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Ezekiel saw the wheel.
This is the wheel he said he saw.
These are Unidentified Flying Objects that people say they are seeing now.
Are they proof that we are being visited by civilizations from other stars?
Or just what are they?
The United States Air Force began an investigation of this high strangeness in a search for the truth.
What you are about to see is part of that 20 year search.

These were the words, spoken by radio and television veteran, Jack Webb, that opened the premiere episode of "Project: U.F.O.".
The above stanza was used for the first season of the series.  It was truncated somewhat for the second season.

This page is not for profit and exists solely as a tribute to a show that remains in my memory 30+ years after it left the network, as well as a service to the fans of the series. I have searched far and wide on the web and believe this to be the only detailed page on Project: U.F.O. that exists on the internet.  My deepest thanks go out to 2 wonderful ladies, one in Australia and one in The United Kingdom, who provided me with copies of all 26 episodes!  Take a look around the page and I hope you'll like what you see.  Please consider joining our Yahoo group (look for the banner towards the bottom of the page) so we can all discuss the series.

Project UFO was an NBC television series which lasted two seasons, from 1978 to 1979. Based loosely on the real-life Project Blue Book, the show was created by Dragnet veteran Jack Webb, who pored through Air Force files looking for episode ideas. This was the final show produced by Webb's Mark VII Limited, but in the case of this show it was produced in association with Worldvision Enterprises (now CBS Television Distribution).

The show featured two U.S. Air Force investigators charged with investigating UFO sightings. The first season starred William Jordan (as "Maj. Jake Gatlin") and Caskey Swaim (as "Staff Sgt. Harry Fitz"). Jordan was a rather nondescript leading man, while Swain (who had never had any significant acting experience before landing the role) added diversity as a Southerner with a pronounced accent. In season two, Jordan was replaced by Edward Winter (as "Capt. Ben Ryan"). Aldine King ("Libby") was another regular. Dr. Joyce Brothers appeared in two episodes.

In the pilot episode, Gatlin informed the newly-assigned Fitz that, since it is impossible to prove a negative, their job was to prove that each UFO sighting was real, by researching and disproving possible alternate explanations. Gatlin also told Fitz that he himself had once seen "something I can't explain" while flying as an Air Force pilot, which led to his interest in Blue Book.

In retrospect, "Project UFO" anticipated many of the themes of the X-Files, though of course without that show's romantic subtext or anti-government (or for that matter, anti-alien) paranoia. As with Blue Book, many of the UFO sightings on "Project UFO" turned out to have conventional explanations. Some, however, were left unexplained, and suggestive of alien contact. By the second season, the investigators had themselves experienced a UFO sighting.

In an odd reversal of the Scooby-Doo dynamic, the series eventually settled into a pattern in which the investigators would spend most of the hour uncovering some conventional explanation for a UFO sighting, only for the last five minutes to reveal that UFOs (or some similarly unexplained phenomena) were involved after all.

This series has not been aired since its original network run. Mark VII had creative control over the series and originally held the copyright, but the rights to this series are currently uncertain.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Worldvision distributed the program overseas in the United Kingdom and Australia where it was run on The Sci-Fi Channel (U.K.) and TV1 (Australia).  I believe Lorimar Telepictures distributed the series in the United States as I remember one episode (Sighting 4011 The Doll House Incident) being telecast a few years back on TV Land as part of its Ultimate Fan Hour.  It is unfortunate that the series has not been run in the United States (with exception to the above mentioned airing of a single episode) since its network run.  Nor has it been "officially" released on DVD despite the fact that most of Jack Webb's television series' have seen an "official" DVD release.

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