Dr Hynek was to head further Air
Force studies codenamed Grudge and Bluebook until 1969.
He states that, from sources
independent of his own official government investigation, it is known that UFO
landings took place at Canon Air Force Base in New Mexico on May 18, 1954, at
Deerwood Nike Base on September 29, 1957, and at Blaine Air Force Base on June
During the 1960's an Australian
government employee shot some celebrated of a UFO flying over New Guinea.
The film showed a vehicle hurtling at speed over Port Moresby. The man gave
the film to the Australian Air Force who immediately began to deny its
existence. Several years later Professor Hynek presented the public with
proof the film had been swept beneath a security carpet.
Under the Freedom of Information
Act, Hynek sued the US government for release of UFO files held by the Air
Force. The court ordered that the files be made public. Amid the mass of
evidence was the Port Moresby film, which the RAAF had secretly passed on to
the US Air Force.
In the late 1960's, President Gerald Ford established a committee to study the UFO phenomena
with Edward Hugh Condon, a physicist, as chairman, and Hynek as a member. Hynek noted that people were
unwilling to cooperate in their studies and that information was being concealed
and the group broke its ties with the Air Force, establishing a private research group.
In 1973, Hynek established the
private Centre for UFO
Studies at Granston, Illinois. During that year he collected 1,474
authenticated reports of UFO sightings. Hynek's centre has more than 3000 reports of markings left by
Hynek established two primary
criteria when studying UFO reports. His first was 'credibility'. Hynek believed
that if the individual making the report were reliable and knowledgeable about
the sky, the information has a good chance of being useful.
Hynek's other criteria was
'strangeness', meaning the extent to which a reported observation differs from
normal airplanes, satellites, meteors etc.
In a famous statement, Dr Hynek once
said: "There exists a phenomenon.....that is worthy of systematic rigorous
study.....The body of data point to an aspect or domain of the natural world not
yet explored by science.....When the long awaited solution to the UFO problem
comes, I believe that it will prove to be not merely the next small step in the
march of science but a totally unexpected quantum jump."