Sunday, 5 April 2020

UFO Lecture/Paper:
“Twenty-one Years of UFO Reports”


Quote from the UFO lecture/paper:
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 
134th Meeting

General Symposium, Unidentified Flying Objects

J. Allen Hynek, Professor and Chairman, 
Department of Astronomy
Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois
December 27, 1969

My role here today is that of reporter; to report to you on my score or so years of experience with UFO reports (note that I do not say UFO’s, for I myself have never had a UFO experience) and with those who make such reports, from this and many other countries. I was asked in 948, as an astronomer then at Ohio State University, and thus geographically near the Wright- Patterson AFB, to review the UFO reports received by the Air Force and to determine how many of them originated from misperceptions of astronomical objects or events. This consulting role continued across the years and gave me the chance to monitor the flow of UFO reports submitted to the Air Force, and to observe the Air Force handling of the problem as first one, then another officer took charge of Project Bluebook.

As reporter of the UFO scene, I am reminded of the old dictum of the reporter: find out Who, What, Where, When, and Why. I will have no difficulty in dealing with the Who, What, Where, and When, for that means simply dealing with facts - particularly with the incontrovertible fact that UFO reports exist, and that the time and location of the reported event is generally known, as well as the identity of the witnesses.

The ‘Why’ I shall leave to other scientists, but I shall challenge their explanations if they are not conversant with the Who, What, Where, and When. I am very weary of pontifications by those who have not done field- or home-work, so to speak.”

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

UFO Lecture/Paper (Excerpt):
“The Kirtland CE/RV Incident
Albuquerque, New Mexico
November 4, 1957”


The whole UFO lecture/paper excerpt:
Dr. J. Allen Hynek:
We will never know whether UFO reports represent genuinely new empirical observations if we continue the type of logical fallacy illustrated by the Air Force analysis of a radar-visual UFO report from Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1957. Two witnesses in the control tower reported at 11:00 p.m. that an object, which looked (through binoculars) like a lighted, up-ended automobile, came within 200 feet of the ground when it disappeared behind a fence in a highly restricted area, easily visible from the control tower, then rose abruptly at very high angular rate and disappeared. It was observed visually for about six minutes, about half of that time through binoculars, and tracked in part by radar. The report of the Air Force officer who investigated this case, which is in the Bluebook file, states:

The two sources are Airways Operations Specialists with a total of 23 years experience. Both were on duty in the control tower at Kirtland Air Force Base when the sighting was made - both appeared to he mature and well poised individuals, apparently of well above average intelligence, and temperamentally well qualified for the demanding requirements of control tower operators. Although completely cooperative and willing to answer any question, both sources appeared to be slightly embarrassed that they could not identify or offer an explanation of the object which they are unshakably convinced they saw. In the opinion of the interviewer, both sources are completely competent and reliable.

Project Bluebook explained this sighting as that of an aircraft; and gave the following specific reasons:

1. The observers are considered competent and reliable sources and in the opinion of the interviewer actually saw an object they could not identify. 
2. The object was tracked on a radar scope by a competent operator. 
3. The object does not meet identification criteria for any other phenomenon.

So, the witnesses were solid, the radar operator competent, and the object unidentifiable as any other phenomenon; therefore the object had to be an aircraft. Clearly, if such reasoning is applied to all UFO reports we can hardly expect to find out whether any genuinely new empirical observations exist to be explained. Schroedinger, the father of quantum mechanics, wrote: ‘The first requirement of a scientist is that he be curious; he must be capable of being astonished, and eager to find out.’ Perhaps he should have added, ‘and be ready to examine data even when presented in a bewildering and confusing form.’

Source: Twenty-one Years of UFO Reports
J. Allen Hynek, Professor and Chairman, Department of Astronomy, Northwestern University; American Association for the Advancement of Science, 134th Meeting, General Symposium, Unidentified Flying Objects; December 27, 1969”

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

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