Richard Dolan is a well known historian, researcher and UFO author. He studied U.S. Cold War strategy, Soviet history and culture, as well as international diplomacy. Richard studied at Alfred University and Oxford University, was a finalist for a Rhodes scholarship and completed his graduate work in history at the University of Rochester. Richard has published multiple articles and books on the UFO phenomenon, his first being UFOs and the National Security State, Chronology of a Cover-Up, 1947-1973. Secondly, UFOs and the National Security State, The Cover-Up Exposed, 1973-1991. His most recent work is called After Disclosure and he is set to release his third version of UFOs and the National Security State soon.
We now know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the UFO problem engaged the attention of some very very high level people throughout every single decade of this nations history from World War II onward. We didn’t know for sure until the mid 1970′s, when we had a Freedom of Information Act that finally got some teeth in the United States. The big surprise about Freedom of Information is that UFO researches started to petition and receive, thousands of pages of UFO related documents from their government – Richard Dolan
From the early 1970′s until now, the Freedom of Information act has allowed researchers to request official government documents from the department of defence. These are some of the documents that are available to everyone in the public domain. (Click here for for the FOIA)
1. 1947 Twining Memo (Click here for Document) Former 4 Star USAF General, Chief of Staff for the USAF
It is the opinion that the phenomenon being reported is something real and not visionary or fictitious. The reported operating characteristics such as extreme rates of climb, maneuverability (particularly in roll), and action with which must be considered evasive when sighted or contacted by friendly air-craft and radar, lend belief to the possibility that some of the objects are controlled either manually, automatically or remotely
Officers of Army intelligence, have discussed the matter of Unidentified Aircraft, or Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon, otherwise known as Flying Discs, Flying Saucers, and Balls of Fire. This matter is considered top secret by Intelligence officers of both the Army and the Air Force
Object described as flat on top and bottom, and appearing from a front view to have rounded edges and slightly beveled. From view as object divided from top of plane was completely round and spinning in clockwise direction. Object did not appear to be aluminum. Only 1 object observed. Solar white. No vapour trails or exhaust or visible system of propulsion. Described as traveling at tremendous speed, pilot states object was 300 to 400 feet from plane, and appeared to be 10 to 15 feet in diameter. Pilot states he felt disturbance in the air described as ‘bump’ when object passed under plane. Pilot is considered by associates to be highly reliable and a creditable observer.
4. 1952 Chadwell Memo(From the Director of Scientific Intelligence for the CIA, H. Marshall Chadwell, to the director of the agency, General Walter Bedell Smith. Chadwell wrote: (Click here for Document pg. 1) (pg. 2)
At this time, the reports of incidents convince us that there is something going on that must have immediate attention. Sightings of unexplained objects at great altitudes travelling at high speeds in the vicinity of major U.S. defence installations are of such nature that they are not attributable to natural phenomena or known types of aerial vehicles
5. 1954 Maxwell AFB Emergency Report (Click here for Document)
Pilot of helicopter wished to stress fact that the object was of a saucer-like nature, was stationary at 2000 ft. And would be glad to be called upon to verify any statement and act as witness
6. 1966 Intrusion at Minot Air Force Base, 1966, this incident lasted nearly four hours and was confirmed by three different missile sites (Click here for Document)
When the team was about ten miles from the landing site, static disrupted radio contact with them. Five to eight mintues later, the glow diminished, and the UFO took off. Another UFO was visually sighted and confirmed by radar. The one that was first sighted passed beneath the second. Radar also confirmed this. The first made for altitude toward the north, and the second seemed to disappear with the glow of red
7. 1967 Malmstrom Air Force Base (Click here for Document)
Early in the morning on March 16, 1967 at Malmstrom AFB in Montana, occurred one of the most extraordinary events in the history of military-UFO encounters. Under a clear and dark Montana sky, an airman with the Oscar Flight Launch Control Center (LCC) saw a star-like object zigzagging high above him. Soon, a larger and closer light also appeared, and acted in similar fashion. The airman called his NCO, and the two men watched the lights streak through the sky, maneuvering in impossible ways. The NCO phoned his commander, Lieutenant Robert Salas, who was below ground in the launch control center. “Great,” Salas said. “You just keep watching them and let me know if they get any closer.”
A few minutes later, the NCO called again, shouting that a red, glowing UFO was hovering outside the front gate. “What do you want us to do?” asked the NCO. Salas told him to make sure the site was secure while he phoned the command post. “Sir,” replied the NCO, “I have to go now, one of the guys just got injured.”
Before Salas could ask about the injury, the NCO was off the line. The man, who was not seriously injured, was evacuated by helicopter to the base. Salas woke his commander, Lieutenant Fred Meiwald. As he briefed Meiwald, an alarm went off in the small capsule, and both men saw a “No-Go” light turn on for one of the missiles. Within seconds, several more missiles went down in succession.
Twenty miles away, at the Echo-Flight Launch Facilities, the same scenario was taking place. First Lieutenant Walter Figel, the Deputy Crew Commander of the Missile Combat Crew, was at his station when one of the Minuteman missiles went into “No-Go” status. He called the missile site and learned that a UFO had been hovering over the site. Like Salas, Figel doubted the story. But just then, ten more ICBMs in rapid succession reported a “No-Go” condition. Within seconds, the entire flight was down.
Strike teams were dispatched to two launch facilities, where maintenance crews were already at work. Figel had not told the strike teams about the UFO report. Upon their arrival, however, the teams reported back to him that all of the maintenance and security personnel had been watching UFOs hover over each of the sites.
The missiles were down for most of the day. Neither the Air Force investigation, nor the laboratory tests at Boeing’s Seattle plant found any cause for the shutdown. According to the Boeing engineering chief, “there was no technical explanation that could explain the event.” UFOs were not part of this analysis – Richard Dolan
On the way back, we picked the UFO up again at our eight o’clock position. We turned away, and it proceeded to follow us. Finally, we turned back in the direction of the UFO and it really took off back in the direction of the Bay area. I know this might sound crazy, but I would estimate that the UFO sped away from us doing approximately 1000 knots.We continued in the direction of the Bay until RAPCON (radar) called us again and said they were painting a UFO four to five miles over the coast traveling in a westerly direction. They vectored us to the position of the UFO and we proceeded but at that point we were low in fuel and were forced to return to Wurtsmith. I remember that while on final approach we saw the lights again near the Weapons Storage Area. Following the mission we discussed the incident and about a week later, Captain Higgenbotham was questioned by OSI and cautioned not to discuss the incident
An outstanding report. This case is a classic which meets all the criteria necessary for a valid study of the UFO phenomenon: a) the object was seen by multiple witnesses from different locations … and viewpoints. b) the credibility of many of the witnesses was high (an Air Force general, qualified air crews, and experienced radar operators). c) visual sightings were confirmed by radar. d) similar electromagnetic effects (EME) were reported by three separate aircraft. e) there were physiological effects on some crew members (i.e. loss of night vision due to the brightness of the object). f) an inordinate amount of maneuverability was displayed by the UFOs
10. 1981 Halt Memo (Click here for Document)
At one point it appeared to throw off glowing particles and then broke into five separate white objects and then disappeared. Immediately thereafter, three star-like objects were noticed in the sky, two objects to the north and one to the south, all of which were about 10 degrees off the horizon. The objects moved rapidly in sharp angular movements and displayed red, green and blue lights…. The object to the south was visible for two or three hours and beamed down a stream of light from time to time
11. 1988 U.S. Coast Guard Encounter with a UFO, 1988 (Click here for Document)
Be advised the object appears to be landing on the lake. There are other objects moving around it. Be advised these smaller objects are going at high rates of speed. There are no engine noises and they are very, very low. Be advised these are not planets.
Dispersed 3-5 smaller flying objects that were zipping around rather quickly. These objects had red, green, white and yellow lights on them that strobed intermittently. They also had the ability to stop and hover in mid-flight
The speeds measured at that time and the altitude shifts exclude the hypothesis according to which planes could be mistaken for the observed UFOs. The slow moves during the other phases differ also from the moves of planes… Though speeds greater than the sound barrier have been measured several times, not any bang has been noticed. Here also, no explanation can be given