Distribution: CE, SHG, NCP
Here is what Captain Edward J. Ruppelt had to say about the "motion
conducted by Major Dewey Fournet. The excerpts below are from Ruppelt's
original book, "The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects."
On my next trip to the Pentagon I spent
the whole day talking to Major Dewey Fournet and two of his bosses,
Colonel W. A. Adams and Colonel Weldon Smith, about the UFO subject in
general. One of the things we talked about was a new approach to the
UFO problem - that of trying to prove that the motion of a UFO as it
flew through the air was intelligently controlled.
I don't know who would get credit for originating the idea of trying
to analyze the motion of the UFO's. It was one of those kinds of ideas
that are passed around, with everyone adding a few modifications. We'd
been talking about making a study of this idea for a long time, but we
hadn't had many reports to work with; but now, with the mass of data
that we had accumulated in June and July and August, the prospects
of such a study looked promising.
The basic aim of the study would be to
learn whether the motion of the reported UFO's was random or ordered.
Random motion is an unordered, helter-skelter motion very similar to a
swarm of gnats or flies milling around. There is no apparent pattern or
purpose to their flight paths. But take, for example, swallows flying
around a chimney - they wheel, dart, and dip, but if you watch them
closely, they have a definite pattern in their movements - an ordered
motion. The definite pattern is intelligently controlled because they
are catching bugs or getting in line to go down the chimney.
By the fall of 1952 we had a
considerable number of well documented reports in which the UFO's made
a series of maneuvers. If we could prove that these maneuvers were not
random, but ordered, it would be proof that the UFO's were things that
were intelligently controlled.
During our discussion Major Fournet
brought up two reports in which the UFO seemed to know what it was
doing and wasn't just aimlessly darting around. One of these was the
recent sighting from Haneda AFB, Japan, and the other was the incident
that happened on the night of July 29, when an F-94 attempted to
intercept a UFO over eastern Michigan. In both cases radar had
established the track of the UFO.
In the Haneda Incident, according to
the sketch of the UFO's track, each turn the UFO made was constant and
the straight "legs" between the turns were about the same length. The
sketch of the UFO's flight path as it moved back and forth over Tokyo
Bay reminded me very much of the "crisscross" search patterns we used
to fly during World War II when we were searching for the crew of a
ditched airplane. The only time the UFO seriously deviated from this
pattern was when the F-94 got on its tail.
The Michigan sighting was even better,
however. In this case there was a definite reason for every move that
the UFO made. It made a 180 degree turn because the F-94 was closing on
it head on. It alternately increased and decreased its speed, but every
time it did this it was because the F-94 was closing in and it
evidently put on speed to pull out ahead far enough to get out of range
of the F-94's radar. To say that this motion was random and that it was
just a coincidence that the UFO made the 180 degree turn when the F-94
closed in head on and that it was just a coincidence that the UFO
speeded up every time the F-94 began to get within radar range is
pushing the chance of coincidence pretty hard.
The idea of the motion analysis study sounded interesting to me, but
we were so busy on Project Blue Book we didn't have time to do it. So
Major Fournet offered to look into it further and I promised him all
the help we could give him.
Ruppelt, pages 218-219:
The next item on the agenda, when the
panel had finished absorbing all of the details of the fifty selected
top reports, was a review of a very hot and very highly controversial
study. It was based on the idea that Major Dewey Fournet and I had
talked about several months before - an analysis of the motions of the
reported UFO's in an attempt to determine whether they were
intelligently controlled. The study was hot because it wasn't official
and the reason it wasn't official was because it was so hot. It
concluded that the UFO's were interplanetary spaceships. The report had
circulated around high command levels of intelligence and it had been
read with a good deal of interest. But even though some officers at
command levels just a notch below General Samford bought it, the space
behind the words "Approved by" was blank - no one would stick his neck
out and officially send it to the top.
Dewey Fournet, who had completed his
tour of active duty in the Air Force and was now a civilian, was called
from Houston, Texas, to tell the scientists about the study since he
had worked very closely with the group that had prepared it.
The study covered several hundred of our most detailed UFO reports.
By a very critical process of elimination, based on the motion of the
reported UFO's, Fournet told the panel how he and any previous analysis
by Project Blue Book had been disregarded and how those reports that
could have been caused by any one of the many dozen known objects -
balloons, airplanes, astronomical bodies, etc., were sifted out. This
sifting took quite a toll, and the study ended up with only ten or
twenty reports that fell into the "Unknown" category. Since such
critical methods of evaluation had been used, these few reports
proved beyond a doubt that the UFO's were intelligently controlled by
persons with brains equal to or far surpassing ours.
The next step in the study, Fournet
explained, was to find out where they came from. "Earthlings" were
eliminated, leaving the final answer - spacemen.
Both Dewey and I had been somewhat
worried about how the panel would react to a study with such definite
conclusions. But when he finished his presentation, it was obvious from
the tone of the questioning that the men were giving the conclusions
serious thought. Fournet's excellent reputation was well known.