The Briefing Room
June 1, 2013: May Progress Report
May was a successful month for us in spite of a lot of computer email problems associated with the Insight/Time Warner internet change that many complained about. We've been working on the documentation of the UFO incidents during the 1952 UFO wave. Along with that we began to tackle the much-neglected Navy cases that Jan Aldrich has been talking about for some time. In regard to the latter, these cases cover the full UFO history and 3/4ths of the world, and many feel that the Navy cases available are only the tip of the iceberg and most are still under wraps. Since Navy cases also include USO's (Unidentified Submerged Objects) and many cases are civilian incidents, we refer to them as marine incidents, therefore "flagged as "m" in our little monthly database. The May progress report lists 21 cases.
Date Location Cat. Date posted Naval/marine cases
In most instances we were able to get official documents to support the Blue Book cases, resize the docs and get them into a secure pdf file on the NICAP site before they " disappear." The whole process involves selecting good reports from the 1952 UFO Chronology (for example) and making directories with information links. These dirs are intended to be the NICAP position on a case and a site for adding any new information as needed later as it comes available. The dir link then becomes an active link on the appropriate chrono page.
To look at the actual reports click on the May file below:
This is the breakdown on the 21 cases by category.
(9) Cat 1 or Distant Encounters (objects beyond 500'; day or night sightings)
(0) Cat 2 or Close Encounters (objects within 500')
(0) Cat 3 or E-M (Electromagnetic interference) cases
(0) Cat 5 or Medical case
(2) Cat 6. Landing/Trace cases
(3) Cat 7 or Humanoid Cases(0) Cat 8 or Photo Cases
(3) Cat 9 Radar Case
(4) Cat 11 or Sighting From Aircraft
The 1952 work will continue on into June as we check off the unprocessed cases. The work on the century-filled naval/marine cases will be involving our expertise for a long time to come and we will be simultaneously funneling these reports into a special file located on the NICAP site at:
NICAP Site Coordinator
December 15, 2012 marked the 15th year anniversary of the NICAP web site.
The National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) was formed 56 years ago 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.
Seven years ago, in 2005, delineated the beginning of a major project that to this day probably stands as the most important tool on the NICAP website: The UFO Chronologies. And 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. A year ago we started another major, AVCAT (Aviation Catalog), to update directories on old cases and create AVCAT dirs for new ones regarding sightings of UFOs from aircraft.
As briefly mentioned above, in the fall of 2005 we began a major update of Richard Hall's NICAP UFO Sighting Chronologies. In nothing short of a crash program we produced qualitative and quantitative summaries for the most important years in UFO history: 1947-1952. By the end of 2006 we had drastically updated (with links to detailed key cases) from pre-1947 to 1969. That total group emcompassed 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 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 this goal several months early. If you are looking for anything important (sightings or events or dated documents), these chronos are the definitive source.
In December of 2005 we had posted a massive updated chrono on 1952. This included documentation but was basically a major update on sightings. In 2012 we plan a major update on documented history AND new sighting listings!
There have been millions of UFO sightings, but bona fide UFOs are more rare. We have on record, 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:
* Category 10 - Over 200 cases involving a nuclear connection, several radiation injury cases, plus incidents from Robert Hastings files.
* Category 9 - With the RADCAT Project we have produced over 460 RADCAT directories along with supporting documents from the Blue Book files. To see the actual breakdown and cases filed, see this doc report
* Category 8 - Photographic Evidence. 10,685 cases (as of August 2011) 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.
* 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.
* About 1600 (701 originally) UNKNOWNS listed in Project Blue Book files (Brad Sparks).
The NICAP site is the number one source of the best evidence and covers material from the dawn of the UFO age, over a half century ago. If you would like to participate in email discussions on CURRENT ENCOUNTERS or file information, please email me at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
NICAP Site Coordinator
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