Posts Tagged ‘White Sands’
Last night I was looking through my May, 1961 issue of Flying Saucers magazine and I came across the above photo. I scanned it and then went to google to see if I could find a better version. I did find another version of it:
The original photo was taken Oct 16, 1957, but when I was looking for it using google photos I kept finding it misidentified as a 1964 photo taken by a Holloman employee. Obviously, 1964 is impossible being that I found it in a 1961 issue of Flying Saucers.
Case Number: 25035
Log Number: US-08092010-0007
Submitted Date: 2010-08-09 05:14 GMT
Event Date: 2010-08-09 19:48 GMT
Region: New Mexico
Visibility: Partly Cloudy
Vallee Index: AN1
I was out at White Sands National Monument taking photographs of lightning and the landscape. At the time I noticed nothing unusual, but when I was reviewing the images on my PC, I noticed some anomolous objects in the images.
Case Number: 21675
Log Number: US-01272010-0001
Submitted Date: 2010-01-27 00:37 GMT
Event Date: 2010-01-26 19:15 GMT
City: Las Cruces
Region: New Mexico
Distance: Over one mile
Entity Type: None
Vallee Index: AN1
I was looking NE, over my garden wall, toward and over the Organ Mountain Range, which borders the White Sands Missile Test range, but what I saw cannot be explained by a missile test, AND locally whenever they are testing they close down the HWY 70 so that no one is endangered. Specifically, I was letting my dog back in, and saw a series of stationary fireballs that were so bright, I at first wondered if I were about to witness a boloid or other meteoric event. It was bright enough to clearly stand out and be both brighter and larger than sodium vapor streetlights, which were also in my field of view, and at least 10 degrees above the horizon, which would have put it above my view of the mountain range. I saw 3 or four flashes like this, the orange color of flame, then it went out. I let the dog back in, and on a whim, because I was curious, I went back outside to see what else I might see. When I went back out, slightly more north, I saw what looked like two fireballs, or stationary jet boosters, side by side, and that object, whatever it was, was stationary like the other fireball looking thing. It let out a smaller set of objects, which were also flaming and curved beneath the larger object, and out of view. I witnessed this twice, then the flare went out. At this point, I tried to go get my tripod and my video cam, but I couldn’t get the settings right to see anything, apparently, on review of the video. I watched for about another half hour, and just as I was going to call it a night, I saw a series of 7-8, well, fire flares, as if an object was travelling laterally in the sky, and having an engine set on fire. short, very short bursts of flame. The object was just past due north now, headed from the south to the north north west. I did not see it again. I will allow that, being so close to a military base, it may have been training exercises, but there was no sound, there was no road closure which they do all the time when testing, and nothing showed up today in the local media. I don’t know what to think.
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I live in New Mexico under an Air Force flightpath. Stealth fighters are not at all unusual in the skies over my house. Occasionally, I see aircraft that I can not identify, and have gotten in the habit of keeping a camera handy when I am going to be outside for a while. One afternoon, I caught sight of something out of the corner of my eye. The oddest thing about these craft is that they made no noise at all that i could hear.
I snapped off 5 pictures that afternoon of these craft, but this is the only one with two flying close to each other. I don’t believe in flying saucers from other planets at all. these are obviously secret craft being flown out of white sands, or some other airbase. My contacts in the community have all told me of “Alien craft” being in the skies, and I never believed them. This gives substance to their stories, but doesn’t convince me of an “alien presence”
WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (AP) – NASA engineers have completed work on a 92-acre launch complex that will serve as the test site for abort flight tests of the Orion crew exploration vehicle.
That is the spacecraft that is planned to take astronauts back to the moon.
The complex at White Sands Missile Range will allow NASA to test the system that will pull the vehicle’s crew to safety if there’s an emergency on the launch pad or during the opening minutes of flight.
Personnel from the missile range will provide support services, including logistics, infrastructure, data collection, operations and management during each simulated launch. The site includes a launch pad, ground support equipment and an assembly building.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Below is a blog post I wrote for my Land of Enchantment blog over a year ago. I don’t normally like to cross post at different blogs, but it happens to be one of the most popular posts at any of my blogs and I plan on following it up soon at this blog with more about Green Fireballs and Project Twinkle.
I never quite realized that green fireballs were seen in NM all the way back in 1949. About 10 years ago I saw what at first I thought was a green fireball, but on closer inspection happened to be a powerful green laser shooting into the sky from Sandia/Kirtland AFB. It was supposedly used for some astronomy purpose was the rumor I heard after inquiring with a few people I thought might know the purpose. After that I assumed that probably all green fireball stories were really just lasers and people unfamiliar with lasers were mistaking them for something mysterious. However, there are several articles at the site where I got the one below that are also early reports. The laser wasn’t invented until 1960 and I believe it was only the ruby laser which was red, it was several years after before there was a green laser so maybe that can’t account for all green fireballs sightings.
There is also another explanation, all the cited sighting of green fireballs prior to 1960 took place near a national lab, or research lab. The one below in Los Alamos, one in Albuquerque where Sandia National Lab is located and a some in Alamogordo, which is next to Holloman AFB and White Sands Missile Range. Is it possible that lasers were really invented long before the public was made aware of them? Really they were invented years before Theodore Maiman patented his ruby laser, but for some reason this was top secret and so Maiman was just allowed to patent it and take credit for inventing the laser?
Just a thought.
Another thing I found interesting was the reference in the article to the thought control office. According to the site I got the article from, the writer is actually being sarcastic and referring to the Atomic Energy Commission. :-)
Los Alamos, New Mexico, Skyliner – 29 Feb, 1949
Flying Green Lights Alert Constabulary
By THE OBSERVER
Shades of the flying saucers!
Los Alamos now has flying green lights.
These will ‘o wisps seen generally about 2 a. m., have alerted the local constabulary and their presence is being talked about in Santa Fe bars.
But local wheels deny any official knowledge of the sky phenomena. Each one passes the buck to another.
A call to El Paso, Tex., brought official denial from D. K. Brown, head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation district that embraces Los Alamos, that his agency had not been called to deal with the matter.
At the information or thought-control office officials indicated that they knew about the recurring green flame in the sky but indicated that it wouldn’t be wise to write about it.
Capt. Carroll Tyler, project manager, said simply that all he knew about the lights was rumor — the same rumors that everyone is hearing.
Call the Army
At the thought-control office the general reaction was that the matter was out of AEC jurisdiction and the best way to find out what was going on was to call Kirtland Field.
A call to Kirtland showed that an Army captain who asked that his name not be used because he didn’t know anything, didn’t know anything. He was eager to learn, though.
Official reaction was the same on the Hill except for the atmosphere of secrecy that has been thrown about a matter discussed in every saloon and drawing room from here to Santa Fe.
There was even no speculation. Could these be visitors from Mars or from the Russias [sic]? No answer.
But enough competent observers had told this observer that there was indeed something in the wine.
Shott [sic] Down Venus
And something much more tangible than the time last summer when one of the local security officers ordered out tanks and jet planes from Kirtland Field to shoot down a light low on the horizon that happened to be Venus, a well-known planet.
The jet pilots, trigger fingers ready, were disgusted at that alarm. Maybe that’s why they’re now querying the green lights.
Have you seen a green light lately?