Project Identification


Project Identification

Project Identification  /  For Your Eyes Only…

“Unbiased, disinterested physical scientists usually measure the properties of inanimate matter. Biological, medical, and behavioral scientists, on the other hand, study intelligences less than or equal to their own. In this Project, we dealt with an intelligence equal to or greater than that of man. We interacted with the phenomenon under study.”

Dr. Harley Rutledge, Chairman of the Physics Department, SE Missouri State University

Rutledge, Harley D.
Project identification: the first scientific field study of the UFO phenomena. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1981. Hardcover includes 36 plates, notes and is indexed. ISBN 0137307136 or 0137307055

“Dr. Rutledge! There’s a light! A light is coming!”

“Looking through the trees, I saw an amber light approaching. Because there wouldn’t be time to adjust the setting on the Pentax camera, Bob manned the 800-mm lens camera system while I removed the cover from the Polaroid…”

Trying to prove the existence of UFOs is usually an exercise in frustration. By the time a sighting can be investigated, the alledged object is long gone – out of the range of cameras, measuring instruments and professionally-qualified researchers.

But in 1973, when residents in and around Piedmont, Missouri, began reporting lights in the sky, Dr. Harley Rutledge – head of the Physics Department at a nearby university – decided to subject these reports to scientific scrutiny. He put together a team of observers with “college training or equivalent experience in the physical sciences” and a battery of equipment: Questar telescopes (whose magnifying power could change without replacing the eyepiece), an electromagnetic frequency analyzer, high-frequency, low-intensity cound detector, and high-quality camera equipment.

The resulting Project Indentification has been operating ever since, logging hundreds of hours of observation time. At last, trained experts were able to investigate UFOs while the phenomena were actually in progress and record the data in a scientific, objective manner – enabling Dr. Rutledge to calculate the objects’ actual velocity, distance and size.

But Project Identification’s data raise[d] more questions than they answer. One night, for example, a single light was observed crossing the sky – yet photos of it show a series of trails. Observation of the unclouded sky often revealed “pseudostars” – stationary lights camouflaged by familiar constellations. Some objects appeared to mimic the appearance of known aircraft; others flagrantly violated the laws of physics. But most unsettling of all were the lights that repeatedly seemed to react to the project members observing them.

Initially a skeptic on the subject of UFOs, Dr. Rutledge here presents a full report on Project identification’s ground-breaking work and what its findings imply. Fully illustrated with unique photographs, explanatory line drawings and diagrams, this is the only book to provide hard, factual data from direct observations of the UFO enigma.


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Google News Archive Results for ‘Project Identification: The first Scientific Study of UFO Phenomena’

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Here’s a link to results using ‘Harley Rutledge’ (Project Identification author) as a search string; below are most of the UFO-related results of that search (arranged in chronological order):



Citations & Sources:

  • The Southeast Missourian 6th April 1973. Original source: link
  • The Southeast Missourian 19th November 1973. Original source: link
  • Ellensburg Daily Record 19th November 1973. Original source: link
  • The Milwaukee Journal 28th December 1973. Original source: link
  • Herald-Journal 23rd November 1977. Original source: link
  • Reading Eagle 18th January 1978. Original source: link
  • The Nevada Daily Mail 1st August 1978. Original source: link
  • Toledo Blade 26th October 1978. Original source: link
  • The Southeast Missourian 1st July 1981. Original source: link
  • The Southeast Missourian 26th August 1983. Original source: link
  • Bulletin Journal 5th November 1985. Original source: link
  • The Southeast Missourian 22nd March 1988. Original source: link
  • The Southeast Missourian 10th June 1998. Original source: link

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