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Farmington mass UFO sighting marks 70 years

Posted on Thursday, 19 March, 2020 | Comment icon 5 comments

What descended on the Farmington area back in 1950 ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Phil Darnell
This week marks the 70th anniversary of an intriguing UFO event that took place in Farmington, New Mexico.
Beginning on March 16th, 1950 and continuing for three days, hundreds of residents across Farmington reported seeing an 'armada' of 'flying saucers' in the sky in broad daylight.

The objects would show up between 11am and noon each day, like clockwork.

Some described how the objects would zip around and "play tag" at "almost unbelievable speeds".

Clayton Boddy, a former Army captain who was business manager of The Daily Times at the time of the incident, estimated that the objects were flying at an altitude of approximately 15,000ft.

"All of a sudden, I noticed a few moving objects high in the sky," he said.
"Moments later, there appeared to hundreds of them."

The paper was inundated with calls from witnesses, many of whom described a single red object that appeared to be leading the others. Marlo Webb from the Perry Smoak Chevrolet Garage was quoted as saying that the objects had moved "sideways, on edge and at every conceivable angle."

"This is what made it easy to determine that they were saucer-shaped," he said.

An official government investigation later concluded that what people had seen were remnants of a high-altitude US Navy Skyhook balloon, however most of the witnesses remained unconvinced.

Even today, 70 years on, the Farmington sightings continue to remain shrouded in mystery.

Source: Daily Times | Comments (5)

Tags: UFO, Farmington

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Tuco's Gas on 19 March, 2020, 1:17
Looks like a film anomoly, likely caused by sun glare on camera lens. Why are the saucers not round? Why is there apparent cloudy obscuration of discs when they were supposed to be below clouds? The lack of depth in the pic, which makes the UFOs seem too low also hints that the anomaly was due to some sort of lens or film issue. Just my two cents.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Tuco's Gas on 19 March, 2020, 1:26
Comment icon #3 Posted by Desertrat56 on 19 March, 2020, 14:40
My parents grew up in that area.  There was also a supposed crash in a canyon near the town they grew up in in 1948.   And calling Farmington a city 70 years ago was ambitious.  It is still a small town but has grown a lot because of the oil industry.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Eldorado on 19 March, 2020, 16:43
Hiya!  Did they ever tell you about a mass UFO sighting?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Desertrat56 on 19 March, 2020, 17:19
No.  My dad told about a newspaper article from the 50's headlined "Before Roswell had it's crash we had our own" and it detailed the crash.  It was on the wall of hoaxes at the Roswell museum in the 90's.  My dad said that the reporter had a monthly article that he would take from the New York Times and spoof, making it about Aztec, NM.  Everyone thought it was quite funny but nowadays the crash date is after the Roswell crash date and it is taken more seriously.  The library was able to earn enough money for a new building by hosting a UFO Symposium that included a tour of the crash site for... [More]

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