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  Category 08, Photographic / Video Images 
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Santa Ana / Rex Heflin Photos
Aug. 3, 1965
Santa Ana, California

Richard Hall:
Aug. 3, 1965; Santa Ana, California
A county highway traffic engineer took three Polaroid photos of domed-disc UFO, and a fourth of a black "smoke ring" the object left behind. Computer enhancement and other analysis was conducted by Robert Nathan at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working with first-generation prints and copy negatives made by the newspaper. Among other things, the analysis established photographic evidence to confirm the (reported) "light beam" on the underside of the object. The Air Force issued a statement declaring the photographs a hoax, which was strongly disputed by NICAP. In 1993, MUFON photoanalyst Jeffrey Sainio re-examined Spaulding's work and rejected the string hypothesis. 

Fran Ridge:
Heflin said that he had turned over three of the four originals to a man (or two men, the stories differ) who claimed that he represented the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD). NORAD denied that they had ever sent out an investigator or indeed that they had the slightest interest in the photos. The letter showing official Air Force concern over the reported impersonations is part of this report. 

Detailed reports and documents
The Rex Heflin Photo Case - The NICAP Position - Richard Hall
Actual NORAD Document by Lt. Gen. Wheless to 12 agencies regarding imposters
8/3/65 - Heflin, Santa Ana, CA - Mark Cashman
UFO Updates Case Update - Bruce Maccabee
Reanalysis of the 1965 Heflin Photos - Druffel/Wood/Kelson (JSE, Vol 14, No.4) (UFO Hunters)
YouTube Interview - Audio
NARA-PBB1-342 Sightings for Aug. 1-3, 1965 Listing "Santa Ana "OTHER, HOAX" (1 page) - Fran Ridge
MISC-PBB1-2 - Project 10073 Record / Heflin Photos (2 pages) - Dan Wilson
MISC-PBB1 3-8 - Docs related to Photo Analysis / Photos by Rex Heflin (13 pages) - Dan Wilson
MISC-PBB1 14-15 Photo Analysis Report NP. 65-48 / Heflin Photos (2 pages) - Dan Wilson
MISC-PBB1 34-43 - Investigation Report, UFO Sighting, 3 Aug. 1965 (21 pages) - Dan Wilson
MISC-PBB1 44-51 - Narrative Report and Assessment / Rex Heflin Case (17 pages) - Dan Wilson
MISC-PBB1 52-56 - Newspaper articles on the release of Heflin photos (5 pages) - Dan Wilson
MISC-PBB1 58-63 - Rex Heflin UFO Photos / From Rep. Utt to NORAD (6 pages) - Dan Wilson
MISC-PBB1 71-72 - Marine Brass Fix GHaze on Heflin UFO Photos (2 pages) - Dan Wilson

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