Monday, 20 April 2009

UFO Documentary Film Excerpt:
Dr. J. Allen Hynek Recounts His Meeting
with the Robertson Panel, 1974

After a massive UFO sighting wave in 1952 over Washington, D.C. and elsewhere in the U.S., the CIA commissioned a committee (The Robertson Panel, 1953) to study the UFO phenomenon and to discuss what actions the U.S. government should take regarding the situation.

Dr. J. Allen Hynek was an Associate Member of “The Robertson Panel.”

In this segment from the UFO documentary, “UFOs: It has Begun”, we can see two of the UFO films that the “Robertson Panel” studied. The UFO films can be seen 1:45 (the Great Falls, Montana film by Nicholas Mariana) and 1:56 minutes (the Tremonton, Utah film by U.S. Navy photographer Delbert C. Newhouse) into the video:

As mentioned earlier on this blog, Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Astronomer) was a scientific adviser to UFO studies undertaken by the U.S. Air Force. It’s therefore very interesting to hear what Hynek thought about Robertson Panel proceedings.

Document regarding Robertson Panel proceedings (
“Report of scientific advisory panel on unidentified flying objects convened by Office of Scientific Intelligence, CIA, January 14 - 18, 1953” by Associate Member Frederick C. Durant:

Dr. J. Allen Hynek,
the U.S. Air Force's
scientific consultant on UFOs &
Founder of CUFOS