At the Contact in the Desert 2024 Conference, Richard Geldreich, Jr. delivered a presentation that delves into the early years of UFO cover-ups, unearthing hidden histories and declassified documents. Titled “Using Archives to Explore the Early Years of the UFO Cover-Up,” Geldreich’s presentation offers a meticulous examination of the UFO phenomenon, highlighting decades of government efforts to suppress information. This article explores the key points of Geldreich’s research, shedding light on the mysterious and often controversial world of UFOs.

Richard Geldreich, Jr. is a notable figure in the tech industry, with a career that spans from developing open-source software in the 1980s to significant contributions to the gaming industry at Microsoft, Valve, Intel, and SpaceX. His recent work focuses on the UFO phenomenon, culminating in the creation of a public UAP dataset and search engine. This platform,, includes over 55,000 records and serves as a valuable resource for researchers and enthusiasts.

Geldreich’s presentation begins by examining Project Sign, Project Grudge, and Project Blue Book, the foundational projects of the United States Air Force (USAF) that investigated UFO sightings from 1947 to 1969. These projects were the government’s primary means of studying and documenting UFO encounters. However, they were also riddled with contradictions and obfuscations. Project Sign initially took a serious approach to UFO investigations in 1947, but the focus shifted to debunking and dismissing sightings with the advent of Project Grudge in 1949. By the time Project Blue Book was established in 1952, the objective was clear: manage public perception and downplay the significance of UFO sightings. The records from these projects often contain nonsensical and contradictory information, indicating a deliberate effort to mislead both the public and researchers.

One of the key figures in early UFO research was journalist Frank Scully, whose 1950 book “Behind the Flying Saucers” introduced the concept of UFO crash retrievals. Scully’s work was quickly discredited by debunkers and government operatives. Geldreich’s research includes an in-depth examination of Scully’s personal archives, housed at the American Heritage Center (AHC) at the University of Wyoming. Through these archives, Geldreich reveals that Scully had numerous informants, including scientists from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Lockheed. These sources provided detailed accounts of UFO crashes and recoveries, which Scully meticulously documented. Despite attempts to discredit his work, Geldreich argues that Scully’s findings were based on solid evidence and credible witnesses. The archives include hours of wire recordings and unpublished notes that suggest a far more extensive cover-up than previously acknowledged.

Geldreich’s presentation also explores the Borderland Sciences Research Associates (BSRA) archive, located at the Archives for the Unexplained (AFU) in Sweden. Founded by Meade Layne in 1945, the BSRA was a group of researchers and psychics who investigated paranormal phenomena, including UFOs. The organization’s early involvement in UFO research is a testament to the widespread interest and concern that the phenomena sparked in various sectors of society. The BSRA archive contains a wealth of information, including internal memos, correspondence, and reports that detail the group’s findings and theories. One particularly fascinating document is a memorandum dated July 8, 1947—the same day as the Roswell incident—which discusses the sighting of flying saucers and potential government involvement. This memo, along with others in the archive, suggests that the BSRA had significant insight into the early UFO phenomena and potential government cover-ups.

A significant portion of Geldreich’s presentation focuses on the testimonies of whistleblowers who came forward as part of Dr. Steven Greer’s Disclosure Project. Two key figures highlighted are Donald Phillips, an ex-USAF/CIA/Lockheed Skunkworks employee, and William G. Uhouse, a former USMC and secret aviation project worker. Their testimonies provide compelling evidence of government interactions with non-human intelligences (NHI) and advanced technology retrievals. Phillips claimed to have participated in meetings with NHIs in California, providing detailed descriptions of these encounters and the technologies involved. Uhouse, on the other hand, spoke about working on a UFO craft simulator based on a retrieved craft from the 1953 Kingman, Arizona crash. These accounts, corroborated by military and government records, lend significant weight to the argument that the government has been actively involved in UFO research and cover-ups for decades.

Stanton Friedman, a physicist and renowned UFO researcher, was a vocal advocate for the connection between radar, rockets, and nuclear technology in understanding UFO phenomena. Geldreich revisits Friedman’s work, emphasizing the critical role that radar technology played in early UFO detections. During World War II, secret radar projects, such as bouncing radar signals off the Moon, were conducted in absolute secrecy. Geldreich posits that these technological advancements were directly related to the increase in UFO sightings and encounters in the subsequent decades. Friedman’s assertion that radar was a crucial tool in UFO detection is supported by numerous historical records and testimonies. For instance, the declassified Project Sign records reveal that radar played a significant role in tracking and identifying UFOs during the 1940s and 1950s. Geldreich’s presentation underscores the importance of understanding these technological connections to fully grasp the scope of the UFO phenomena and the government’s response to it.


A critical issue raised by Geldreich is the apparent inconsistency and missing data in UFO sighting databases. He highlights the work of Larry Hatch, a programmer who compiled an extensive database of UFO sightings. Despite Hatch’s efforts, significant gaps remain, particularly for the pivotal year of 1947. Geldreich points out that while NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena) cataloged 850 sightings for the summer of 1947, only 101 records are currently available online. This discrepancy suggests that a considerable amount of data has either been lost or deliberately suppressed. Geldreich’s analysis of various databases and newspaper archives reveals a massive wave of reports for June and July 1947, aligning with the peak of the UFO wave and the Roswell incident. The missing data poses a significant challenge for researchers and underscores the need for more comprehensive and transparent archival practices.

One of the lesser-known but highly significant events explored in Geldreich’s presentation is the Maury Island Incident, which occurred just days before the famous Kenneth Arnold sighting over Mount Rainier in June 1947. Witness Harold Dahl claimed to have seen multiple doughnut-shaped craft near Maury Island, Washington, which released debris that killed his dog and injured his son. The case was initially labeled a hoax, but Geldreich’s research indicates otherwise. Dahl’s boss, Fred Crisman, was a counterintelligence agent, suggesting a deeper level of government involvement. The incident also ties into the broader narrative of government secrecy and cover-ups, as two Army intelligence officers died in a plane crash while transporting fragments from the incident. Geldreich’s findings point to the Maury Island Incident as a crucial, yet overlooked, precursor to the Roswell event, highlighting the pattern of government obfuscation and suppression.

Richard Geldreich, Jr.’s presentation at the Contact in the Desert 2024 Conference offers a profound and meticulously researched insight into the early years of the UFO cover-up. By examining a wide range of archival sources, personal testimonies, and historical records, Geldreich constructs a compelling narrative that challenges the official accounts and reveals a concerted effort to suppress and manipulate information regarding UFOs. His work underscores the importance of continued research and transparency in uncovering the truth about these phenomena, urging both the public and the scientific community to reevaluate the history and implications of UFO sightings and encounters.

For those interested in exploring the detailed slides and documents from Richard Geldreich, Jr.’s presentation, the full document can be accessed here. This comprehensive collection of evidence and analysis provides a crucial resource for understanding the complex and often concealed history of UFO phenomena.

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