19 January 1956
(Wilmington Morning Star, North Carolina)
The article reports on retired U.S. Air Force Captain Edward J. Ruppelt’s UFO book (published in early 1956):
Quote from the article:
“A new book on flying saucers said today some atomic scientists have detected ‘abnormal radiations’ at the times and in the areas of sighting of unidentified objects in the sky. But it says there is no proof the phenomena are connected.
The author, former Air Force Capt. Edward J. Ruppelt, was for two years chief of the Air Force project for investigation of flying saucer reports.
He said that the data which he gathered on the radiation reports was rejected by the Air Force as containing ‘not enough conclusive evidence.’
‘No one could explain the sudden bursts of radiation, but there was no proof that they were associated with UFO’s,’ Ruppelt said in ‘The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects,’ published by Doubleday & Co.
1. A panel of scientists in January 1953, rejected an unofficial Air Force analysis prepared by a staff headed by Maj. Dewey Fournet, that UFOs were interplanetary space ships. Ruppelt said the space ship conclusion was supported by some air officers ‘at command levels just a notch below’ Maj. Gen. John A. Samford, at the time Air Force director of intelligence.
3. While the Air Force has said officially there is no proof that space ships exist, ‘This conclusion is far from being unanimous among the military and their scientific advisers.’ ”