Two Air Force piolts saw a flat, round white object hovering at high
altitude while they were watching a balloon.
8:30 p.m. Witness: USAF Lt. Bagnell. One pale blue oval, with its long
axis vertical, flew straight and level for 4-5 seconds, covering 30 in
1:55 p.m. Witnesses: Municipal Airport Weather Observers Luther
Harrison Manson. One white, slightly elongated oval was watched for 1.5
minutes through a theodolite while it flew straight and level.
9:58 p.m. Witnesses: Sandia Base Security Guard Hugh Young and wife. A
flying wing- shaped craft passed over their heads at an estimated
800-1,000' altitude with no sound. Size estimated at 1.5 times wingspan
B-36 bomber,or 350'. Dark, chordwise stripes on underside, and 6-8
of soft, glowing lights on trailing edge of "wing". Speed estimated at
300-400 m.p.h., object seen for about 30 seconds.
1:45-2:40 p.m. Witnesses: two city fire department employees. Two
objects--one shiny silver and the other orange or light brown-- were
three times performing fast maneuvers.
6:45 p.m. Witness: S/Sgt T.H. Shorey. One shiny round object flew 5-6
times as fast as an F-86 jet fighter for 6 seconds.
11:18 a.m. Witnesses: crew of B-25 bomber #8840 at 11,500'. One
rectangular aluminum object, about 6'x4', flew
250-300' below the B-25.
10:50 a.m. Witnesses: Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Markland. Four shiny objects
straight and level in a diamond formation.
12:10 p.m. Witnesses: pilot and crew chief of UAAF B-26 bomber. A
of black smoke bursts (4-3-3-4-3), similar to antiaircraft fire, was
over a 20 minute period.C. 12:30 a.m. Witnesses: radar
Numerous witnesses, including a policeman, saw a reddish, round object
hover at low level, then take off very rapidly towards the west.
Charles B. Moore, Jr., was with four enlisted Navy personnel making a
pilot balloon observation preparatory to release of a Skyhook balloon
the White Sands Proving Ground in the middle of the morning of 4/24/49.
The balloon was airborne and was under observation by one of the men
when Moore became aware that a white object which he took to be the
balloon was in a part of the sky well away from where the theodolite
operator had his instrument trained. As Moore has explained directly to
in discussing this famous case, he thought the operator had lost the
balloon. Moore took over, swung the 25-power scope onto the "balloon"
had spotted, and found that it was in fact an ellipsoidal white object
moving at a rapid angular velocity towards the NE. With stopwatch and
recording forms at hand, it was possible for the team of five men to
secure some semi-quantitative data on this sighting; Moore disengaged
vernier drives to track manually, and followed the object as it sped
the southwest into the northeast skies. At its closest approach, it was
moving at about 5 degrees/sec. Just before Moore lost it in the
to the northeast, its angular elevation began to increase, as if it
climbing, a quite significant point. The object had a horizontal length
about two to three times greater than its vertical thickness. Moore
got a sufficiently clear view to identify any finer details if any were
present. Another balloon was immediately released to check the slim
possibility that a high-speed jet from SW to NE might have carried some
airborne obJect across the sky; but the winds were blowing more or less
right angles to the object's path to the 93,000 ft level, and were
weak (Ref. 10). The angular diameter of the object was estimated at
a minute of arc (which in the 25-power theodolite would appear to Moore
as about three-fourths the apparent size of the moon).
Time unknown. Witnesses: Two members of a balloon project from the
Mills . Aeronautical Research Laboratory, the manger of the Artesia
Airport, and three pilots. The balloon crew was observing their 110'
balloon at an altitude of 112,000' when a dull white, round object was
spotted. It appeared larger than the balloon, but made no movement.
the balloon crew and the others saw two objects from the airport;
side-by-side, they circled the balloon and flew away to the northeast.
second observation lasted about 40 seconds. Note: there is confusion
the date of this case, with some USAF records showing it as 1952;
1951 appears to be correct.
A UFO was purportedly tracked on radar before it crashed near here.
said to have been proven to be a hoax.
Two persons witnessed the landing of a lens-shaped object the size of a
house. It came to the ground near the railroad tracks, kicking up a
sandstorm in the desert. One witness first decided to approach it, then
ran away in fear.
An Air Force pilot saw a fast-moving UFO speed out of sight over the
8:10 p.m. Witness: USAF light Surgeon Maj. E.L. Ellis. Many
lights, sometimes separate, sometimes fused, behaved erratically. Speed
varied from motionless to very fast during 5 minute sighting.
6:44 a.m. Witnesses: instructor and student pilot in USAF B-25
bomber/trainer. A metallic disc, shaped like two pie pans face-to-face,
and 120- 130' in diameter, paced the B-25, showing both its edge and
face, for 5-7 minutes. Only item in case file was summary form.
20 miles east of Cochise, New Mexico. 7:55 p.m. Witnesses: Instructor
Capt. D.F. Ritzdorf, aviation cadet F.W. Miller in TB-25
One red and white ball hovered off the left wing of the TB-25 for 5
minutes, then made a very fast climb. Total time of sighting was 8
At 3:42 a.m., NASA employee Julian Sandoval saw a UFO near his home.
Sandoval was working at the time for the Apollo moon project as an
electrical power and environmental control engineer. Sandoval served in
the U.S. Air Force as a pilot/navigator with over 7,000 hours of flight
Unidentified aerial objects moved in numbers over Farmington on
One witness, Clayton J. Boddy, estimated that he had observed a total
20 to 30 disc-shaped objects, including one red one substantially
than the others, moving at high velocity across the Farmington sky on
the late morning of 3/17/50. John Eaton, a Farmington realtor,
being called out of a barbershop when the excitement began and seeing a
high, fast object suddenly joined by many objects that darted after it.
former Navy pilot, Eaton put their height at perhaps 15,000 ft. "The
object that has me puzzled was the one we saw that was definitely red.
was seen by several and stated by all to be red and travelling
at a terrific speed."
Eaton also spoke of the way the smaller
objects would "turn and appear to
be flat, then turn and appear to be round", a description matching
an oscillating disc-shaped object. No one described seeing any
wings or tails, and the emphasis upon the darting, "bee-like" motion
in several of the accounts.
A midday sighting by a University of New Mexico meteoriticist, Dr.
La Paz, and members of his family was summarized by _Life_ magazine
ago without identifying La Paz's name. At 4:47 p.m. MST on 7/10/47,
members of the La Paz family nearly simultaneously noted "a curious
object almost motionless" low on the western horizon, near a cloudbank.
The object was described as ellipsoidal, whitish, and having
sharply-outlined edges. It wobbled a bit as it hovered stationary just
above the horizon, then moved upwards, passed behind clouds and
farther north in a time interval which La Paz estimated to be so short
to call for speeds in excess of conventional aircraft speeds. It passed
front of dark clouds and seemed self-luminous by contrast. It finally
disappeared amongst the clouds. La Paz estimated it to be perhaps 20
away, judging from the clouds involved; and he put its length at
Colonel Carl Sanderson, flying an F84 jet at 35,000 feet, sighted two
circular silvery UFOs, one of them making an extraordinary right turn
right in front of him. The objects disappeared at high speed, then
reappeared over El, Paso Texas.
Afternoon. Witnesses: Geophysics Lab balloon observers Alsen, Johnson,
Chance. Two irregular, round, white or golden objects. One made three
loops then rose and disappeared rapidly; the other flew in a fast arc
the west during the 3O^second sighting.
3:40 p.m. Witnesses: civilian supervisor Fred Lee, foreman L.A.
One round silver object flew south, turned and flew north, made a 360
and flew away vertically after 3-5 minutes.
12:05 a.m. Witness: Airman lst Class J.M. Donaldson. Eight to ten
balls in a triangular or V-formation flew very fast for 3-4 seconds.
(MCD#2 - 4)
Two CAA control tower operators observe a lighted egg-shaped object
descend to and cross obliquely the runway area at Kirtland AFB
(Albuquerque), hover near the ground for tens of seconds, then climb at
unprecedented speed into the overcast. On radar, it was then followed
south some miles, where it orbited a number of minutes before returning
the airfield to follow an Air Force aircraft outbound from Kirtland.
Sightings, Part 1
Multiple sightings over Manzano Weapons Storage Area and Sandia
Laboratories test site, Coyote Canyon.
Sightings, Part 2
A man observed a bright, metallic, egg-shaped object north of La
Blue flames appeared to circle the base of the machine, which was
and about the length of a telephone pole. Scorch marks and four
were found, according to the local police.
At about 10:00 p.m. on 8/20/49, The noted astronomer Dr. Clyde Tombaugh
(Discoverer of Pluto), his wife, and his mother-in-law were in the yard
of his Las Cruces home, admiring what Tombaugh described as a sky of
transparency, when Tombaugh, looking almost directly towards zenith,
spotted an array of pale yellow lights moving rapidly across the sky
towards the southeast. He called them to the attention of the two
who saw them just before they disappeared halfway to the horizon. The
entire array subtended an angle which Tombaugh put at about one degree,
and it took only a few seconds to cross 50 or 60 degrees of sky. The
comprised six "windowlike" rectangles of light, formed into a symmetric
pattern; they moved too fast for aircraft, too slowly for a meteor, and
made no sound. Tombaugh was quited as saying, "I have never seen
like it before or since, and I have spent a lot of time where the night
sky could be seen well."
Three people were driving west, about 20 km east of Lordsbury, when the
entire area was illuminated by a bluish light "as bright as day", and a
round object flew about 3 meters above the car, making a whining sound.
3:55 p.m. Witnesses: Twelve Atomic Energy Commission security
One cylinder with tapered ends, silver and flashing, flew slow and hen
fast, fluttered and oscillated, and changed course. observations by
individuals varied from 3 seconds to 2 minutes.
10:50 a.m. Witnesses: control tower operator Don Weins, and two pilots
Carco. Eight large, round, bright aluminum objects flew straight and
level, then darted around erratically during 25 minutes.
10:23 p.m. Witness: security inspector. Four red-white-green lights
slowly over a prohibited area for 15 minutes.
7:25 p.m. Witness: pilot of USAF F-86 jet fighter at 600 kts. (700
m.p.h.). One bright orange circle flew at 800 kts. (900 m.p.h.), and
executed three fast rolls. Pilot chased object for 4 minutes.
James Stokes, an employee of Holloman AFB, was driving toward El Paso
car began to sputter and his radio to fade. He saw that several other
people had pulled their cars to the side of the road and were looking
something in the sky. Looking up, he saw a large, oval-shaped object
over the coolection of onlookers and then disappear. Exposed parts of
body later turned red and itched as if sunburned. He made a report to
Air Force. None of the other witnesses was ever located.
W.C. Dobbs reported a white, glowing object over Pope.
10:50 p.m. Witnesses: one Las Cruces policeman, one Dona Ana County
Sheriff. One round object--changing from red to green to blue to
rose vertically from a mountain top. Sighting lasted 10 minutes.
10 p.m. Witnesses: Dr. George Walton, physical chemist, and wife. Two
round white objects flew side-by-side, at 30-50' altitude, pacing the
witnesses' car for 6 minutes.
Two men saw an egg-shaped object coming toward them at low altitude. I
moved slowly, illuminating their car and producing a humming sound. The
car engine, the clock, and a wristwatch stopped. The object shot away
toward the southwest.
At 2:14 p.m., a teenaged boy standing in his yard on Los Arboles Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico spotted an unknown white object high in the sky.
said, "I thought it was just debris until I saw another one circling
one I saw previously...The lights were snow white."
The youth immediately called his father and older brother to
The brother had no trouble spotting the UFOs. It took the father a bit
longer, but he saw three white UFOs darting about in the upper
The youth ran into the house to fetch a pair of binoculars.
returned outside, he saw three F-16 jet interceptors approaching the
from the Nacimento Mountains northwest of the city. The jets flew over
their neighbor's house. By then, the UFOs had gone.
A dentist, Dr. R.F. Sensenbaugher, reported seeing a saucer-shaped UFO
about half the size of the full moon.
Police officer Lonnie Zamora saw some sort of craft land. He stopped
vehicle and saw a shining egg-shaped object with two people standing
beside it. When they saw him, the two people got back inside the craft
flew away. Investigation showed burn marks and other traces at the
At 8 p.m., traffic halted on Interstate Highway 25 just south of
New Mexico, as "a large, cigar-shaped object" landed in a nearby cow
pasture. Springer (population 1,696) is located in the northeastern
of the state, about 120 miles northeast of Santa Fe.
Five cars pulled over to the highway's shoulder, along with
trailers, and the drivers and passengers emerged to watch the UFO.
Described as "covered with very bright lights," the object "estimated
be at least two stories tall... was seen dropping out of the night sky
hovering over an area west of the highway." The UFO then "extinguished
lights and apparently settled on the ground."
One youthful witness "became emotionally upset" at seeing the
"was still in shock" when cruisers of the New Mexico State Police
at 8:20 p.m. By then, the large UFO had vanished.
9:15 p.m. Witnesses: Four USAF officers One round, bright blue light
from north to northeast at an elevation of 45* for 2-3 seconds and then
8:30 p.m. Witness: USAF maintenance specialist S/Sgt. Sparks. Five or
greyish discs, in a half-moon formation, flew at 500-600 m.p.h. for l
Captain E.B. Detchmendy reported a white, glowing UFO passing over the
White Sands missile range and reported it to his commanding officer.
A Naval rocket expert at the test grounds reported seeing a silvery
A group of scientists watched a disc-shaped UFO, 1/5 the size of the
full moon, streak across the sky in a series of violent maneuvers.
Two round white UFOs maneuvered around a missile in flight. (Confirmed
by Captain R.B. McLaughlin, USN)
A UFO was spotted by ground observers just after a test missile had
fallen back to the ground.
A UFO was spotted
by two theodolite stations just before the firing of a missile. The
object was tracked and photographed by both stations.
A UFO which sped near a B-29 was tracked on radar, observed
visually, and photographed.
At "Stallion Site", an army patrol (two witnesses)in a jeep saw an
"apparently controlled," luminous object on the ground near the site of
the first A-bomb explosion. It was first seen as a sunlike source 50
meters above the ground, descending to ground level after 3 minutes,
landing several km away at the northern end of the testing grounds.