Memo from General Twining

A letter establishing the real nature of the UFO sightings

This letter is from General Nathan Twining to Brigadier George Shulgen. This letter was appended to the CONDON report, a report, it will be recalled, which concluded that UFOs did not exist. Here is the translation of this letter from Twining:

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ATTENTION: Brig. General George Schulgen AC / AS-2

1. As requested by AC / AS-2 , the considered opinion regarding “flying discs” is presented below. This opinion is based on interrogation report data provided by AC / AS-2 and on preliminary studies carried out by personnel of T-2 and the Aeronautical Laboratory, Engineering Division T-3. This opinion was expressed during a conference between the staff of the Air Institute of Technology, Intelligence T-2, Office, Chief of Engineering Division, and the Aircraft, Power Plant and Propeller Laboratories of the Engineering Division T-3.

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2. We believe that:

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a) The phenomenon is something real and not visionary or fictitious.

b) Some objects are shaped like a disc, and are so appreciable in size that they appear to be as large as airplanes.

c) It is possible that some of the incidents were caused by natural phenomena, such as meteors.


d) Reported operating characteristics such as extreme rates of climb, handling (particularly in roll) and certain movements which should be considered elusive when spotted or contacted by friendly aircraft and radar, suggest the possibility of some of the objects being controlled manually, automatically or remotely.

e) The apparent common description is as follows:

(1) Metallic or light reflecting surface.

(2) No trail behind the object, except in a few cases where the object apparently operated under high performance conditions.

(3) Circular or elliptical in shape, flat on the bottom and rounded on the top.

(4) Several reports indicate tight formation flights varying from three to nine objects.

(5) Normally no associated sound except in three cases a loud rumble was noted.

(6) Level flight speeds normally greater than 300 knots are estimated.

f) It is possible within the present knowledge of the United States - provided detailed developments are undertaken - to construct a manned aircraft which has the general description of the object in sub-paragraph (e) above which would be capable of an approximate range of 7,000 miles at subsonic speeds.

g) Any development in this country in the direction indicated would be extremely expensive, time consuming and to the considerable detriment of ongoing projects and, therefore, if directed, should be implemented independently of existing projects.

h) The following points should be duly taken into account:

(1) The possibility that these objects are of national origin - the product of a high security project unknown to AC / AS-2 or this order.

(2) The absence of material evidence in the form of exhibits recovered by accident which would undeniably prove the existence of these subjects.

(3) The possibility that a foreign country has some form of possibly nuclear propulsion, which is beyond our national knowledge.

3. It is recommended that:

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- a. Headquarters, Air Force issues a directive assigning a priority, safety classification and code name for a detailed study of this matter to include the preparation of complete sets of all available data and relevant which will then be made available to the army, navy and the Atomic. Energy Commission, JRDB, Air Force Scientific Advisory Group, NACA, and the RAND and NEPA projects for comments and recommendations, with a preliminary report to be transmitted within 15 days of receipt of the data and a detailed report thereafter all the 30 days the investigation is developing. Full data exchange should be affected.

4. Pending a specific directive , AMC will continue the investigation within the limits of its current resources in order to better define the nature of the phenomenon. Detailed essential information will be formulated immediately for transmission through the channels.