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The AFR 80-17 Air Force Regulation:

This document founded the basis of the UFO testimonies collection for the Condon studies.

AFR 80-17: Replaced AFR 200-2 in September 1966. Source: The Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects conducted by the University of Colorado under Research Contract with the U.S. Air Force Dr. Edward E.U. Condon, Project Director ("The Condon report").

In 1699, the USAF decided that there will be a university study of the UFO phenomenon. This document regulates the transmissions of ufo reports to the university of Colorado, where the Condon commission will later issue the Condon report, including a vast collection of ufo reports with no conventional explanation, and the famous conclusion: ufos are swamp gas and illusions, there are no unexplained ufos, and they should not be studied further.

AIR FORCE REGULATION 80-17

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
Washington, D.C. 19 September 1966
Research and Development
UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS (UFO)

This regulation establishes the Air Force program for investigating and analyzing UFOs over the United States. It provides for uniform investigative procedures and release of information. The investigations and analyses prescribed are related directly to the Air Force's responsibility for the air defense of the United States. The UFO Program requires prompt reporting and rapid evaluation of data for successful identification. Strict compliance with this regulation is mandatory.

SECTION A - GENERAL PROVISIONS

Paragraph
Explanation of Terms - 1
Program Objectives - 2
Program Responsibilities - 3

SECTION B - PUBLIC RELATIONS, INFORMATION, CONTACTS, AND RELEASES

Response to Public Interest - 4
Releasing Information - 5

SECTION C - PREPARING AND SUBMITTING REPORTS

General Information - 6
Guidance in Preparing Reports - 7
Transmittal of Reports - 8
Negative or Inapplicable Information - 9
Comments of Investigating Officer - 10
Basic Reporting Data and Format - 11
Reporting Physical Evidence - 12

SECTION A - GENERAL PROVISIONS

1. Explanation of Terms.

To insure proper and uniform usage of terms in UFO investigations, reports and analyses, an explanation of common terms follows:

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This Regulation supersedes AFR 200-2, 20 July 1962
OPR: AFRSTA
DISTRIBUTION: S

(clouds, contrails, dust devils), and other natural phenomena.

2. Program Objectives.

Air Force interest in UFOs is two-fold: to determine if the UFO is a possible threat to the United states and to use the scientific and technical data gained from study of UFO reports. To attain these objectives, it is necessary to explain or identify the stimulus which caused the observer to report his observation as an unidentified flying object.

3. Program Responsibilities.

SECTION B - PUBLIC RELATIONS, INFORMATION, CONTACTS, AND RELEASES

4. Response to Public Interest.

The Secretary of the Air Force, Office of Information (SAF-OI), maintains contact with the public and the news media on all aspects of the UFO program and related activities. Private individuals or organizations desiring Air Force interviews, briefings or lectures, or private discussions on UFOs will be instructed to direct their requests to SAF-OI. Air Force members not officially connected with UFO investigations covered by this regulation will refrain from any action or comment on UFO reports which may mislead or cause the public to construe these opinions as official Air Force findings.

5. Releasing Information.

SAF-OI is the agency responsible for releasing information to the public and to the news media.

SECTION C - PREPARING AND SUBMITTING REPORTS

6. General Information.

7. Guidance in Preparing Reports.

The usefulness of a UFO report depends largely on accuracy, timeliness, skill and resourcefulness of the person who receives the initial information and makes the report. Following are aids for screening, evaluating and reporting sightings:

8. Transmittal of Reports.

10. Comments of Investigating Officer.

This officer will make an initial analysis and comment on the possible cause or identity of the stimulus in a supporting statement. He will make every effort to obtain pertinent items of information and to test all possible leads, clues, and hypotheses. the investigating officer who receives the initial report is in a better position to conduct an on-the-spot- survey and follow-up than subsequent investigative personnel and analysts who may be far removed from the area and who may arrive too late to obtain vital data or information necessary for firm conclusions. The investigating officer's comments and conclusions will be in the last paragraph of the report submitted through channels. The reporting official will contact FTD (Area Code 513,257-0916 oe 257-6678) for verbal authority to continue investigations.

11. Basic Reporting Data and Format.

Show the abbreviation "UFO" at the beginning of the text of all electrical reports and in the subject of any follow-up written reports. Include required data in all electrical reports, in the order shown below:

12. Reporting Physical Evidence.

By Order of the Secretary of the Air Force

Official

J.P. McCONNELL
General U.S. Air Force
Chief of Staff

R.J. PUGH
Colonel, USAF
Director of Administrative Services

----------------CHANGE
AIR FORCE REGULATION
NO. AFR 80-17A

AFR 80-17

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
Washington, 9 November 1966

Research and Development

UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS (UFO)

AFR 80-17, 19 September 1966, is changed as follows:

3c. EXCEPTIONS: FTD at Wright-Patterson... for separate investigations. The University of Colorado WILL, under a research agreement with the Air Force, conduct a study of UFOs. This program (to run approximately 15 months) will be conducted independently and without restrictions. The University will enlist the assistance of other conveniently located institutions that can field investigative teams. ALL UFO reports will be submitted to the University of Colorado, which will be given the fullest cooperation of all UFO Investigating Officers. Every effort will be made to keep all UFO reports unclassified. However, if it is necessary to classify a report because of method of detection or other factors not related to the UFO, a separate report including all possible information will be sent to The University of Colorado.

8b (6). University of Colorado, Boulder CO 80302, Dr. Condon. (Mail copy of message form.)

8c. Negative or Inapplicable Data. Renumber as paragraph 9.

11k. Position title, name, rank, and official address, telephone area code, office and home phone, and comments of the preparing officer, including his preliminary analysis of the possible cause of the sighting(s). (See paragraph 10.)

By Order of the Secretary of the Air Force Official

J.P. McCONNELL
General U.S. Air Force
Chief of Staff

R.J. PUGH
Colonel, USAF
Director of Administrative Services

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