Date: Fri. 05 Jun 2009 19:10:55 -0400
From: Brad Sparks
Subject: Re: Fournet's Motion Study
This is great! Swords may well have identified a lot of the cases
Fournet used. I had already identified Nash-Fortenberry and Carson Sink
(those were easy). What I find interesting is that Tremonton is NOT on
the list, as
Fournet and Ruppelt considered the objects to be birds not UFO's
(Fournet's cover memo transmitting the film to NavPIC for study
mentions birds as the main explanation being considered).
I traced the
history of approvals of the study by interview. Col. Weldon H.
Smith told me that he signed and approved the Fournet study and
sent it up to Col William A. Adams. Col. Adams said that he
and approved it and sent it up to the AFOIN Deputy Director for
Estimates, Col. Jack Morrow, who also signed and approved it and sent
it to the Director
of Intelligence, Maj. Gen John A. Samford, in about January 1953.
Adams told me that it concluded that UFO's were extraterrestrial but
what Samford did with it Adams said he didn't know. There are
likely to be copies at each level of approval in the AF
Intelligence hierarchy if sufficient search effort could be focused on
these archives. My guess is that Samford asked Dr Stefan Possony,
the Acting Chief of AFOIN's Special Studies Group, to look it over and
comment. Possony probably said all the actions that seemed like
"intelligent control" could be explained by a natural phenomenon,
without dealing with any of the cases of metallic structured objects.