Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 16:37:09
THE REPORT ON UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS
EDWARD J. RUPPELT
First of all, in November or December the U.S. was going to shoot the first H-bomb during Project Ivy. Although this was Top Secret at the time, it was about the most poorly kept secret in history - everybody seemed to know all about it. Some people in the Pentagon had the idea that there were beings, earthly or otherwise, who might be interested in our activities in the Pacific, as they seemed to be in Operation Mainbrace. Consequently Project Blue Book had been directed to get transportation to the test area to set up a reporting net, brief people on how to report, and analyze their reports on the spot.
Our proposed trip to the Pacific to watch for UFO's during the
H-bomb test was canceled at the last minute because we couldn't get
space on an airplane. But the crews of Navy and Air Force security
forces who did
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go out to the tests were thoroughly briefed to look for UFO's, and they were given the procedures on how to track and report them. Back at Dayton we stood by to make quick analysis of any reports that might come in - none came. Nothing that fell into the UFO category was seen during the entire Project Ivy series of atomic shots.
In July 1952, a notification was given for an Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) of the Weather Reconnaissance Element, Provisional (18.104.22.168). This was to ready this element for deployment to the Marshall Islands for the upcoming Operation IVY. The ORI was concurrent with a major inspection of the 57th Strat Recon Sq. Weather.
These elements would perform weather missions as well as atomic cloud sampling during Operation IVY. They would be flying the WB-29 aircraft, a version of the B-29 bomber.
On page 59 of 65 on the document below under section 3. Simulated Combat Training. It states;
The majority of personnel to be attatched to the weather element for duty participated in 1951 on Joint Task Force 3, "Operation GREENHOUSE". Daily operations are almost identical to operations which would be conducted under combat conditions, with the exception that no armament is carried aboard the WG-29 aircraft. All aircraft commanders are well briefed in CIRVIS reporting procedure as outlined in USAF extracts from JANAP 146 (A) as amended and also FLYOBRPT as outlined in AF Letter 200-5.