UFO Conjectures

Friday, February 10, 2017

UFOs and The Britannica

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Some of you know (remember) that if you owned a set of Bitannica encylopediae, you had access to the company's "research service" from which you could request papers on any topic covered in the Britannica volumes:
I asked for a few papers on flying saucers and here is an excerpt from one 14 page paper I received:

As you can read, the excerpt deals with early sightings at or around the Muroc (Edwards) Air Base and was taken seriously by ATIC.

This goes to the heart of Robert Hasting's "research" into UFOs and their alleged reconnoitering at nuclear sites and air bases.

My point in this brief posting is that flying saucers and UFOs were once taken seriously by the government and the public, even Encyclopedia Britannica.

UFOs didn't have the patina of foolishness it now holds in the public and private milieux.

And those of you who want to find material that shows why some of us thought (and still think) that UFOs are worthy of study (or interest), go back to the early days and read what you find.

It will reveal a phenomenon that had cachet, not like the UFO sightings and reports of today, which are all bombast without substance.



  • "Only top people at ATIC were assigned to Project Sign".
    I wonder who this writer was. "Top people", eh?
    Notice also that the date of the great incident quoted is the same as another 'great incident', the latter carefully omitted for reasons of (very) top national security!

    By Blogger cda, at Saturday, February 11, 2017  

  • The material, CDA, seems to have been written by Ruppelt, although not identified in the text, but his book listed in the supplementary reading materials pages.

    Several 1947 sightings are mentioned, nothing about Roswell.

    I think the bulk of the material provided by Britannica's "Research Service" came from Ruppelt's book, verbatim.

    You might find the excerpt I included in my post in Ruppelt's book. intact.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, February 11, 2017  

  • You are quite right. The case does come straight from Ruppelt's book, p.21. It is an exact quote except for the extra phrase "Only top people at ATIC were assigned to Project Sign". This phrase, as far as I can tell, does not appear in the book.

    Notice also the very first sentence in it. "According to the old hands at ATIC, this was the first sighting that really made the AF take a deep interest in the UFOs". If this is so, it means the Roswell case, publicly reported on the same day but known to the AF a bit earlier, did NOT make the AF take such a deep, or perhaps any, interest in UFOs.

    But I dread to go any further for fear of stirring up a hornet's nest.

    By Blogger cda, at Saturday, February 11, 2017  

  • Yah, CDA...

    Lets not open the door for Rudiak et al. who may have a Britannica paper about Roswell, God forbid.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, February 11, 2017  

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