Monday, October 24, 2011

Project Sign, Conclusion - UFOs are Real and Probably of Extraterrestrial Origin

Did you know a US Gov't Study found that UFOs are real and probably operated by non human aliens - from other planets.

Project Sign

I was vaguely familiar with Project sign before I started to do a little research on the subject, I had no idea that this project reached such solid conclusions. The military abruptly terminated the project and destroyed all the paperwork.

Project Sign was an official U.S. government study on UFOs undertaken by the United States Air Force in 1948. They published their final report in early 1949 and it simply stated UFOs are real, "the only thing we don't know is their actual origin." "Sign" officially argued that UFOs were likely of extraterrestrial origin, and most of the project's personnel came to favor the extraterrestrial hypothesis  before this opinion was rejected and Sign was dissolved and replaced with Project Grudge. (the extraterrestrial hypothesis  is that some UFOs are best explained as being ET life or non-human aliens from other planets occupying physical spacecraft visiting Earth)

It should be noted that the name change from Sign to Grudge was very much intentional and gives a clear indication that the military grudgingly continued its investigation into the UFO phenomena. The first time the public heard about this was in 1956 via the book The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects by retired Air Force Captain Edward Ruppelt.  The full files for Sign were declassified in 1961.

Their finding were certainly not vague. 

  • The phenomenon reported is something real and not visionary or fictitious. 
  • There are objects probably approximately the shape of a disc, of such appreciable size as to appear to be as large as a man-made aircraft. 
  • There is the possibility that some of the incidents may be caused by natural phenomena, such as meteors. 
  • The reported operating characteristics such as extreme rates of climb, maneuverability (particularly in roll), and action which must be considered evasive when sighted or contacted by friendly aircraft and radar, lend belief to the possibility that some of the objects are controlled either manually, automatically or remotely. 
  • It is possible within the present U.S. knowledge... to construct a piloted aircraft which has the general description ...
  1. Metallic or light reflecting.
  2. Absence of trail, except in a few instances when the object apparently was operating under high performance conditionsCircular or elliptical in shape, flat on bottom and domed on top.
  3. Several reports of well kept formation flights varying from three to nine objects.
  4. Normally no associated sound, except in three instances a substantial rumbling roar was noted.
  5. Level flight speeds normally above 300 knots are estimated.
  • Any development in this country along the lines indicated would be extremely expensive...
  • Due consideration must be given to the following: 
  1. The possibility that these objects are of domestic origin - the product of some high security project not known to AC/AS-2 or this command. 
  2. The lack of physical evidence in the shape of crash recovered exhibits which would undeniably prove the existence of these objects. 
  3. The possibility that some foreign nation has a form of propulsion, possibly nuclear, which is outside of our domestic knowledge.

  4. Some of the cases investigated by Operation Sign

Sign's first major investigation occurred in the aftermath of the widely-publicized Mantell Incident. On 7 January 1948, Air Force pilot Capt. Thomas Mantell crashed his aircraft near Franklin, Kentucky while in pursuit of a UFO. Captain Mantel was the first pilot to die while chasing a UFO, to read the full report on Thomas Mantell click here.

A turning point for Sign came with the Chiles - Whitted UFO Encounter over Montgomery, Alabama on 24 July 1948. In this case, two experienced airline pilots, both veterans of combat flying during WWII, reported that a rocket-shaped UFO, 100 feet long and emitting reddish exhaust, approached them on a near-collision course. Chiles and Whitted also reported the object appeared to show a double row of ports or windows emitting an intense bluish-white light. The reports of "windows" also suggested the object was possibly occupied. Additional corroboration came from four sources: a passenger on the plane who saw the object's exhaust trail as it sped from view; from an experienced military ground witness in Alabama; from a military pilot who reported an unusual light in the vicinity of Montgomery at roughly the time of the encounter; and from a sighting of a very similar object near The Hauge, Netherlands on July 20. Moreover, the Chiles-Whitted object also faintly echoed the mysterious Scandinavian "ghost rockets" of 1946, reports of which had intrigued American military officials. To Read the full Chiles - Whitted Case click here.

On 5 April 1948, three experienced balloon technicians at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico reported an unusual sighting of two roughly circular objects, white in color and very high in altitude, moving erratically and at great speed. The technicians asserted to Loedding that the objects were definitely not balloons or conventional aircraft. Moreover, the witnesses also reported that odd radar returns were common at Holloman, distinct from the usual radar "angels" caused by clouds or other known phenomena. The Holloman incident was reported as an "unknown" in Sign's files.

On 7 May 1948, two witnesses near Memphis, Tennessee claimed to have observed 50-60 silvery objects moving at high altitude and in tight formations. Sign reached no conclusion on this incident, but later Air Force records describe the objects as meteors. However, astronomer Paul Herget had earlier specifically excluded this explanation. This case was the first to feature the involvement of J. Allen Hynek, who is believed to have invented the meteor explanation.

On 17 May, businessman William A. Bonneville reported an extended UFO incident while driving between Plevna, Montana and Miles City, Montana. A luminous ball, brilliantly lit and brighter than the moon, emerged from behind hills to the northwest and traveled first to the south, then to the west, over a 20 minute period. Sign regarded this as an unknown but later files, possibly Hynek's interpretation, blamed the incident on "refraction of the planet Mars

Near Monroe, Michigan on 25 May, two Air Force officers reported a UFO sighting. They were passengers in an Air Force plane when one officer observed three disk-like objects flying at about the plane's altitude for 10–15 seconds before making a sudden sharp turn and accelerating rapidly out of view. The officer spoke to his traveling companion, who hadn't observed the incident. Moments later, however, both officers reported the appearance of two objects, similar to the first grouping, which maneuvered radically and accelerated rapidly into the distance. Sign classified this incident as an unknown

A husband and wife driving near Hecla, South Dakota reported another sighting which Sign classified as an "unknown." On the evening of June 30, the couple spotted what they took to be an unusually bright star. The husband, a professional engineer and amateur astronomer, stopped their car several times to observe the light, which he eventually realized was not a star. Three small glowing fragments seemed to "fall off" the light. The three fragments arranged themselves in the points of an equilateral triangle around the light. The triangular formation maintained its geometric proportions as it rose to a great height and disappeared from view. The engineer would later assert, "my convictions at this point were that it could not have been anything terrestrial.

How did Operation Sign End

There is reliable testimony that in August, 1948, the Technical Intelligence Division at Wright-Patterson and Project Sign, decided to make a formal Estimate of the Situation. The Estimate was a top secret document (there are many) that contained unexplained sightings by pilots, scientists, and other reliable witnesses. The report concluded that UFOs were of extraterrestrial origin.

The Estimate of the Situation was promptly rejected by Air Force Chief of Staff General Hoyt S. Vandenburg. It is said that he deleted the strongest parts of the original report, sent it back, and then, when he received the revised report, he rejected it on the grounds that there was not enough evidence to support the conclusions. Then, after rejecting it, he ordered all copies destroyed. Those inside Project Sign said that their morale and enthusiasm for the project declined sharply after this. Project Sign would soon have its name fittingly changed to Project Grudge.
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