Fran Ridge             

Date:  Fri, 21 Aug 1998 12:38:13 -0500 
Air Force Figures Tell Real Story: 88.79% Unexplained
To: News Media

Captain Edward Ruppelt, in his 1956 book, "The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects", gave some interesting statistics on the Air Force's Project Blue Book findings. Ruppelt's tenure was at a time when the Air Force was putting its best foot forward and the figures presented were based on 1,593 sightings. Less than 20 years later, in 1969 when Blue Book closed down, there were over 12,618 sightings on the books with 741 Unknowns.  That equates to to only 5.8%. But let's look at those figures a little closer, the one's Ruppelt quoted in his book.


Known
Probable
Possible
Total
Balloons
1.57
4.99
11.95
18.51
Aircraft
0.98
7.74
3.04
11.76
Astro
2.79
4.01
7.40
14.20
Other
4.21


 4.21*
Hoaxes
1.66


1.66*
Insuff. Data



22.72
Unknowns



26.94






11.21
22.61
28.26
100.00


According to Ruppelt the percentage of Unknowns was 26.94%. A scientific approach to these figures shows that only 11.21% were actually proven explained (total of column 1 which represents 179 cases) leaving, in actuality, 88.79% unexplained! These Blue Book figures (during the most serious time of it's life) were based on the then 1,593 sightings the Air Force had studied.
 
Actually it's worse! They only "studied" 1,593 sightings, but had "received" over 4,400 with only 179 explained!!! That's less than 4% "explained"! If we were to state that a certain percentage of UFOs were "possible" or "probable" ET, the debunkers would remind us that, "scientifically", only the "proven" could be used in such an analysis. Using the Air Forces's actual numbers11.21% were proven explained, leaving over 88% without a proven explanation.

With something like that going on in U.S. air space, somebody in the Air Force should have been more concerned. This was a matter of national security and/or scientific interest.