Technical Intelligence Division

Technical Intelligence Division (TID) was the group within Air Material Command, based at Wright Field (now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base), to which all reports of unidentified aerial activity were forwarded following a serious of sightings by personnel at Muroc Field (now Edwards Air Force Base) on July 8, 1947. That same month, two TID officers visited Kenneth Arnold and concluded "if Mr. Arnold could write a report of such a character and did not see the objects he was in the wrong business and should be engaged in writing Buck Rogers fiction." As the saucer flap of 1947 gathered momentum, staff at TID began to speculate on the origin of what were then commonly called "flying disks". One faction put forward the extraterrestrial hypothesis, although the consensus quickly emerged that advanced Soviet aircraft, possibly based on Nazi designs, were to blame.