March 18, 2013 marks the 63rd anniversary of a mass UFO sighting over Farmington, New Mexico.
According to witnesses at the time, “Fully half of the town’s population” saw the crafts – “hundreds of them zooming through the skies yesterday” beginning at about 11 a.m. Their speed was estimated at about 1,000 miles her hour at an altitude of approximately 20,000 feet. Several of the townsfolk called the local Daily Times office concerned about what they’d seen.
“Whatever they were,” the Daily Times reported, “they caused a major sensation in this community, which lies only 110 air miles northwest of the huge Los Alamos Atomic installation.
People described the UFOs as “silvery discs” except for one that was “bigger and faster, and apparently the leader,” which was red.
Apparently, local authorities – namely State Patrolman Andy Andrews - tried to pass the sighting off as a mass of “small pieces of cotton fuzz floating in the atmosphere,” but witnesses did not buy this explanation.
If that was not enough to boggle the minds of the townspeople, a second huge sighting occurred at about 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.” Soon many other residents had seen this too, including Edward Brooks, who was a B-29 gunner during the war.
He said the objects were definitely “not airplanes. The very maneuvering of the things couldn’t be that of modern aircraft.” Another witness said, “They flew sideways, on edge and at every conceivable angle. This is what made it easy to determine that they were saucer-shaped.”
It seems there was much division by the townsfolk over the reason for the sighting. Many of them apparently believed it had something to do with Bible prophecy, while others thought they must have come from outer space.