UFOs & Project Blue Book
Posted October 3, 2019
Note: The following is a copy of the US Air Force Fact Sheet
distributed by Wright-Patterson AFB in January 1985.
On December 17, 1969, the Secretary of the Air
Force announced the termination of Project BLUE
BOOK, the Air Force program for the investigation of
From 1947 to 1969, a total of 12, 618 sightings were
reported to Project BLUE BOOK. Of these 701
remain "Unidentified." The project was
headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,
whose personnel no longer receive, document or
investigate UFO reports.
The decision to discontinue UFO investigations was
based on an evaluation of a report prepared by the
University of Colorado entitled, "Scientific Study of
Unidentified Flying Objects;" a review of the
University of Colorado's report by the National
Academy of Sciences; past UFO studies and Air
Force experience investigating UFO reports during
the 40s, '50s, and '60s.
As a result of these investigations and studies and
experience gained from investigating UFO reports
since 1948, the conclusions of Project BLUE BOOK
are:(1) no UFO reported, investigated, and evaluated
by the Air Force has ever given any indication of
threat to our national security;(2) there has been no
evidence submitted to or discovered by the Air Force
that sightings categorized as "unidentified"
represent technological developments or principles
beyond the range of present-day scientific
knowledge; and(3) there has been no evidence
indicating that sightings categorized as
"unidentified" are extraterrestrial vehicles.
With the termination of Project BLUE BOOK, the Air
Force regulations establishing and controlling the
program for investigating and analyzing UFOs were
rescinded. Documentation regarding the former
BLUE BOOK investigation has been permanently
transferred to the Military Reference Branch,
National Archives and Records Administration,
Washington, DC 20408, and is available for public
review and analysis.
Since Project BLUE BOOK was closed, nothing has
happened to indicate that the Air Force ought to
resume investigating UFOS. Because of the
considerable cost to the Air Force in the past, and
the tight funding of Air Force needs today, there is
no likelihood the Air Force will become involved with
UFO investigation again.
There are a number of universities and professional
scientific organizations, such as the American
Association for the Advancement of Science, which
have considered UFO phenomena during periodic
meetings and seminars. In addition, a list of private
organizations interested in aerial phenomena my be
found in Gayle's Encyclopedia of Associations
(edition 8, vol-. 1, pp. 432-433). Such timely review of
the situation by private groups ensures that sound
evidence will not be overlooked by the scientific
A person calling the base to report a UFO is advised
to contact a private or professional organization (as
mentioned above) or to contact a local law
enforcement agency if the caller feels his or public
safety is endangered.
Periodically, it is erroneously stated that the remains
of extraterrestrial visitors are or have been stored at
Wright-Patterson AFB. There are not now nor ever
have been, any extraterrestrial visitors or equipment
on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
The "Roswell Incident"
The National Archives has been unable to locate
any documentation among the Project BLUE
BOOK records which discuss the 1947 incident in
Roswell, New Mexico.
On September 8, 1994, the Secretary of the Air
Force, Sheila E. Widnall, announced that the United
States Air Force had completed its study to locate
records that relate to the alleged 1947 UFO incident
near Roswell, New Mexico. Pro-UFO researchers
claim that an extraterrestrial spacecraft and its alien
occupants were recovered near Roswell in July of
1947, and that this fact was kept from the public.
At the request of Congressman Steven H. Schiff (R-
NM), the General Accounting Office (GAO) initiated
an audit in February of 1994, to locate all records
relating to the "Roswell Incident" and to determine if
such records were properly handled. The GAO audit
was completed and the results published by the
Headquarters, U.S. Air Force in 1995. The
publication is entitled "The Roswell Report: Fact vs.
Fiction in the New Mexico Desert." This publication
may be obtained from most U.S. Government
Depository Library. The call number is ISBN 0-16-
The General Accounting Office audit involved a
number of government agencies but focused on the
Air Force. To support this audit, the Air Force
initiated a systematic search of current Air Force
offices as well as numerous archives and records
centers which might help explain the incident. Air
Force officials also interviewed a number of persons
who may have had knowledge of the events. Prior to
the interviews, Secretary Widnall released those
persons from any previous security obligations that
may have restricted their statements.
The Air Force research did not locate or develop any
information that the "Roswell Incident" was a UFO
event nor was there any indication of a "cover-up"
by the Government. Information obtained through
exhaustive records searches and interviews
indicated that the materials recovered near Roswell
was consistent with a balloon devise of the type
used in a then classified project. No records
indicated or even hinted that the recovery of "alien"
bodies or extraterrestrial materials.
All documentation related to this case are now
declassified and the information in the public
domain. Documentation has been turned over to
the office of the Air Force Historian.