PROJECT SECOND STOREY
by Canadian Researcher Arthur Bray
Canadian researcher Arthur Bray's entry for the Canadian Project Second Storey for a UFO Encyclopedia.
PROJECT SECOND STOREY: A committee of the Canadian
Government to study UFOsm established in April 1952 to
consider the UFO problem and recommend government action.
This project was separate from Project Magnet, which dealt with
physics of Flying Saucers.
Second Storey was comprised of a group of scientists and
military officers who met at infrequent intervals.
The importance of the committee can be judged by the fact
that it was personally set up by Dr. O. M. Solandt, the
chairman of the Defense Research Board (DRB).
It was originally to be named Project Theta but because
of code-name technicalities, it became Project Second Storey.
The minutes of these meetings, which were declassified and
made available to the public in 1968, would indicate that
the committee met on only five occasions.
At its first meeting, the committee reviewed the work
of the U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book. At the third
meeting, the committee approved a form titled "Project
Second Storey Sighting Report" which was for use by
persons investigating sightings. An information or
instruction pamphlet was also prepared for distribution
with sighting report forms to assist investigators.
A further document approved by the committee and
developed by Wilbert B. Smith, a member of the committee,
consisted of "Weighting Factors for Analysis of Sighting
Reports." In the analysis of sighting reports, it was
fairly obvious that different reports would have widely
different values from the viewpoints of reliability,
confirmation, and lucidity. A formula was devised giving
approximately the same significance to each of these
factors, derived from numerical values assigned to the
answers given to the various questions on the Sighting
Report Form. In addition, a Record Card and a Record
Instruction Card were designed for maintenance of adequate
Finally, at the fifth meeting, it was apparently agreed
that evidence to date did not warrant and all-out investigation
by the Canadian Armed Services, but that reports of
sightings should continue to be collected at a central point.
This central point was to be the Defense Research Board.
It was further agreed that the committee should remain
active but the next meeting date was left open.
A separate document in the Second Storey file summarizes the position of the committee with the following statement:
"The committee as a whole has felt that owing to the impossibility of checking independently the details of the majority of
sightings, most of the observational material does not lend
itself to a scientific method of investigation. (Memorandum signed
by Dr. Peter M. Millman, dated November 21, 1953).
According to the information made public, the work of
Project Second Storey ceased at that point.
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