Date: 20-Jun-87 20:31 MST From: Executive News Svc. [76374,303] Subj: APfl
06/20 1301 UFO Investigations
By BILL KACZOR Associated Press Writer FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A
retired Air Force pilot says he suspects, contrary to official denials, an
unknown federal agency is investigating reports of unidentified flying objects
and other close encounters with extraterrestrial beings.
Donald M. Ware, Florida state director of the Mutual UFO Network Inc., a
private “ufology” organization, says he doesn’t have any direct
knowledge but nearly a lifetime of study leads him to believe probes are
secretly being conducted by some national intelligence agency.
“That idea doesn’t bother me. I don’t mind being an unequal
partner,” Ware said in a recent interview. “I support the policy of
secrecy.” He said secrecy would be necessary because, official statements
notwithstanding, he is convinced the subject involves national security in the
form of advanced alien technology.
Ware said he intends to take that message to the Annual MUFON UFO Symposium
June 26-28 at American University in Washington, D.C., where he is to be part of
a panel discussion on UFOs and the government.
His position is unlikely to be shared by many UFO investigators, Ware
admitted. A common complaint of ufologists is the government’s professed lack of
interest and its failure to cooperate with private UFO studies.
“I’m so bold as to suggest there is a possibility of cooperation with
some unknown government agency if we show a little more tolerance of their
policy of secrecy,” Ware said.
“As long as we publicly take such an antagonistic attitude, as long as
we place the government in an adversarial relationship,” Ware said,
“we are not going to get much cooperation from them whoever they are.”
The Air Force closed its Project Blue Book investigation of more than 12,000
UFOs in 1969 after a panel of scientists found no evidence of visitors from
outer space. Most sightings were found to be such things as planets, stars,
meteors, weather balloons, satellites, false radar echoes, marsh gas, clouds,
aircraft or optical illusions, but a few have remained unexplained.
The official word ever since has been that the government has nothing to do
with UFO investigations and whatever they might be they pose no threat to
Ware, 51, joined the service in 1957. He said he was uninvolved in the Air
Force’s UFO activities during his 26-year military career as a teacher, staff
scientist and fighter pilot, including two combat tours in Vietnam.
“That’s one reason I can speak so freely,” he said. “I have no
information from the Air Force.” His interest began as a teen-ager in 1952
when he saw star-like objects streaking through the sky while walking near his
home in the nation’s capital.
Similar sightings, including radar returns, had been reported a week earlier
and Ware said they remain unexplained.
He began reading everything about UFOs he could get his hands on, including
books in the library at Duke University where he received a mechanical
engineering degree. He later earned a master’s degree in nuclear engineering
from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Ware kept up his interest in UFOs, building up a personal library on the
subject and questioning other pilots.
“I had no qualms about saying, `Anybody seen a UFO?’ ” Ware said.
The answer, he said, usually was “yes.” However, until March of 1970,
military personnel were ordered not to talk about UFOs, Ware said.
“I think that in the late ’40s and early ’50s the U.S. government really
wanted the public to tell them what they saw and that those people primarily
responsible for investigating UFOs were not listed in the phone book,” Ware
said. “The U.S. Air Force was chosen as Uncle Sam’s public relations agent
because they were listed in the phone book.” No one thing has convinced him
of government involvement, Ware said. “Two years of study after I saw the
UFOs in 1952 convinced me that somebody is watching us,” he said. “Ten
more years of study caused me to think somebody in our government has known that
as a fact at least since 1947.” Ware said his goals in becoming state
director of MUFON, an international scientific organization based in Seguin,
Texas, were to improve relations between “ufologists” and the
government and to learn all he could about alien technology from abductees and
other witnesses of close encounters.
Ware said he hasn’t seen any more UFOs since 1952 and doesn’t expect to.
“I haven’t been selected,” he said. He still scans the skies, but
not for UFOs. When he’s not investigating UFO reports or giving talks about the
subject to civic groups, he is bird watching. He is treasurer of and runs an
annual bird count for the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society and does surveys for
the Florida Breeding Bird Atlas project.
Ware said his two avocations are unrelated. “Lots of people have accused
me of getting a lot of satisfaction from identifying feathered objects,” he
said, grinning. “No, I’m just a nature boy.”
Copyright 1987 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.