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Originally posted by Blaine91555
Who has the Microfiche. Is it in the newspapers archives? Did you view it and compare to others on adjacent days?
The font used in that headline. Was that a typeface used in that time?
Originally posted by Norio Hayakawa
THE MOST SPECTACULAR MASS APPEARANCE OF UFOs in U.S. HISTORY TOOK PLACE IN 1950 IN FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO
Sure, these were undoubtedly very important in the annals of UFO sightings history.
But when it comes to the most amazing sightings ever recorded in the U.S., nothing can even come close to what transpired over the skies of Farmington, New Mexico in 1950.
Originally posted by Gazrok
So, the next step would seem to be to investigate possible military projects in operation, in the area, at the time, that may have involved numerous reflective balloons.
This once-headlined, but now almost forgotten multiple-witness case has been explained as resulting from the breakup of a Skyhook balloon. Skyhooks do shatter at the very low temperatures of the upper troposphere, and occasionally break into a number of smaller pieces. But to suggest that such fragments of transparent plastic at altitudes of the order of 40-50,000 ft. could be detected by the naked eye, and to intimate that these distant objects of low angular velocity could confuse dozens of persons into describing fast-moving disc-shaped objects (including a large red object) is simply not reasonable. However, to check further on this, I contacted first Holloman AFB and then the Office of Naval Research, who jointly hold records on all Alamogordo Skyhook releases. No Skyhooks or other experimental balloons had been released from the Holloman area or any other part of the country on or near the date of this incident. A suggestion that the witnesses were seeing only cotton-wisps was not only unreasonable, given the witness accounts, but was in fact tracked down by a local journalist to comments casually made by a law enforcement officer and overheard by another reporter. From my examination of this case, I see no ready explanation for the numerous disc-shaped objects moving in unconventional manner and seen by large numbers of Farmington residents on 3/17/50.
Originally posted by DJW001
All those flying saucers and no-one thought to take a photograph? I'll admit that in terms of numbers, this qualifies as "spectacular." Nevertheless, I'm just not sure what to make of it. The expression "mass hysteria" comes to mind. Admittedly, New Mexico was largely "empty" in those days, but surely an aerial display like that should have been visible from neighboring towns?
Originally posted by Haydn_17
Where cameras affordable for the majority of people back in the 1950's?
And was this town a small town?
Originally posted by Maybe...maybe not
reply to post by Norio Hayakawa
Thanks for posting the reports of this interesting case.
Without pictures & occuring so long ago.....
Who knows what really went on.....
The descriptions in the reports are graphic & bizarre, to say the least!
Originally posted by TrueBrit
I have a few suggestions which might shed some light on the lack of photographic evidence in this case.
This was a town of hundreds rather than thousands, and although I have no background information on the town, that population figure suggests to me that prosperity might not have been enourmous. If that is an accurate assesment, that means that fewer people might have had access to photographic equipments and supplies, like film and developing services. Of course one would expect a towns journalists to have access to such things, which brings me neatly to my next point.
It is documented by the reports of the townspeople that they were also visited by government types, and told not to talk about this incident. One could be forgiven therefore for thinking that theres a good chance that the evidence which MAY have been recorded by the public, was taken by those same officials. After all , theres little point in telling someone to keep quiet, and then ignoring the hard evidence they may have in their possesion. I would have thought also , that if harvesting the evidence collected by the townspeople was a priority that they would have STARTED thier search for photographic evidence with the journalistic centres in that town. There might be a big drive now to support press freedom, but the fifties was right slap bang in the cold war era. I would have thought therefore that at the time, the secret service of the US would have had fairly broad powers to deal with possible breaches of security and secrecy, many of which might have seemed tyranical until recent terror related augmentations to civil rights laws showed us what government is capable of. Just my thoughts on this.