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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

UFOs: Project Bear?


A Britannica Library Research Service paper I received in the late 1950s about Flying Saucers contained in its run-down of the history of flying saucer/UFO projects of the United States military, in a section about the demise of Project Grudge and the beginning of Project Blue Book, this:

“To get all of this information on balloons, aircraft, astronomical bodies, and what have you, I [person quoted not named] had to co-ordinate Project Blue Book’s operational plan with the Air Force’s Air Weather Service, Flight Service, Research and Development Command, and Air Defense Command with the Navy’s Office of Naval Research, and the aerology [sic] branch of the Bureau of Aeronautics; and with the Civil Aeronautics Administration, Bureau of Standards, several astronomical observatories, and our own Project Bear….” [Page 7]

This paragraph seems to have been taken from “Unidentified Flying Objects – Project Grudge” Technical Report No. 102-AC-49/15-100 (known as The Grudge Report).

What caught my eye was that last reference to Project Bear….(the four dots not a real ellipsis but perhaps used to curtail the full name of the Project….Project Bear something-or-other or it was just Project Bear.

There was a geomagnetic project called Bear in the later 90s and early part of the 2000 years, but that is surely not what was referenced in the Grudge segment provided by Britannica.

Does anyone know anything about Project Bear, and what it had to do with Unidentified Flying Objects?



  • It is mentioned in Ruppelt's "Report on UFOs" a few times. Unfortunately Ruppelt did not provide an index, so you will have to search for it. I think it was a small group of scientists assisting Blue Book on astronomical and atmospheric matters. You may also find it in one of Hynek's books, but I don't know where.

    By Blogger cda, at Tuesday, July 24, 2012  

  • Thanks, Christopher...

    I Googled it but nada.

    The Britannica thing has some other obscure references, which I'll note.

    Since the paper is from 1957 or 1958 it isn't mucked up by the later UFO insertions from the pre-geezer group.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, July 24, 2012  

  • I have some news on Project Bear.

    The quote you give is not from Project Grudge but from Ruppelt's book. The passage is also quoted in the Michael Hall and Wendy Connors book "Captain Edward J.Ruppelt", p.110. There are several references to Project Bear in this book. It appears that Bear was another name for Project Stork which was, I believe, another project involving the Battelle Institute (perhaps Tony Bragalia can advise on this).

    It appears that Ruppelt had to disguise Project Stork's name so he named it as Project Bear. All a bit pointless as at the time nobody knew of Stork anyway.

    So Bear did involve a few scientists at Battelle plus perhaps a few others, all operating under a secret code name. In essence they were a committee of whizz kids assisting Blue Book, presumably over the difficult cases and giving their general advice. At one point Bear's astronomer expressed uncomplimentary remarks about Menzel's mirage ideas.

    There are 5 or 6 references to 'Bear' in the Hall-Connors book, which fortunately does have an index.

    By Blogger cda, at Tuesday, July 24, 2012  

  • Again, thanks, Christopher:

    The Britannica Service paper has quotes for the passages provided by attribution.....strange.

    I'll pass on the info to Bragalia, who is a bona fide Battelle research-guru.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, July 24, 2012  

  • Ruppelt did indeed use the name Project Bear for Battelle. The secretive Dr. Howard Cross of Battelle did not want the Institute's name publicly associated with such UFO studies. However, Ruppelt at one point in one book refers to OH-based Battelle rather obviously as "a midwest research institute."


    By Blogger Anthony Bragalia, at Tuesday, July 24, 2012  

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