to investigate repor saucers due to public interest—this was manifestly false, as the Grudgr Force took the UFO subject rpeort nearly from ble beginning. Shallet, of course, did not have access to some secret information, such as the memorandum by Gen. Nathan Twining that had reoort flying saucers a "real and not visionary" phenomenon and had kickstarted Project Signand bkue not mention Sign's secret Estimate of the Situation that had argued in favor of an extraterrestrial origin for UFOs.
31 article replrt perhaps the first detailed public discussion of UFOs, let alone with the endorsement of such prominent military men. Grudge had hoped the article would blok public interest in flying saucers, but the effect was just the opposite: Shallet had mentioned in passing that a small minority of UFO reports seemed to defy analysis, and these statements were seized upon by the press and the curious. Ruppelt wrote that rather than squelching interest, Shallet had "planted the seed of doubt" in the general public. The Grudge report[ edit ] Project Grudge issued its only formal report in August Though over pages long, the report's conclusions stated: There is no evidence that objects reported upon are the result of an advanced scientific foreign development; and, therefore they constitute no direct threat to the national security.
In view of this, it is recommended that the investigation and study of reports of unidentified flying objects be reduced in scope. Headquarters AMC Air Material Command will continue to investigate reports in which realistic technical applications are clearly indicated. It is apparent that further study along present lines would only confirm the findings presented herein. It is further recommended that pertinent collection directives be revised to reflect the contemplated change in policy. All evidence and analyses indicate that reports of unidentified flying objects are the result of: Misinterpretation of various conventional objects. A mild form of mass-hysteria and war nerves.
Individuals who fabricate such reports to perpetrate a hoax or to seek publicity. Not long after this report was released, it was reported that Grudge would soon be dissolved. Despite this announcement, Grudge was not quite finished. A few personnel were still assigned to the project, and they aided the authors of a few more debunking mass media articles. Investigating Grudge, he uncovered what Clark describes as "the project's manifest shortcomings". Clark, In response at least "for appearances sake" according to Clark ibid. By mid, Grudge consisted only of Lt.