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ATIC History Update #3

From: Wendy Connors <ProjectSign@email.msn.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 11:14:57 -0600
Fwd Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 08:10:40 -0400
Subject: ATIC History Update #3

The following is from page 42 of the official ATIC history for
the first half of 1953:

Stereo Cameras.

One hundred stereo cameras with spectroscopic gratings were
procured for use in conjunction with Project Blue Book and have
been under test for the past six months. Much difficulty was
encountered in establishing a reliable shelf-life of the
gratings. All seemed to deteriorate rapidly after they had been
mounted to the camera. This project was turned over to Battelle
memorial Institute for further study and evaluation.
Seventy-three of these cameras were transferred to the Technical
Analysis Division from where they were shipped to areas where
sightings of aerial phenomena have been reported most

End of Section.

The following is from the official ATIC History for 1 January
1952 to 30 June 1952, pages 73-74, inclusive:

Blue Book (Project No. 10073)

(Init, 15 Aug 51; ECD, Cont.; Auth, CO, ATIC; Req by: D/I, USAF;
PM, Capt E. J. Ruppelt)

This project, in progress for approximately four years, involves
the investigation and evaluation of reports of unidentified
aerial objects. To date, approximately 900 reports have been
received by the Air Force. Recent articles  in LIFE, LOOK, and
TIME magazines have caused an increase in letters to the public.
Ablut [sic] 250 letters were received during May and June 1952.

These reports have been filed and cross-indexed so that the
maximum amount of data can be utilized. This cross-indexing
breaks down the sightings according to color, shape, location,
date, etc. It is estimated that about 20 percent of the reports
cannot be explained by any proven theory, or by identifying the
objects as balloons, aircraft, meteors, or known natural
phenomena; however, the remaining 80 percent of the reports can
be explained in various degrees of probability.

The problem of unidentified aerial objects has been presented to
various Air Force agencies in briefings. In most cases the
briefing was given to familiarize the groups with the project
and to enlist their aid or advice. ADC has put all available
radar scope cameras on a 24-hour operational basis. A special
electronics questionaire has been sent out to all
comera-equipped stations. This questionaire will be completed
and forwarded to ATIC with the scope photos. Certain portions of
the project have been declassified so that the press may have
access to more facts, a step designed to reduce some of the
"mysteriousness" heretofore associated with the project.

End of Section.

Thank You,
Wendy Connors and Mike Hall

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