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Disc Sightings - 1800s - 1930s

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John Martin spotted a fast-moving dark object high in the southern sky. He could see it was the size of a "large saucer." Martin apparently saw a classic flying saucer (he may have been the first to use the word "saucer" in a UFO report).

See also: Speed



A brilliant pearly disk rotating on its own axis and emitted rays of colored lights in all directions. The disk stopped spinning plunged toward the ground with falling leaf motion. Finally, the disk retreated and disappeared into the sun.

See also: Sphere , Angels' Hair , Buzz , Explosion , Flash , Glowing , Maneuver , Rotation


A silvery object. Two hemispheres divided by a rotating ring.
The object shoots a beam of light.

See also: Beam , Ring , Rotation

A pilot reported six "flying manhole covers" between Wichita, Kansas and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

See also: Aeronautics

A disc-shaped object with dome was seem to light up valley as it landed one evening.
The witness returned the next day and discovered a circle of scorched grass about 10m in diameter.

See also: Dome , Landing Mark , Heat

This photo was shot in Oregon in 1927, and is one of the earliest known UFO photos in existence. The sighting took place in Cave Junction by a volunteer firefighter.

A shining flying disc, stainless steel-smooth surface appearance.
A section underneath of the object opened and projected a beam of light.

See also: Beam



This picture of George Sutton of St. Paris, Ohio, taken near mid-day (as may be seen from the shadows on the ground) shows a vintage automobile with a 1932 license plate on the front bumper. Nobody has been able to account for the dark object seen over Sutton's left shoulder in this photograph.

See also: Bell


Coral E. Lorenzen, the founder of the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization . Born in 1925, she was still a child of only nine when she saw what she would later understand was a UFO. The hemisphere-shaped object crossed the sky in an undulating movement. Three years later, she mentioned the sighting to her family doctor, who provided her with one of the books written by Charles Fort, an author who had collected tales such as that told by Lorenzen.

See also: Dome

Report by 'Andrea' an Italian secret service agent:

It was a metallic disc, polished and reflecting light, with a diameter of ten to twelve meters. Two fighter from a nearby base took off, but were unable to reach it....It didn't emit sound, which would lead one to consider an aerostat. But nobody knows balloons that can fly faster than wind. I know for sure that is was seen by the aviators... Then, after approximately at least an hour and after passing over, Mestre, it was seen as a sort of metallic tube, gray or slate.

A sketch by a confidential informant was redrawn by Andrea, who explained that:

[The main object] was described like a kind of aerial torpedo with very clear windows...and alternating white and red lights. [The two other objects] were two 'hats', hats like those used by priests: wide, round, with a dome in the center, metallic and following the torpedo without changing their relative positions...