Copy of letter to Maj. Donald Keyhoe from Albert M. Chop,
Air Force PIO.

Nov 27, 1957

Dear Don:

Received your latest bulletin.  The order form has been turned over to our engineering library upon request and they intend to send for a membership.  This, at the request of the research dept.

I have not heard further from de Garvaho since mailing him your address but expect that you will hear from him shortly.

In a recent TV appearance, Bob Baker and I opposed a Captain Eccles, of Col. Dean Hess' office, and a Dr. Bartolt ( not sure of the spelling) .  We ate 'em up, and at the end had the good Doctor on our side.  He was one of those endorsing the mirage and optical illusion theories.  Capt.  Eccles stated outright that he was not going to give personal opinions but would merely be representing the official AF position.

Incidentally, am enclosing a copy of Baker's report on the Montana and Utah sighting.  Thought you might not have seen these.  The analysis took over one year to complete.  Baker is very interested in receiving any further motion picture films on the subject and will do similar analysis work for NICAP free of charge.  The only request he has to make is that he be anonymous in the NICAP organization.

Baker is currently working with the Aero-nutronics Company, in Glendale, California and is tied up in AF Farside project, which explains his reluctance to be identified with NICAP as a special advisor or otherwise.  I know he would be happy to get a chance to tie into those Miami films if they could be made available.  All films will be returned as soon as the analysis is completed, along with a full report on the findings.

Baker's personal opinion (after working on the Montana and Utah films) is that there is a great need for further research of this type.  He feels (but won't state flatly) that there are possibilities these things are interplanetary vehicles.

At any rate I think you might well consider Baker's proposition.  I did give him your NICAP address and I suppose he will be sending in his membership fee. . . .if he doesn't forget it --you know how absent-minded these scientists are.

That's all for now. . .I know how busy you are.  Meantime let me know if there is anything I can do on this end.  I understand from Clarence Greene that the people at Cal Tech borrowed his film "UFO" for a private showing last week at the university.  I do not know who the audience comprised.

Sincerely


//signed//
al chop


TRANSCRIPTION NOTES

- "1957" in the letter date is handwritten

- There is a "received" stamp just below the letter date with "Nov 28 1957" readable and the handwritten "RHC" just below that date

- There is a marked out sentence between paragraph 2 and paragraph 3

- There is a marked out word between "AF" and "position" in the last sentence of paragraph 3

- There is a handwritten check mark immediately after the word "Montana" in the first sentence of paragraph 4

- There is a marked out word between "opinion" and "after" in the first sentence of paragraph 6

- The handwritten notation "has not yet" is written in the letter margin immediately after the hyphenated word "member-" in the second sentence of paragraph 7; i.e., "member- (handwritten: "has not yet") ship fee"

- The letter is signed with a handwritten "Al"