Updated: 1/11/2021
              1978                               1986                                  2016                  
Francis L. Ridge

Francis L. Ridge
Birthplace: Vincennes, Indiana
Current residence: Newburgh, Indiana
Married, 4 children
60 years in UFO investigation & research with major organizations

Statement of Position on UFOs:
"There is no doubt that most UFOs are actually IFOs. For the subset of events that cannot be explained, there is a group of sightings that demonstrates solid objects  under intelligent control. I am convinced that these objects are somebody else's craft. Although I cannot prove that the intelligence behind the phenomena is ET in nature, I consider the ETH to be the least unlikely. I also feel that there is a nuclear connection (or one that indicates a cause and effect relationship with serious world events that could lead to a nuclear threat) and that the evidence in the form of military sightings indicates an overt military-type operation."

1960-1971 Headed 7-man investigation team in Indiana for the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena, designated Indiana Unit No. 1 from November 17, I960 to January 31, 1971.

1970 - Began work on a basic UFO detection system, prototype designed in 1960.

1971 - Conducted private UFO research in Villa Grove, Illinois, groundwork for MADAR and Geographcal Distribution Research.

1972 - Accepted position of State­ Section Director, Mutual UFO Network, while in Hillsboro, Illinois, continued geographical studies of the 9-­state area under GDR project.

1973 - On a third company transfer, at Mt. Vernon, Indiana, set up research and investigation team under MUFON as State­ Section Director for Posey, Vanderburg, & Gibson counties. Continued GDR until end of year which included the massive 1973 sighting wave, set up "saucer grapevine" with scattered observers, police, sheriff, and state police, airport control towers and Civil Defense in the tri­-county area with a monthly bulletin and a published telephone number and media coverage. Station designated as the UFO FILTER CENTER.

Also implemented (and improved from earlier experience) the device to detect UFOs and record scientific data, called MADAR
. Directed original MADAR Project until late 1990. (See 2014 and 2016)

1986 - Obtained his first computer and continued work on his
computer database for the GDR work which listed over 4,000 entries for the region covering Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky & Tennessee. Became Indiana's MUFON State Director and FI for the Center for UFO Studies.  With CUFOS' Robert Boyd began work on a monthly 4-page UFO Intelligence Summary mailed out to local police, sheriff, state police, airport control tower, state field investigators and national subscribers. Set up State Section Directors (SD's) and trained and tested 150 potential field investigators in Indiana's 92 counties. The Indiana group rapid deployment team consisted of approximately 30 active FI's throughout this period. Ridge and his team investigated hundreds of cases.

1994 - Published his first book on UFOs, "Regional Encounters: The FC Files."

With the help of a kind and intelligent neighbor lady and retired school teacher named Carol Fischer and some computer issues, Ridge was dragged, kicking and screaming, into the realm of the internet. With the aid of email and websites Ridge was introduced to Dan Wilson and the Project Blue Book "gems". By now Jean Waskiewicz had joined the trio and serious work on very important UFO documents began to be placed on the new web site then called the NICAP InterLink site. 

1997 - Always very interested in Astronomy, he began a serious study of the Moon and LTPs (Lunar Transient Phenomena) with The Lunascan Project in September 14, 1997. The  Lunascan Project is an EBTI (Earth-Based Telescopic Imaging) program using live and recorded CCD technology to document LTPs and "Fast Walkers". Members are located all over the globe and include varying degrees of expertise. (In June of 2016 his team discovered images of possible ancient artifacts on the back side of the moon at
Paracelsus C.)

The official NICAP web site was launched on December 15th, 1997. Ridge was, and still is, the site coordinator and A-Team leader for the NICAP work. The A-Team is made up of the leading UFO experts from all over the world. All the PR work (briefings and radio/TV/newspaper  interviews) (over 80) can be found on the site. The single most important items on the site, representing decades of work, are the UFO Sighting Chronologies.

2003 - On July 1st, Ridge began and set up a web site for the
Nuclear Connection Project.

2006 - Re-opened Mantell case of January 1947, completed report and book in 2008 with the help of Jean Waskiewicz, Dan Wilson & Brad Sparks. Two years later he wrote the report for that re-investigation The Mantell Incident: The Anatomy of an Investigation / A 60-year-old cover-up.

2010 - An amazing discovery. MADAR records for 1997 showed a correlation between MADAR-15 and the famous WOW! Signal!

2014 - Constructed new updated MADAR-II UFO detection system, re-established the project with a web site on February 1, 2014. In April of 2016 Ridge began development of the new MADAR-III Dataprobe which is now deployed at over a hundred sites around the world.

In November of 2017 Ridge and his wife moved to Newburgh, Indiana, about 30 miles east of their former residence of 44 years at Mt. Vernon, Indiana. He continues work with NICAP and The Lunascan Project, and directs and maintains the MADAR Operations Center at Newburgh.

Mailing Address:
Francis Ridge
5847 River Walk Circle
Newburgh, IN  47630


(812) 490-0094

1973-1986 - Monthly Status Report - Sent to law enforcement officers, news media and airport control tower in tri-county region
1986-1996 - Monthly, Newsletter, MUFON Indiana Monthly, UFO Intelligence Newsletter
1994         -  Book, "Regional Encounters: The FC Files"
2006         -  The Mantell Incident: Anatomy of an investigation, a 60-year-old cover-up

Air Force Figures Tell Real Story: 88.79% Unexplained (Fran Ridge)
Roswell & The Wave 0f  '47 -  Too Many Coincidences (Fran Ridge)
The 1975 SAC Base Northern Tier Overflights (Fran Ridge)
A Puzzling Radar Incident (Fran Ridge)
Observational Evidence of the "Sorensen Effect, Domes, Etc. (Fran Ridge)
The Sighting Wave of 1967 - Indiana (Fran Ridge)
A Mock Congressional Hearing: The Ruppelt Record (Fran Ridge)
Engineers Praise Disc Performance (Fran Ridge)
The Case For Flying Saucers (Fran Ridge)
Regional Encounters: The FC Files [Complete 170-page book] (Fran Ridge)
UFOs, the AISS, and Air Force Interest After Blue Book (Fran Ridge)
The MADAR Project (Fran Ridge)
The UFO Sighting Wave Of 1965 (Fran Ridge/NCP)
MADAR 15 & The "WOW" Signal (Fran Ridge/NCP)
200 Miles Up: The Boys Upstairs (Fran Ridge/NCP)
Pandora's Box: What Have we Done? (Fran Ridge/NCP)
National Security Files, Missing Files, The Nuclear Key (Fran Ridge/NCP)
The Cuban Missile Crisis & UFOs (Fran Ridge/NCP)
A Project Is Born (Fran Ridge/NCP)