A UFO enthusiast has gathered more than 100,000 pages of government documents related to reports of flying saucers and other unexplained aerial phenomena — and posted them online for amateur Men in Black and professional conspiracy theorists alike.
The U.S. Air Force declassified the massive trove of files over the years covering more than 10,000 cases from the secret government Project Blue Book, which investigated sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) from 1947 until the project was closed in 1969.
But until last week, people could only view the full collection by visiting the National Archives in person.
Now these hints of little green men are online thanks to John Greenewald, the UFO enthusiast who collected and digitized the files on a free online archive, the Project Blue Book Collection, through his web site The Black Vault.
His goal was to “give the public the easiest way possible to access these things,” Greenewald said. “People are coming out of nowhere to look at this thing and it has definitely surprised me quite a bit.”
A total of 12,618 sightings were reported to Project Blue Book. Seven hundred cases remain “unidentified,” according to the U.S. Air Force.
Greenewald said he wanted to release the collection to pique the public’s interest in other UFO-related documents that he said aren’t yet available to the public.
“I see this as the tip of the iceberg,” he said.