Thursday, 31 January 2019

U.S. Government UFO Document:

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


The document pertains to 1st Lieutenant David C. Brigham’s UFO encounter over Misawa, Japan, on 29 March 1952. Brigham flew a T-6 trainer airplane.

Quote from the document (the testimony of David C. Brigham) (not written in U.S. Department of Defense document format) (Page 3):
“(1) At 1120 hours 29 March 52, I was flying a T-6 heading approximately due north at approximately 20 miles north of Misawa over the coast. I was climbing at approximately 130 mph indicated airspeed, altitude approximately 6000 feet. GCI was running an intercept on me with an F-84 flight of two. Call sign of th F-84’s was Frosty Mike 3 and 4. I watched them close on me from about 7:00 o’clock around to about 5:30 and Frosty Mike 3 overtook me passing starboard approximately 100', and approximately 10' below me, taking my number. As he pulled abreast of me at about my 3:00 o’clock position and 10 feet low, a flash of reflected sunshine caught my eye at about 4 o’clock position. The object which had reflected the sunshine was a small shiny disc-shaped object which was making a pass on Mike 3. It closed from slightly above him from approximately 4 o’clock and flew an approximate pursuit curve, appearing to overtake him at around 30 or 40 mph over his airspeed, which I would estimate at approximately 150 to 160 mph. It closed rapidly and just before flying into his fuselage it decelerated to his airspeed almost instantaneously. In doing so it flipped up on its edge at approximately a 90° bank. It then fluttered within 20 feet of his fuselage for perhaps 2 or 3 seconds, pulled away and around his starboard wing, appearing to flip once as it hit the slipstream behind his wing tip fuel tank. Then it passed him; crossed in front of him and pulled up abruptly, appearing to accelerate and shot out of sight in a steep, almost vertical climb.

It was about 8 inches in diameter, very thin, round and as shiny as polished chromium; had no apparent projections, and left no exhaust trails or vapor trails.

An unusual flight characteristic was a slow fluttering motion. It rocked back and forth at approximately 40° banks, at approximately 1 second intervals throughout its course. It was very thin and resembled a round piece of shiny sheet metal.

The weather was very good. I do not remember any clouds that day. Duration of sighting was approximately 10 seconds.

/s/ D. C. Brigham”

Project Blue Book listed the case as “Unknown.”

Wikipedia article: “Misawa Air Base”:

Wikipedia article: “North American T-6 Texan”:

Related posts:

( image)

Two U.S. Army Air Forces North American AT-6C-NT Texan trainers (s/n 42-43925, 42-43929) in flight near Luke Field, Arizona (USA), in 1943. (text by Wikipedia) (
( photo)

Satellite photo of MisawaJapan (
( photo)

UFO Case Directory
“Brigham/T-6 Case:
UFO Makes Pass At F-84 (BBU 1082)
March 29, 1952
Misawa, Japan”


The whole UFO case report:
“11:20 local
Duration 10 secs?
T-6 aircraft
Military, USAF
1 observer
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
This report is case #29, on the official clearance list of 41 formerly classified Air Technical Intelligence UFO reports cleared for Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe by Albert M. Chop, Air Force Press Desk. Throughout UFO history; small discs have been reported from time to time that may be remote-controlled devices. The estimates of size range from about eight inches to a few feet in diameter.

Richard Hall:
March 29, 1952; Misawa, Japan
11:20 a.m. local. Lt. David C. Brigham, flying a T-6 as target plane for an intercept exercise by two F-84 jet fighters, saw a small, shiny disc about eight inches in diameter make a pass at one of the F-84s. It flew a pursuit curve and closed rapidly. Just as it would have flown into Brigham’s fuselage it decelerated to his airspeed, almost instantaneously. In doing so, it flipped up on its edge at an approximate 90-degree bank. It fluttered within two feet of his fuselage for perhaps two or three seconds. Then it pulled away around his starboard wing, appearing to flip once as it hit the slipstream behind his wing-tip fuel tank. Then it passed him, crossed in front, and pulled up abruptly appearing to accelerate, and shot out of sight in a steep, almost vertical climb. An unusual flight characteristic was a slow, fluttering motion. It rocked back and forth in 40-degree banks, at about one-second intervals throughout its course. (10 secs?)

Dan Wilson:
This was a hot zone for the Russians were moving bombers into China in 1952 (having to do with the Korean War) not far from Japan. It was in December of 1952, that the US Fifth Air Force moved the 49th’s 9th Fighter-Bomber Squadron of F-84Gs from Korea to Japan to train its aircrews in the delivery of tactical atomic weapons.” presents U.S. government (U.S. Air Force) documents that pertain to the UFO case.

Wikipedia article: “Misawa Air Base”:

Wikipedia article: “North American T-6 Texan”:

Related posts:

Two U.S. Army Air Forces North American AT-6C-NT Texan trainers (s/n 42-43925, 42-43929) in flight near Luke Field, Arizona (USA), in 1943. (text by Wikipedia) (
( photo)

Satellite photo of Misawa, Japan (
( photo)

UFO News Article:

6 September 1976
(Straits Echo, George Town, Malaysia)

Sources: U.F.O. Newsclipping Service, Seattle, Washington and

The Straits Echo presents the UFO testimonies of Kenneth Leland, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Minnesota Air National Guard, Ed Simpson, a former U.S. Air Force radarman (served 20 years in the Air Force, 12 of them in radar operation) and Francis C. Sullivan, a retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant (served 28 years in the Air Force, 18 of them in radar operation).

It is tertimonies like these (by military personnel) that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that unknown objects operate in the Earth’s airspace.

The whole article (Page 26):
“AIR FORCE fighters have been repeatedly sent up to intercept – despite the refusal of the U.S. Air Force to admit that UFOs even exist.

Former airmen – now free to talk – revealed that UFOs have been sighted and officially reported, tracked on radar ‘by the hundreds’ and chased by Air Force planes sent after them.

‘I’m well aware of UFOs – we used to track them on radar and run up interceptors against them,’ stated Ed Simpson, a former Air Force radarman who is now a policeman in Phillips, Wisconsin, USA.

‘I tracked hundreds of UFOs on radar,’ said Francis C. Sullivan, a retired Air Force Master Sergeant now living in Tucson, Ariz.

And Kenneth Leland, an elementary school principal in Superior, Wis., who is still a Lieutenant Colonel in the Minnesota Air National Guard, told us: ‘My plane was ‘scrambled’ after a UFO that was actually over a radar site northeast of Duluth, Minn.

‘Scrambling’ is an Air Force term for rapid or emergency takeoff in response to an alert.

Patrolman Simpson spent 20 years in the Air Force, 12 of them in radar operation.

‘When I was stationed in the upper peninsula of Michigan, we had whole groups of UFOs. We tracked them on radar and scrambled jets after them that chased them around the sky. Over a period of 12 years, I’d say I tracked at least 50 UFOs.

Did the jets ever catch up with them? ‘No,’ Simpson replied. ‘Our planes would go up to around 52,000 feet, their normal limit, and the pilots would report the UFOs were 30,000 to 40,000 feet still higher.’

Former Master Sgt. Sullivan spent 28 years in the Air Force. For 18 of them he was a radar operator at air bases in Japan and the U.S.

‘I couldn’t give you the exact number of UFOs I tracked on radar, but it must have been in the hundreds,’ he told us. ‘A lot of times we’d scramble jets after them. But only once did a pilot succeed in getting close to one – at an Air Force base near Masawa (Misawa), Japan, in 1951.

‘An officer pilot named Brigham was in the air and I was in radio contact with him when he sighted something and went after it,’ Sullivan said. ‘He radioed, I’ve never seen such a thing! It’s round – I don’t know what it is – when I started closing in on it, it must have – it’s gone, Sully, it’s gone! Just gone!’ When he landed he reported the incident. The next day they shipped him out of there.

‘But in 1968 I made a telephone call to Peterson Field, and recognized the voice at the other end as Brigham’s.

‘I asked him what had happened after the incident in Japan.

‘He said, ‘I can’t talk about it. They took me to Washington and that’s all I can tell you. I still can’t discuss it and l’m told not to.’ ”

Wikipedia article: “Minnesota Air National Guard”:

Wikipedia article: “Misawa Air Base”:

Related posts:

Aerial photo of Security Hill at Misawa AB, Japan taken some time during the 1990s. (text by Wikipedia) (
( photo)

Misawa F-16CJ Block 50 Flagships (text by Wikipedia)
( ( photo)

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

UFO Book Preview:
“UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities”

By John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

Source: Google Books

The book was first published by Thomas Dunne Books (New York City) in February 2011.

Related posts:,+Conspiracies,+and+Realities

Dr. John B. Alexander, ColonelU.S. Army (Ret.)
( photo)

( image)

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

UFO News Article:
“Skeptical professor now a believer in UFOs”

25 November 1977
(Arkansas Democrat, Little Rock, Arkansas)

Sources: U.F.O. Newsclipping Service, Plumerville, Arkansas and

The whole article (Page 10):
“The pursuit of ‘flying saucers’ can be a difficult thing for a scientist, especially if he becomes convinced he has found what he was looking for.

‘It’s changed my life completely,’ Dr. Harley D. Rutledge, physics department chairman of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, said. Colleagues call him a man not prone to exaggeration.

Rutledge began as a skeptic in 1973 when it was suggested that he investigate a rash of sightings of unidentified flying objects in southeast Missouri. Now, after more than four years of firsthand research and observation, he has reluctantly admitted he cannot debunk the stories.

The information gathered by Rutledge, including more than 700 photographs, resulted from hundreds of nights spent in the air, in fields and on hillsides, accompanied, always, by other observers and equipment which includes telescopes, cameras and a spectrograph.

At 51, married, with five children, he is laying his reputation and career on the line and saying that there really is something up there that cannot be explained by conventional logic.

‘Now I know they are up there. What they are or where they came from, I have no way of knowing. But they are there,’ he said in a recent interview.

Rutledge himself has made more than 140 sightings, both in broad daylight and at night. At least 25 of those sightings he labels as ‘incredible.’

Three of the most convincing sightings occurred within two weeks of each other in May 1973. The first, from the air, involved what he calls ‘a 45-second metamorphosis'’ involving 10 balls of light that had no business being where they were, in the air near the small town of Piedmont, Mo.

The second and third sightings, which he believes to be conclusive because he was so close to the objects, were made near Farmington, Mo., about two weeks later. On the night of May 24 Rutledge and several other observers spotted an object with a triangular shaped light pattern passing over them. Rutledge tentatively labeled the object as an airplane, but said later evidence discounted that possibility.

The next night, he said, he and his colleagues observed a huge object that had nearly passed over them before they spotted it.

‘It had four lights, two red and two white,’ the professor said . ‘It was dose enough that I could see parts of it through my 80-power telescope. It had a metallic skin and I could make out a ribbed pattern in the red lights.’

Because of the delicacy of his position, Rutledge said he has been reluctant to talk about the phenomena. Now, he said, he believes he can survive the scoffing he will hear — and he says he believes he has an obligation to tell the public what he knows.

Rutledge’s colleagues point out that he is an intense man, but rational and conservative.

‘Anything he does has lots of effort put into it,’ said Dr. Donald Fromsdorf, dean of the College of Sciences at SEMO. ‘Everything is done professionally, scientifically.

‘I have no qualms about his professional integrity or the way he goes about things. But he has taken on a momumental task.’

Much of the work has been funded through grants from the university and a special grant from the St. Louis Globe-Denocrat [sic].

Rutledge reviews, but will not include in his research data, reports from laymen. He also refuses to associate with amateur UFO clubs, which he says he has learned are usually run by persons seeking no more than cheap thrills or publicity.

‘I really didn’t ask for the position in which I now find myself,’ Rutledge said . ‘But now if I am to perform a service, I suppose it must be to prepare people for the various possibilities.’

The professor emphasizes that he does not know the origin of the objects he has seen. But he does say he has documented evidence that they have performed aerial gymnastics that seem far beyond what any known manmade aircraft can do.

‘Not only have I seen strange vehicles and lights by both day and night,’ he said, ‘but they appear to be intelligently controlled and seem to interact with human beings.’

Have the experiences frightened him?

‘I don’t like the word frightened,’ he said. ‘They have made me uneasy. When I returned from Piedmont after the first conclusive sightings, I was in the dumps for about two weeks. But I got a lot of support from the university and from my family and I was finally able to say, ‘If this is the worst, well, then we’re all in it together.’

‘But it has changed my life. I have no social life to speak of because of the time required for the research. But I guess I can’t stop now. I feel I must try to make people gain a little better understanding of it.’ ”

Related posts:

The late Dr. Harley D. Rutledge, U.S. Physicist & UFO Researcher
( photo)

UFO News Article:
“UFOs are studied by France”

8 October 1977
(Houston Chronicle, Texas)


The Houston Chronicle presents a Chicago Daily News article.

The whole article:
“A French government agency has begun to study the phenomenon of unidentified flying objects.

J. Allen Hynek, professor of astronomy at Northwestern University and director of the Center for UFO Studies, said the study is the first of its kind to be funded by any government.

The French National Center for Space Studies (CNES) has created a research group which has asked Hynek’s organization for cooperation.

Hynek told reporters that CNES is equivalent to our National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

‘The implications of this step taken by the French government are farreaching,’ Hynek said. ‘It points up to the growing interest on an official level and recognition of the serious nature of the UFO phenomenon,’ he added.

Hynek has been studying UFO reports since 1948.

‘There will now be an official government group – unfortunately in another country – that is going to take this thing seriously,’ he said.

‘All of our data is available to them. We have computer data on 60,000 cases. The great difference between our work and what the French will be doing is they will be properly funded.

Hynek hedged when asked if he personally believes the Earth has been visited by beings from other worlds.

‘It is possible,’ he said.”

Related posts:

(CNES image)

Dr. J. Allen Hynek, U.S. Astronomer, the U.S. Air Force's Scientific Consultant on UFOs (1948-1969), UFO Author, Lecturer & Researcher ( photo)

Monday, 28 January 2019

U.S. Government AATIP Document (FOIA):
A List of 38 Advanced Aerospace Threat
Identification Program Research Paper Titles

Released: 16 January 2019
(Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.)

Source: Federation of American Scientists (FAS), Washington, D.C.

The document was released thanks to the efforts of accountability advocate Steven Aftergood and former UK Ministry of Defence official Nick Pope.

Wikipedia article: “Defense Intelligence Agency”:

Related posts:

( image)

Bird’s eye view of DIA HQ from the Potomac in Washington, DC
(text by Wikipedia) ( ( photo)

UFO Article (Blog):
“More Light on Black Program to Track UFOs”

By Steven Aftergood, 17 January 2019
(Secrecy News, Federation of American Scientists (FAS), Washington, D.C.)

The article reports on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP).

NOTE: Dr. John B. Alexander has posted two very interesting replies to the article.

Related posts:

The Pentagon (2008), Arlington, Virginia
( photo)

UFO News Article (Blog):
“Thinking we need a bit more info”

By Billy Cox, 23 January 2019
(De Void, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Florida)

Billy Cox reports on the newly released (16 January 2019) Defense Intelligence Agency FOIA document.

The document is a five-page briefing document on the DIA’s sponsorship of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP).

It was released thanks to the efforts of accountability advocate Steven Aftergood and former UK Ministry of Defence official Nick Pope.

Related posts:

The Pentagon (2008), Arlington, Virginia
( photo)