Mutual UFO Network
The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) was founded in 1969 as a non-profit organization focused on the scientific investigation and research of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and related phenomena. MUFON's inception was a direct response to the closure of Project Blue Book, the U.S. Air Force's official study on UFOs, which concluded in 1969.
MUFON was established by Walter H. Andrus Jr., Allen Utke, John F. Schuessler, and several other UFO researchers who were members of the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO) and the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP). Dissatisfied with the existing UFO research organizations, these individuals aimed to create a network that would approach UFO investigations more scientifically and methodically.
Over the years, MUFON has grown significantly, with a presence in all 50 U.S. states and several other countries. The organization has developed standardized procedures for reporting and investigating UFO sightings, and it maintains a comprehensive database of UFO reports. MUFON also organizes annual symposium, conferences, and local meetings, providing opportunities for researchers, enthusiasts, and the general public to exchange ideas and learn about the latest developments in the field of UFO studies.
Throughout its history, MUFON has been at the forefront of UFO research, and it continues to play a significant role in the ongoing investigation and analysis of UFO sightings and related phenomena.