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Speakers Corner - The UFO files: Flying Saucers at the National Archives

Event Type: History
Date: 5/03/2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM
Description:
 The National Archives holds many records relating to unidentified flying objects (UFOs), flying saucers and other unidentified aerial sightings. Most of these records date from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, when public interest in UFOs was high and many sightings were reported to Commonwealth authorities.
The Department of Air took responsibility for collecting reports from defence force members, pilots and air traffic controllers, meteorologists and the general public. During the peak of interest in UFOs the department investigated many reports, trying to establish whether the sighting could be attributed to low flying aircraft, weather balloons or meteorological phenomena. Reports were also collected by other agencies involved in air safety and research and intelligence including the CSIRO, the Joint Intelligence Organisation, the Weapons Research Establishment at Maralinga, and the Department of Transport.
This talk will explore some of these records with a focus on South Australian sightings especially those relating to Maralinga and Woomera and the investigations into these carried out by government departments.
Library: City Library
Location: Studio 1
Status: Closed


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