ANALYSIS OF 400 REPORTS RECEIVED BY CSI
An analysis of 400 reports of unidentified aerial objects received by
CSI in the first ten months of operation of the Civilian Saucer
Investigation, supplementing the summary of 200 sightings in the Fall
Issue of the CSI Bulletin, has revealed no standard pattern, whereby
the unknown sky objects could he identified. However, it does show
that, to some extent, the mysterious so-called flying saucers have
been superseded by puzzling and unidentified lights in the sky.
During the period from January to September 1952, a total of 60
observations of lights were reported to CSI, as contrasted with 49
discs, 39 fireballs (of which 25 were the much-publicized green
fireballs), 9 cigar-shaped objects, and 26 miscellaneous shapes,
including everything from bubbles to bunwarmers.
For the first time, a distinctive feature of saucers was recorded in
1952. In 14 instances, astute observers noted that the saucers had a
distinct wobble as they moved through the sky, especially at speeds
normal to our airplanes. Very few wobbles have been recorded by CSI
The greatest number of 1952 sightings occurred in April with 47, and In
July with 40 reports, whereas the highest month In 1951 was November and
the lowest April. However, the spotty nature of these first reports does
not present a fair picture. Numerous reports received by CSI after
September 1952 will be analyzed in the next quarterly bulletin.
California leads all other states in the Union in the number of
sightings reported, possibly because CSI is more familiar to people
in that state. CSI has received 62 California reports in 1952. Next
closest states were Pennsylvania with 12, and New York and
Massachussets [sic] with 10 reports each. Also in previous years,
California has held the lead.
Another changing aspect of the 1952 reports is the predominance, of night
sightings over day sightings. A total of 118 night sightings was recorded
as compared with 68 day sightings. Heretofore, the latter have held the
lead. For example, in 1951, the ratio was 19 night and 28 day sightings.
A check of the reports received by CSI shows that a flying disc was
seen as early as 1942, and again two years later, in 1944. By
contrast, CSI has received information of strange lights in the sky
as early as 1895. Although green fireballs are reported to be a
recent phenomenon, one dates back to 1930. Other isolated sightings
were recorded throughout the 30's. These include several
observations in areas near U. S. Army installations of the Panama
Two early sightings of cigar-shaped objects reported to CSI in 1951,
are from 1935 and 1944. Reports of this type of object became more
frequent in 1952. Before the turn of the century, and long before
airships were known, newspaper accounts in the CSI files report the
cruising of a large tube-like aircraft across the United States. The
progress of this airship was reported from various cities on its
Although most of the objects seen were silent, CSI also has reports
of nine objects which produced a sound in their swift passage. These
sounds varied and, in some instances, a pronounced loud humming noise
like that of a swarm of bees was heard.
Another significant change was noted in 1952. Although large orderly
formations of sky objects have been reported in isolated instances in
previous years, they became more numerous for the first time this
year with 11 such flights reported. In these instances, numerous
objects ranging in number from a dozen to hundreds were observed in
scattered portions of the United States and abroad. One report
received from Germany states that several refugees and employees of a
Displaced Persons Camp saw many formations of hundreds
of lights pass at short intervals through the sky for over one
hour. Observations were made both by day and by night. In all
Instances, the objects appeared as small luminous bodies or lights,
moving much too slowly for meteors and much too fast for planes.
The erroneous belief that flying saucers and lights are observed only in
the United States is effectively refuted by the fact that a large
proportion of the 1952 reports received by CSI originates from six
provinces of Canada, several South American countries, the Panama Canal
Zone, Puerto Rico, England, Scandinavia, the European continent, North
Africa, Palestine, Hawaii, Australia and Korea. The accompanying map of
the world roughly indicates the areas of the globe from which reports on
flying saucers have been received.
It is hoped that analyses in future CSI bulletins will more truly
represent the actual frequency and type of occurrences, as sky
watches, recently initiated all over the United States, and
individual observers will be more uniformly distributed, thus
resulting in a better over-all picture of the flying saucer riddle.
It is also the aim and interest of CSI that all reports received by
various interested groups, especially reports of unusual sightings,
eventually will be exchanged or co-ordinated by some central group.
Saucers "On Duty" Over Richmond?
A most unusual report, which has not yet been confirmed, but should
be worthwhile checking by our readers in the Richmond California
area, states that three dull-white rather large luminous objects have
been observed over Richmond, one for over a year, the others for
several weeks high in the western sky.
Many months ago, the first object appeared as a brilliant star, which
now is of much duller color. It regularly appears for a few days,
then disappears for several days. The writer enclosed a detailed
schedule of appearances between September 10 and October 18, 1952.
On one of these occasions, September 19, the star appeared "On Duty"
as usual, high in the west at about 8 p.m. The sky was clear and
cloudless. The object disappeared after half an hour, and a few
seconds later reappeared low in the northwest about the size of the
moon, and at an apparent altitude of a low-flying plane. The object
remained in this position for about an hour, again disappeared for a
few seconds, and reappeared at its usual high westerly direction. At
about 10 p.m., it slowly lowered itself and shortly afterwards
disappeared for the night. Each time, the writer checked all other
positions but could find no light there.
Later studies revealed that the object appears in the west at an
elevation of about 45° between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., then disappears
from its usual high western position to reappear low in an easterly
direction, where it can be easily recognized by its peculiar dull
color. It remains for about two hours, describes a slow arc to the
west, and in a few seconds returns to its high western position, thus
roughly describing a triangular path.
Allowing for discrepancies of time, and even of accurate direction,
such an unusual phenomenon could not escape an intentional observer,
and we invite our readers in that region to report their findings.
Flying Discs With
Recently, we received several photographs which, according to the
sender, were taken through his telescope. One of the pictures,
which struck us as very unusual, was that of a flying saucer with a
conning tower. The first impression was that of a musical top, which
could easily be made by trick photography. However, there are two
other Instances on file where conning towers were seen. One is the
much publicized story of a German refugee and his family who reports
seeing a flying saucer near the Russian zone from which two little
men in shiny armor emerged. The saucer, in this case, was described
as 40 to 50 feet in diameter and the conning tower as 10 feet high.
After the saucer took off, the tower telescoped back into the disc.
A similar picture appeared in 1947 in the Shelbyville, Indiana,
News, of which we await confirmation. Therefore,
the possibility of telescoping towers should be considered in other
Prospecting For Valuable Ores
There are several reports in the CSI files where flying saucers have
been seen near rich ore deposits of uranium, tungsten, and other rare
A great number of inhabitants of Mondariz near Vigo, Spain, have
frequently seen flying saucers hovering near the town. This region
contains valuable tungsten deposits.
A few weeks ago, a number of swirling discs were observed for about
10 minutes in mid-afternoon by pedestrians of the Peruvian town of
Huandoval. Two discs came within a few feet of the church steeple.
There are rich iron and tungsten deposits in the area of Huandoval.
Beaumont, California, where unworked unranium [sic] deposits are
located, appears to be a center of extraordinary flying saucer
activity. Scores of people in this vicinity have observed flying
discs arid fireballs of unusually large size, from approximately the
size of a silver dollar to that of the moon. Their general direction
of flight is north and south. Even in daylight, the lower side of
the discs is very brilliant which, at their relatively low altitude,
indicates some luminescent source. The greatest frequency of
appearances over Beaumont, particularly over the Badlands and San
Timoteo Canyon, was in winter 1951-1952. There the discs 'hovered
over the area sometimes from 5 to 15 minutes, then repeated their
visits about 2 days later. In one instance, five discs were seen in
formation. One described a triangular path over the Badlands. At
night, the objects are of dull yellowish color, which becomes
intensely bluish as the discs speed away. Last December, two discs
hovered over the peak of Mt. Gorgonio, the scene of a disastrous
plane crash a few weeks past. There are no military installations
within miles of this sparsely settled region.
In connection with the Beaumont sightings, it is of interest to note
that extremely bright fireballs were observed in the vicinity of Mt.
Gorgonio in September 1952, during and shortly after the Pomona
County Fair. Reports came from widely separated areas. At the
beginning of the Fair, several hundred spectators on the grandstand
saw a brilliant fireball, which just before the point of impact with
the ground extinguished with a display of multicolored sparks. The
same occurence [sic] was reported on five occasions in short
succession on September 15, 16, 17, and October 2
and 8. In all instances, the fireball appeared within a few minutes
of 3:35 p.m. and, in each case, it disappeared in the identical
spot, although the angle of descent varied. Subsequent attempts to
photograph the general area between 8 and 9 p.m. each evening for
two weeks failed to show a repetition of this spectacle.
Another puzzling appearance of discs is reported from the Salton Sea
located in the center of a large desert area in the Imperial Valley
of Southern California. Frequent fireballs and discs have been
reported from there. Three months ago, a silvery fireball of an
estimated size of a large house appeared across the lake about 7
miles from the observer. The object slowly settled to about 500
feet, increased in apparent size to that of the setting sun, remained
for about 15 minutes, then slowly rose to about 3000 feet and zoomed
away with intensifying color, leaving an orange, then silvery tail
which was plainly visible. Investigation showed that the belief of
the residents that these objects are secret tests made by March Field
Airbase has no foundation.
A very well confirmed report from an aerographer of San Diego,
California, North Island Navy Station, reports that he saw numerous
objects through a theodolite while tracking a weather balloon. The
spectacle continued for such a long time that he informed his chief
officer. Also the latter saw the objects passing by in large
numbers. Other witnesses present were an aerological officer, a
group of USAF and Navy pilots, the control tower operator and the
commander of the field.
More On The "Green Monster"
The small town of Flatwood, West Virginia, has received a great deal
of publicity since September 12, 1952, when three boys reported that
they saw a flying saucer land not far from the school playground.
Mr. William Smith and his wife Donna, of Downey, California, made a
personal investigation of the rumors while on their way home to
California, shortly after the incident occurred.
The story of the "Green Monster" has been very well reported by Gray
Barker in the December issue of Fate Magazine and
was confirmed in every aspect by Bill and Donna Smith. They were
fortunate to get many more details to supplement the
On their way to investigate the landing of the saucer, the three boys
stopped at the home of the two young May boys to tell their mother, a
former teacher and now a beauty shop operator, what they had seen.
Together, Mrs. May and six boys ascended the remaining quarter mile
to get a close look at the saucer. Mrs. May climed [sic] over the
fence near the supposed landing site with some difficulty. Gene
Lemon, 17, equipped with flashlight, lead the party. He is known as
fearless and has had many encounters with animals roaming the woods.
When he saw what he believed to be the shining eyes of a racoon [sic]
on an overhanging limb, he directed his flashlight toward it. In the
following few seconds, the little group was petrified with fright at
the sight of an enormous figure which suddenly seemed to come to
life. It was as though a light had been turned on inside the figure.
A reddish glow shone through a head with only the eyes visible, and a
greenish light glowed through the cloth-like covering of the lower
parts of the body. Although some irritating odor had been noticed
before, now a violent thumping began on the inside of the monster and
a dense cloud of mist escaped with a hissing noise. It covered the
two young May boys, making them and all others violently sick. Their
fright gave them the strength to run from the scene. Mrs. May
leaped over the fence; one of the boys ran for a mile to his home and
turned on the radio until the house shook and hysterically related
his experience to his mother; Gene Lemon, was so seriously ill during
the night that he was in convulsions, and had attacks of vomiting.
The May boys were cared for by their grandmother who wiped the oily
substance from their faces, while their mother phoned for the sheriff
and the owner of the Sutton newspaper. Soon the throats of the boys
were so swollen that they could not even drink water. Examination by
the doctor showed symptoms similar to those of mustard gas. After
two weeks, Gene Lemon still was not able to swallow carbonated drinks
without pains in his throat.
When the sheriff arrived, he listened to Mrs. May's story but did
not venture to Investigate any further during the night, when dogs
howled and ran away frightened. The fog now covered the entire
hillside, and the frightened family passed a night hardly more than
1000 feet from the place where the apparent monster had appeared.
At 6:30 the next morning, the director of the Board of Education saw
a flying saucer take off, not far from his house, and immediately
reported it to the Sutton newspaper. Only then was he informed of
the happening of the night before. Mr. Stewart, the owner of the
paper, immediately went to the hill and could still smell the odor on
the ground. He discovered two tracks where the reported object had
landed. No wagon had been in this part for many years and the weeds
were several feet high. The grass was freshly depressed, and closer
search disclosed a piece of black plastic material which did not burn
when tested by Stewart. The piece has been analyzed and we hope to
get a report soon through Mr. Smith. Samples of ground and
vegetation were also collected by airforce [sic] officers.
Further inquiries at the Lemon house revealed that Mrs. Lemon and a
friend were having coffee at the time of the landing, and their house
shook so violently that coffee spilled over the table and they
thought the house had fallen off its foundation. The radio went off
for 45 minutes and came back on by itself.
In his systematic questioning of everyone in the valley, Smith found
that a girl, 21, of Weston, 11 miles from the Lemon farm, was
confined in the Clarksburg Hospital for three weeks, after having
seen a figure of the same description, and emitting the same odor
reported by witnesses of the Sutton occurrence. Her mother confirmed
the girl's story that they had seen the monster when they were on
their way to church more than a week before Mrs. May's experience.
The mystery of the "Green Monster" remains more puzzling than before,
as letters from all over the country pour into the area, some of them
reporting similar experiences in other parts of the country.
1953 has gotten off to, we might say, a flying start. What Is
probably the first sighting of '53 took place at 3 AM, Jan. 1st,
when a light or object was observed by a Calgary Alberta business man
and his wife. The object hovered motionless for ten minutes above
the northwest horizon. The object departed with fantastic
acceleration, disappearing, our correspondent writes, within two
tenths of a second.
Jan. 6th produced the much publicized Dallas sighting of a strange
colorful craft with sweptback wings which maneuvered over the city
for several hours. The same day, unidentified objects were reported
Texas and over Perrin Air Force base near Sherman. Later, a radar
unit in Oklahoma City picked up an object flying at about 10,000
feet. Authorities did not feel the various sightings were related.
Ohio reported, on Jan. 11th, two reddish objects which appeared to
be connected by a long "white ribbon." Philadelphia contributed a
fireball with a flaming tail. This object moved across the sky at an
estimated speed of 600 MPH on Jan. 17th. Two silent pulsing lights
passed over Richmond, California at 6:05 PM on Jan. 22nd, not far
away. The lights made two sudden 90 degree turns before climbing
into the overcast. Total time of sighting: 15 seconds.
A formation of dull gray discs appeared in Pomona, California shortly
before noon on Jan. 23rd. They were observed slowly climbing toward
the southwest. Our correspondent reports that a plane appeared from
the east moving toward the discs which "seemed to vanish from the
On Jan. 24th, a large silvery metallic object, described by
witnesses as pear-shaped, was spotted from a plane flying near
Palmdale, California. The plane crew watched the object for two
hours. The object maneuvered move for move with the plane always
maintaining a uniform distance of about 10,000 feet. The plane
radioed for a photographic plane which was quickly dispatched to the
scene. We understand that pictures were taken.
January, of course, brought releases from the Air Force of saucer
activity, over Northern Japan, and a delayed release concerning an
eight inch disc which flirted with a frustrated jet pilot in the same
area last March. An Air Force semanticist reported to the press:
"There are too many indications of the presence of something... to
be considered an observation of nothing."
Geiger Counters Register Saucers
There has been practically no publicity given observations of
radiated energy from unknown sources the past few years. Records of
this energy radiation in close association with visual observation of
flying saucers have been kept for many months on a 24-hour basis.
These records were obtained with apparatus established and located
for the purpose of cosmic ray and other radiation research by
governmental and educational groups, and indicate abnormal bursts of
energy unexplainable as normal phenomena. Many reports of excessive
radio reception static associated with visual observations of unknown
aeriaI objects have been received from test points along the Pacific
Coast and throughout the southwestern states.
Strange Craft Litters French Town With Thread-Like Substance
Several interesting reports have been received by CSI in the past two
weeks, which still are to be investigated. One of these observations
is more unusual than anything reported before. We give this
information as received.
On October 14 and 21, cigar-shaped objects have been reported from
Lens and Oleron. At Lens an airship stood vertically in the air for
over 10 minutes.
The other astounding newspaper and personal reports come from Oleron,
France, Department Ste. Marie, where a cigar-shaped object and its
multi-colored convoy of discs were seen by many of the residents,
among whom were several prominent observers. An airship was flying
on an east-west course on a clear and sunny day and was also reported
by a radar station about 85 miles distant. Hearing an unusual noise,
Mr. Pardies, the principal of the local college, Mr. Prigent, the
chief inspector of the college, and the gatekeeper at the college,
saw a long object which left in its wake thousands of multi-colored
quickly dispersing circles. They then noted that a large amount of
threads emerged from the end of the airship like a puff of smoke.
The son of Mr. Prigent was able to collect some of the specimens
which covered parts of the city of Oleron. These samples are now
being studied. The same airship was also seen by the mayor of
Gerouce. All persons confirmed the shape of the ship, the circles
and the falling threads.
As the story given by the Prigent family is such an unusual account,
we shall repeat it here: "Come quickly! Look at the flying saucers!
It's extraordinary;" exclaimed the son of Mr. Prigent. Between the
plates of steaming meat and the phenomenon announced the family of
the inspector general of the college did not hesitate. Dinner
forgotten, Mr. Prigent, his wife and his two children ran to the
window, and through a telescope observed the airship, each one
retaining in his mind what he saw."
"It is now 1 p.m. While the mysterious flying machine steadily
passes across the sky to the southwest, the discs that surround it,
resembling some 30 rings of Saturn, erratically fly in zigzag. At
the same time, vaporous trails of smoke drift to the ground, falling
on the trees like wool woven of nylon.
One might have thought oneself on the brink of some event of the
future. Could this be an invasion by unknown creatures disembarking
from another planet?"
"A dentist suddenly made prisoner on the main bridge, not far from
the college, struggles frantically. Witnesses who see him do not
dare approach. Has he suddenly become insane? The victim, Dr.
Balestra, whose limbs have been bound by a countless number of
filaments fallen from the sky, struggles like a trapped animal caught
in a huge spider web. At last, to free himself, he cuts the threads
that bind him. Stupefied, the dentist and curious onlookers see the
threads regather themselves and slowly rise into the air."
"A quarter of an hour has passed. The strange squadron is no longer
visible. Young Prigent has run to a tree to gather some of the
strange white stuff formed of mingled threads. At this moment, the
professor of gymnastics of the college leaves the stadium where his
pupils were training. He carries in his pockets a specimen of the
threads he has gathered for the study of the professor of chemistry."
"Then calm returns, except for the minds of the inhabitants or the
region who had been face to face with this phenomenon and, recovered
from their astonishment and surprise, begin to question each other.
For the moment they have no idea what it was they saw."
From scientific point of view, the radar of the airdrome of
Mont-de-Marsan, some 85 miles distant, has the most reliable record
of this phenomenon. For ten minutes on that day, the radar recorded
an image never before seen on the screen, a strange cloud that
revolved on itself at ap-
proximately 6000 feet altitude. Although this report confirms the
apparition, it does not explain it. First chemical tests of
the material indicate by the results of burning that it is of organic
A doctor of Oleron, who has not witnessed the strange phenomenon,
offers his theory that millions of little spiders profited by the
fine weather to make an extended trip. Indeed, it is by no means a
new experience. White threads have been reported in the Middle Ages
falling from the sky, often frightening the superstitious people.
To report all sightings which have come to the attention of CSI would
fill volumes. In the presence of such a multitude of reports from
all over the world, some of which defy all explanation, it is strange
that so many otherwise brilliant men of science should still refuse
to accept the fact that phenomena exist which they cannot explain by
accepted laws of nature. However, in fairness to them it must be
stated that none of these aerial objects have ever been produced for
Judging by the scarcity of newspaper reports on flying saucers
in recent weeks, one might think that, after all, certain scientists
were right in their fantastic theories of low-altitude cosmic dust
whirls and low-altitude temperature inversions. Actually, they
make up only an extremely small percentage of reported
sightings, and have been considered in our analysis as possible
explanation, which do not affect many thousands of other
unexplained phenomena. One of the reasons for this absence
of news might be the great number of high-altitude sightings
reported, which can hardly be proved. Flashes of light, discs,
or other objects miles up in the sky are no longer news,
and low-altitude sightings only are of Interest.
Therefore, it came as a great surprise to us, that an ever-increasing
number of reports comes now from Great Britain, France. Peru, Palestine,
and Sweden, although other countries are well represented. Here are
some of the most prominent reports since our last CSI bulletin.
Peru is outstanding for flying saucer visits in the past few months,
and the region of this country recently visited extends from the equator
about 1200 miles south.
The Jornal do Comercio of Lima, Peru, writes
that numerous late afternoon shoppers at Carauari, Amazon Valley,
observed a disc of an eerie bright green glow, having a distinctly
visible small silver tail. The disc passed within a few feet from
the tree tops of the surrounding woods, flew in a wide circle about
the town, then gained speed and rose in high altitude.
In Bogota, Colombia, hundreds of persons saw a brilliant
oval-shaped object flying at about 8000 feet and leaving
a trail of smoke in its path.
Three flying saucers in V-formation passed about 2500 feet above a
DC-3 plane piloted by a veteran aviator outside of Lima, Peru. A
thin red circle was seen surrounding each of the discs. The same
trio was seen at about the same time from the Navigational Aid
Station at Punta de Lomas, Peru.
The president of the Estadista Party of Puerto Rico, members of his family,
and friends saw several discs flying at high speed over the west coast of
the island. They were of reddish-yellow color and were seen every
night for a week between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Photographs were made and
turned over to the Intelligence Division of the Ramey Airforce Base.
A large number of discs was reported from Huandoval, Peru, some
of them almost touching the roof tops.
At Ancon, Peru, a disc of about 200 feet diameter was observed by the
pilot and co-pilot of a passenger plane. When the disc was passing the
plane, it produced a bright red light, which disappeared after the
disc had passed. The disc was oval and its surface appeared bright
metallic. A reddish-blue vapor followed It. Several reddish flat
objects with sparkling blue vapor were seen in Matucana and Chimbote,
A group of people of the town of TrujilIo, Peru, observed a saucer
flying in zigzag, occasionally stopping for several minutes.
Two orange discs were seen seen
approaching at high speed from different directions over the
irrigation camp of Celendin, Peru. They suddenly slowed down as they
passed each other, then jointly disappeared over the mountains.
A pilot of the Lima-Panama Airlines passed within half a
mile of a reddish disc which he observed for about one minute near
Guayaquil, Peru. The saucer stopped as though to watch the plane,
then left at high speed.
The sub-prefect of the town of Jaen, Peru, and several residents
of that town saw a large round luminous object passing overhead.
A lieutenant and several wardens of the the Ayacucho, Peru, prison
saw two flying discs hovering for three minutes over the prison.
Construction workers and school children of Huarochiri, Peru, saw
a disc slowly passing overhead at low-altitude.
It was the apparent size of a football having a greenish tail
ending in reddish color.
Many people of Lima, Peru, and of the Lower Andes Mountains saw an
elongated luminous object which gradually turned reddish. The object
appeared to descend slowly toward Lima.
An orange disc with a yellowish tail was reported by several
inhabitants of Yungay, Peru.
Other letters were received from Mexico City and surroundings, where
at least seven flying saucers were reported. Two presidential aides
reported a saucer hovering for 2 hours over Mexico City. Also
Veracruz, Jalapa, and Tampico were chosen for a visit by flying
A very well authenticated report comes from Coari, Amazon Valley,
Brazil. One early summer evening, a small mission town was surprised
by the sight of a brilliant light over the mission. It was elongated
like a dirigible and its contours were well outlined, not merely
those of a vague light. The object was seen by 25 persons as it
passed from horizon to horizon in about one minute. In a town 300
miles from the mission, the same luminous airship caused
consternation a few minutes later. The Jornal do
Comercio of that town described this
object as a bright-green elongated aircraft having a plainly visible
silver tail, as it encircled the city and flew away.
Let us now take a look at the flying saucer situation in Europe. It is
reported from Stockholm, Sweden, that 200 persons, including a high
airforce officer, saw a large gray object over Stockholm. It seemed to be
made up of two saucers joined together in the form of spectacles. The
object was observed for two minutes. The latest news from Stockholm
states that about 7000 persons have reported seeing flying saucers on
October 10 over various parts of Sweden.
The Aftenbladet lists a number of persons in about 30
towns giving the time, color and direction of flight of
the saucers. At about the same time, discs were reported
over northern Germany.
Norway and Sweden report several sightings of cigar-shaped
objects and flashing discs. Military observers believe them
to be experimental weapons or visitors from other planets.
Copenhagen reports a cigar-shaped object at about the same
time. Three Danish Airforce officers saw a glowing disc
hovering for some time over the Copenhagen airfield. On
September 29, a cigar-shaped object and rapidly spinning
discs, as well as multicolored spheres, were reported
from various parts of Denmark.
A Dutch engineer of the Netherlands Cable Works was studying
high-frequency cables on the factory roof using a Zeiss
camera in his work. Suddenly, his magnetometer violently
registered maximum deflection. As the engineer glanced
up, he noticed a brilliant disc and quickly raised his camera
to photograph the object. The picture shows a large circle of
light in the sky with factory buildings in the lower
Reports were also received from Florence, Rome, Naples,
and Palermo, Italy, where discs, fireballs, and other
unknown objects have been seen. The newspaper La
Nazione reports from Florence that a disc of about
75 feet in diameter with a tube descending into the water was
seen hovering over the river Serchio.
Still more interesting news was received from a British RAF
officer. According to his report, hundreds of RAF personnel
observed a Meteor jetplane over Topcliffe Airdrome during
maneuvers on September 28. The silvery disc appeared at
about 15,000 feet as the jet flew at 5,000 feet. The disc
then rapidly descended in a pendulum swing, which has been
observed on several other occasions, made a reverse turn
and again an abrupt turn, then crossed behind the jet
and disappeared in a few seconds. A serious investigation
by the RAF is underway.
Two French officers saw a luminous object of cigar shape and
larger than an airliner, over the Mediterranean.
Other countries abroad recently visited by flying saucers were
Palestine, Japan, and Korea. On August 14, a flying disc appeared
over Haifa, and at various occasions, discs have been seen over
Tokyo, Japan, and Seoul, Korea.
Saucers Concern Foreign Governments
The Canadian Air Ministry has long been engaged in flying saucer
investigations and is seriously concerned with the solution of the
flying saucer riddle.
Great Britain has been investigating flying saucers through branch
of the British Air Ministry, the D.D.I. since 1947. Our
correspondent who is closely connected with the D.D.I. states that
7000 reports have been studied by this agency in the past 6 months.
The D.D.I. is a highly guarded section of the Air Ministry. It
is significant that even careful and non-committal
sources like the London Times and the
Official Journal of the Royal Aero Club have
finally joined the host of other investigators
who seriously consider the presence of flying saucers.
The French Ministry of Information recently has opened the Department of
Flying Saucers for the investigation of unknown aerial objects.
Also the Swedish Defense Staff in conjunction with astronomers of
the Stockholm Observatory have joined efforts in investigating all
reports on flying saucers received. They believe these objects to be
experimental aircraft or observers from outer space.
This is in opposition to American astronomers who scoff at the
idea that intelligent beings might fly or govern the
frequently reported discs, airships, fireballs, and so forth.
The Space Investigation Congress which recently was in session
in Stuttgart, Germany, investigating the flying saucer situation, came to
the conclusion that all objects seen in the sky in recent years can be
explained as natural phenomena occurring on this earth, or as meteors.
It is generally thought that of all the good sightings of
unidentified aerial objects the examples that can be cited
from the United States are supreme. However, this is a mistake.
In a number of respects, Africa can claim supremacy. The sighting
made over Kilimanjaro is outstanding because of the following
details. On the 19th of Feb., 1953 (sic) [actual date 1951] Capt. Bicknell was flying
the East African Airways ship, the Lodestar, from Mombasa
to Nairobi. There were nine passengers on board and also
the radio-operator D.W. Merrified. [sic] At 7:20 a.m.
Merrifield drew Bicknell's attention to a dazzling bright
object motionless at some 10,000 feet over the crest of the
mountain (height of Kilimanjaro 19,300 feet). For three minutes
the two watched the object and then alerted the passengers.
One of them had powerful binoculars. Captain Bicknell examined
the object through them. It was a tube over 200 feet long,
silver in color, with three dark bands that circled it,
a huge 'fin' at one end, the other was semi-spherical.
For 17 minutes they watched this object that had no other
features, but was clear and hard in its outlines. Then on
an upward slant, it began to move east and was lost to sight at
40,000 feet. There were no clouds and the ship left no vapor trail.
All the passengers were interrogated when they alit at Nairobi and
agreed with Capt. Bicknell's statement and also said the drawing
he supplied to the Nairobi Sunday
Post was an accurate picture of the object.
The story, however, has a sequel which makes it even odder. We pick
up the trail in the Natal Mercury, March 14th. On
board the Lodestar was a passenger, Ray Overstreet, radio operator
of the American ship the Robin Mowbray. He claimed that he had a
cinema camera with him on that
flight. On the 13th of March he was interviewed by the Shipping
Reporter of the Natal Mercury. He arranged that Ray
Overstreet should show the film to a select audience. Among this
group were the Durban Harbor Pilots, Captain R. Morton and A. Davis.
The film convinced these viewers that what was
seen moving on the screen above the mountain was 'an unidentified aerial
object' that was under intelligent control. Mowbray said that he had sent
his film to Johannesburg and had it developed there. The
Natal Mercury published a photo of one of the 'frames' of
the film showing the mountain clearly with the bright spot of the '
object'. But the film is so 'reduced' that the spot appears only
like a star. It was clear enough on the film itself to recognize its
tubular shape, the observer said. That day, Ray Overstreet told the
men to whom he showed his film that he
was sailing for the United States. The Shipping Reporter who wrote
the account for the Natal Mercury is convinced that
he did. No certain account
has come to hand as to his landing in this country. So this story
is at its start one of the clearest, most thorough and most
substantiated and then in the end when we think we have a record
that can be shown (and that when it was shown did convince competent
observers who till then had been sceptical) the story fades away.
If anyone can trace Mr. Ray Overstreet, radio operator of
the American ship the Robin Mowbray and who certainly was
interviewed and seemed to have a valuable clue on March 13th in
Durban, South Africa, he will be doing a remarkable service to
300 Year Of Flying Saucers
As investigations continue, more and more information is being
uncovered of very early reports on flying saucers.
Among others, two discs were seen in Melrose, Massachusetts, on
October 22. 1661. The story was published only in 1821 with other
reports of flying discs. On August 28, 1696, three silver discs
were seen over Sunday, England.
Emanuel Swedenborg, 1759, scientist and tutor of King Charles II of
Sweden, mentions in one of his works on the
universe that "the inhabitants of Mercury travel through the universe
visiting planets in a globe extending itself lengthwise. They have
exceptional memories and know more than inhabitants of any other
planet. They possess the knowledge of all things in this solar
system and scientifically are highly advanced. They delight in
exploration of other planets. Their appearance is heralded by a
whitish flame burning briskly. They wander through the universe.
Strangely enough, they know that the art of printing is being used on
The Collected Works of Charles Fort cite numerous examples of
discs and airships seen many years before the conquest of air by men.
ARE SPACE STATIONS PRACTICAL
The increasing interest in the subject of space stations is evident
from the numerous discussions concerning the principal problems
involved in the construction of space stations, namely: the
determination of the distance from the
earth at which these stations must be established to maintain the
balance between speed and mass; the mechanics of propelling rockets
and space station parts to this height; and the assembly of
parts propelled to this level.
Technically, it is now considered entirely feasible to design
and construct space stations operating as satellites which circle
the earth, although such a task would not be an easy one and
the cost would be enormous. Also the operation and
maintenance of the space station would pose difficult technical and
Before undertaking a project of such magnitude as the establishment
of a space station, one should consider the economic and
philosophical factors involved. The folIowing
fundamental questions may determine the practicability of such a
(1) Who is going to gain by space
stations, and what will be gained in terms of productive scientific
knowledge, cultural influence, spiritual tolerance, and advantage
of military defense?
(2) How much
will it cost to construct a space station?
(3) Who is "going to pay for its construction and maintenance?
(4) How much time will be required to
construct a space station?
(5) What dangers would be created
for the population of various areas on this earth?
(6) Is the project worth than its cost to
those who are young when the project starts?
It is quite clear that an adequate answer to these fundamental
questions cannot be given in a brief article,
not to mention the multitude of technical problems: that face
the designer of a space station or the problems of financing
and managing the constructional and operational phases of a
space station project.
At the present state of technical knowledge there seems to be no
doubt that the various technical and financial problems can be solved
long before the end of this century, unless other factors like war
or national emergencies prevent the starting of the project.
Therefore, whether space stations should be established, and at which
time this should be done, should depend entirely on the initiative of
those capable of carrying through the
development of this project and on the "interest of
the younger generation" who eventually must pay for it either by
voluntary contributions, investment, or taxes.
Further discussion on this and related subjects is invited for
future issues of this bulletin.
To prevent misunderstanding, it should be stated that, at present, there
is no material proof available supporting the existence of space
vehicles from other planets, although many reliable reports on flying
saucers received by our group could be interpreted as an indication
of such phenomena.
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Copyright 1953. Civilian Saucer
Quarterly Bulletin 50¢ per Copy
$2.00 Per Year
New officers for 1953 were elected at the last meeting of
the Civilian Saucer Investigation. We are proud to welcome
Gerald Heard as our new president. Mr. Heard
served for many years as science analyst for the British Broadcasting
Company. He is the author of the Book "Is Another
World Watching?" which, having been brought up to date, will soon
be re-reissued by the Bantam Press.
John Newton, the new vice-president, also is president of the
Leif Ericson Society. Mr. Newton is prominent in the Los Angeles
mechanical engineering field.
Dr. Walther Riedel continues his valuable support as honorary
vice-president. Miss Margaret Sims, the new
secretary-treasurer, is welcomed as a recent new member of the
Civilian Saucer Investigation. Through her
tireless efforts in the past few months, she has relieved the
much overburdened regular members of the group.
The following is a partial list of Associate Members of the CSI who
have been approached by us and have accepted. There is no membership
fee, and a copy of each bulletin will be mailed to each member.
G. H. Adamson, Tecumsah, Mich.,
A. H. Baller, Greenfield, Mass.
D. Berliner, Columbus, Ohio.
J. P. Cain, Shively, Kentucky.
H. K. Crawford, South Miami, Fla.
T. W. Culmer, Robinson, Ill.
G. D. Doherty, Chicago, Ill.
J. W. Easter, Winston-Salem, N.C.
T. Fleld, Hope, Ark.
M. Fortune, Watertown, Mass.
F.J. Grant, Palm Springs, Calif.
E. B. Hawkins, Lawton, Okla.
B. Hill, Kaneohe, Oahu, T. H.
A. R. Jaffray. Belvedere, Ill.
H. Koerpel, Bronx, N. Y.
G. G. Kuison, Leyte, P. I.
W. Lamond, Sidney Mines, C. B. Nova Scotia.
M. B. Light, Winfield, Kansas.
Th. Lipkin, New York, N. Y.
J. W. MacConkey, Wichita. Kansas.
W. G. MacKenzie, Palo Alto, Calif.
N. C. Markham, Amarillo, Texas.
F. H. McFerran, Mayaquez, P. R.
W. H. McKinney, Pullman, Wash
L. A. Mitris, Quebec, Canada.
T. Monaghan, Madrid, Spain.
O. W. Nelson, Eggertsville, N. J.
J. Otto, Chicago, Ill.
M. Paise, Ontario, Canada.
M. Reiche, Lima, Peru.
A. Roos, Central, N. M.
E. Rosacker, Seattle, Wash.
F. Rousell, Lasquette IsIand, B. C.
H. L. Russell. Lott, Texas.
A. J. Sanders, Dallas, Texas.
J. R. Scambler, Westmoreland, England.
R. W. Shields, Alcester, S. D.
R.B. Simmons, Fredericton, N. D.
A. Sketchley, Calgary, Alberta.
C.L. Smith, Ithaca. N. Y.
R. E. Storme, Baltimore, Md.
L. C. Strandenaes, Westhope, N. D.
V. Van Neste, Milton, Mass.
K. R. Webster, Worcester, Mass.
C. W. Wieske, Santa Barbra, Calif.
I. White, Terra Alta, W. Virginia.
T. Whiteside, Julian, Calif.
J. P. Womack, Dinuba, Calif.
C. K. Greenwood, Oakland, Calif.
R. R. Russell, London, England.
R. S. Somerville, Grosse Pointes Shore, Mich.
F. R. Innes, New Milford, Pa.
I. C. Barber, Philadelphia, Pa.