EP 65 – Bruce Maccabee – Legendary UFO Researcher and Navy Physicist

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Bruce spent his early years in Rutland, Vt. After high school he studied physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass (B.S. in physics) and then at The American University, Washington, DC (M.S. and Ph. D. in physics). In 1972 he began his long (36 year) career at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, presently headquartered at Dahlgren, Virginia. He has worked on optical data processing, generation of underwater sound with lasers, various aspects of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) and Navy ship defense using high power

lasers and the development of optical sensors for use in detecting deadly materials commonly used in CBW (chemical and biological warfare). Bruce Maccabee has been active in UFO research since 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 MUFON in 1975 and was subequently appointed to the position of state Director for Maryland, a position he held for about 30 years. In 1979 he was instrumental in establishing the Fund for UFO Research and was the chairman for the about 13 years. He presently serves on the National Board of the Fund.

His UFO research and investigations (which are completely unrelated to his Navy work) have included the Kenneth Arnold sighting (Jun 24, 1947), the McMinnville, Oregon (Trent) photos of 1950, the Gemini 11 astronaut photos of September, 1966, the Skylab 3 astronaut sighting of September, 1973, the New Zealand sightings of December, 1978, the Japan Airlines (JAL1628) sighting of November 1986, the numerous sightings of Ed Walters and others in Gulf Breeze, Florida, 1987 - 1988, the "red bubba" sightings,1990-1992 (including his own sighting in September, 1991), the Mexico City video of August, 1997, the Phoenix lights sightings of March 13, 1997 at 10 PM, the Mexican Air Force case of March, 2004, the Iran Jet Case of Sept. 1976 and many others. He has also done historical research and was the first to obtain the "flying disc file" of the FBI (the REAL X-Files!).

Dr. Maccabee is the author or coauthor of about three dozen technical articles and more than a hundred UFO articles since 1970, including many which appeared in the MUFON Journal and MUFON Symposium proceedings. He wrote the last chapter of "The Gulf Breeze Sightings" by Edward and Frances Walters (Morrow, 1990). He wrote the UFO history chapter of the book "UFOs: Zeugen und Zeichen," published in Germany in 1995. He is co-author with

Edward Walters of "UFOs Are Real, Here's The Proof," (Avon Books, 1997), he is the author of "The UFO/FBI Connection" (Llewellyn Books, May, 2000) and the updated and expanded version, "The FBI CIA UFO Connection" (Amazon, 2014). He is the author of a unique novel, "Abduction in My Life," (November, 2000) and the expanded version, "Abduction In My Family" (Amazon, 2015). Two more recent books are "Three Minutes in June, the UFO sighting that changed the World" (Amazon, 2017) and "The Legacy of 1952, the Year of the UFO" (Amazon 2018). He is listed in Who's Who in Technology Today and American Men and Women of Science and he has appeared in over 200 radio, TV and internet shows and documentaries.

Bruce is an accomplished pianist and organist who performed at the 1997 and 1999 MUFON symposia. He lives in Ohio.


Maccabee, B., "Strong Magnetic Field Detected Following a Sighting of an Unidentified Flying Object," Journal of Scientific Exporation 8, 347 (1994)
Maccabee, B., "Water Spout UFO Photographed, " MUFON Journal, Nov. 1994
Maccabee, B., "The Arnold Phenomenon," January/February and March/April issues of the International UFO Reporter (CUFOS) (1995)
Maccabee, B., "Raining on Sagans Parade," MUFON Journal, January, 1996
Maccabee, B., "The White Sands Films," International UFO Reporter, (CUFOS) Vol. 21, #1, Spring, 1996
Maccabee, B., "Illegitimate Science? A Personal Story," Journal of Scientific Exploration 10, 269(1996)
Maccabee, B., "Acceleration," Proceedings of the International MUFON Symposium, 1996
Maccabee, B., "The Nightline UFO Video," MUFON Journal, Dec. 1996
Maccabee, B., "The First Sighting," Proceedings of the International MUFON Symposium, 1997
Maccabee, B., "UFOs, the Real Thing or the Wrong Impression," Shutterbug Magazine, Aug. & Sept. 1997
Maccabee, B., "My Mission from the Ashtar Command," International UFO Reporter, Winter, 1997-1998
Maccabee, B., "Preliminary Report on the Mexico City Video of August 6, 1997," MUFON Journal, April, 1998
Maccabeem B., "Flying Peanut or Double UFO," MUFON Journal, January, 1999
Maccabee, B., "Phoenix Lights Revisited," MUFON Journal, Feb. 1999
Maccabee, B., "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)
Maccabee, B., "Optical Power Output of an Unidentified High Altitude Light Source," published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol 13, #2,1999
Maccabee, B., "Atmosphere or UFO," published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration Vol 13, #3, 1999
Maccabee, B., "Prosaic Explanations, the Failure of UFO Skepticism," published in Infinite Energy Magazine, Issue #29, 2000; complete version in the Proceedings of the International MUFON Symposium, 2000


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 them:

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 fall,1996
Discovery Channel, UFOS DOWN TO EARTH ,Dec. 1996
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


He has spoken at many conferences over the last 40 years. Here are some of them.

Prince Georges Community College,
FUFOR Symposium, Aug. 1996
REAL X FILES Conference, Dusseldorf, Germany, Feb. 1997
Hakui (Japan) Space and UFO Museum Conference, March, 1997
Maryland MUFON Symp in Bethesda, May 1997
MUFON International Symposium, Grand Rapid, MI, July,1997
National UFO Conference, Springfield, OH, Sept. 1997
Omega UFO Conference, North Haven, CT Oct. 1997
Baltimore Whole Life Expo, March, 1998
Mid Atlantic MUFON Conference, May, 1998
New Hampshire UFO Conference, Sept. 1998
First International Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, Feb. 1999
Third International UFO Conference in Santiago, Chile, April,1999
International Symposium of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), July,1999
Mid-Atlantic MUFON Symposium, May, 2000
Intruders Foundation Symposium, New York City, May, 2000
UFO2000, St,. Paul, Alberta, Canada, July 2000
MUFON International Symposium. July, 2000