Pilot William B. Nash,
400 Ridgewood Road,
Miami 49, Fla.,
Dear Pilot Nash::
I am terribly embarrassed — your very interesting letter of October
19th — has just come to light, after being misfiled by a part-time
secretary who helped me during the hectic days after my saucer book
came out. You’re the last person I'd keep waiting for an answer — I
have often hoped we could get together and talk over not only the
Norfolk sighting but the saucer subject in general. I hope you'll
accept my apology; this girl filed about 50 letters, unanswered,
along with some which I'd answered by postcard.
Your very nice review of my book is greatly appreciated; I don't
know why I didn't hear of this via Holt and Co., but at that time
things were really popping, in regard to the book, and I still
haven't seen all the reviews.
Will you please thank your electronics-engineer friend who lectures
on the saucers, for his mention of my book? Naturally, I am glad to
have the book selling well — but I also am glad that people are
learning the facts, from men who really know the situation.
Do you ever stop over in Washington? If so, and you have any time
free, I hope we can get together. My phone number is SOuth 5-7323.
Unless I'm tied up on something I can't possibly postpone, I'll come
into town, or meet you at the airport.
Probably you keep up on most of the developments, but in case you've
missed any I might go over a few items — things that have happened
since my last book came out. You know about the court-martial
invitation; the AF still hasn't answered, and when I asked them they
said "No comment." Same answer to the Times Herald here, when
they ran three series on the saucers. The reporter pinned them
down with "Did Keyhoe falsify the information re: the Utah pix? Ans:
"No comment." "Does the analysis show what he said?" Ans: "No
comment." "Can we see the analysis?" "No. Because of libel laws,
security etc., there are some things that can't be given out — but
we're not hiding anything, anyway,"
Late in the Fall of '53, the AF put out a so-called "fact sheet" you
may have seen. It was aimed at my book. They said that no sightings
were ever classified, they were a matter of public record. On the
strength of that, I asked to go to Dayton and see all the sighting
reports. They stalled for a while; I had some reporters ask the
Finally, Intelligence ordered Bluebook closed to the press and
public. No sightings to be given out. No questions answered in
regard to specific sightings, etc. Same for questions on pictures,
the Utah analysis. They specifically denied my request to go to
Despite that, the legal aide to the Secretary of AF, a Gen. Joe
Kelly, recently said all was wide open...It was in answer to a
letter from Senator Case; one of Case's constituents had asked if I
was right, was the AF holding back info. Kelly said all sightings
were available to the public. I immediately denied it, and UP
carried both Kelly's line and my answer. Then I asked the Pentagon
if they'd changed — again. I got my answer from Lt. Col. Hugh Day,
Magazine Branch of OPI, and he said no, the sightings were not
available. I said I wanted a definite explanation of why Kelly said
they were, and so far I haven't got any.
The net effect is that the public is constantly told the AF is
telling all, and actually they're withholding all info. It's a
deliberate deception, and dangerous.
You of course know about the new CIRVIS set-up, for pilots to radio
in reports instead of waiting to report later. And you probably know
about the MARS Committee, astronomers here and abroad to watch Mars
24 hours a day as it nears us this Summer, to see if they can detect
any sign of life. Beside this, the AF, Army and Navy have tied into
a project for two noted astronomers to try to locate "tiny moons" —
almost invisible satellites — known to be circling the earth. One
man is Dr. Lincoln La Paz, the other Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered
Pluto. Tombaugh says such "tiny moons" are almost sure to be
orbiting the earth; that they could be used by our space travelers
as stepping stones to the stars (or the moon.) What they don't say
is that an unknown space race could be using them too, and that if
such small bodies are practically invisible, space ships could be
orbiting, unseen, in the same way. (Which many astronomers have
previously denied as impossible.) My opinion is that the armed
services are seriously concerned because such "invisible satellites"
have actually been proved as existing, and they are anxious to find
out just what they are, and who is using them. Tombaugh recently
told associates at White Sands to be ready for a new flurry of UFOs
in the coming months, and I think we'll have some headline news by
Your dope on the Washington sightings is very interesting. If you
ever see the unknown gent who tipped you to the story, try to put
him in touch with me, will you? Though I've never accepted the
rumors that the AF had some saucers, secretly, I know it could be
true. However, I'd want some very factual proof before making any
public statements on that.
Ralph Mayher, the ex-Marine you mentioned, called me one night from
Cleveland, said he was dickering with LIFE about their use of his
pictures. No word since. The AF has never admitted having the
pictures, and won't answer any queries now. I'd like to see the
film some time.
I note that you have some new reports; I hope we can talk
them over some time. If you should get any authentic reports with
unusual details of a UFO, or a group, and especially about any indication
of living creatures aboard, I'd greatly appreciate knowing about them.
I have one such report, tied to a secret Navy sighting last Summer,
but cannot use it because it isn't officially confirmed. If it
is true, it Is the biggest thing yet.
Thanks for the comment on my reply to Joe Hull. Joe called me one day from
Washington and he seems like a nice guy; he said he must have been badly
misled by Menzel, and he was now starting all over again.
If you haven't read it, you might like to check on an article by Dr. Harlow
Shapley, Dir. of Harvard Observatory, entitled "Life On Other Planets."
It appeared in the November Atlantic Monthly. Even admitting the most skeptical approach, Shapley concluded there are at least 100,000,000 inhabited planets in the universe, some certainly with higher life forms than ours. Wonder what Menzel thinks of that?
If you ever have any info you want kept confidential,
I'll agree to keep it so if you pass it on. Or if the facts could be used, with no identification of persons, locations, etc., I'd use it that way. What I want mainly now is strong, authentic reports by experienced pilots; since the AF has told its pilots (and probably Navy and Marine) to keep mum, the main source would be the air line pilots. So if you know any who could help, please tell them to write — or phone
if they're in Washington any time. I'll guard their names carefully.
Another item I'm collecting — the occasions when pilots have been pressured to keep silent. Do you know of any instances?
After my long silence (though unintentional) I wouldn't blame you for not bothering to write me. But I promise not to let your letter get misfiled — I'm checking each one as it comes in now, though some will have to wait a long time, because I now have about 800 unanswered ones, and they come in around 8 to 10 a day. I'll have to get up a form postcard for most of them, and maybe a form letter for others, or I'll never get any more writing done. I hate to do it, for I'd like to answer each letter fully, but I do want to get out some new articles or another book, some time this year.
Thanks again for your letter, and the swell review. I hope we'll be meeting in the near future.
With kindest regards,
Donald E. Keyhoe,
Major, U.S. Marine Corps, Ret.