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FOIA declassified documents:

This is a US secret document, declassified because of the US Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA).

Reporting on flying discs:

In this single-page, formerly SECRET order, the Air Force charges AMC (Air Material Command) as the agency which will "collect, collate, evaluate and distribute" all information on aerial sightings "which can be construed to be of concern to the national security." It is issued by USAF Major General C. P. Cabell, Chief, Air Intelligence Division.

References:

Title: Reporting of Information on "Flying Discs"
Issuing Agency: United States Air Force
Date: February 27, 1948
Classification: SECRET

The scanned document:

FOIA document

The transcription:

AFOIR-CO-5
GSGID
Attn: Plans & Collection
Branch
Lt. Col. Smith

Reporting of Information on "Flying Discs."
SQ. USAF - AFOIR

26 FEB 1948
Lt. Col. Garrett/dk/4544

1. It is Air Force policy not to ignore reports of sightings and phenomena in the atmosphere, but to recognize that part of its mission is to collect, collate, evaluate, and act on information of this nature.

2. In implementing this policy the Air Material Command has been designated as the Air Force agency to collect. collate, evaluate and distribute to interested government agencies and contractors all information concerning sightings and phenomena in the atmosphere which can be contrued to be of concern to the national security.

3. All Air Force installations within and outside Zone of Interior and Alaska have been instructed to report all sightings, or information concerning sightings which come to their attention, direct to the Commanding General, Air Material Command, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, Attn: MCI.

4. Air Material Command has been authorized direct contact with all Air Force installation whenever required to develop additional information on the flying discs.

5. It is requested that all Department of the Army installation also be instructed to report such occurences directly to the Air Material Command and and that they be informed that Air Material Command is authorised to coontact them directly when necessary in connection with such occurences.

6. If possible, reports to Air Material Command should include the following information:

  • a. Location and time of sighting
  • b. Weather at the time
  • c. Names, occupations, and adresses of witnesses
  • d. Photographs of objects, if available
  • e. Object sighted:
    (1) Number(4) Color(7) Manoeuvrability(10) Exhaust trail
    (2) Shape(5)Speed (8)Altitudeor not
    (3) Size(6) Heading(9) Sound
  • f. General remarks

FOR THE CHIEF OF STAFF:
C.P. CABELL
Major General, U.S.A.F.
Chief, Air Force Intel. Req. Div.
Directorate of Intelligence

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