Monday, 25 January 2016

UFO Mailing List Post:
“Hector Quintanilla’s Unpublished Manuscript”

By Colm Kelleher, 5 February 2001
(UFO UpDates, Toronto, Canada)

The whole post:
“NIDS publishes previously unpublished manuscript by Project Blue Book’s Lt. Col. Hector Quintanilla. 

For the first time NIDS is electronically publishing a book manuscript written in 1975 by Lt. Col. Hector Quintanilla, the head of the USAF Project Blue Book. Project Blue Book was supposed to be an objective investigation and documentation of the UFO phenomenon carried out by the United States Air Force from March 1952 until December 1969.

NIDS’ purpose in making available this previously unpublished manuscript is twofold: (a) to demonstrate to the interested public, through the authors own unedited words, Lt. Col. Quintanilla’s attitudes, preconceptions and biases that dominated Project Blue Book and (b) to make available to historians and to the public the methodology and practices employed by the United States Air Force in investigating and cataloging the UFO phenomenon.

The manuscript covers the years of Quintanilla’s own involvement from July 1963-December1969 in Project Blue Book and also contains many valuable insights into the public and media reaction to the USAF funded study, from the perspective of the author. In particular, Lt. Col. Quintanilla’s descriptions of University of Arizona professor James McDonald’s pursuit of the UFO phenomena as well as Dr. J. Allen Hynek’s relationship with Project Blue Book are annotated for the public record in considerable, colorful and sometimes jaundiced detail.

The complete book, which is copyrighted to Karl Quintanilla, can be found on the NIDS web site at: A separate forward to the book, written by Alex Chionetti and J. Antonio Huneeus will be added when it is received.”

NOTE: Hector Quintanilla was a Major, according to Project Blue Book documents.

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