Known as "Project Blue Book," UFO reports in the thousands that were classified by the U.S. Air Force for years can now be found online through the work of UFO enthusiast John Greenewald.
While no big revelations of aliens from another planet or impending invasions of Earth popped up in the more than 130,000 pages, tucked away in the 12,600 reports are stories of pranks, streaking meteors, bobbing weather balloons and the government's own man-made rockets, according to the New York Daily News.
"People have this fascination when it comes to UFOs," Greenewald of the Black Vault website told the Daily News. "We can have our speculation that it's top secret, but we simply don't know."
The Air Force files were produced from 1947 to 1969 by a squad of UFO debunkers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The team cobbled together UFO sightings from all over the world with explanations for what the general public believed was the unexplainable, noted the Daily News.
The Air Force Times reported
that the Air Force decided to discontinue the project in 1969, according to a 1985 fact sheet from Wright-Patterson posted online by the National Archives.
The Air Force concluded that "no UFO reported, investigated and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given any indication of threat to our national security [and] there has been no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as 'unidentified' are extraterrestrial vehicles," according to the fact sheet.
The Wright-Patterson posting said the Air Force saw no evidence that "represent technological developments or principles beyond the range of present-day scientific knowledge."
Greenewald told the New York Daily News that while the government declassification did not have big finds, he still believes the documents are just the "tip of the iceberg with what the military and U.S. government is hiding behind the UFO phenomenon."
"They claim that this is it," Greenewald told the Daily News, noting that there are still pages of redacted documents from the NSA and Defense Intelligence Agency on his Black Vault website.
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