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Farmington mass UFO sighting marks 70 years

By T.K. Randall
March 19, 2020 · Comment icon 3 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 (3)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Desertrat56 4 years ago
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 #2 Posted by Eldorado 4 years ago
Hiya!  Did they ever tell you about a mass UFO sighting?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Desertrat56 4 years ago
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 sit... [More]

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