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The CUFON Interview of Richard F. Haines Ph.D.

CUFON (Computer UFO Network) 12-September-1995

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Summary: Includes background info / bio information about Dr. Richard Haines.

1. State of UFOlogy today/Goals today?

UFOlogy is in a state of transition and confusion today (mid 1995). I see little evidence of serious private involvement. I see a growing interference in serious and legitimate activities of UFOlogists by people who have little or no background, experience, or education in the field.

Our chief goal must be to stay focused on the current phenomena and disregard mythology.

2. Future of UFOlogy?

Unless we can recruit fresh, creative, new talent from many different areas (science, social science, theology, etc.) there won't be a future as we now know it. It will drift into entertainment media.

3. What can a single individual do?

Study to become qualified to do a few things very well.

4. Advice for newcomers?

Read only the highest quality books and don't watch TV.

5. What do hard-core UFO sightings represent?

- No comment at this time. -

6. Meaning for mankind?

It could represent God's call to "look up" (Bible, Acts 1:11; Luke 21:26-28) in the "end times" and to prepare for his return.

It could mean that mankind must admit it doesn't understand very much and needs to be humbled.

There are probably ten more possibilities.

7A.Government cover-up?

No opinion at this time.

7B.Extent of government knowledge?

There are incredible numbers of currently classified documents. How many pertain to UFO no one can tell.

8. Hardware/alien bodies in Government hands?

No opinion at this time.

9. Most important aspect of UFOlogy today?

To teach man to look at every aspect of creation with awe, wonder, and respect.

Biographical Information provided by Dr. Haines:

Abbreviated Biography for Richard F. Haines

Academic Background:

» University of Washington, Seattle, College of Engineering, 1955-57
» Pacific Lutheran College, Tacoma (Dept. Psychology), BA,, 1960
» Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, (Dept. Psychology), MA, 1962
» Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, (Dept. Psychology), Ph.D. 1964
» Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, Calif., FAA Pilot Ground School certificate, 1977

Past and Present Employment:

» Boeing Airplane Co., Seattle, Wash. (Plant 2), General Aide, 1956-57
» W.C. Nickum & Sons, Naval Architects, Seattle, Wash. Draftsman, 1957-58
» Boeing Airplane Co., Renton, Wash. (Engineering Division) 1958-59
» Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Michigan State Univ. (Dept Psychology), East Lansing,
» Predoctoral Research Associateship, Nat'l. Inst. Mental Health, Michigan State Univ., 1963-64
» Post-doctoral Resident Research Associateship, Nat'l. Res. Council, Ames Research
Center-NASA 1964-67
» Research Scientist, Life Sciences Division, Ames Research Center-NASA, Moffett Field, CA
» Chief, Space Human Factors Office, Ames Research Center-NASA, Moffett field, CA 1986-88
» Asst. Professor, Dept of Psychology, San Jose State Univesity, San Jose, CA, 1988-89
» Research Scientist, Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science, Ames Research
Center-NASA, 1988


» Stanford Univ., School of Medicine, Dept. Preventive Medicine, (Effects of CO on visual
Sensitivity), l966-67
» TRW Systems Group, Los Angeles, CA (Effect of Light Flashes on Subsequent visual
Capability), 1969-70
» Expert (legal) witness in 12 cases involving aircraft and surface vehicle collision accidents,
» Lighting design services to contractors, architects, builders, 1979-present

Recent Professional Responsibilities:

Dr. Haines has directed focused human vision research for the manned space program in such areas as rendezvous/docking for the Gemini Program, spacecraft window design for the Space Station Freedom program, and visual cue extraction from the real world during landing by pilots of commercial airlines. Such data is useful for designing cockpits of the future. He conducted both theoretical and applied human performance studies for the Space Shuttle Program on human tolerance to atmospheric reentry g tolerance following bedrest (simulated weightlessness). He served as Program Coordinator for the Joint FAA-NASA Head Up Display Evaluation Program (1978-81) and facility manager for the Ames' Proximity Operations Research Mockup (1985-87). Moving into NASA management Dr. Haines was appointed Chief of the Space Human Factors Office at Ames, directing design and development work on NASA's AX-5 hard space suit and various interior layout design research for Space Station Freedom baseline specifications (1986-88). He retired from government service in 1988 and taught at San Jose State University in the Dept of Psychology (1988-89). From 1988 to the present he has worked as a staff scientist at the Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science, USRA, located at NASA Ames. In 1989 he was appointed as the Project Manager for NASA's Remote Coaching Facility which he helped design and develop. This rapid prototyping facility is engaged in defining teleoperational concepts, transmission bandwidth requirements, and other telescience needs for carrying out future remote science operations on Space Station Freedom.

Memberships and Appointments:

» Amer. Astronautical Society (1967-76); Optical Society of America;
» Aerospace Medical Association (Assoc. Fellow, 1978); Society of Automotive Engineers,
A-4 Committee on Aircraft Instruments (1979-present;
» S-7 Committee on Flight Deck & Handling Qualities Standards for Transport Aircraft
» International Society of Air Safety Investigators (Director of San Francisco Chapter, 1984-87);
» Sigma Xi; Member, Human Factors Committee, Aerospace Medical Association
» Member, Aviation Safety Committee, Aerospace Medical Association (1979-82);
» Founding Chairman, Human Factors Subcommittee for Space Station Freedom, Aerospace
Medical Association (1987-present);
» Advisory Board, Space Sciences Center, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA, (1976-78);
» Committee on Youth Activities, Mayoral appointment, Palo Alto, CA, (1967-68);
» Founder and Chairman of Advanced Technology Applications Committee, NASA/California
Council American Institute of Architects (1975-80);
» Member of Aviation Lighting Committee, Illuminating Engineering Society;
» Consulting Member to National Research Council - National Academy of Sciences Committee
on Vision (1969-1978);
» Director and Chairman of the Science Applications Team, Threshold Foundation, San Rafael,
CA, (1984-86);
» Member, Association of Aviation Psychologists (1977-82); others.

Publications, Honors and Awards:

Author of more than 55 scientific journal articles in the following publications:

Amer. J. of Optometry and Physiological Optics; Amer. J. Ophthalmology; J. Applied Psychology; J. Applied Physiology; Aerospace Medicine; Aviation Space & Environmental Medicine; Human Factors; Displays (UK); Psychonomic Science; Amer. Inst. of Architecture J.; J. of Navigation; J. of Psychology; Advances in the Astronautical Sciences; Man-Environment Systems; Society for Information Display; Bulletin of the Aerial Phenom. Research Organization; J. of UFO Studies; MUFON Journal; J. of Scientific Exploration; Contamination Control; J. of the Optical Society of America; Northwest Architect; others. He has also published over 20 NASA and FAA technical reports, presented more than 22 papers and national and international meetings, and produced Three NASA Technical Films.


(1) An Information Throughput Model for Complex, Transparent, Telescience Systems, In. G. Salvendy and M.J. Smith (Eds.), Pp. 354-360, Elsevier Science Publ., Amsterdam, 1989

(2) A Breakdown in Simultaneous Information Processing in G. Obrecht and L. Stark (Eds.), Presbyopia Research: From Molecular Biology to Visual Adaptation. plenum Publishing, New York (in press).

(3) Windows: Their Importance and Function in Confining Environments, Chapt. 31, In A. Harrison at al. (Eds.), From Antarctica to Outer Space: Life in Isolation and Confinement, Springer-Verlag Publ., New York, (in press).

(4) Forensic Human Factors Engineering, In I.S. Kuperstein and N.L. Salters (Eds.), Attorney's Guide to Engineering, Matthew Bender, Times Mirror Books, New York, 1986.


(1) "UFO Phenomena and the Behavioral Scientist", (Editor), The Scarecrow Press, New Jersey, 1979

(2) "Observing UFOs", Nelson-Hall Publ., Chicago, 1980

(3) "Melbourne Episode - Case Study of a Missing Pilot", LDA Press, Los Altos, CA, 1987

(4) "Advanced Aerial Devices Reported During the Korean War", LDA Press, Los Altos, CA, 1990

(5) "Night Flying", McGraw-Hill, 1992.

(6) "Project Delta", LDA Press, Los Altos, CA, 1994


3,737,217 (Visual Examination Apparatus)

4,018,533 (Optical Instrument Employing Reticle Having Pre-selected Visual Response Pattern Formed Thereon)

4,605,303 (Simulator Scene Display Evaluation Device)

(pending)(Personal Grooming Device for Microgravity)


Alumnus of the Year Award, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, 1972; Cited in past and present editions of Who's Who in California, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in America, and in past editions of Jane's Who's Who in Aviation and Aerospace (US Edition), Dictionary of International Biography, Amer. Men and Women of Science, Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans, KRONOS-Journal of Interdisciplinary Synthesis (1975-79) and is presently an Associate Editor for Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine; five NASA Tech Brief Awards (since 1967).

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