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The Harry Nuclear Weapons Test
And the UFOs
During the spring of 1953 the Atomic Energy
Commission (AEC) and the Department of Defense conducted a series
of nuclear weapons test at the Nevada Test Site. This series was called
At 5:05 A.M. local time, May 19,
1953, shot Harry was detonated atop
a 300 foot tower at area 3 of the Nevada Test Site. The explosion had a
yield of 32 kilotons. Harry shot became to be know as "Dirty Harry" for it resulted
in the heaviest radioactive fallout contamination of "downwinders"
- civilians living downwind of the Nevada test Site - of any U.S.
continental test. (See the test data below.)
It is interesting to notice the 30,000 foot trajectory (C track on the map) and the 40,000 foot
trajectory (D track on the map). Both of
these trajectories move southeastward over central Arizona during May
On May 20, 1953, it has
been reported that a UFO crashed near Kingman, Arizona.
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reference of a crash near Kingman has been made to MUFON researcher
Richard Hall in April 1964. He was told the story by a future Vietnam
The case of the Kingman UFO
retrieval was then brought to the public attention by Raymond Fowler, a
respected UFO researcher, in June 1973. It involved an engineer who
took preliminary measurements to assess the momentum of a crashing
craft, measurements useful to any reverse engineering efforts. The
engineer who brought this story to light was Arthur G. Stancil
(previously known by the pseudonym "Fritz Werner"). Stancil graduated
from Ohio University in 1949 and was first employed by Air Material
Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio as a
mechanical engineer on testing Air Force aircraft engines. Dr. Eric
Wang who was suspected of leading a reverse engineering team on alien
craft headed the Installations Division within the Office of Special
Studies where Arthur worked.
Stancil signed a legal
affidavit vouching to the honesty of his testimony, who has been was
released by Ray Fowler in UFO Magazine, April 1976.
Stancil told that he was
loaned out to the Atomic Energy Commission and was designated as a
project engineer on some atomic bomb tests referred to as "Operation
Upshot Knothole". The location of these tests was at Frenchman's Flats
at the southern end of the Nevada Test Site. The test director was a
Dr. Ed Doll.
On May 21, 1953 Stancil was
called away by his boss told to report for a special assignment at the
Indian Springs Air Force Base where he was joined by 15 other
specialists. They were flown by military plane to Phoenix where they
boarded a bus with blacked-out windows and rode for an estimated four
hours. When they arrived at their destination somewhere southeast of
Kingman in one of the washes of the Hulapai Mountains, they were met
and briefed by an Air Force Colonel who told them they were to
investigate the crash of a super-secret test vehicle. He and the others
on the bus were told not to speak to each other under any
circumstances. Stancil's job was to determine the forward and vertical
velocities of the vehicle when it impacted in the sand.
Stancil was escorted to the
site by military police. Two military arc-lights illuminated the
saucer, which appeared to be two convex oval plates inverted over each
other approximately 30 feet in diameter. The saucer was embedded in the
sand about 20 inches. From this Stancil had determined that the saucer
crashed at a velocity of 100 knots yet it had not dents, marks, or
scratches on its burnished aluminum surface. It was constructed of dull
silver metal like brushed aluminum. Another specialist had gotten a
look inside the craft as a 1.5 x 3.5 foot hatch was open revealing an
oval interior cabin with two swivel seats and many instruments. Stancil
saw one body recovered from the crash. It was humanoid, about 4 feet
tall, with brown skin and wearing a silver-metallic flight suit.
Whilst they were back on the
bus and being taken back they were made to sign the 'Official Secrets'
act and was told never to tell anyone about this incident. Stancil also
claims to have seen the body of a small creature about 4ft tall inside
a small medical tent. The creature was wearing a skull-cap and a silver
Fowler made several check as
to the integrity of Stancil and everyone who knew him said that he was
a man of considerable integrity and scientific ability.
Another story supporting the
crash near Kingman came to UFO researcher Len Stringfield in 1977. A
man who was in the National Guard at Wright Patterson claimed that he
was witness to a delivery from a 'crash site in Arizona' in 1953. He
said that 3 bodies had been recovered and were packed in dry ice, 4ft
tall, large heads and brownish skin.
Since then several other
witnesses have come forward, but I do not have detailed information
An almost identical story
was reported to researcher Charles Wilhelm in 1966 by a man who said
that his father had told him the story as a death-bed confession.
In 1995 a man who went by
the code name of Jarod-2 contacted the Internet publication The Groom
Lake Desert Rat (http://www.ufo- mind.com/area51/desert_rat) and told
them he had worked for the USAF on a secret project that was an attempt
to build a flying saucer simulator. The project had started at the end
of the 1940s and had collected material from the crash sites at Roswell
reported crash of a UFO occurrs almost directly under the
30,000 and 40,000 foot radioactive debris trajectories from
the Harry Shot. See US Fallout map for Harry Shot.
On May 22, 1953, the Prescott, Arizona,
evening newspaper, the Prescott Evening Courier had this dramatic
front page headline; FLYING SAUCERS RETURN TO PRESCOTT: OBJECTS NOTED IN FORMATION FOR FULL HOUR.
Return of Flying Saucers over Prescott with
graphic accounts of their capers in the skies was reported here Friday
to give credence to the stories of space ships possibly from the outer
Three reliable Prescott residents, one whom
previously had scoffed at the stories of Flying Saucers and space
ships, were not a bit reluctant Friday to tell of their witnessing the
acrobatics of a "herd" of these air mysteries.
The men, Bill Beers, president of the Prescott
Sportsmen's Club, Ray Temple, a post-office employee, and O. Ed Olson,
told of watching eight disc-like objects in the sky Thursday morning.
The three men said that two of the discs
remained stationary and seemed to be serving as guard while the six
other discs maneuverd around in a manner that could not be duplicated
by a plane. The whole sighting lasted about one hour.
The article went on to report that on wednesday
evening, May 20, 1953, that Mrs. R. H. Shipley and her grandaughter
witnessed an shining glowing object shaped like a Japanese lantern
in the sky over Copper Basin Road. The object drifted towards the
Red Star is the location of
Again we have reports of
UFOs duing May 20 and 21, 1953 along the 30,000 and 40,000 foot
trajectories of radioactive debris from the Harry shot.
Compiled by Daniel
P.S. A few years ago I
was able to contact Bill Beers, one of the witnesses of the objects
near Prescott, AZ,, on May 21, 1953. He told me that it was pretty well
common knowledge in those parts that a UFO did crash in May 1953 at
He also said that a Colonel
from Wright Patterson AFB had come to Prescott after that sighting and
tried to convince him (Beers) that he did not see UFOs.
This Prescott case in not
listed in the Project Blue Book Master Index
I rather imagine the AF did
not want to draw any attention to the Kingman/Prescott area at that
time, especially if a UFO did crash and a recovery was made.