The timing couldn’t have been better!
As MidPointe Library patrons took part in its popular Summer Reading Program a few days ago, a possible UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) was sighted in the Greater Dayton and surrounding areas!
For Summer Reading participants, it would become another tale in the “Universe of Stories” they’d been enjoying ever since Summer Reading began! Its Outer Space-themed programming, special guests, prizes for reading and more activities for all ages will conclude July 31. (*)
According to the Journal News, the “bright, white dot spotted over the Dayton area and numerous suburbs...could be part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, also known as DARPA...” (1)
According to the article, a Department of Defense spokeswoman said that “DARPA launched three balloons from Cumberland, Maryland, in a flight test for the Adaptable Lighter Than Air Program..” It explained that “ALTA will demonstrate capability for wind-borne navigation of a lighter-than-air vehicle over extended ranges.”
UFOs are part of Ohio history. After all, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton was once the headquarters of “Project Blue Book,” a decades-long study of apparent UFO sightings.
According to “The Big Book of UFO Facts, Figures & Truth,” “Project Blue Book” ran from 1947 to 1969 and received a total of 12,618 sightings. Of those, 701 remain “unidentified.” The program was eventually shut down...” (2)
Following its termination, “Documentation regarding the former Project Blue Book investigation was permanently transferred to the Modern Military Branch of the National Archives and Records Service in Washington, DC...and is available for public review and analysis...” (2)