Air Force UFO Rules Disappear Following Huffington Post Inquiry

The entire article and documents can be found here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/19/air-force-deletes-ufo-rep_...

 

The military deleted a passage about unidentified flying objects from a 2008 Air Force personnel manual just days after The Huffington Post asked Pentagon officials about the purpose of the UFO section.

Before the recent revisions, the document -- Air Force Instruction 10-206 -- advised pilots, radar operators and other Air Force personnel on what to do when they encountered any unknown airborne objects. Now in the 2011 version, the reference to UFOs -- which simply means "unidentified flying objects," not necessarily spaceships with little green men -- has been eliminated.

What makes this so intriguing is that the U.S. government officially stopped investigating UFOs in 1969 with the termination of the Air Force's Project Blue Book.

HERE'S THE 2008 VERSION OF AFI 10-206 THAT REFERENCED UFOS ON P. 37:

Air Force AFI 2008
 

The 22-year study, led by high-level military officials and academic experts, ruled that UFOs weren't extraterrestrial visitors, nor were they technologically advanced aircraft, nor were they a threat to national security.

With that, the military essentially shut the book on flying saucer research, concluding that "nothing has occurred that would support a resumption of UFO investigation by the Air Force."

"The reason why the military is claiming they don't investigate UFOs is because they don't want to respond to people like you," former Air Force Captain Robert Salas told The Huffington Post.

"They don't want to respond to reporters or to the public as to what the heck is going on, and it's been going on for so long. They just don't want to have to answer that question."

Yet more than 40 years after the close of Project Blue Book, there were still written orders on what Air Force personnel should do in the event they spotted a flying vehicle that couldn't be identified.

As recently as early September, Air Force members who came across anything they didn't recognize were told to note "altitude, direction of travel, speed, description of flight path and maneuvers, what first called attention to the object, how long was the object visible and how did the object disappear?"

Eyes in the sky and on the ground were commanded to treat a UFO as they would if they had seen a missile, hostile aircraft or unidentified submarine.

All details were required to be included in a report to NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), which protects the airspace over the U.S. and Canada.

On Sept. 2, The Huffington Post made inquiries to the Air Force about the UFO directives. A spokesman said he'd arrange an interview with an appropriate officer. But before the interview was set up, the 111-page instruction manual was revised on Sept. 6, and the UFO instructions were deleted, as were other portions of the document, now shortened to 40 pages. 

HERE'S THE UPDATED 2011 AFI 10-206 MANUAL WITH UFOs DELETED:

Air Force 10-206 2011

For several weeks, military officials failed to respond to HuffPost inquiries about the rewritten manual, which included changes to areas unrelated to UFOs.

Finally, on Oct. 5, after several follow-up calls, an Air Force major emailed a response, informing HuffPost that UFO reporting is not a duty of the armed forces branch. He denied any cover-up, and instead said it was a coincidence that the document was updated after this news organization asked for an explanation.

"UFO reporting is a NORAD requirement, but not a requirement for Air Force operational reports," Air Force Maj. Chad Steffey told The Huffington Post in the e-mail.

"All Air Force Instructions are reviewed/revised on a regular basis (about every two to three years). For this revision, we merely deleted a procedure that did not apply to this AFI.

"For any other questions about requirements for UFO reporting, I'll have to refer you to NORAD," Steffey wrote.

Unlike the Air Force, officials at NORAD acknowledge that looking into UFOs is part of their job description.... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/19/air-force-deletes-ufo-rep_...

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Comment by astrogal50 on October 21, 2011 at 1:57pm

It could be a coincidence, but then maybe not.  If the cover up were not still ongoing, a lot of would us may be a little less suspicious about such sudden revisions.

Comment by Planet Twelve on October 20, 2011 at 1:25pm

Well said @MegaMontana! More sneaky sleight of hand from the US Air Force. Now you see it, now you don't!!

Nothing to see here. We've been meaning to delete that pesky UFO procedure for years, a mere coincidence that it was done just 4 days after the Huff Post query...HA!!

Thanks astrogal, great to see the Huffington Post covering this stuff.

Comment by MegaMontana on October 20, 2011 at 5:35am

Nice find astrogal. We have to love our Air Force UFO investigators. Without them, we might be confused about swamp gas, geese, and the ever tricky planet Venus. We can thank Major Chad Steffey for updating us that UFOs are the business of NORAD and not the United States Air Force. We can also thank Major Chad Steffey for informing us that up until September 6th, 2011, UFOs were included in the Air Force manual, but at some point it was suddenly decided that UFOs no longer required a "procedure" by the Air Force. What a coincidence. Thank you Major Chad Steffey, you have made it on to my list of heroes.

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