Farmington Mass UFO Sighting Marks 70 Years
Were the UFOs seen by so many in the middle of the day, something of extraterrestrial origins, or could they have been something with an earthly explanation?
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.
Headline Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Phil Darnell