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Unidentified Aerial Object photographed near Zwischbergen, Switzerland, on July 26, 1975

an excellent monograph

Jerome CLARK in International UFO Reporter (May/June 1995)

Their book is a meticulous study which is a model of its kind. Their step-by-step presentation of the accumulating findings offers the fascination of a detective story (...) Transcripts of interviews, abundant diagrams and photographs (including a high quality colour print from a negative of the original transparency) pand lucid, clear writing and presentation make this not only a superb piece of investigation but a pleasure to read. Even if your interest in UFOs is only minimal, you will enjoy treading in the investigators' footsteps as they follow up each clue which points to the truth.

Hilary EVANS in The Skeptic (September/October 1995)

As usual, our bookshelf sags under the weight of unreviewed books. One of the best of these comes from Europe and represents the painstaking investigation and analysis of a classic photographic case. The title of this singular work, conducted by the Belgium-based Caelestia Project, is Unidentified Aerial Object Photographed near Zwischbergen, Switzerland, on July 26, 1975: A Case Analysis. This isn't exactly the sort of sensationalistic title or come-on guaranteed to ensure high sales, but it is indicative of the industry and seriousness with which the Caelestia Project and authors Wim van Utrecht and Frits van der Veldt undertook their study....

...I won't give away the authors' conclusions here, but will say that anyone seriously interested in learning the art, as well as the science, of UFO investigation should consider this the classic textbook example of how to conduct one, from interviewing the original witnesses and after-the-fact photoanalysis, to the meticulous accumulation of meteorological and other data -- overturning every stone and following every clue wherever it leads in the process -- and the final compilation of a clear, readable, comprehensive report.

The amount of work that went into this project is monumental and shows on almost every one of the book's 240 pages, which include more than 80 photographs, drawings and maps. Given the resources, this is how we would like to see every UFO case investigated -- if only we could.

Richard F. HAINES in MUFON UFO JOURNAL (January 1996)

Wow! That is the word which best comes to mind to describe this fantastic new book from Belgium. It is worth every penny, if you can afford it, and it is not very often you can say that about a UFO book.

Produced privately - not that you would know it given its superb quality - this lavish book has mountains of transcripts, maps, lucid text, numerous illustrations and your own postcard sized sharp colour print of the photo under discussion. There is even an index - and despite the fact that the book is from a Belgian investigation into a case that occurred in Switzerland (...) it is written in very good English.

(...) if UFOlogy stopped bickering and playing its never-ending ego games, suspended pointless conferences and media one-upmanship for a year and instead concentrated on turning its best evidence into more case history books like this then we would go a long, long way towards raising the scientific credibility of the subject.
This is my candidate for UFO book of the year - by miles.

Jenny RANDLES in Northern UFO News (March 1996)

A balanced result which will commend them to scholars of the subject, but bore the saucerheads. An authoritative self-publication, in English, which includes a valuable appendix on experimental circular aircraft.

Bob RICKARD in Fortean Times (June 1997)