This week in July 1952 was filled with headlines about the strange phenomenon of so-called “flying saucers” or UFOs (unusual or unidentified flying objects).  The term had been around since the summer of 1947 when hundreds of incidences of unexplained objects in the sky were reported, many observed by commercial and Air Force pilots.

The Air Force began an investigation, but by late 1947 had found nothing that could have caused these sightings.  However, sightings continued despite government reports.  Some of these sightings occurred around nuclear power or atomic energy facilities.  Sightings continued and the Air Force re-opened the investigation in the fall of 1951.  By March of 1952 the project was officially named “Blue Book”.

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