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Maj. Gen. John A. Samford's Statement on Flying Saucers, Pentagon, Washington, DC, 07/31/1952

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Maj. Gen. John A. Samford's Statement on Flying Saucers, Pentagon, Washington, DC, 07/31/1952

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Creator: Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. U.S. Army Audiovisual Center. (ca. 1974 - 05/15/1984) (Most Recent)

Series : Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection, compiled 1964 - 1980, documenting the period 1950 - 1980

Record Group 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1985

Production Date: 07/31/1952

Contact: National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RD-DC-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001
Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620
Email: mopix@nara.gov

Shot List: MS, doughnyut shaped piece of cloth suspended by a wire. MSs, CU, Gen Samford, USAF Intelligence Chief, discusses the flying saucer because he says it is an obligation of the Air Force to investigate anything in the air that might prove a threat to the nation. His findings are that the bulk of the 12,000 reports received are hoaxes. He credits others as being the result of aircraft or meteorological and astronomical phenomena. He reveals that there is a certain percentage of credible observations but there is not pattern or measurement for analysis. His conclusions are that they represent no threat to us. He adds that flying saucers are not the result of a secret development by any US agency. A civilian seated at the desk is addressed by off-screen interrogator as Maj Kehoe (?) and queried on the origin of his book, Flying Saucers Are Real. Kehoe states his belief that flying saucers are of inter-planetary origin and cites a report of pilots who encountered the objects.

National Archives Identifier: 25738
Local Identifier: 111-LC-30875

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Maj. Gen John A Samford Statement on Flying Saucers

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Maj. Gen John A Samford Statement on Flying Saucers 31 July 1952

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Flying Saucers (1952)

Are there Ufos in France? There was a sighting of a flying saucer photographed by a young french man.

France.



American commentary, transcript on file.



MS. Men pointing up in the sky and on to photograph. CU's Photos of flying saucer (UFO) Unidentified flying object. LS. Man releasing meteorological balloon. LS. Balloon in air. CU's Photos of balloon and the flying saucer.



Washington, United States of America USA.



LS. Radar detecting equipment. LS. Interior of radar station. LS. Man checking radar screen. CU. Radar plotting chart. LS. Interior of lecture room. MS. General Sanford speaking into microphone. LS. Reporters listening in lecture room. MS. Sanford speaking (nat.snd.) In pursuit of this obligation since 1947, we have received and analysed between one and two thousand reports that have come to us from all kinds of sources. Of this great mass of reports we have been able, adequately, to explain the great bulk of them, explain them to our own satisfaction. However, there have been a certain percentage of this volume of reports that have been made by credible observers, of relatively incredible things. It is this group of observations that we are now attempting to resolve. We have, as of date, only one firm conclusion with respect to this remaining percentage, that is that it does not contain any pattern of purpose or consistency and does not relate to any conceivable threat to the United States.



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Maj. Gen. John A. Samford's Statement on Flying Saucers 07/31/1952

Creator: Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. U.S. Army Audiovisual Center.

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UFO Project Blue Book at National Archives Museum

For more than 20 years, the U.S. Air Force documented and analyzed UFO sightings through Project Blue Book, which launched in 1952. The National Archives Museum in Washington, DC is presenting UFO files from Project Blue Book in the Featured Document gallery through January 16, 2020. For more information:

UFO Interview, 1966

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Creator: Department of Defense. Department of the Air Force. (09/26/1947 - ) (Most Recent)

Series : Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities, compiled 1947 - 1984, documenting the period 1909 - 1984

Record Group 342: Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations, 1900 - 2003

Production Date: 1966

Shot List: Covers interview with Lt Col Lawrence J. Tacker and Maj Hetor Quintanilla, Jr., concerning Project Blue Book, which relates to identification of unidentified flying objects (UFO).

Contact: National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RD-DC-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001
Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: mopix@nara.gov

National Archives Identifier: 70511
Local Identifier: 342-USAF-42990

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Secret military flying saucer research: Project 1794

Project 1794 is from the early 50's, by the United States Air Force and AVRO Aircraft. It used to be secret, but in 2012 the information has been declassified. I was really hyped when I found these two reports online at the National Archives, placed a link on my IFO site so that others could find it, but it didn't really get picked up. Kind of understand why: on the National Archives these pictures are not that easy to view, and they didn't color correct the scans. The video I made here is in 4K, so you can read all the pages clearly. (more than 200 pages!)

So yes; a flying saucer! This was serious research, about how to build a real flying saucer, not a UFO of course, but disc shaped aircraft called: Silverbug, Y-2, and the prototype P.V. 704.

They were designed to be VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) fly supersonic and at extremely high altitudes. Up to Mach 3+ and a 100,000 feet.
These specifications are not of a jet fighter. When flying this high and fast, think instead of what has been build in the 60's: the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.

The 2 original reports can be found at the National Archives.


Project 1794
Final Development Summary Report


Program Planning Report
Project 1794 Extension Program


Access Restriction(s) & Use Restriction(s): Unrestricted

The main character of this story is John Carver Meadows Frost, a man who's work has been a great inspiration to me, for his many way-out-there aircraft designs. He for example is also the father of the AVRO car.

But yea: Silverbug has never flown? Is that really so?
One of the clearest UFO photos ever made, shows a disc shaped flying something that looks remarkably similar to the designs in Project 1794. These photos were taken by Photographer Ed Keffel and reporter João Martins. They spotted this UFO at Barra da Tijuca, Brazil, on May the 7th 1952.

So; the UFO photos are from 1952, and these final reports are from 1956 and 1957...

If any of you happen to go visit area 51, you may find the Silverbug craft there.
Please make some good photos, that would be awesome!

FLY M 1952 UFO export you tube

Flying Saucer Declassified - 25 October - ATAF

The VZ-9AV Avrocar was an expirimental flying saucer shaped aircraft that the Air Force developed in the 1950's. Even though the Avrocar never went into production, some of the technology is still being used today.

Major Kehoe queried on origin of his book 'Flying Saucers Are Real'. HD Stock Footage

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Major Kehoe queried on origin of his book 'Flying Saucers Are Real'.

A civilian seated at the desk is addressed by off-screen interrogator. Major Kehoe is queried on the origin of his book, 'Flying Saucers Are Real'. Kehoe states his belief that 'flying saucers' are of inter-planetary origin and cites a report of pilots who encountered the objects. Flying saucers are today referred to as UFOs or Unidentified Flying Objects. Location: Washington DC. Date: July 31, 1952.

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Mysterious sightings in the DC region

For decades, people around the world have been reporting sightings of bright lights and mysterious objects in the sky. Could they be UFOs? MUFON – the Mutual UFO Network – has been tracking and researching such reports since 1969. These sightings come in daily, sometimes with lengthy descriptions, drawings or photos. Some are from the D.C. area. Read more:

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Eva Braun-Reel 5 of 8

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National Archives Identifier: 43461
Local Identifier: 242.2


From: Series: Motion Picture Films Confiscated From Foreign Countries And Sources, 1940 - 1944
Record Group 242: National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized

Scope and content: These are the private motion pictures of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, which were seized by the US Army, in Germany, in 1945. They were subsequently assembled into 8 reels by the US Army, from 28 reels of original camera rolls. The National Archives received this film in 1947, and in 2012 began the digital restoration process, using existing negative copies. The original 28 reels of footage was not originally compiled by the US Army in chronological or thematic order, and these reels reflect that original assembly from 1945. All 9 reels of the film may be viewed in the National Archives Catalog (
Shot list: Color, Title: Ausflug zum Kehlstein, Nazi flag on car. B/W Scenes from car on mountain road, cars stops and people get out to take photos. B/W scenes of town market, Group of actors, including Hansi Knoteck, Paul Richter, Maria Andergast, Hans Deppe, and Fritz Kampers filming Der laufende Berg in Bavaria. Color, exteriors shots, Eva Braun and others in field. B/W, exterior, terrace resturant. B/W interior and exteriors scenes, wedding and reception of Gretl Braun and Hermann Fegelein. Includes shots of Hitler, Himmler, Martin Bormann, other German officials, and Braun and Schneider families. B/W, interiors scenes, Hitler with children at table. Shots of Christmas tree. Hitler talks with children; speaking a group of men (fast film speed). Exterior scenes, Hitler, Braun and others outside Berghof in snow, walking on path. Shots of people skiing. B/W, interior scenes in house. Woman and man dance; Braun, her family and others with dog, at a party; several people in costume. Color, exterior, Braun, her family and others greet officer on steps of house. Shots of Braun and others with dogs on lawn, talking and other activities in yard of house. Braun, her family and others in front of cabin on lake, by side of road. Titles Der Fuehrer besucht seine Heimat am 12.VI 39 and Das Grab der Eltern in Leonding. Wreath with Nazi banner at the grave of Hitler's parents. Title: Gut Hafeld.. Exterior scenes car on road; on film set. Scenes of actors in costume. Titles: Pause Mittagessen and Erneuerung der Schminke. Actors on break, Braun and others watch filming. Titles: Siegfrieds Kraftprobe and Aussen-Aufnahmen with additional scenes of actors and film set.

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In The 1950s Aliens Took These Americans For A Ride

To support my efforts to create more clips please donate to me at I have long been a collector of UFO related films. There were several folks in my neighborhood growing up who saw UFOs and seemed believable to me as a kid. These interviews are part of my collection. I used material like this for my four-part Turner Broadcasting series on Aliens Among Us. #UFO #Flyingsaucers #aliens #outerspace

Luke AFB, Arizona, 03/03/1953

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Creator: Department of Defense. Department of the Air Force. Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence. Air Technical Intelligence Center. (ca. 1952 - 1969) (Most Recent)
Series : Project Blue Book Motion Picture Films, compiled 1950 - 1966

Record Group 341: Records of Headquarters U.S. Air Force (Air Staff), 1934 - 2004

Production Date: 03/03/1953

Contact: National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RD-DC-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001
Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: mopix@nara.gov

National Archives Identifier: 61940
Local Identifier: 341-PBB-382

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