- March 17, 1950 – The Farmington UFO Armada
- Farmington Daily Times
Saturday, March 18, 1950,
Vol. 61, No. 194
- (front page banner headline)
- HUGE ‘SAUCER’ ARMADA JOLTS FARMINGTON
- Crafts Seen By Hundreds
- Speed Estimated at 1000 MPH, Altitude 20,000 feet
- For the third consecutive day flying saucers have been reported over Farmington. And on each of the three days their arrival here was reported between 11 and noon.
- Three persons called the Daily Times office to report seeing strange objects in the air just before noon.
- Persons along Main Street once again could be seen looking skyward and pointing.
- High winds and a dust storm prevented clear vision.
- Fully half of this town’s population still is certain today that it saw space ships or some strange aircraft–hundreds of them zooming through the skies yesterday. Estimates of the number ranged from “several” to “more than 500.” Whatever they were, they caused a major sensation in this community, which lies only 110 air miles northwest of the huge Los Alamos Atomic installation.
A Red Leader
Scores described the objects as silvery discs. A number agreed they saw one that was red in color — bigger and faster, and apparently the leader.
Clayton J. Boddy, 32, business manager of Farmington Times and a former Army Engineers captain in Italy, was one of those who saw the startling objects.
Boddy was on roadway when all of a sudden I noticed a few moving objects high in the sky.
“Moments later there appeared what seemed to be about 500 of them,” Boddy continued. He could not estimate their size or speed, but said they appeared to be about 15,000 feet high.
Boddy’s account was confirmed by Joseph C. and Francis C. Kelloff, retail grocers from Antonito, Colo., who were in Farmington to inspect the site of a proposed new store, and by Bob Foutz and John Burrell of Farmington. The Kelloffs said the objects appeared to be flying in formation.
One of the most impressive accounts came from Harold F. Thatcher, head of the Farmington unit of the Soil Conservation service. Thatcher made a triangulation on one of a number of flying craft, He said if it had been a B-29 it would have been 2,000 feet high and traveling more than 1000 miles per hour.