Part 16 – Peculiar Phenomenon: Early United States Efforts to Collect and Analyze Flying Discs

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"Col. Turner said that he had WSPG military personnel searching for two 'flying discs' which appeared to fall into air space above White Sands Proving Ground."

- J. Andrew Kissner

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Military Intelligence, Flying Discs and Plane Crashes

June 16, 1947, Front Page, El Paso Times.
June 16, 1947, Front Page, El Paso Times.

A U. S. Army C-47 crashed on takeoff on June 15, 1947, at Goodman Field, Fort Knox, Kentucky. Eyewitnesses in the control tower said that the transport could not gain altitude. As it lifted off the runway, "it did a low wide circle in an attempt to get back to the field." The flight had departed Bolling Field, Washington, D. C., and was reportedly destined for Ft. Riley, Kansas. Aboard were twenty-two military personnel, twenty of them members of a military intelligence group headed by Major General W. G. Wyman. Twenty of those on board were injured in the crash. S/Sgt. Curtis Green, the most seriously injured, was credited with saving the lives of both the passengers and crew after he opened the escape hatch and helped the others out shortly before the airplane exploded. [ Source: El Paso Times, June 16, 1947.]


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