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             Subject:                                    Project Blue Book Special Report No. 14

Date:  Fri, 28 September 2012, updated August 1, 2013
From: Fran Ridge <nicap@insightbb.com>

In late December 1951, Captain Edward J. Ruppelt met with a group based in Columbus, Ohio. Ruppelt wanted their experts to assist them in making the Air Force UFO study more scientific, starting with a standardized reporting form. Beginning in late March 1952, the Institute started analyzing existing sighting reports and encoding about 30 report characteristics onto IBM punched cards for computer analysis. The classified version was completed in late 1953; a declassified version was published for government use only in 1955 by the Air Technical Intelligence Center. Documents in the Blue Book file make it clear that the contractor was the Battelle Memorial Institute, probably because of its proximity to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base ("home" of the Air Technical Intelligence Center, the parent organization of Project Blue Book) and because of its uniquely large (at that time) computing facility. The project carefully analyzed 3,201 sightings that occurred between June, 1947 and December, 1952. Of these, 21.5% were listed as "unknown." The sightings were ranked according to credibility of the observer and quality of the information supplied. Four classification were used: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor. (*) Of the 213 Excellent sightings, 33% were "unknown" whereas for the 435 Poor sightings only 17% were "unknown." (TAB C -2). The final report started out as 300 pages and was later sanitized down to about a hundred pages. For more details see synopsis and analyses by researchers below.

Papers and Commentaries
Project Blue Book Special Report No. 14 (Full report, Project 1947, SIGN Historical Group)
UFOs and Government: Blue Book Special Report 14 (Michael Swords)
youtube.com/watch?v=5KfvLqjxx_I (Stanton Friedman/YouTube)
Bluebook/Scientific_Study_of_UFOs.ppt (Bruce Maccabee)
Air Force Figures Tell Real Story: 88.79% Unexplained (Fran Ridge) *
Special Report 14: Insufficient Data Cases (Brad Sparks)

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