Project Blue Book - UFOs a "Space Age Myth”? Beginning in March 1952 until it was terminated on December 17, 1969; Project Blue Book was the United States Air Force code name for the systematic study of unidentified flying objects. Captain Edward J. Ruppelt said the new name was Project Blue Book, inspired by the blue booklets used for testing a college or university final exam. Captain Edward J. Ruppelt initially directed the project. Headquartered out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Project Blue Book followed 1947’s Project Sign and 1948’s Project Grudge. Officially he coined the term "Unidentified Flying Object”. Ruppelt earned an aeronautics degree and was an experienced airman. During World War II he was decorated by the Army Air Corps for his efforts. The new term was an accurate term, thought to be more neutral. Previously, "flying disc” and "flying saucer” had been used by the military. Thousands of UFO reports were collected. 12,618 UFO reports to be exact.