From 1952 to 1969, the United States Air Force investigated UFO sightings for "Project Blue Book." During the time of the program, over 12,000 UFO reports were collected. And many of those reports were from Texas! For example, here are some declassified Project Blue Book files that detail a sighting of an unidentified fireball over Kerrville, Texas in October of 1960:
The Project Blue Book investigators concluded that this Kerrville UFO was "probably a meteor." They then suggested to forward the files to the Aerospace Technical Intelligence Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
What's interesting is that Project Blue Book ended up concluding the same thing for almost every UFO report it received... every UFO was determined to be non-threatening, and of terrestrial origin. However, J Allen Hynek was a scientific advisor for Project Blue Book at the time, and he famously stated that the organization's primary goal was not to learn about UFOs, but "to keep the public from getting excited" about them.
In December 2017, Hynek's claims would be well-proven. The New York Times revealed that the investigation of UFOs did indeed continue after Project Blue Book ended in 1969, just not publicly! And that UFOs could be threatening, and could be extra-terrestrial in origin.
So, maybe Project Blue Book files are worth revisiting?
Recently, US senators requested the release of all UFO files, and so more will likely be revealed soon. For now, we can watch the fictional series "Project Blue Book" on the History Channel (and Amazon) and fill in the gaps ourselves.
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