MUFON's Goals

I. Investigate UFO sightings and collect the data in the MUFON Database for use by researchers worldwide.

II. Promote research on UFOs to discover the true nature of the phenomenon, with an eye towards scientific breakthroughs, and improving life on our planet.

III. Educate the public on the UFO phenomenon and its potential impact on society.

MUFON officially began on May 31, 1969. At that time it was known as the Midwest UFO Network. As it outgrew the Midwestern state boundaries to become a world class UFO organization, the name was changed to Mutual UFO Network. That allowed the acronym MUFON to remain as the organization matured. Allen Utke, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Wisconsin State University was selected as the first MUFON Director. A year later Walter H. Andrus, Jr., replaced Dr. Utke as the MUFON Director, a position he held until 2000 when he retired and John F. Schuessler took over as International Director. John retired in November 2006 and James Carrion became the International Director. James Carrion resigned at the end of 2009 and Clifford Clift became the International Director. He resigned in January 2012 and David MacDonald became took over.  And now, at the 2013 MUFON Symposium in Las Vegas, Jan Harzan became the new Executive Director.

MUFON is currently the oldest and largest UFO organization in the world and the only one that: 

  • Has a corporate office with full-time staff

  • Has a distinguished board of directors. 

  • Publishes a monthly hardcopy and online UFO journal

  • Holds an annual symposium

  • Has a membership of  over 4,000

  • Has a computerized UFO case management system with over 80,000+ UFO cases

  • Has a structured  field investigator training program with more than 500 trained field investigators

  • Has a nationwide rapid response team for high value investigations known as the STAR Team

  • Has a trained underwater dive team

  • Has it's own television show on the History Channel called HANGAR 1

MUFON is already leading the charge to solve the UFO mystery once and for all and you are invited to join us on this great journey as both a member and active participant.

Does MUFON Seem Familiar?

MUFON has been featured on television shows like X-Files, Sightings, and Unsolved Mysteries, as well as various programs on the History Channel and Discovery Channel.  MUFON did have it's own series called Hangar 1 on the History Channel.  It can be found on the H2 channel and through streaming services.

"Are you MUFON or CUFOS?  Do you mind if I sit down? Let me guess you're with that new group--CSICOP, right?  Um, say no more. You're a cautious man. Trust no one."

- Max Fenig to Mulder, X-Files, s01e09 "Fallen Angel"

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