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Do Nuclear Facilities Attract UFOs?
By Donald A Johnson, PhD
Sun River Research
Dr. Donald Johnson has kindly provided this article to CUFON so that it may be made available
on-line to an interested public. We believe this to be a rare thing in UFOlogical circles: a
rational voice backed up by data and appropriate method, and we appreciate the opportunity to
make this article available.
The article addresses a contention often made by UFO researchers: that a relationship exists
between nuclear facilities and UFO sightings. Dr. Johnson draws upon data from the UFOCAT
database for this article.
UFOCAT is a computer database of well over 110,000 UFO reports and related information. It
is the result of a more than 30-year effort that began during the Air Force sponsored Colorado
UFO Project, (the “Condon Committee.”) UFOCAT was begun by Dr. David R. Saunders, who
at the time, was a co-Principal Investigator on the Colorado UFO study and professor of
Psychology at the University of Colorado. Dr. Jacques Vallee contributed a large computer
catalogue of approximately 6,000 cases at the project’s inception.
The UFOCAT database has existed in some form or another since the spring of 1967 but was
neither updated nor utilized 1982 to 1990. In 1976, Dr. Saunders gave his version of UFOCAT
to the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS). From then until 1982 it was maintained and updated by
Fred Merritt at the Chicago office of CUFOS. In those days the database was kept on a large
IBM mainframe computer at a nearby computer facility, with magnetic tape backup. It
eventually proved too expensive CUFOS maintain in this form and was removed