Bruce Maccabee

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Bruce Maccabee
Bruce Maccabee 1993.jpg
Maccabee at the 1993 MUFON Symposium
Born (1942-05-06) May 6, 1942 (age 79)

Bruce Maccabee (born May 6, 1942) is an American optical physicist formerly employed by the U.S. Navy, and a leading ufologist.[1][2][3]


Maccabee received a B.S. in physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., and then at American University, Washington, DC, (M.S. and Ph.D. in physics). In 1972 he began his career at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory, White Oak, Silver Spring, Maryland; which later became the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. Maccabee retired from government service in 2008. He has worked on optical data processing, generation of underwater sound with lasers and various aspects of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) using high power lasers.[4][5]

Ufology research[edit]

Maccabee has been an active ufologist since the late 1960s when he joined the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) and was active in research and investigation for NICAP until its demise in 1980. He became a member of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in 1975 and was subsequently appointed to the position of state Director for Maryland, a position he still holds. In 1979 he was instrumental in establishing the Fund for UFO Research (FUFOR) and was the chairman for about 13 years. He presently serves on the National Board of the Fund.

His UFO research and investigations (which, he often stresses, are completely unrelated to his Navy work) have included the Kenneth Arnold sighting (June 24, 1947), the McMinnville, Oregon (Trent) photos of 1950, the Gemini 11 astronaut photos of September, 1966, the Tehran UFO incident of September 1976, the New Zealand sightings of December 1978, the Japan Airlines (JAL1628) sighting of November 1986, the numerous sightings of Gulf Breeze UFO incident, 1987–1988, the "red bubba" sightings, 1990-1992 (including his own sighting in September, 1991), the Mexico City video of August, 1997 (which he deemed a hoax),[6] the Phoenix lights sightings of March 13, 1997, 2004 Mexican UFO incident and many others.[7][8][9]

He has also done historical research and was the first to obtain the secret "flying disc file" of the FBI (what he calls "the REAL X-Files"). In addition, he has collected documents from the CIA, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army, and other government agencies.

Maccabee is the author or coauthor of about three dozen technical articles and more than a hundred UFO articles over the last 30 years, including many which appeared in the MUFON UFO Journal and MUFON Symposium proceedings. Among his papers was a reanalysis of the statistics and results of the famed Battelle Memorial Institute Project Blue Book Special Report No. 14, a massive analysis of 3200 Air Force cases through the mid-1950s. (See Identified Flying Objects (IFOs)). Another was a reanalysis of the results of the Condon Committee UFO study from 1969. (Like many others, Maccabee concluded that Edward Condon lied about the results.)

In addition, he has also written or contributed to half a dozen books on the subject of UFOs and appeared on numerous radio and TV shows and documentaries (some given below) as an authority on the subject.

Maccabee is also an accomplished pianist who performed at the 1997 and 1999 MUFON symposia. He lives in Allen County, Ohio and married to Jan Maccabee.




  • ISBN 978-1-56718-493-8 UFO/FBI Connection (paperback, 2000)
  • ISBN 978-0-380-78599-5 UFOs Are Real: Here's the Proof (paperback, 1997)
  • ISBN 978-1-56065-093-5 Could UFO's Be Real (library binding, 1991)
  • ISBN 978-0-9618082-0-4 Melbourne Episode: Case Study of a Missing Pilot (paperback, 1987)


Recent articles[edit]

  • "Strong Magnetic Field Detected Following a Sighting of an Unidentified Flying Object," Journal of Scientific Exploration, 8, #3, 347, 1994 abstract
  • "Water Spout UFO Photographed," MUFON UFO Journal, Nov. 1994
  • "The Arnold Phenomenon," January/February and March/April issues of the International UFO Reporter (CUFOS), 1995
  • "Raining on Sagan's Parade," MUFON UFO Journal, January, 1996 portions of article
  • "The White Sands Films," International UFO Reporter, (CUFOS) Vol. 21, #1, Spring, 1996 The White Sands Proof article
  • "Illegitimate Science? A Personal Story," Journal of Scientific Exploration, 10, #2, 269, 1996 abstract
  • "Acceleration," Proceedings of the International MUFON Symposium, 1996 article
  • "The Nightline UFO Video," MUFON UFO Journal, Dec. 1996 related article
  • "The First Sighting," Proceedings of the International MUFON Symposium, 1997
  • "UFOs, the Real Thing or the Wrong Impression," Shutterbug Magazine, Aug. & Sept. 1997
  • "My Mission from the Ashtar Command," International UFO Reporter, Winter, 1997–1998
  • "Preliminary Report on the Mexico City Video of August 6, 1997," MUFON UFO Journal, April, 1998
  • "Flying Peanut or Double UFO," MUFON UFO Journal, January, 1999
  • "Phoenix Lights Revisited," MUFON UFO Journal, Feb. 1999
  • "Immediate High Alert: The Mystery of December 6, 1960," Proceedings of the 1999 MUFON International Symposium. (this latter is the 100th published research paper on UFOs)
  • "Optical Power Output of an Unidentified High Altitude Light Source," published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, vol. 13, #2, 1999 article
  • "Atmosphere or UFO," Journal of Scientific Exploration, vol. 13, #3, 1999 abstract article
  • "Prosaic Explanations, the Failure of UFO Skepticism," Infinite Energy Magazine, Issue #29, 2000; complete version in the Proceedings of the International MUFON Symposium, 2000; Updated version in UFO Magazine November and December, 2007
  • "UFO detected by thermal imager," MUFON UFO Journal, January, 2007
  • "Skylab 3 UFO Sighting and Photo Analysis," at [2] December, 2007


Dr. Maccabee has been interviewed by print, radio and TV media numerous times since 1978. He has also appeared in a number of documentaries. Here are some of the more recent:

  • A Current Affair TV show, April 1992
  • Unsolved Mysteries (Guardian case), Feb. 1993
  • Fred Fiske Radio Show on National Public Radio (Feb. 93 repeated twice during the year)
  • Sonya Live on CNN, July 1993
  • WHAG Radio in Hagerstown (12 appearances as of summer 1996)
  • Area 2000 Radio Show (Art Bell) in Las Vegas (summer 1993)
  • WHPK in Chicago (Oct. 1993)
  • Encounters TV Show (Feb. 1994)
  • Dreamland Radio Show (June 1994)
  • Central TV in London (interviewed, summer 1994)
  • Sightings (Sep. 1994)
  • Kiviat-Green productions - Aug. 1995
  • Italian TV interview in San Marino (Sept. 1995)
  • A&E TV documentary, Where are all the UFOs, shown April 1996
  • Four Point Productions for The Learning Channel
  • Fox TV Special on Aliens landing (Independence Day movie tie-in)
  • Nightline TV show, July 16, 1996
  • Transmedia Productions of Paramount House, London, first shown in the fall 1996
  • London Weekend Television, shown in the fall1996
  • Discovery Channel, UFOs Down to Earth, Dec. 1996
  • Discovery Channel, UFO - Reason to Believe, 1996 (video)
  • Sightings , January 1997
  • Fox TV Best Video Evidence , August 1997
  • The "Zoh Show" and 20th Century Radio with Zoh and Bob Heironimus on WCBM radio in Baltimore numerous times, 1997–1998
  • The John Koon Radio Show, Radio South Africa, Dec. 1997
  • Twentieth Century Radio with Bob Heironimus, March 1999
  • Top Ten Unexplained Mysteries, The Learning Channel, Jan. 2000
  • The Julie Briggs Show on WMTR Radio, January 2000
  • The Tex-Files TV show of Fox4 News, February 2000
  • Fox TV Best Video Evidence, Part 2, May 2000
  • Mike Seigel Show, June 2000
  • Radio 630CHED, Edmonton, Alberta, July 2000
  • CBS TV affiliate, Edmonton Alberta, July 2000
  • Safespace - Fastwalkers - Winter 2006
  • The Paracast, Radio Show, 24 June 2007
  • Missing 411 : The Hunted (David Paulides' research into the missing), July 2019


  1. ^ Broad, William J - Urge To Investigate And Believe' Sparks New Interest In U.F.O.'S - The New York Times June 16, 1987
  2. ^ J. Deardorff, B. Haisch, B. Maccabee and H.E. Puthoff, J. - Inflation-Theory Implications for Extraterrestrial Visitation - British Interplanetary Soc., 58, 43-50, 2005
  3. ^ Maccabee, Bruce, - Photometric Properties of an Unidentified Bright Object Seen Off the Coast of New Zealand - Applied Optics, Vol 18, No. 15, 2527-28, 1979
  4. ^ Edmondson, Richard - UFO Baffles Experts - NZ Northern News August 29, 2007 [1]
  5. ^ The New York Times - System to Produce Hydrogen From Waste Invented - NYT June 26, 1976
  6. ^ Differential motion in the Mexico City video Archived 2011-08-01 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ The New York Times - Science Watch; Report on U.F.O.'s - NYT March 27, 1979
  8. ^ The New York Times - .U.F.O. Files: The Untold Story - NYT October 14, 1979
  9. ^ The Los Angeles Times - UFO Believers Gather and Reveal That-Surprise-Aliens Are Here - NYT May 16, 1991

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