Project Blue Book: The Air Force’s covert UFO investigation is brought to TV

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In the early days of the Cold War, the skies over the continental U.S. were flush with sightings of objects that led many Americans to look to the stars for answers. The Air Force’s own answer was more bureaucratic.

The service began Project Blue Book in 1952 as a systematic study of unidentified flying object sightings. The project was charged with scientifically analyzing UFO data to determine whether UFOs were a national security threat.

  • Publisher: Air Force Times
  • Date: 2019-01-10T23:53:27.021Z
  • Author: Kyle Rempfer
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PROJECT BLUE BOOK’s Aidan Gillen on the TV Series’ History

After braving Game of Thrones‘ fantastical world full of dragons, undead armies, and some of the most unhinged political operatives ever assembled, Aidan Gillen is about to embark on a journey into something even weirder: the United States Air Force’s systematic studies into thousands of unexplained unidentified object (UFO) sightings.

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‘The idea was to allay public fears, so they wanted the results of the inquiries into the UFO phenomenon made public as much as they wanted them to be made public,’ Gillen told Nerdist. ‘So Project Blue Book, our TV show, is basically a ten-part series based around the emergence of what became known as the ‘UFO phenomenon’ and the hysteria’not just the hysteria, but the wonder that it created among the public, and the US government’s reaction to that.’

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Dr. Allen Hynek on Project Blue Book: What You Need to Know

Project Blue Book’premieres on Tuesday, January 8 at 10/9c on the History channel, and is’based on true, top-secret investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1969.

Project Blue Book’is inspired by the personal experiences of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a brilliant college professor recruited by the Air Force to spearhead research into UFO’s and’related phenomena, with more than 700 cases and reported sightings remaining unsolved to this day. Each episode draws from the actual case files blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in U.S. history.

Portraits of the Past: 18 storms in 27 days in January 1949 blizzard

Special to The TimesPosted: ‘ 01/04/2019 07:16:13 PM MST This CB&Q Railroad Jull Snow Plow was built in 1891 and operated up to 1949. It was last used in the spring blizzard of 1949 and then was retired in October 1949. The snowplow has a large augur in front and is box shaped with a cupola on the top for the pilot and engine men. Part of the Sterling Engine house also can be seen. (Courtesy Fort Morgan Museum collection / The Fort Morgan Times) By the Numbers

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Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of stories by the Community History Writers, a group of area individuals committed to documenting and writing about local history and the people, places and happenings that created the various communities within Morgan County.

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