From the New York Times, February 28, 1960, page 30 AIR FORCE ORDER ON 'SAUCERS' CITED Pam

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From the New York Times, February 28, 1960, page 30: AIR FORCE ORDER ON 'SAUCERS' CITED Pamphlet by the Inspecto r General Called objects a 'Serious Business' WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI)--The Air Force has sent its commands a wa rning to treat sightings of unidentified flying objects as "serious business" directly related to the nation's defense, it was learned today . An Air Force spokesman confirmed issuance of the directive after portions of it were made public by a private "flying saucer" group. The new regulations were issued by the Air Force inspector general Dec. 24. The regulations, revising similar ones issued in th e past, outlined procedures and said that "investigations and analysis of UFOs are directly related to the Air Force's responsibility for th e defense of the United States." Committee Reveals Document Existence of the document was revealed by the National Invest igations Committee on Aerial Phenomena. The privately financed committee accused the Air Force of deception in publicly describing rep orts of unidentified flying objects as delusions and hoaxes while sending the private admonition to its commands. Vice Admiral R.H. Hi llenkoeter (Ret.), a committee board member and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said in a statement that a copy of the i nspector general's warning had been sent to the Senate Science and Astronautics Committee. "It is time for the truth to be brought out in open Congressional hearings," he said. The Air Force confirmed tha tthe document had been issued. A spokesman said it was put out by Maj. Gen. Richard F. O'Keefe, acting inspector general at the time, to call attention to revised Air Force regulations concerning unident ified flying objects. The statement was included in an "operations and training" pamphlet circulated at intervals to bring commands up to date. Pentagon aides said the new regulations, covering seven printed pages, made no substantive changes in policy but had been re written as a matter of course. The Air Force has investigated 6,312 reports of flying objects since 1947, including 183 in the last si x months of 1959. The latest Air Force statement issued a month ago said, "no physical or material evidence, not even a minute fragment of a so-called flying saucer, has ever been found." Admiral Hillenkoetter said that "behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers a re soberly concerned about the UFOs." "But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense," the retired admiral said. He charged that "to hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personnel" through the issuance of a regulation.


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