The story begins at the White House on the morning of December 6, 1950. President Truman received a shocking call from the Pentagon. Truman's Secretary of State would later write that our "early warning radar system in Canada had picked up a formation of unidentified objects...all interception and defense forces were alerted."
The Red Alert or Def Con 5, whatever they called it, only lasted an hour or two and when it was over it was characterized as a false alarm, some kind of mix-up. Newspaper reports offered a couple of explanations for what had been seen on radar--a flock of geese, atmospheric conditions or friendly aircraft.
But, FBI documents released decades later under the Freedom of Information Act seem to indicate there was a lot more to it.
Author and Physicist Dr. Bruce Maccabee compiled FBI documents into the flying saucer mystery, many labeled, “Security Matter Dash X”.At that time, the government publicly was claimed flying saucers didn't exist … confidentially it was a very different story.
One document in particular caught the eye of researchers written on December 8, 1950, "regarding flying saucers" "this officer very confidentially advised by army intelligence...that they have been put on immediate high alert for any data whatsoever concerning flying saucers."
Maccabee’s found the military document very telling, “the counter intelligence corps has plenty of other things to do besides looking for flying saucers information. So, there must have been something that happened.”
The immediate assumption is that it had something to do with the Red Alert two days earlier. Other documents indicate radar had picked up 40 UFO's at 32,000 feet traveling at incredible rates of speed toward Washington.
But the story gets even stranger...
A pilot named Colonel Robert Willingham claimed he was flying out of San Angelo when he was alerted by a radar operator that a UFO was headed toward him. According to Willingham the object traveled faster than and maneuvered unlike any aircraft he'd ever seen and it crashed south of Del Rio, Texas.
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