posted on Nov, 19 2007 @ 04:28 AM
Letter from J. E. Lipp of The Rand Corporation (Missiles Division) to Brigadier General Putt. Ref AI-1009.
(Could be read as AL-1009).
This letter from J.E. Lipp is in response to a request from Brigadier General Putt to the Founding President of the Rand Corporation, F.R. Collbohm,
to consider what features may be expected to be typical of spaceships and, therefore, help in understanding what may be behind what is described as
the "flying object problem". (Note: this description of the "problem" appears by inference to be General Putt's).
Lipp approaches the question by considering the following factors:
1. The likelihood of advanced civilisations existing within our own solar system
2. The likelihood of advanced civilisations existing in star systems relatively close to our own.
3. The characteristics of a space ship capable of travelling from and to either of the above locations.
4. Comparing likely space ship design to the reported characteristics and performance of UFOs.
It is interesting to read Lipp's rather matter of fact approach to the concept that there may be advanced civilisations on Venus or Mars but
ultimately he concludes that visits are more likely from other star systems. However he also goes on to conclude that the reported performance of
UFOs is not consistent with the requirements of any craft capable of travelling interstellar distances and that UFOs are actually probably "of
Earthly origin" although he does not speculate on what they may be or where they may come from.
Lipp's logic is clearly hamstrung by the engineering knowledge of the day and he seems not to be able, or perhaps willing, to consider propulsion
systems or other developments outside of the known concepts at the time. (In fairness to Lipp we do not know the precise terms of reference he was
given so it is unfair to judge him harshly). It is, nonetheless an interesting read, giving a fascinating insight to the thought processes
surrounding alien civilisations and their development in the 1940s.
The letter appears as an appendix to the Condon Report of 1968 where it is also recorded as being attached to the Project Sign Report of 1948.
The Condon Report
The letter is also called up as Appendix E-2 of the Project Grudge Report of 1949.
[edit on 19-11-2007 by timeless test]