The Briefing Room

March 1, 2017

The NICAP team had been working all year on a big chrono year, 1952, to update/fix the links and create pdfs to secure Blue Book documents onsite. This was a big job and we finally got it finished.  and by the end of December we had processed  93 cases, with some being from other years we encountered along the way.  Several major cases were updated: Trindade, Iran, McMinnville.  I found five more IFF cases, making 9 in our new file folder: signals emitted by UFOs!

With the New Year we were planning on working the 1953 chrono next, but one of our A-Team members, Barry Greenwood, suggested that we concentrate our efforts on 1957 since the 50th anniversary of that EME wave will be this fall.  In the two months so far we have corrected/updated all the links and data up to the September 1 entry.  The wave is best known for the Levelland, Texas sightings which began on Nov. 2.  However, the key cases are the IFF electronic signaling and radar-emitting UFO cases such as RB-47 (July 17) and several others within a week or two before and after, the radioactivity case at Montville, Ohio (Nov. 6) and the nuclear weapons storage area case at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico (Nov 4), all cases of supreme scientific value.  Prior to the wave flap, the Sept 20, 1957 radar tracking caused a White House and top intelligence alert, a very important year in UFOlogical history. Throughout this summary are posted key reports from the highly-acclaimed publication, "UFOs & Government".

The 1957 Sighting Wave


I had fully retired from my part-time regular paying job in early August and was now going to put full time into all the important projects. My wife and I were also getting ready to put up the house for sale so we could downsize and move to Newburgh, IN (25 mi. E) where two of our three boys and their families lived. And our daughter was now only 50 miles to the NE at Santa Claus.  This necessitated that I move the MADAR (UFO detection) station equipment out and to a temporary location.  It was at this time that MUFON's Challon Holt was in touch with me and we arranged for him to transfer the equipment to Louisville, KY in early September.  While moving the devices out, Holt suggested that he had a way of making the detection system a little simpler.  Five months prior I had envisioned a similar idea and posted a status report on April 1st to the MADAR group.  And after talking about the new ideas with Challon, the very next morning I presented a plan whereby we could test my idea using an existing display already being used successfully elsewhere.  But Challon thought we might screw up something if the polarity was wrong, so we didn't attempt it.  He thought he had a better way of doing it and my/our system was the beginning of a major change in the way we could detect and track UFOs all over the world.  The concept of MADAR-III was launched.  Holt now worked for the MADAR Project and was designated Director of Engineering.  After four months and some delays, the Project was running and devices were gathering data, but seemingly heading in the wrong direction, away from the primary goals of detection, alerting, and a MADAR Screen Display.  Shortly after that, in late December, I brought Rich Vitello onboard as Communications and Detections Officer.  The three of us worked on getting re-focussed and back ontrack. 

A lot has happened since then, so stay tuned for an important update in the weeks ahead.  In the meantime we are fully back ontrack and have some impotant news for everyone.

In November we got another boost when the analysis paper for the anomalies in Paracelsus C was finally published in the Journal of Space Exploration. Mark Carlotto was able to get the paper viewable for all of us through Research gates.
In December we abandoned the trouble-ridden and controversial Yahoo groups for nicapresearch and MADAR and set up the Googlegroups for them, plus the A-Team and Roswell.

Financial support for our work comes in the form of donations and purchases from the NICAP Store.  Join with us as we begin a new and exciting year.

The UFO work with our NICAP team was interrupted by a major find. In late May, Ananda Sirisena & I, while doing Lunascan Project work, were checking on one of many candidates of potential lunar anomaly photos and I obtained the coordinates which led us to an eye-popping image from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Not only did this give us a jolt, but the location was Ridge Section 141 (Van deGraff), the chart I had created in 2013 while charting the entire lunar..........Far Side!!!! ...
Going over NASA images is part of what we do, but actual live scanning of the lunar surface is our main job. The Lunascan Project had had only one scanning mission conducted in 2016, twelve in 2015. So in June, I was drafting a discovery/briefing report for the Project on those discovered anomalies in Paracelsus C on the lunar Far Side. In July we were still working on it, AND the analysis paper we had prepared with the help of retired SPSR (Society for Planetary & SETI Research) member, Dr. Mark Carlotto. The publishing of the paper would be delayed almost five months.


We have added some 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". At last count, besides the work we had already done on cases up to 1969 (later ones are not Blue Book) we had combed the chronos and were up to the last quarter of 1952. I plan on finishing that and starting 1953 ASAP. 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 current year:

In concert with the MADAR Project, NICAP is intensifying its work on Electro-Magnetic Effect (EME) cases. All cases from the 1960 NICAP E-M report are now listed on the chronos. All cases from Mark Rodegier's E-M catalog WILL be added as time allows. At the start of the new project we had located 42 EME cases which we already had created directories for.  As of May 1st we have located 107, an additional 65 entries!!! All cases of compass needle incidents have been checked. Herr_Incidents_Update.pdf :
151 compass needle cases were either listed on the original Herr page or were located in addition to that list. The original ones are denoted by the letter "H". Only 25 of those listed have been supported by any reports or documentation. 22 have directory links, 1 is pending, 2 were hoaxes. We simply have to find most of Eric Herr's files or locate the cases that so far have eluded us.
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:

At the present time the entire viewable NICAP site has 1,932 files in 289 folders.

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.

If you are looking for anything important (sightings or events or dated documents), these chronos are the definitive source.

An amazing way to find anything these days is by Googling. Use the code-word  "nicap" in your search, and bingo. I misplaced an important document that was "lost" by putting it in the wrong site folder. Google found it instantly and I fixed the problem right away.

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.


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 UFO sightings, but bonafide UFOs 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:

* 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 radar case directories along with supporting documents from the Blue Book files. To see the actual breakdown and cases filed, see this doc report

* About 1600 U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book UNKNOWNS (Brad Sparks).
* Category 8 - Photographic Evidence. 11,821 cases (as of Dec 15,2014) 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, over a half century ago. If you would like to participate in email discussions on or file information, please email me at the address below

Francis Ridge
NICAP Site Coordinator & Archivist
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