History Channel has launched the first season of ‘Project Blue Book’, a new series inspired by the so-called “Blue Book Project”, which includes the UFO studies conducted by the United States Air Force (USAF) between 1952 and 1969.
At the end of 1951, some of the generals of the United States Armed Forces expressed their discontent with the investigations on unidentified flying objects made by the Grudge Project . Directed by Robert Sneider, this favored the extraterrestrial hypotheses to explain the UFO sightings.
The Blue Book Project would take its place in 1952, with the objective of investigating all those encounters that could become a threat to national security. Those were the years of the Cold War and the advent of the nuclear threat. It was barely a year before Joseph Stalin died and Dwight Eisenhower became president of the United States.
Between 1952 and December 1969, the Forces Areas collected 12,618 reports. For decades, these documents were found archived and you could only access them at your request by requesting it through the Freedom of Information Act, but this week they have been published in free access on the Blue Project Collection page, where you can consult the 129,491 pages that include not only this book, but also the documents of the Grudge Project and the Sign Project.
An impressive volume of documentation that has put the long teeth to the fans to the ufología in particular and to the theories of the conspiracy in general, to which hours of fun await them.
“There is a lot of information for amateur researchers trying to get explanations that they had never had time to consider or investigate,” ufologist Nigel Watson told the Daily Mail. Up to 701 of the reports (about 5.5% of the total) are marked as unidentified, even though the 200-2 regulation orders required the Blue Book to reduce that number to the minimum and communicate only those identifiable cases to the media.
This report reached the following conclusions: while 69% of the cases were considered explainable or identifiable, 22% were inexplicable, a much more significant percentage than they had wanted at first. Within the explainable category, 86% was due to airplanes, balloons or had an astronomical explanation. Interestingly, only 1.5% of them were despised as “crazy” imaginations.
According to the official conclusions of the Blue Book Project carried out by the Air Force, UFO observations are due to a mixture of the following four factors: mass hysteria, creation of fakes to get publicity in the media, psychopathologies of individuals and confusion with everyday objects such as balloons or airplanes.