On 15 May 1947, 'peculiar phenomena' were blamed by Lieutenant Colonel Harlod R. Turner, commanding officer at White Sands Proving Ground (WSPG), New Mexico, for the erratic test flight of a V-2 (A-4) rocket. As the rocket climbed to an intermediate altitude of 40 miles, Kisser learned that radar technicians assigned to US Army Ordnance watched in amazement as another target instantaneously appeared right next to the missle. The V-2 veered off course and crashed to earth minutes later, 40 degrees off the normal flight path. Pending a formal report from the ground search crew, Turner said there were no clues of the missle's behaviour.
See also: Radar
At 19:15, at least one surface-to-air missile with a 674-pound high-explosive warhead was fired at one or more radar targets hovering to the south-west of WSPG Launch Row.
See also: Radar
There was a series of sightings at White Sands Proving Ground, as well as other restricted areas in New Mexico in 1949.
The sightings were made by military officers, civilian scientists, and technicians employed at the missile range.
It is a series of sightings, if they were of flying saucers, that suggested someone was watching our primitive attempts to step into space.
Note: New Mexico is home of the famous Roswell UFO crash. According to former NASA employe Clark C. McClelland Wernher von Braun told him in describing the alien occupants at the crash site: "Their skin was grayish and reptilian in texture. He said it looked similar to the skin texture of rattle snakes he'd seen several times at White Sands."
See also: Crash , Wernher von Braun
Navy was conducting test at White Sands, and during one of these test one of the officers mentioned flying saucer sightings. A newspaper article written by Marvin Miles declared that "Flying saucers--or at least mysterious flying 'objects'--have been sighted by service personnel at this vital center of America's upper air research." AFOSI tried to find the source of the leak about flying saucer sightings at White Sands. The leak came from high level ranking naval officers who made offhand remarks in the presence of some reporters.
The fifth U.S.-IGY satellite, successfully launched payload containing photocells designed to produce cloud cover images for 2 weeks; processing or wobbling prevented significant interpretation of data.
---: USAF Committee presided over by Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Associate Director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Cambridge, Mass., recommended that the USAF continue to take a positive approach to UFO's, investigate reported sightings by all scientific means, and keep the public fully informed of existing policy. Of the unknown objects sighted, it reported, no scientific evidence supports the conclusion that the objects were spacecraft.
I asked him, "Dr. von Braun, is it true that a Juno II we launched from here had other unknown craft accompany it back into the earth's atmosphere?"
He looked at me with a bit of surprise, and said, "Young man, yes we had such an encounter with a power that appears advanced beyond ours here. Stronger than we have assumed and unknown to us where their base is located. I cannot say much more other than we are entering into a closer contact with these unknown powers and perhaps within a short time, a few months or so of time, we will be capable of saying more." -- Clark C. McClelland
See also: Wernher von Braun
Clark C. McClelland, a young designer woking for the Titan II Launch Operations Team Hangar 'U.'
Several hours after the objects [UFOs] departed their single orbit rendezvous with the Gemini capsule, says McClelland, a shadowy group of personnel arrived on the scene.
"One thing was certain, this group was at the Cape for no other reason than the Gemini/Titan mission and its guests ...They wore no uniforms yet acted as if they were in the military. They spoke of returning to Washington, DC ..."
See also: Washington
Rumor purports that Apollo 11 astronauts observed and filmed two UFOs that landed near the lunar module. The film has supposedly been put under tight security wraps by NASA. The agency denies that any such sighting ever occurred.
Popular rumor Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin saw a space "fleet" lined up on the moon's surface.
In late 1973, NASA would finally loosen their lips a bit, as they confirmed that 25 astronauts had seen UFOs during lunar missions. Wernher Von Braun, famous German rocket scientist, and head of the lunar exploration program, told Esotera magazine, that:
"Extraterrestrial powers do exist, and they are more powerful than previously thought. I’m not authorized to give you any more details on the issue.” -- Wernher Von Braun
See also: Wernher von Braun
Source: Bon Gribble
Reddish/green object hovering over the Jet Propulsion Laboratory site.
See also: Armament , Hover , Scramble