Monday, 25 January 2016

UFO Book Manuscript:
“UFO’s: An Air Force Dilemma”

By Major Hector Quintanilla, Jr., U.S. Air Force 

(Internet Archive, San Francisco, California)

Source: National Institute for Discovery Science, Las Vegas, Nevada

The book manuscript (copyrighted 1974) was written in 1975, according to NIDS:

The late Hector Quintanilla, Jr. was the last chief officer of Project Blue Book (1963-1970), the U.S. Air Force’s investigation into the UFO phenomenon.

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

The late Major Hector Quintanilla, Jr., U.S. Air Force,
Chief Officer of Project Blue Book (1963-1969)
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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“Hector Quintanilla’s Unpublished Manuscript”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“NIDS publishes previously unpublished manuscript by Project Blue Book’s Lt.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NIDS’ purpose in making available this previously unpublished manuscript is twofold: (a) to demonstrate to the interested public, through the authors own unedited words, Lt.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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U.S. Government UFO Document:
DATE: 24 April 1964/
LOCATION: Socorro, New Mexico”

(Project Blue Book, U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.)

Source:, Lindon, Utah

The UFO (which had landed near a dynamite shack) was observed by police officer Lonnie Zamora. 

The case is listed as “UNIDENTIFIED.”

The document contains newspaper articles.

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Satellite photo of Socorro, New Mexico (
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U.S. Government UFO Article:
“News & Information:
How To Investigate a Flying Saucer”

(Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.)

Quote from the article:
“Hector Quintanilla, the last chief officer of the US Air Force’s famous UFO investigation program, Project BLUE BOOK, was in charge of the Zamora case. His team was convinced that Zamora was telling the truth, and despite an extremely thorough investigation, they were unable to locate the object or its origins. In an article for Studies in Intelligence called, ‘The Investigation of UFO’s,’ Quintanilla says that the Zamora sighting is ‘the best-documented case on record.’ It remains unsolved.

Project BLUE BOOK was based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. Between 1947 and 1969, the Air Force recorded 12,618 sightings of strange phenomena — 701 of which remain ‘unidentified’ like the Zamora case. Although the CIA was not directly affiliated with Project BLUE BOOK, the Agency did play a large role in investigating UFOs in the late 1940s and early 1950s, which led to the creation of several studies, panels, and programs. Former CIA Chief Historian, Gerald K. Haines, wrote an in-depth article looking at the Agency’s role in studying the UFO phenomenon for Studies in Intelligence. In his article, ‘CIA’s Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-90,’ Haines says that ‘while the Agency’s concern over UFOs was substantial until the early 1950s, CIA has since paid only limited and peripheral attention to the phenomena.’

With over 20 years of investigations, from the late 1940s until Project BLUE BOOK’s termination in 1969, the CIA and USAF have learned a thing or two about how to investigate a UFO sighting. While most government officials and scientists now dismiss flying saucer reports as a quaint relic of the 1950s and 1960s, there’s still a lot that can be learned from the history and methodology of ‘flying saucer intelligence.’ ”

The facts (official CIA UFO documents) seem to contradict the view the Agency takes of the UFO phenomenon (last paragraph).

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