The Briefing Room
Fran Ridge                        

December 15, 2014

Today we celebrate the NICAP site's 17th Anniversary! We look over those years with great satisfaction and monumental accomplishments.
Today's primary NICAP work is not on-the-spot investigations (although we would channel callers/witnesses to the right people), but our work has been dedicated to documenting important cases and posting them on our website. One of the most important sections on the site is the directory for the NICAP UFO Chronologies. Pick any year and go to any case to see its status.  If you don't know the year or date, just Google up what you do know and take it from there. Although many sites mention and discuss cases, it is our job to show what the official stand is on each, with the supporting documents. None of this could have done without the help of the A-Team and others on the Current Encounters List.

The highlight of the year was the re-establishment of the MADAR Project. This new, and more highly sophisticated detection system, went online, February 19th at 3:30 PM. The first APD was on June 6th and was designated APD-27.  Two cassette recorders separately log the primary E-M sensor and geiger radiation pulses while a dual cassette records aircraft and law enforcement communications. The TLC 2100 time lapse cassette records data from the Quad presentation, (including the TES 1392 sampling E-M every 2 seconds in micro-Tesla) for 180 hours (1 week). Datatapes changed weekly, twelve weeks of data archived before recycling. 2014 was the year of the return to UFO detection and an Early Warning System.  The original and successful MADAR project began in 1970 and was shut down in 1990 after logging 26 events. The MADAR Project web site can be accessed at

In June I contacted the local police, sheriff, state police, and airport control tower people, and notified the local news media of the new MADAR System and new Radiation Network equipment monitoring background radiation in the region. I am now attempting to set up a system of local skysweep spotters.

During the summer I digitized all of the most important cassette tapes we have had on file for the last 50 years. I created a massive computer file of these, many that go back to the 1960's.

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.

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 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 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 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 and create AVCAT dirs for new ones regarding sightings of UFOs from aircraft.

There have been millions of UFO sightings, but bona fide 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 CURRENT ENCOUNTERS or file information, please email me at

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Francis Ridge
NICAP Site Coordinator
(812) 838-3120

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