Over the course of this blog, I have come across a number of what were, at the time, secret studies, i.e. studies of UAP which were not common knowledge.
In the late 1960's there was the McDonnell-Douglas study (click here to read about it.) Also, in the late 1960's US President Lyndon Johnson was involved with a little known study (click here.)
The other day I was re-reading Jacques Vallee's book "Forbidden Science: Journals 1957-1969." On page 309 I found:
"We keep hearing of old secret government projects that are not documented anywhere. A former engineer with U.S. Intelligence in Germany has told us that the National Bureau of Standards had conducted an investigation into UFOs under Professor Dryden as early as 1943, along with an investigation of German research on jet aircraft. They were already aware that UFOs interfered with internal combustion engines at a distance. They suspected electrostatic effects."
UFOs and Government:
I wondered if anyone else had been able to find out anything more of this early project. I therefore turned to my copy of the recent book "UFOs and Government" to see what I could find in this authoritative tome.
Chapter one relates how a physicist, David Griggs investigated "...anomalous air-encounter stories." (p.5) about foo-fighters during World War 2. "The key part here is that Griggs knew of aircraft engine interference cases in connection with foo-fighters." (p.6.)
There is no mention, however, of an interest in the subject by the National Bureau of Standards in 1943.
I then looked in the book's name index for Dryden. There is a reference to a Hugh Dryden.
Dr Hugh L Dryden, in 1957, gave testimony before the House Appropriation Committee. Dryden and a chap named Doolittle "...flatly denied the existence of such space vehicles." (p.241.) Dryden was then on the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.
I wonder how many "secret studies" there are out there?