SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD CONFERENCE HELD 17-18 MARCH 1948, ROOM
3E-869, THE PENTAGON, WASHINGTON D.C., DR. THEODORE VON KARMAN,
CHAIRMAN, PRESIDED. (Conference Convened at 9:00 A.M. and
at 5:45 P.M. March 17)
TAB 6 - a. Utilization of Technical intelligence, by Colonel Taylor
and Colonel McCoy.
initiated - because of the red tape - the notification of the existence
of that piece of equipment. I might add, we have gone over that with
a fine-toothed comb. It may be interesting to know it is a type air-
craft very similar to our P-47. about the same characteristics. It
has all the latest and modern innovations of a propeller internal
Exploitation German Scientists: Have a project known as PAPER
CLIP. We now have 100 some odd scientists at Wright Field or under its
cognizance. The intelligence department only performs the housekeeping
and administrative functions for them. The Engineering Division is
their main user. They determine who will come over, where they will
work, what they will get, where they will go, etc. Fifteen of these
Germans have been farmed out to industry on a permanent basis, and
many others are in the channels now of being to industry where they
can do the most good. We still don't have the visa for the first one,
although it is pending. We are alerted to send our first man to
Canada and enter him legally. It has been a long, hard battle.
We have a new project - Project SIGN - which may surprise you as
a development from the so-called mass hysteria of the past Summer
when we had al the unidentified flying objects or discs. This
can't be laughed off. We have over 300 reports which haven't been
publicized in the papers from very competent personnel, in many
instances - men as capable as Dr. K.D. Wood and practically all
Air Force, Airline people with broad experience. We are running
down every report. I can't even tell you how much we would give
to have one of those crash in an area so that we could recover what-
ever they are.
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