Francis L. Ridge ...
Francis L. Ridge
Birthplace: Vincennes, Indiana
Current residence: Newburgh, Indiana
Married, 4 children
60 years in UFO investigation & research with major
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
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
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
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
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
2003 - On July 1st, Ridge began and set up a web site for the Nuclear
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.
5847 River Walk Circle
Newburgh, IN 47630
1973-1986 - Monthly Status Report - Sent to law enforcement
officers, news media and airport control tower in
1986-1996 - Monthly, Newsletter, MUFON Indiana Monthly,
UFO Intelligence Newsletter
Book, "Regional Encounters: The FC Files"
The Mantell Incident: Anatomy of an investigation, a 60-year-old
Air Force Figures Tell Real Story: 88.79%
Unexplained (Fran Ridge)
The Wave 0f '47 - Too Many Coincidences (Fran Ridge)
SAC Base Northern Tier Overflights (Fran Ridge)
Puzzling Radar Incident (Fran Ridge)
Evidence of the "Sorensen Effect, Domes, Etc. (Fran Ridge)
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)
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
UFO Sighting Wave Of 1965 (Fran Ridge/NCP)
15 & The "WOW" Signal (Fran Ridge/NCP)
Miles Up: The Boys Upstairs (Fran Ridge/NCP)
Box: What Have we Done? (Fran Ridge/NCP)
Security Files, Missing Files, The Nuclear Key (Fran Ridge/NCP)
Cuban Missile Crisis & UFOs (Fran Ridge/NCP)
Project Is Born (Fran Ridge/NCP)