Form: 97 Case Directory
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2006 20:54:32 +0000 (GMT)
From: Fran Ridge
Subject: Old Photo, July (Correction June) 1953, Muskogee, OK
Cat: 8
To: CE, SHG

Re: http://www.nicap.org/images/cup.gif

June, 1953; Muskogee, Oaklahoma
The "flying cup" photo appears in Max Miller's 1957 monograph, Flying Saucers: Fact or Fiction, Trend Book 145  (1957) (p. 104). Miller says that there is no information available about photograph. He credits Augie Roberts for the photo. Blue Book listed as hoax, which it probably was.

My file copy of the photo has the caption: "Now we have the cup to go with the saucer. No data is available on this photo, therefore its value to the UFO researcher is considered to be quite questionable. COURTESY AUGUST C. ROBERTS".

Interesting is the fact that there were a number of sightings in Oaklahoma. Five in fact, two of which were with photos. All but one were written off as balloons. One was a searchlite. All but one came from Tinker AFB; the other from Stillwater.

Fran Ridge

Dan Wilson located the Spot Intelligence Report in the BB files below, which also included a poor rendition of the photo.  Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos located the incident listed on the June 1953 sighting index, thereby correcting the July date error.

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Tom DeMary was able to locate a better in the BB files.

Tom DeMary:
The "flying cup" photo appears in Max Miller's 1957 monograph, Flying Saucers: Fact or Fiction, Trend Book 145  (1957) (p. 104). Miller says that there is no information available about photograph. He credits Augie Roberts for the photo.

Better Photo Found In BB Files - NARA-PBB93 317-318 - DeMary
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The documents below are preserved in a pdf file on the NICAP site for security reasons at   

http://www.nicap.org/docs/5306XXmuskogee_docs.pdf


The actual documents from the Blue Book site are located at

http://www.bluebookarchive.org/page.aspx?PageCode=NARA-PBB90-1122
http://www.bluebookarchive.org/page.aspx?PageCode=NARA-PBB90-1123

http://www.bluebookarchive.org/page.aspx?PageCode=NARA-PBB90-1124

and courtesy of Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos
http://www.bluebookarchive.org/page.aspx?PageCode=NARA-PBB1-99