CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Between 1947 and 1969, the U.S. Air Force recorded 12,618 sightings of strange phenomena under Project BLUE BOOK — 701 of those sightings remain "unidentified," according to CIA.gov.
Project BLUE BOOK was based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton.
The CIA wasn't directly affiliated with Project BLUE BOOK, though the agency played a large role in investigating UFOs in the late 1940s and early '50s.
After decades of investigations, one thing is certain: The CIA and USAF have learned a thing or two about how to verify a UFO sighting.
The CIA put together the list below, compiling tips from their history and methodology of investigating "flying saucer intelligence." The list is available in full format at CIA.gov.
- Establish a group to investigate and evaluate sightings.
- Determine the objectives of your investigation.
- Consult with experts.
- Create a reporting system to organize incoming cases.
- Eliminate false positives.
- Develop methodology to ID common aircraft and other aerial phenomena.
- Examine witness documentation.
- Conduct controlled experiments.
- Gather and test physical and forensic evidence.
- Discourage false reporting.
Hungry for more knowledge? The truth is out there. Check out the CIA's declassified X-Files at this link.