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Bruce Maccabee

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Bruce Maccabee
Maccabee at the 1993 MUFON Symposium
Born(1942-05-06)May 6, 1942
DiedMay 10, 2024(2024-05-10) (aged 82)

Bruce S. Maccabee (May 6, 1942 – May 10, 2024) was an American optical physicist employed by the U.S. Navy, and a ufologist.[1][2][3]


Maccabee received a B.S. in physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, 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]

Maccabee was also a pianist who performed at the 1997 and 1999 MUFON symposia. He lived in Allen County, Ohio, and was married to Jan Maccabee. He died at his home in Lima, Ohio on May 10, 2024, at the age of 82.[6]


Maccabee was interested in UFOs from 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 later served on the National Board of the Fund.

His UFO research and investigations 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),[7] the Phoenix lights sightings of March 13, 1997, 2004 Mexican UFO incident and many others.[8][9][10]

Maccabee also carried out 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 collected documents from the CIA, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army, and other government agencies.

Maccabee was the author or coauthor of about three dozen technical articles and more than a hundred trade articles about UFOs 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[weasel words], Maccabee concluded that Edward Condon lied about the results.)

In addition, he also wrote or contributed to half a dozen books on the subject of UFOs and appeared on numerous radio and television shows and documentaries as an authority on the subject.


  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. ^ "Obituary For Dr. Bruce S. Maccabee". Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services. Retrieved 16 May 2024.
  7. ^ Differential motion in the Mexico City video Archived 2011-08-01 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Science Watch". The New York Times. March 27, 1979. Retrieved September 10, 2023.
  9. ^ The New York Times - .U.F.O. Files: The Untold Story - NYT October 14, 1979
  10. ^ The Los Angeles Times - UFO Believers Gather and Reveal That-Surprise-Aliens Are Here - NYT May 16, 1991

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