Your November eNewsletter
MUFON Statement on NASA UAP Taskforce
October 30, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network, applauds NASA for creating its own Independent Study on
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. MUFON is dedicated to the scientific study of UFOs and UAP in order to
benefit humanity. MUFON is the longest-serving organization of its kind, having been in existence since
1969. As an organization, MUFON has long investigated UAP sightings and has collected the critical data
needed to educate the public on the UAP phenomenon and its potential impact on society.
“I am encouraged that NASA is taking this critical first step in evaluating what is already known,” said
MUFON Executive Director David MacDonald. “Through our knowledge and database of sightings, we
know that there are many unanswered questions. With over 10,000 reports a year, MUFON has a 92%
rate of being able to explain the sightings. We know that dozens of astronauts and others associated
with the civilian components of the space program have reported UAP for decades - even making
deathbed confessions about what they have experienced during space flight. MUFON stands ready to
assist NASA in any capacity,” said MacDonald.
After many years of being taboo, discussions regarding UAPs are becoming mainstream. Over the past
two years, the NDAA has included legislation regarding UAP twice, and the House Intelligence
Committee held its first hearing in over 50 years. MUFON continues to educate Members of Congress on
this issue and raise awareness about this important issue for national security and scientific discovery.
MUFON’s 1,100 volunteers nationwide, and 46 international chapters with 4,600 members globally,
tuned in to watch the hearings this year. Now that the conversation regarding UAPs is mainstream, a
more significant bipartisan collective effort is needed to push for better legislation and more in-depth
information to be released to the public. MUFON stands ready to assist the federal government on UFO
sightings and the best way to collect and handle the data from those sightings.
GOINGS ON OF OUR MUFON INTERNATIONAL AFFILIATES IN OCTOBER 2022
By Bob Spearing, Director of International Investigations AND Jean-Francois Opsomer, National Director
of France & Belgium
MUFON would love to acknowledge the activities of our Europeans affiliates especially France, Belgium
Earlier this October, members of MUFON France &Belgium including their director, as well as the
Director of MUFON Italy, attended the CAIPAN Conference in Europe. I am speaking specifically of Jean-
Francois Opsomer, National Director of France & Belgium and Edoardo Russo, MUFON’s Italian National Director for MUFON.
Prominent speakers at the highly esteemed conference included Jacques Vallee and Vincente-Juan
CAIPAN is a prestigious Continental UFO conference. CAIPAN is short for “Collection and Analysis of
Information on Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena” or, in the original French, “Collecte et Analyse des
Informations sur les phénomènes aérospatiaux non-identifiés” Our Europeans chapters take the topic of
UFOs “VERY” seriously and make a point of attending! Kudos to MUFON France & Belgium and MUFON Italy for carrying the banner forward for MUFON International! We are grateful for their efforts!
Jean-Francois Opsomer, our National Director in France, has provided us with exquisite photos from that
conference. Included in those photos are members of MUFON France & Belgium as well as a cordial
invite into their group of Edouardo Russo, our National Director for MUFON Italy and, of course, Jacques
Pictured above: CAIPAN Conference Poster, MUFON French National Director Jean Francois Opsomer
with Italian National Director Edoardo Russo and last, Jean Francois with Jacques Vallee.
We cannot underestimate here at MUFON HQ how much value is placed on our International Chapters
and their hard-working National Directors!
In addition, MUFON, would also like to give credit to MUFON France & Belgium for an incredible job of
getting out MUFON’S message that we investigate the UFO Phenomenon using the scientific method!
How does MUFON France do this? Well, they do it via various media means including their monthly
magazine called CONTACTS!
FOLLOW-UP ON OUR LAST MONTHLY NEWSLETTER ARTICLES
Few weeks ago, we reported on an Austrian orb account from 1840 with a very imprecise translation.
Also, we mentioned a 1968 UFO encounter over Spain involving a Spanish fighter jet! We received some
very important emails from giants in the fields of UFOlogy and Fortean Research as a result!
First, I would like to give a credit to Kay Coggin who, for decades, has scoured news sources over several
centuries looking for anomalous activities around the world in various archives! It was Kay who originally
found the Austrian sighting from 1840.
Another prominent Fortean named Claude Mauge has a very interesting comment on the article and
translation I shall post here as follows:
The basic ideas of the translated account seem to be valid, but many details are erroneous. For instance,
what means "a prolonged nigh"? If "nigh" is here a misprint for "night" it's plainly wrong: "einer
ausgedehnten Niederung" is indeed "a wide depression"(in the ground) -- which does not appear in the
translation. As for the location, there is no wonder that Bob Spearing was unable to find a "Sintesg,
Laulenne" in Austria: the original text bears clearly, in usual Latin letters (probably to mean that the
events occurred in a country which does not use the Fraktur writing), "Saintes à la Guienne" that is
"Saintes in the Guyenne" -- the latter being the old French province in the Bordeaux area. France instead
of Austria, thus...
France not Austria indeed! WOW! Claude! Thank heavens for researchers like you! Much Appreciated!
Lastly, concerning the 1968 fighter jet sighting over Spain, an old friend of MUFON, namely Vincente-
Juan Ballester Olmos, researcher extraordinaire, dropped us this note:
That was the UFO that caused the traffic jam in Madrid and "eluded" jet fighters on September 5, 1968:
a giant stratospheric research balloon launched by the French CNES. This sighting was thoroughly
investigated, and it is not forgotten at all as it persists in the memory of Spanish and European UFO
Thank you, Vincente-Juan! It’s nice to hear from an old friend!
MUFON would also like to extend a kudos to one of our field investigators namely Tim Kaney of
Wisconsin (firstname.lastname@example.org)! MUFON had logos designed for all 50 state chapters but none were
designed for our chapters abroad! When MUFON Great Britain and MUFON Virgin Islands came to us
looking for an official logo, we reached out to Tim who is a graphics designer. After sending him our
logos, he manufactured two really professional renderings for our two international groups. He did it
gratis knowing we are an all-volunteer network of professionals giving our time to the scientific study of
Tim’s resume in our field investigator directory states the following: Marketing Director, Manager,
Coordinator, Assistant, Designer, Visual Communicator, Desktop Publishing Specialist, Fine Artist,
Freelance Artist, Concept Artist, Creative Problem Solver, etc. Much work with digital graphics and
Thank you, Tim!
October 2022 Sightings
UNITED STATES 643
UNITED KINGDOM 40
SOUTH AFRICA 7
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2
KOREA, (South) 1
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 1
Tic Tac 25
New York 24
North Carolina 21
New Jersey 11
West Virginia 9
New Mexico 8
South Carolina 7
New Hampshire 4
South Dakota 2
North Dakota 1
District of Columbia 1
DISTANCE FROM THE WITNESS
< 100 ft 97
101-500 ft 114
501 ft - 1 Mile 155
Over 1 Mile 161
NO VALUE 38
Most impressively there were 23 Landings, Hovering, or Takeoffs reported and 27 Entities observed. Number of abduction (ERT) cases were 33. Number of submitted Experiencer Questionnaires were 0.
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