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April 23, 2020

Greetings Everyone,
The latest news and a real important step for all our readers is the addition of the NICAP YouTube page at:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3ad-mPxFsHjA5yoIHvRACQ
This is the beginning of a new phase and we still have a lot to do with it, so bear with us and stay tuned. Also, the Lunascan Project site has been analyzing a new UFO video of objects observed moving over the moon:
https://www.lunascan.com/Endymion/Endymion.htm
https://lunascan.com/videos/Multiple_UFOs_Cross_The_Moon_And_Leave_Shadows_2020.mp4

NICAP UAP NEWS
Throughput the years the UFO story has been full of surprises, and the subject is still living up to that statement.  The more we dig into the Air Force Project Blue Book sightings, the more UNKNOWNS we find.  Brad Sparks has found over twice as many UNKNOWNS as the AF had claimed, suggesting that closer scrutiny of the data supports the validity of the UFO/UAP phenomena rather than what the skeptics have been saying for decades. The latest news comes in the form of more bad news for the skeptics.

BAD NEWS FOR SKEPTICS
First of all, Kevin Randle is a respected UFOlogist and a member of NICAP's A-Team. and he is definitely not a skeptic.  But he conducted a lengthy reevaluation of the Mantell case in 2018, which we had re-investigated in 2006 and our investigation took two years to complete.  His conclusions were that Mantell wasn't chasing a UFO and indeed died in a pursuit of a balloon as many had proclaimed, including the (Army)-Air Force.  We have added his report to the case directory at 480107fortknox_dir.htm
Upon examination of his very-detailed report it was found that not all of the conclusions were, as the suggested known balloon was too far away to be seen at all.  Brad Sparks, reiterated his original findings and reported that he had bad news for the skeptics.

MORE BAD NEWS
Recently Brad Sparks provided even more bad news for skeptics, regarding the George Gorman case. 
http://www.nicap.org/481001fargo_dir.htm

NIMITZ/PRINCETON ENCOUNTER
The Nimitz/Princeton UAP encounter case directory of 2004 has been updated
http://www.nicap.org/20041114USS_Nimitz_dir.htm
This report is almost 300 pages and should turns some heads.

PARACELSUS C UPDATE
The discovery of a set of anomalies on the lunar far side is about to shake up the scientific world.  As coordinator of The Lunascan Project, my team of Mark Carlotto and Ananda Sirisena produced a detailed report and numerous video "flybys" and analyses in 2016 that suggest that something very unusual is located on the back side and is being avoided by NASA scientists at LRO for some reason.  Especially since several papers were published by LRO's Dr. Paul Davies BEFORE the mission that strongly suggested we look for such things. Another paper was recently published saying the same thing.  And recently "Dr. Space" mentioned a question from a listener about the objects spotted in lunar crater Paracelsus C.  Dr. Paul Davies had said his team of students would be looking into it.  Did he ever get back with a result?  Apparently not.  Dr. Space noted that "it is a very odd object. Usually, when you have some blocks you can see where they came from, but if you go away from them for kilometers looking for other such blocks or a source, you are baffled."  Not only are the two objects anomalous, but the area they are in looks like it has been "worked".  Of course all of this could be thousands of years old or as recent as before the Apollo years. The point is, natural or artificial, this is worth looking into, especially when NASA needs funding. The public would support this, even a manned landing. But LRO's "apparent" lack of interest is a red flag.

WEATHER & UAP REPORTS IN 2019
I couldn't help but wonder how the last six month's weather had affected the usual flow of good UAP sightings. One can view the number of calls coming in and see, however, that the raw sightings reported the first few months were about the same over last year but the next three months were actually much higher. As sightings continue to come into the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle, Washington and MUFON HQ in Irvine, California, NICAP works with FIs and SSDs all over the country, coordinated with over 70 MADAR site ops in an attempt to detect and track UAP.

NEW IDEAS
Progress comes from doing things differently. While maintaining and constantly improving the NICAP web site, we hope to improve on the acquisition of quality UAP sighting reports. Most UAP reports involve IFOs (Identifiable) and genuine UAP are rare, and rightly so. If we can improve on the numbers, or increase the chances of getting important data from a "detected" UAP, even one verified correlation would be important. Our motto is "Betray Their Presence".

Fran Ridge
skyking42@gmx.com
812.490.0094



BLOCKBUSTER EVENTS
2017 ended with the breaking news in the world news media of a blockbuster encounter that involved the U.S.S. aircraft carrier Nimitz and a couple of FA-18 Super Hornets with a tic-tac shaped UFO (on cockpit camera film) in 2004. The case directory is being updated almost daily and lists active links to most of the YouTube videos at
http://omnitalkradio.weebly.com/pentagon-ufo-study-media.html
Nov. 14, 2004; Pacific
A lot has happened since then. Incidents involving "high-performance vehicles on the Atlantic side of the U.S. have been discovered.

ESTIMATE OF THE SITUATION - 2017
http://www.nicap.org/papers/eots2018.htm
Is the latest paper, an Estimate Of The Situation, updating one I had written ten years ago.

NICAP BASEBALL CAPS
These great-looking caps supporting  the NICAP effort are available at:
http://www.nicap.org/materials.htm

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MADAR UPDATE
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MADAR COOPERATION WITH NUFORC
On April 22, I proposed an idea to UFO Center Director, Peter Davenport, to make it possible to use NUFORC's online database in Seattle, Washington to aid MADAR operators in spotting potential correlations between UFO sightings and MADAR anomalies. Knowing very well how hard it was going to be to get the already-busy MADAR ops to look for sightings in their states, I knew there had to be a better way. Bringing my decades-old experience with the UFO Filter Center of having a local database covering Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky, into play, I came up with a possible solution. We would enter "filtered" MADAR anomalies into NUFORC's database . These would be filed chronologically and be simple datalines giving date, time, location and the word "MADAR". All an operator would have to do was look at the printout each month to see if a sighting occurred on the same day and time. Two different files would be used

The Index by EVENT DATE lists entries by MONTH, so it is easy to just print out the month, take a yellow highlighter and draw a line through each MADAR entry. The MADAR site would be identified by its location.  Sightings the same day or before and after all over the contry will be displayed this way.
Index by EVENT DATE

The Index by STATE is very important BUT the sightings are not listed by month and the user needs to left click and highlight the month, and then cut and paste into an email to himself. Then, printing that out, they would use their yellow highlighter to mark the MADAR entries by their own MADAR device, looking for potential sightings.
Index by STATE

UFO OFFICERS / FIELD INVESTIGATORS
MADAR Ops can select people in their state, or actually anywhere if someone chooses to volunteer to help a state MADAR Op, to find good cases, NUFORC, running 24/7  gets a lot of raw reports. MUFON gets a lot of reports as well but they have the ability to assign field investigators to pursue a event in some cases. UFO Officers can search the MUFON Case management files for events in thec states they support. In regards to the criteria for cases one cannot overlook the possibilty of genuine UAO reports in the distant category since they could be as real as close encounters, so any event that isn't an obvious IFO or hoax should be considered. Those incidents should therefore be forwarded to us here so we can go over them, process them, then submit them to NUFORC.

The state UFO Officer could also be an SD or FI assigned to MUFON. In any case the UFO Officer could actually pursue a report or assign it to someone else to investigate.

SET UP YOUR OWN MADAR SITE
And for the real UAP enthusiast, a MADAR-III DataProbe would be a great investment and will provide valuable scientific information in the months and years ahead. Take a look at the LIVE MADAR displaying the current MADAR sites at
http://www.madar.site/

Order your device at
http://www.nicap.org/madar.htm

Work on the MADAR Project has taken most of my time lately, but we are still working on the 1954 Chrono, adding/updating cases.

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THE LUNASCAN PROJECT
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20170901 UPDATE ON DISCOVERY BY LUNASCAN PROJECT IN 2016
The anomaly found on images of Paracelsus C on the lunar Far Side was major news for us in June of 2016 and my Lunascan team released both our paper and an analysis video in November.  NASA's LRO had imaged the formation four times since 2010 but not recently, and has made no comments after we sent them our reports. Dr. Paul Davies of LRO had suggested in several of his papers that we should be looking for such things on the Moon.  NASA's John Keller had been working with me on several projects. Contact with all NASA sources ended almost immediately, but recently one of my colleagues, Ananda Sirisena, found an image taken just weeks after our last contact with NASA officials!  M1237871462R had been a target of interest on January 1st of this year! Even before that, last spring I found that LRO had changed the compelling image on the ActReact zoom-in Map to one much less interesting. As of this date our analysis video has had 24,805 hits! The paper itself has been read by over 1407 scientists and other researchers.  This summer I made email contact with two new LRO officials and discussed LRO's extended missions.  Once I brought up the anomalies and asked their opinion, even suggesting the anomalies were some form of surfaced lava tubes, but neither men responded and I never heard from either one of them again. To see our web page, which includes the links (at bottom) to the video and paper at
M118769870L.htm 

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ROUTINE NICAP WORK
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LOOKING FOR DATA ON UAP REPORTS & THE CHRONOS
THE most important place on the NICAP site for researching over a century of UFO events is the Index of Chronos.
The date of the incident may vary due to false information, but most people would probably just "Google-up" a UFO case and find some story to go with it somewhere on the internet.  But the best way would be to go to the place where the NICAP A-Team used critical thinking to process an incident worth reading about, and that would be the appropriate NICAP Chrono. Cases are filed by year. But if one Googles-up a case and adds ",nicap" they will most probably find the case directory (for even "explained" cases) with all the supporting docs, comments, rating, etc, AND a link note that the case is on a chrono. Cases on chronos without active links to directories are either not well supported (therefore no dir) or they have not yet been processed. (See more on the Chronos below)

NOTE TO NEW ENTHUSIASTS
We have added some new people and groups to our audience, so a brief description of our primary goal is in order.  No matter what you may think about UFOs and IFOs, the most important thing for NICAP is the continuation of work on the 130,000-plus documents that need to be processed, resized, made into pdf files and placed in the proper files and chronos. We do not want these documents to "disappear". Each case has a directory if it is worth doing and the dir has a synopsis and links to all docs and related material. Here is the file folder representing what we have accomplished so far the last few years:

MORE HISTORY ON THE CHRONOS 
The rest would be news to any new web searcher, but old news to any of our regular enthusiasts, and is repeated and updated at each briefing:

In 1997 I envisioned a web site with links to all the best UFO web sites at that time, along with some NICAP trivia, and data on casework. It was called "NICAP Interlink". Right after that simple beginning, and then being authorized to expand on the idea, I added the original UFO chronologies and began work on case directories. The chronos were skimpy. They had few cases from the Project Blue Book files and ended at 1963.

In  the fall of 2005 I began a major update of Richard Hall's NICAP UFO Sighting Chronologies. In nothing short of a crash program we produced qualitative and quantitative sighting summaries for the most important years in UFO history: 1947-1952. In December of 2005 we had posted a massive updated chrono on 1952. This included documentation but was basically a major update on sightings. By the end of 2006 we had drastically updated (with links to detailed key cases) incidents from pre-1947 to 1969. That total group encompassed the Air Force Project Blue Book years and the BB files. In January 2007 we established the goal to update the remaining chronos at a rate of one year per month, beginning with 1970. In July of that year we were able to add hundreds of foo-fighter sightings to the WWII period with the help of Keith Chester. The plan was to have all the chronos up and updated by March 15, 2010. We were able to accomplish that goal several months early.

RADCAT & AVCAT
In 2009 we began the second major project, the new RADCAT, which is the re-issue and processing of all the radar cases in the Blue Book files and elsewhere. Later we started another major project, AVCAT (Aviation Catalog), to update directories on old cases of sightings from aircraft, and I created dirs for new ones.

NICAP
The National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) was formed in 1956 and flourished through about 1970, and, as an organization with field investigators and consultants, declined gradually thereafter. For a more detailed story about NICAP please check papers/hall-IUR1994, Richard Hall. What we have today, many years later, is the existence of the NICAP web site, a tremendous repository of the evidence collected by NICAP and other sources to continue the goal of public information.

There have been millions of UAP sightings, but bonafide UAP events are more rare. We have more than 215,000 sightings on computer (UFOCAT, Donald A. Johnson). In addition we have massive evidence in the form of 11 different Categories

* Category 11 - 3,000-plus sightings from aircraft by Dr. Richard Haines and over 240 cases listed on the NICAP site with the AVCAT Project. To see the actual breakdown by month see:

http://www.nicap.org/avcat_brief.htm

* Category 10 - Over 200 cases involving a nuclear connection, several radiation injury cases, many incidents from Robert Hastings files.

* Category 9 - With the RADCAT Project we have produced over 460 radar case directories along with supporting documents from the Blue Book files. To see the actual breakdown and cases filed, see this doc report

http://www.nicap.org/radcat_brief.htm

* About 1700 U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book UNKNOWNS (Brad Sparks).
* Category 8 - Photographic Evidence. 12,199 cases (as of Sept 1, 2017) by Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos.
* Category 7 - Humanoid Cases (hundreds) and Abduction Reports
* Category 6 - Over 5600 Physical Trace cases documented, 4104 involving UFO visual sightings (CUFOS).
* Category 5 - Medical Cases. Being compiled
* Category 4 - Over a hundred cases of UFO sightings involving animal reactions on the NICAP site alone by Joan Woodward.
* Category 3 - E-M Effects. Over 500 cases associated with UFO sightings (CUFOS) and 185 E-M cases documented involving UFOs near aircraft (Dr. Richard Haines). 250 listed on the NICAP site. 144 compass needle cases listed by Eric Herr.
* Category 2 - Hundreds, if not thousands, of excellent close encounters by credible observers whose testimony in court would be taken at face value
* Category 1 - Probably millions of reports of nighttime objects (Nocturnal Lights) or daylight objects seen at a distance.

The NICAP site is the number one source of the best evidence and covers material from the dawn of the UFO age. If you would like to participate in email discussions on nicapresearchgroups@Googlegroups.com or file information, please email me at the address below


Francis Ridge
NICAP Site Coordinator & Archivist
NEW NUMBER (812) 490-0094
skyking42@gmx.com
Mailing address has also changed:
We have moved from 618 Davis Drive, Mt. Vernon, IN 47620 to
5847 River Walk Circle, Newburgh, Indiana, 47630