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Today’s Document from the National Archives

Posted on: December 3, 2012

The Scan Man always finds new and interesting documents for you.  The Document for Today, December 3rd: Message from Commander, Air Technical Information Center to Commander, Air Defense Command reporting the sighting of an unidentified flying object.  This document is contained within the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) archives on the National Archives website under a special section for “Project Blue Book“.

Project Blue Book
Message from Commander, Air Technical Information Center to Commander, Air Defense Command reporting the sighting of an unidentified flying object with sketch of location, 12/03/1957; Project Bluebook #5415; Records of Headquarters U.S. Air Force (Air Staff); Record Group 341; National Archives and Records Administration


From the records of the Air Force’s “Project BLUE BOOK,” this message dated December 3, 1957, references the sighting of an “unidentified aircraft” by the pilot of an Air Force F-86 in the skies over Joliet, Illinois on November 27. From 1947 to 1969, a total of 12, 618 sightings were reported to Project BLUE BOOK. Of these 701 remain “Unidentified.”

More about the records of Project BLUE BOOK…