This show tries to gather insight on the military's "First Response" protocols, the alleged recovery and cover-up procedures that are followed in case of a UFO incident. The investigation takes them to a claim of a military pursuit of multiple UFOs near Long Beach, California and a return visit to the supposed UFO crash in Needles, California in 2008.
An unidentified flying object, or UFO, in its most general
definition, is any apparent anomaly in the sky (or near or on the
ground, but observed hovering, landing, or departing into the sky) that
is not readily identifiable as any known object or phenomenon by visual
observation and/or use of associated instrumentation such as radar.
These anomalies were referred to popularly as "flying saucers" or
"flying discs" during the late 1940s and early 1950s.
"UFO" (or "UFOB") was officially created in 1953 by the United States
Air Force (USAF) to replace the more popular terms because of the
variety of shapes described other than "discs" or "saucers." It was
stated that a "UFOB" was "any airborne object which by performance,
aerodynamic characteristics, or unusual features, does not conform to
any presently known aircraft or missile type, or which cannot be
positively identified as a familiar object." As originally defined, the
term was restricted to those fraction of cases which remained
unidentified after investigation, with USAF interest being for potential
national security reasons and/or "technical aspects." (See Air Force
Regulation 200-2.) The term UFO became more widespread during the 1950s,
at first in professional literature, but later in popular use. UFOs
garnered considerable interest during the Cold War, an era associated
with a heightened concern for national security.
have concluded that the phenomenon does not represent a threat to
national security nor does it contain anything worthy of scientific
pursuit (e.g., 1953 CIA Robertson Panel, USAF Project Blue Book, Condon
Committee). Culturally, the phenomenon has often been associated with
extraterrestrial life or government-related conspiracy theories, and has
become a popular theme in fiction.