In 1952, the new Project Blue Book was riding high. With Captain Edward Ruppelt at the helm, the project was now taking UFOs seriously… but for a limited time. Before long, the project was hampered by press leaks and understaffing, but its open mindedness to the UFO subject never waned.
That would all change over the course of two successive weekends in July of 1952 when UFOs would appear over Washington D.C. and cause a massive uproar in the press. An uproar that Blue Book was not prepared to handle. President Truman wanted answers quickly and asked the C.I.A. to step in. Leading to the infamous Robertson Panel, the C.I.A. would set the course of Blue Book’s investigations in the following years.
All of this was a secret until the report was discovered by the unsung hero of the ufological world, Dr. James E. McDonald.
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