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   Eye in the Sky 


By Bill Schofield

30 March 1952

Greenfield, Massachusetts

From editorial page of Boston Traveler Magazine, May 5, 1952

             This is bargain day in the flying saucer department, and you're getting two stories for the price of one -- the first from a resident of western Massachusetts and the second from Navy Secretary Dan Kimball.

            Personally I don't care how many people believe stories like these, or how many snicker at them. But as far as I'm concerned,  I'll continue to collect them and catalogue them and puzzle over them with an open mind until somebody comes up with a hard-fact explanation of all the weird things that have been going on in the skies during the past five years. So far, nobody has been able to do this.

            When and if they do, I'm convinced it will be one of the biggest news stories of all time.

            For the first of today's incidents, then, let's go westward to the town of Greenfield, where Dr. Albert Baller sighted three big flying spheres traveling at fantastic speed one day last February.

            This time the story is told by Charles T. Earley, a 35-year-old tap and die worker, who was startled half out of his wits on the afternoon of March 30 by a visit from a pair of flying rings.

            It was a sunny afternoon, cloudless and windless, and Earley was in his backyard burning leaves at about 3 P.M. when he heard a sound overhead like the rushing of a heavy breeze.

            "I looked up and saw this thing coming down from the sky,"  he says. "It was coming at terrific speed. At first it looked a little smaller than the moon. It was so bright I thought it might be a falling star. It was shining like chrome.

            "IT CAME DOWN FAST and stopped about 1300 feet overhead. It was like a big whirling ring 30 feet across and I could see the blue sky through its middle. It hovered overhead for a second or two and then turned up on edge and I could see there were two rings instead of one. They looked to be about five feet apart and were not joined. "

            "The rings, Earley says, then raced across the sky about one mile up the southwest. There they dropped back to the flat position again and then took off toward Sugarloaf Mountain, following the contour of the earth. Nearing Sugarloaf, they banked and hesitated for a moment then shot skyward and vanished at unbelievable speed.

            "They shot straight up so fast they just blurred out of sight," Earley says.

            So much for Greenfield. Now listen to Secretary Kimball.

            THE CABINET MEMBER told his story to an audience of Navy officers and air cadets a couple of weeks ago at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. He may have expected it would stop there, but since he made no such request and since nothing was said about his remarks being off the record,  I'll take the liberty of repeating his report.

            On a recent flight across the Pacific, he said, he was flying at night from Pearl Harbor to Guam. Another plane, with additional members of his party, was trailing several miles behind on the same course.

            Kimball stressed the fact that he has the utmost faith and confidence in the pilot who was with him that night, a pilot who has flown him for thousands of miles over a period of years.

            Somewhere out over the dark Pacific, he said, the pilot came back to the cabin visibly excited and reported that a flying saucer had appeared out of nowhere, had flown abeam the secretary’s plane for some distance, and had just raced ahead and shot up into the sky and out of sight. He and the co-pilot had both watched the phenomenon, he said. He asked if he should radio a report of the incident to Pearl Harbor.

            Kimball advised him not to pointing out that Pearl Harbor probably wouldn’t believe the story. Instead, the secretary suggested sending a message to the plane astern and ordering them to keep a sharp lookout for any unusual sights.

            IN A MATTER OF MINUTES, the second plane radioed excited­ly that a flying saucer had just come down and flown alongside the wing tip, then had shot ahead and vanished into the sky.

            Shakespeare had it right; “There are stranger things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."