- NIDS publishes previously unpublished manuscript by Project
Blue Book's Lt. Col. Hector Quintanilla.
- For the first time NIDS is electronically publishing
a book manuscript written in 1975 by Lt. Col. Hector Quintanilla, the head
of the USAF Project Blue Book. Project Blue Book was supposed to be an
objective investigation and documentation of the UFO phenomenon carried
out by the United States Air Force from March 1952 until December 1969.
- NIDS s purpose in making available this previously unpublished
manuscript is twofold: (a) to demonstrate to the interested public, through
the authors own unedited words, Lt. Col. Quintanilla s attitudes, preconceptions
and biases that dominated Project Blue Book and (b) to make available to
historians and to the public the methodology and practices employed by
the United States Air Force in investigating and cataloging the UFO phenomenon.
- The manuscript covers the years of Quintanilla s own
involvement from July 1963-December1969 in Project Blue Book and also contains
many valuable insights into the public and media reaction to the USAF funded
study, from the perspective of the author. In particular, Lt. Col. Quintanilla
s descriptions of University of Arizona professor James A McDonald s pursuit
of the UFO phenomena as well as Dr. J. Allen Hynek s relationship with
project Blue Book are annotated for the public record in considerable,
colorful and sometimes jaundiced detail.
- The complete book, which is copyrighted to Karl Quintanilla,
can be found on the NIDS web site at: http://www.nidsci.org/http://www.nidsci.org.
A separate foreward to the book, written by Alex Chionetti and J. Antonio
Huneeus will be added when it is received.
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