Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005 16:54:38 +0100 (BST), updated 18 Oct 2015
From: daniel wilson <>
Subject: April 25, 1949, Springer, NM, UFO report
To: Fran Ridge <>    

The following pdf file contains all of the resized Project Blue Book documents mentioned below and is now housed on the NICAP site for security reasons.

The original over-sized docs from the Blue Book are listed below:

Observers saw numerous silvery white objects flying in formation. Objects were shaped like Christmas ornaments. 
Several formations were seen over a period of an hour. 
Page ID (PID) : MAXW-PBB5-1501
Collection : Maxwell Blue Book
Roll Description : Project Blue Book Roll 5
Frames  1501 - 1507 

Loren Gross:

A letter reached Dr. La Paz detailing what might have been a large scale appearance of UFO's in New Mexico April 25th. A young man, who had read of Dr. La Paz's interest in unusual aerial phenomena, penned a note to the professor because he was profoundly puzzled at something witnessed when he was fishing at Springer Lake, a body of water four miles north west of the New Mexico town of the same name. At 6:30 in the morning the 25-year-old man and friend were preparing bait when they both: "

"....heard a peculiar sound, sort of high pitched whistle. We both thought it was some high flying ducks coming in for landing and we looked up in the air. What we saw was certainly not ducks but what it was we don't know.

"We saw 'objects' which were silvery white in color and to us what looked like balls, sort of like Christmas tree ornaments. They passed us at very high altitude and going very fast. They were out of sight in very few seconds." (BB case 318)

The correspondent claims he observed the objects for over an hour. He made a sketch that showed the objects in various formations as they zoomed overhead. The word: "zoomed" may be good word to use since the witness remarked: " I do not believe that these objects could have been picked up or followed with field glasses, they weew moving much too fast."

If the objects seen at Springer lake were real then it lends support to the possibility that something strange was going on in the skies of New Mexico April 24th. Some 200 mile! southwest of Springer, at Arrey, New Mexico, the site of White Sands Proving Ground.

Air Force advisor Dr. J. Allen Hynek said of the Arrey case: " the best of my knowledge, it was not taken seriously by.... (Project GRUDGE). No follow-up was made."

Dr. Hynek also contributes this comment:

"This sighting has been classified as mirage by some 'experts' but the physics in this case certainly escapes me. Moore then launched another balloon and tracked it throughout its course to 90,000 feet. At no level were the winds from the southwest, so a balloon is ruled out."85

(UFO History, 1949, page 63)