UFO'S: A History
By LOREN E. GROSS
"Spies over Los Alamos?"
On two successive days, 30 and 31 August, 1950,
strange objects, as official documents put it, of an
"undisclosed nature" were observed in the sky over
Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The official
report from Headquarters, 2754th Experimental Wing,
stated that on August 30th:
"B-50 aircraft for mission of Missile MI-776,
Bell Aircraft Corporation, was airborne and while
employees of this company were scanning the sky for
aircraft, two unexplainable objects were sighted in
vicinity of the aircraft. The objects appeared at
approximately 1045 hours and were visible for
approximately 30 minutes, and seemed to follow the
aircraft on both the dry run and the hot run, prior
to release of the missile. Observers' stories
differed to a degree and some observers saw only
oneobject. At least eight responsible civilians and
one Master Sergeant observed the phenomena." 29
What followed were six characteristics of the UFO's
as perceived, one has to admit, by some fairly good
witnesses. And one might be reminded that untrained
observers were making the same kind of report, so we
should ask ourselves if every one was seeing the same
thing. The official Holloman document went on to say:
"The following points were noted by observers:
(1) Very fast rate of speed for short distances.
(2) Strong glare at all times that was not
reflected from sun.
(3) Left no vapor trails, seemed to hover, make
maneuvers and then accelerate rapidly.
(4) Made square abrupt turns, relative size
changed sufficiently to determine ascent and
descent, shape changed from round to elliptical.
(5) The two objects retained their relative
position to one another.
(6) Appeared to be approximately ten times faster
than B-SO aircraft and above aircraft." 30
The document then tells what happened the next day:
"Instrumentation facilities were set up this date
[August 31st] and pictures were taken when phenomena
appeared sporadically between hours of 1000 and
1300. The object appeared several times during this
period, traveling at very high rates of speed,
appearing from several different directions. F-86
aircraft from 93rd Fighter Group, Kirtland Air Force
Base, New Mexico, were requested and made a
four-plane reconnaissance in the local area for
approximately one hour; however, the pilots observed
no unusual aerial phenomena. The colored
phototheodolite film was immediately airmailed to
Houston Plant, Los Angeles, California, for
processing....A final report will be forwarded to
your office upon completion. Observers at
phototheodolite stations noted the following points:
"(1) Object had definite shape, including depth.
(2) Disappeared when observer took eye off to
(3) No smoke or fire.
(4) Object seemed to rock or oscillate. ..
(5) Edges of object were not sharp or distinct."
The film was rushed to the Holloman Air Force Base
Data Reduction Unit where it was analyzed in an effort
to determine correlations that could establish a
triangulation. Unfortunately, the UFO's had traversed
the sky at too high a speed. 32, 33
29. "Air Intelligence Information Report," prepared
by Major R. G. Illing, Acting Base Director,
Operations and Projects, 2754th Experimental Wing,
Holloman AFB, New Mexico. 13 September 50. Blue Book
32. Very faded document. No identifying data. Can
be located in Air Force Blue Book Files by date:
33. "Air Intelligence Information Report," prepared
by Major R. C. Illing, Acting Base Director,
Operations and Projects, 2754th, Experimental Wing,
Holloman AFB, New Mexico. 13 August 50. Blue Book