NEWSLETTER TWENTY EIGHT AUG 2006
Combining the resources of all
Auspiced by the Australian UFO Research Network
PO Box 738, Jimboomba Queensland 4280
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Secretariat: the Australian UFO Research Association
PO Box 786, North Adelaide, South Australia 5006
The Project has previously examined RAAF Darwin file 5/4/Air part 1 covering the years 1960-1968. Browsing the National Australia Archives (NAA) RecordSearch revealed no listing for 5/4/Air parts 2-5 but strangely there was an 5/4/Air part 6/7! However, because it covered the years 1974 to 1990 it was not available under the Archives Act and an FOI request had to be made. Interestingly, on the file was a memo dated May 1984 making mention of six closed parts of file 5/4/Air , presumably parts 1-5 & 6/7!. A hard copy of file 5/4/Air part 6/7 has been made available to the Project. Reports on the file included:
In short, this NT file has far more interesting reports, than many other RAAF files the Project has seen.
RAAF file AF84/3265 Part 2
Recently this file has been examined by the Project following an FOI request. Among the papers are:
1. A minutes dated 5 Jul 1983 was titled “Unidentified high speed radar tracking
· Tracks observed by RAAF and civilian controllers
· Strong tracks consistent with aircraft
· HQ Operational Command was instructed to use RAAF radars and have an interceptor aircraft available on stand by from 1 Jul 83
· There was a high degree of confidence that the tracks were not due to aircraft or “other objects”
· The cause was believed to be random atmospheric conditions and/or possible interference
Tracks seen only on
· The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) issued a press release advising radar returns were due to interference or atmospheric conditions.
2. There was a series of UFO reports from
3. The file also contained a series of statements from several Victorian Police Officers who were involved in a series of sightings of at least one, possibly two, very unusual low level objects on the 22 Jul 1983 in the Rockbank area. One Sergeant of Police who personally viewed one object stated that “As the object passed by, I gained the impression of the shape of the object to be that similar to an inflatable life raft approximately 12 metres in length, with rounded sides, and a shallow body of approximately 2 metres in depth. A red flashing light, not rotating, was situated in about the centre of the undercarriage. There was no visible wings or tail similar to an aircraft, nor was there any sound similar to an aircraft or helicopter. The only sound audible was that of a very quiet wind noise.”
1996 Department of Defence (DOD) policy document
Courtesy of Adrian Ross of
Interestingly, as a DOD document it has “Single service filing instructions,” namely “This instruction should be filed as NAVY ADMIN 65-7; ARMY ADMIN 77-1 and AIR FORCE ADMIN 13-7.”
It sets out the Department’s interest, or rather lack thereof, in UAS reports and advises callers should be directed to civilian UFO organisations and provides a listing of known Australian civilian groups.
RAAF files AF84/3744 Part 1 & AF84/3265 Part 3
These files, also obtained under FOI, continue on from the 580/1/1 series and document a series of UFO reports in 1983 and are mostly low-weight nocturnal light observations.
RAAF files 580/1/1 Parts 28, & 30-32
These files, from the RAAF long running UFO reports series in the NAA, have now been released and digital images of these may be viewed at the NAA web site. The project has summarised the contents of these files, which mainly consist of very low-weight, nocturnal lights observations.
Just examined and released by the NAA, this file of 9 pages deals with correspondence from one R Baudish to the Department of Army in 1957. Baudish asked if there had been UFO reports in association with military exercises. The combined reply from the Department of Army, Navy and Air was there had been none.
A two page file, A6059 23/441/7, consisted of a then “Secret” memo from the Australian Military Mission in
UFOs and the weather
PP956/1 45/38 is a 67 page file titled “Observations-General by outside authorities (including UFO)” and is just that, a file consisting of weather observations and a few UFO reports in the time frame 1972-1974. The UFO reports were of low-weight nocturnal lights.
What happened at Westall?
The NAA recently digitised file 694/7/22 Part 4. This is one file in a series belonging to the former Department of External Affairs and concerns “Project Crowflight.” This Project concerned the flying of USAF (U-2 and RB57) aircraft from Victorian RAAF bases for the purpose of gathering information on radioactivity in the upper atmosphere. Originally based at RAAF East Sale in 1960, the Project later moved to Laverton RAAF base in
In a previous Revelations Newsletter it was suggested that perhaps the 6 Apr 1966 Westall,
Where to from here with the Project?
In previous Newsletters it was mentioned that the end is in sight, in terms of examining known Government files containing information about UFOs (the Project has now found 126 containing over 10,000 pages) indexed through NAA’s RecordSearch electronic database.
However, RecordSearch only registers about 10% of the NAA’s entire 60 million file collection, so in all probability there are other Government UFO files that have not yet been uncovered. The difficulty with these is simply that of finding them! As an example when looking for DSTO files in the NAA Adelaide, six AURA members waded through thousands of file titles and numbers on paper indices, which resulted in the location of just one UFO file.
For some time, the process has been underway, of locating and interviewing, still living individuals who may have had an important sighting or have knowledge of the bureaucracy which looked at UFO reports. As mentioned in the last Newsletter, Harry Turner, former JIB employee; and a former Woomera UFO witness and camera operator have already been interviewed by Dominic McNamara. Your assistance is sought with locating anyone still alive whom you think the Project should interview.
On the lobbying front, an analysis in a previous Newsletter suggested that the time to lobby was when a strong UFO event occurred; and who to lobby was the Government Department charged with UFO investigations. This was the Department of Defence (RAAF), but currently there is no Government Department with this brief. A general lobbying campaign of several of the Current Departments such as the CSIRO; Department of Science; Prime Minister’s Department, could be undertaken. However, without a specific focus, such as a strong UFO event or a Member of Parliament with a personal interest, AURA does not believe the expense of a lobbying effort is worthwhile at the moment, especially as the costs would need to come from the personal pockets of a few AURA members. Instead, AURA will continue to pursue still living witnesses, as its priority for now.
The Project website at http://disclosureaustralia.freewebpages.org has an archive of all previous Newsletters. Here will be found a look at the roles of the CSIRO, the Department of Supply and the Department of Civil Aviation in the UFO phenomenon, as well as that of the RAAF.
Wondered about UFOs and
The contents of the Newsletters have been, and will continue to be, published in the “The UFOlogist” magazine
Australian UFO Research Association (AURA) meetings in Adelaide
Following two meetings held in
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