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1966- Gerald R. Ford Inquires About UFO’s

SOURCE: NYT (WASHINGTON, DC) DATE: 26 MARCH 1966

FORD TO ASK INQUIRY

House Republican Leader Gerald R. Ford announced yesterday he would ask the
chairmen of the House Armed Services Committee and the Science and Astronautics
Committee to consider a “full blown” investigation of unidentified
flying objects. Several hundred persons have reported seeing mysterious lights
in Mr.

Ford’s home state of Michigan this week. No Congressional leader has called
for such an investigation before. Mr. Ford said he was in Michigan Thursday
night and yesterday morning “and I can assure you there is interest and I
suspect public concern” over the sightings. If swamp gas caused the lights,
Mr. Ford said, USAF should have no hesitancy in explaining that to a committee.

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Article #: 9 From: UFO INFO SERVICE Date Sent: 06-17-1986 Subject: 1966
CONGRESS REASSURED

SOURCE: AP (WASHINGTON, DC) DATE: 06 APRIL 1966

CONGRESS REASSURED ON SPACE VISITS

Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Harold Brown assured the House Armed Services
Committee yesterday there was no evidence that the earth had been visited by
strangers from outer space. Dr. Brown said almost all of the 10,147 unidentified
flying objects reported in the last 19 years were easily explained, including
the recent Michigan sightings, as marsh gases, pranks, planets, comets, meteors,
fireballs, and auroral streamers. But, he said, “the Air Force has an open
mind” and would continue to investigate all reports.”

PHOTOGRAPH: Dr. Harold Brown

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Article #: 10 From: UFO INFO SERVICE Date Sent: 09-23-1986 Subject: 1968 CO U
ENDS STUDY

SOURCE: NYT (DC) DATE: 01 MAY 1968

COLORADO UNIVERSITY ENDS SAUCER STUDY BUT DOES NOT DISCLOSE RESULTS

Field investigations of UFO reports by the U of Colorado research project
were completed on schedule today, but findings won’t be discussed until the
final report is sent to the National Academy of Sciences in late September. The
U of Colorado undertook a $500,000 study of UFOs at USAF’s request because
critics accused USAF of failing to make a comprehensive, scientific
investigation of saucer reports.

In a related development, NICAP held a news conference yesterday to announce
it has “broken with” the Colorado Project to “reveal the firing
of top project scientists and other incidents leading to the project’s failure.
“A May 14 Look article by John G. Fuller told about the oustings last
February of David R. Saunders, a psychologist, and Dr. Norman E. Levine, an
electrical engineer, and called the project the “flying saucer
fiasco”. On the House floor yesterday, Representative J. Edward Roush
quoted from the Look article and said Congress should take over the UFO
investigation from USAF because grave doubts had arisen “as to the
scientific profundity and objectivity of the Colorado project.”

PHOTOGRAPH: E. U. Condon

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Article #: 11 From: UFO INFO SERVICE Date Sent: 09-23-1986 Subject: 1966
SATEL.TERMED UNKNOWN

SOURCE: NYT (DC) DATE: 01 NOVEMBER 1966

THREE SATELLITES TERMED UNKNOWN

NASA’s Goddard Flight Center in its Sept 30 & Oct 15 issues of the
Satellite Situation Report has listed 3 `unknowns’ among the many satellites,
rocket bodies and space debris orbiting the earth. NORAD continuously monitors
all orbiting objects from more than 100 radar stations around the globe.

Information is also fed to NORAD by volunteers of the Smithsonian
Astrophysical Observatory’s `Moonwatch’ teams, by airline pilots and others.

It is the first time the report has listed `unknowns’ among the identified
orbiting objects. Since the objects are not considered to constitute any danger
military officials argued against listing them until they could be identified,
fearing that `flying saucer’ enthusiasts would cite the objects as evidence the
earth had extraterrestrial visitors.

NORAD contends it has tracked objects as small as 1 foot in length, though
the Satellite Situation Report omits any reference to the size & weight of
listed satellites. 2 of the unknowns are in an orbit inclined at 85 degrees to
the equator – an inclination close to those sometimes used for military
launchings from Vandenberg AFB, CA; the other’s orbit is inclined at 35 degrees
to the equator – a launching angle sometimes used from Cape Kennedy, FL. 1 of
the 2 in an 85 degree orbit swings from a low point of 385 miles above the earth
to 3,944 miles; the other dips to 459 miles and swings out to 3,802 miles