Farmington Daily Times, Saturday, March 18, 1950, Vol. 61, No. 194
HUGE 'SAUCER' ARMADA JOLTS FARMINGTON
Crafts Seen By Hudreds
Speed Estimated at 1000 MPH, Altitude 20,000 feet
For the third consecutive day flying saucers have been reported over
Farmington. And on each of the three days their arrival here was reported
between 11 and noon.
Three persons called the Daily Times office to report seeing strange
objects in the air just before noon.
Persons along Main Street once again could be seen looking skyward and
High winds and a dust storm prevented clear vision.
Fully half of this town's population still is certain today that it saw
space ships or some strange aircraft -- hundreds of them zooming through
the skies yesterday. Estimates of the number ranged from ""several" to more
that 500. Whatever they were, they caused a major sensation in this
community, which lies only 110 air miles northwest of the huge Los Alamos
The objects appeared to play tag high in the air. At times they streaked
away at almost unbelievable speeds. One witness did a triangulation
sighting on one of the objects and estimated its speed at about 1,000 miles
an hour, and estimated its size as approximately twice that of a B-29.
Farmington citizens stood in the streets yesterday watching the first
reported mass "flying saucer" flight ever sighted. Traffic was slowed to
avoid hitting sky gazers. The office of the Farmington Daily Times was
deluged with calls from persons who saw the objects.
A Red Leader
Scores described the objects as silvery discs. A number agreed they saw one
that was red in color -- bigger and faster, and apparently the leader.
Clayton J. Boddy, 32, business manager of Farmington Times and a former
Army Engineers captain in Italy, was one of those who saw the startling
Boddy was on roadway when all of a sudden I noticed a few moving objects
high in the sky.
"Moments later there appeared what seemed to be about 500 of them," Boddy
continued. He could not estimate their size or speed, but said they
appeared to be about 15,000 feet high.
Boddy's account was confirmed by Joseph C. and Francis C. Kelloff, retail
grocers from Antonito, Colo., who were in Farmington to inspect the site of
a proposed new store, and by Bob Foutz and John Burrell of Farmington. The
Kelloffs said the objects appeared to be flying in formation.
One of the most impressive accounts came from Harold F. Thatcher, head of
the Farmington unit of the Soil Conservation service. Thatcher made a
triangulation on one of a number of flying craft, He said if it had been a
B-29 it would have been 2,000 feet high and travelling more than 1000 miles
"I'm not a professional engineer," Thatcher said, "but I have engineers
working under me and I know how to work out rough triangulation on an
Thatcher emphatically denied an earlier report that the objects could have
been small pieces of cotton fuzz floating in the atmosphere.
"It was not cotton," he said, "I saw several pieces of cotton fuzz floating
around in the air at the time, but I was not sighting on any cotton."
The "cotton" report was started by State Patrolman Andy Andrews, who quoted
several Farmington Residents as asserting it was cotton they saw. The
residents denied Andrew's report.
The first reports of flying saucers were noted a few minutes before 11 a.m.
yesterday. For a full hour thereafter people deluged the Times with reports
of the objects.
A second large scale sighting occurred at 3 p.m. At that time, Mrs. Wilson
Jones, 27, and Mr. Roy Hicks, 33, housewives reported seeing objects to the
north of Farmington, flying in perfect formation. Others reported the same
Johnny Eaton, 29, a real estate and insurance salesman, and Edward Brooks,
24, an employe of the Perry Smoak garage, were the first to report the
red-colored sky object.
Brooks, a B-29 tail gunner during the war, said he was positive the objects
sighted were not airplanes. "The very maneuvering of the things couldn't be
that of modern aircraft," he said.
John Bloomfield, another employe of Smoak's garage, said the objects he saw
travelled at a speed that appeared to him to be about 10 times faster than
that of jet planes. In addition, he said the objects frequently made
"They appeared to be coming at each other head-on," he related. "At the
last second, one would veer at right angles upward, the other at right
angles downward. One saucer would pass another and immediately the one to
the rear would zoom into the lead."
Marlow Webb, another garage employe, said the objects to the naked eye
appeared to be about eight inches in diameter as seen from the ground. He
described them as about the size of a dinner plate." "They flew sideways,
on edge and at every conceivable angle," he said. "This is what made it
easy to determine that they were saucer-shaped." None of the scores of
reports told of any vapor trail or engine noise. Nor did anyone report any
windows or other markings on the craft.
In general Farmington accepted the phenomenon calmly, although it was
reported some women employes of a laundry became somewhat panicky.
Opinion was somewhat divided among those who saw the objects as to whether
they were from another planet or were some new craft of our own nation's
devising. Some expressed the opinion the entire incident was a fulfillment
of a Bible prophesy.
From sifting all reports, the Farmington Times compiled this "timetable" of
1. 10:15 a.m., five to nine "saucers" zoomed over the town's business
area for 10 minutes before moving out of sight to the northeast.
2. 10:00 a.m., report of hundreds seen west of town.
3. 10:30 a.m., red "saucer" seen over town.
4. 10:35 a.m., three objects staged "dogfight" over town.
5. 11:15 a.m., closest view of a large number of "saucers."
6. 11:30 a.m., all disappeared.
7. 3 p.m., fleet of "hundreds" seen flying in formation to the southwest
from the northeast.