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PROJECT MAGNET - OCEANOGRAPHIC DEVELOPMENT SQUADRON EIGHT (VXN-8)


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Here's another USN rarity  ..... put on your tinfoil hat for this one.....

 

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Original Project Magnet patch U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office 1953

World-Wide Airborne Geomagnetic Survey 1951-1953 (or were they really tracking UFO's, Mao and Stalin)

 

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PROJECT MAGNET PRESS RELEASE

Hydrographic Surveys Department 1966

 

The U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office has confirmed the existence of Project Magnet, an “Airborne Geomagnetic Survey,” as an unclassified project allegedly not related to UFO investigation. In the previous edition of the UFO Investigator (Vol. l1 No.9) NICAP reported a link between this project and the Canadian government project of the same name, which was an avowed attempt to obtain scientific data on UFOs. Personnel of one of the U.S. project aircraft, a specially equipped Constellation, had admitted to Advisor Robert C. Beck that the two projects were “closely related.” Mr. Beck was told that they were searching out magnetic anomalies, - disruptions of the earth’s magnetic field,-emanating from above the earth.

 

OCEANOGRAPHIC DEVELOPMENT SQUADRON EIGHT (VXN-8)

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In a letter to a NICAP member dated November 21, 1963, Cmdr. P.B. Everson, U.S.N., gave the following information:

 

Project Magnet was initiated in 1951.
Currently there are two aircraft employed in the Project Magnet operations, one C-121 and one C-54 type aircraft.” (The C-121 presumably in the last issue).
The project is under the technical control and direction of the Navy Oceanographic Office.
The purpose is to gather data over the ocean areas for charts showing magnetic intensities and variations.
The project is authorized “on a permanent and continuing basis” by OPVAV (Navy Regulation) 3160.3B.
The average budget for the past three years has been $114,000 per fiscal year, including aircraft operation.

 

A brochure prepared by the Oceanographic Office makes no mention of UFOs, magnetic anomalies from above the earth, or the Canadian project. NICAP will continue to seek addition information about a possible tie-in with unpublicized UFO investigations by the Navy.

 

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