National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP)

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National Investigations Committee On Aerial Phenomena
Abbreviation NICAP
Formation 1956 October 24
Dissolution 1980
Legal status Defunct
Purpose/focus Ufology

The National Investigations Committee On Aerial Phenomena was an American organisation, founded in 1956 by Thomas Townsend Brown and later headed by Donald Keyhoe, dedicated to the study of unidentified flying objects with a focus on non-contactee events. During the 1960s, it was considered the most popular U.S. organisation of its kind, attracting over 14,000 active members. The numbers declined signifigantly during the 1970s and the group disbanded in 1980, following years of in-fighting and accusations of CIA infiltration.


  • NICAP Homepage ( — an archive and historical review of the group