Membership Type: Public
Established: 1969
Founders: Allen Utke
Status: Active
Location: Oak Lawn, IL
Presidnet: James Carrion (as of 2006)
Site Link:

MUFON is the Mutual UFO Network, one of the largest UFO Research organizations in the world. Since 1969 it has been dedicated to researching and discovering the truth behind the UFO phenomenon and the extraterrestrial beings that come to this world.


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 current International Director.


MUFON has been criticized by some Ufologists for not doing enough field work[1] and copying a lot of material straight from Wikipedia without doing required original research. Essentially, the more modernized MUFON has become too reliant on the Internet, rather than retrieving hard documentation, a step down from when they originally began.


  1. Interview with Brian Onley, presenter of The Book of Man on Vimeo