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Daniel Leger saw a craft with a grayish aluminum hue, like two plates joined together, separated by a middle section consisting of two rings with a black line between them. The craft was estimated to be about six meters in diameter and two meters in height. Several square portholes with rounded edges were spaced on the upper section. No insignia, seams, welding or connections were apparent on the upper part, which seemed to be made in one piece. Female pilot, slightly slanted, Asian like eyes. Guttural speech.

Note: Peenemunde was 130 miles west of Gdynia, where the Germans developed the V-1 flying bomb, the V-2 rocket and other weapons under the direction of Wernher von Braun. Daniel Leger assumed it was a German experimental craft.

See also: Armament , Base , War , Wernher von Braun

British author Nick Redfern states, British Military records reveal that a fleet of flying discs -- called 'Foo Fighters' -- were launched from huge cigar-shaped Mother craft during B-17 daylight raids over Germany in 1943. The huge aircraft-carrier sized Mother ship cut through a flight of B-17 bombers launching its discs in front of the B-17 amazed aircrews.

See also: Fireball , War

Small discs (General Arnold's files).

Small discs.

E.L. (initials), serving as Carpenter Mate, 1st Class, Hqt. Co. 112th Construction Battalion, came across a landed saucer near a wooded ridge, near the beach of Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii. Description: 50 ft. diam.; metallic; looked like an igloo; topped with a clear glass dome about a foot high with a gold colored weather vane-like device spinning inside.

See also: Dome , Rotation , War

Bill Steele, frequently observed V-1s (Vergeltungswaffen - retaliation weapons) being attacked by Royal Air Force (RAF) fighters, Observer Corps firing rocket signals to alert pilots, was operating an excavator at Fairlight Quarry near Hastings, Sussex. On two occasions he saw curious discs. The impression was of hub-caps, though a little larger, circling the V-1 and running alongside with ease. No effect on the V-1s, curious melodious whistle-like noise heard.

See also: War , Wernher von Braun

A Lancaster bomber crew of eight saw what they described as a huge disc-shaped object with a row of lights that dwarfed their aircraft many times over. Upon landing, the crew officially reported what they had seen and were told not to talk to anyone about it and not to record the information in their log books. In a time before the era of flying saucers and UFOs and at a time of war, this case stands as a landmark sighting.

See also: War

Small discs.

After the Liberation, [Daniel] Leger got a job at an American Army Air Forces unit, where some USAAF gunners told him that during several missions they were accompanied by luminous disc-shaped objects - nicknamed 'foo-fighters' - which they assumed were German or Russian in origin.

See also: War , Fireball|

Black plate, diameter 1/8 the moon. Flying against wind below clouds. Von Ludwiger, Illo Brand.

Gosta Carlsson, Disc-shaped object with a cupola. 17 feet in height, 53 feet in diameter. Two metal legs.

See also: Disc , Dome , Beam , Landing_Mark

UFOs [even disc-shaped craft] observed in Scandinavia, Western Europe [Germany, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland], Turkey, West Africa between 1946 and 1948.

See also: Cigar , Fireball , Maneuver , Radar , Speed

Photo of a metallic, two layered object.

Disc photo. The picture was taken at an angle looking up over a mountain, and the larger picture makes a much more believable image, giving the object dimension, and scale.

Daytime sighting of a bright, metallic disk, about one foot in diameter, oscillating at treetop level above and along some nearby railroad tracks. Granchi, Irene.

See also: Maneuver

U.S. Weather Bureau observer sighted three strange metallic disks on three occasions and another observer has sighted a similar object on one occasion. 'Silver disc' through his theodolite telescope.

Eight discoid objects , each estimated to be the size of a house, allegedly were seen flying over Spokane in eastern Washington State. One witness said the objects dropped from the sky in the soon familiar "falling leaf" motion and fell to Earth along the Saint Joe River in Idaho. This sighting was reported three days before pilot Kenneth Arnold's famous sighting of UFOs near nearby Mount Rainier, and three days before the widely publicized "Maury Island incident," which reportedly occurred near Tacoma, Washington, and now is seen as a hoax.

See also: Maneuver

Modern Era

"They seemed longer than wide. Their thickness was about 1/20 of their width."

"Mirror Bright"

Kenneth Arnold's famous sighting over Mount Rainer Washington, in 1947 started the Modern Era in UFOlogy. The publicity generated by the sighting encouraged hundreds of people to report their own UFO sightings and set the stage for widespread public interest, controversy and government involvement. Arnold's description of saucers skipping over the water led newspaper headline writers to coin the term "flying saucer." (7)

Kenneth Arnold. the Boise, Idaho, businessman who made the report, said the objects moved like saucers skipping across a pond, not that the were saucer-shaped. (11)

Bill Bequette, a Washington State newspaper reporter, invented the term flying saucers. He wrote, they reported flat, circular objects that look like flying saucers sound like they should look like. (11)

Arnold described what he saw as being "flat like a pie pan", "shaped like saucers and were so thin I could barely see them… ", "half-moon shaped, oval in front and convex in the rear. … they looked like a big flat disk" (see Arnold's drawing at right), and flew "like a saucer would if you skipped it across the water". (One of the objects, however, he would describe later as crescent-shaped, as shown in illustration at left.) (Wikipedia)

See also: Crescent, Heel

Kenneth Arnold's report set off a veritable celestial chain reaction. And within a few days, the fabulous "flying saucers" had spun into the national spotlight. Observers reported sighting flying "chromium hub caps," flying "dimes," flying "tear drops," flying "gas lights," "ice cream cones," and flying "pie plates."

A witness observed a 'shiny disc' about 40 feet across over Mt Franklin, Texas.

Disc shape of a platter.

A disc-shaped object was sighted over Roswell on the evening of July 2, 1947, moving northwest.


U.S. Coast Guardsman, Frank Ryman, of Seattle, Washington photo of a flying disc taken on July 4, 1947, three days before the infamous Rhodes photographs. The Rhodes’ photos were actually printed in the local paper upside down! Allegedly, one of, if not the first, photograph of a "flying disc."

By 5 July, flying discs had been reported over thirty-one states - particularly in the El Paso, Las Cruces and Carrizozo region of southern New Mexico and west Texas.

William Rhodes of Phoenix, Arizona allegedly saw a disk circling his locality during sunset and took two photographs. The resulting pictures show a disk-like object with a round front and a square tail in plan form. Often called the "Roswell UFO."

Reports came from Wisconsin, the first of which involved a 'saucer' that traveled at a speed of 6,000 miles per hour, according to a flying instructor and student pilot who had just taken off from Eikhorn.

See also: Speed

At three o'clock in the afternoon in Amfreville-la-Mi-Voie, Seine-Maritime department, France a small disc-shaped UFO landed on the banks of the Seine River. Two short humanoids, about three feet tall, got out and shortly later reboarded the craft. The UFO lifted off silently, and flew off to the southeast.

See also: ET

During the afternoon in Tacoma, Washington three male witnesses reported that a disc-shaped object landed on their neighbor's roof. Several "little people" emerged, but disappeared when reporters approached.

See also: ET

A series of disc sightings, beginning at 9:30 A.M. and ending at 4 P.M., erupted over the base. The sightings made a particular impression on the Air Force, according to Edward. J. Ruppelt, who would head one of its subsequent UFO projects.

See also: Base

"Disks Soar Over New York." So read the July 8, 1947 headline for the New York Times. The article, by Murray Schumach, described how people across New York and other states along the East Coast stopped along roadsides or climbed onto rooftops to observe various formations of white and orange-colored, disk-shaped objects swoop across the sky.

See also: Formation

A. C. Urie. Snake River 6 miles W of Blue Lake Ranch, 9 miles NW of Twin Falls, Idaho. 1 p.m. A. C. Urie on land and 2 sons Billy and Keith 300 ft away in a boat, all on the S side of the river or river bank looking to the N, saw a squeezed or elongated straw-hat shaped sky-blue object about 10 x 10 x 20 feet, with pods on the side emitting flames, about 1/2 mile away fly towards them down the canyon at 1,000 mph E-W at 75 ft height, with a contour following motion up and down over uneven terrain, trees swaying underneath with a circular motion, disappearing with a swish sound. Urie was about 300 ft from the object which was about level with him about 75 ft above the river, and silhouetted against the canyon wall 1,200 ft away, disappearing behind a hill about 1 mile away. Object was at about 45° elevation to the boys on the river below him, disappearing behind trees. (Battelle Unknown No. 9; FOIA; FUFOR Index)

See also: Flames , Speed

R.L. Johannis allegedly saw a discoid UFO on the ground with two small humanoids, about three feet tall or less, beside it. The humanoids reportedly wore blue coveralls with red belts and collars and had large heads with big dark eyes...

See also: ET

Raymond Palmer. The first issue of Fate contained a cover story about the "flying discs," as certain UFOs were called at the time.

A Mr. Galbraith observed a disc-like object land on the ground; an entity left the object and collected samples of vegetation. The object transmitted a “force field” which pushed the witness to the ground. The same witness again observed an object on the ground, three entities who smiled at him, were observed outside the craft. A police patrol saw a light in the nearby woods, but couldn’t approach it because of an “invisible wall”.

See also: ET , Force-Field , Vegetation


Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Swigert. S central Indianapolis, Indiana. 8:25 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Swigert saw a cymbal shaped or domed disc object or rounded coolie hat to the W, about 20 ft across, 6-8 ft thick, 3:1 ratio noted, white without any shine but shadowing on upper right (sun from the left or E), fly straight and level from horizon to horizon W to E heading 90°, first through window facing W then window facing S, altitude estimated at 2,000 ft covering distance of 5 miles (1,800 mph? distance 2 miles? elevation 10°?), shimmering in the sun as if spinning. No sound or trail. (Battelle Unknown No. 8; FOIA)

See also: Dome

Donald R. Berger took ten "still" photographs of a large disc-shaped object.

...America’s very first UFO movie, The Flying Saucer (1950), went into production in 1949, it registered quickly on the USAF radar.
The film’s director, Mikel Conrad, had claimed publicly while still in production that he had managed to secure genuine footage of a real flying saucer for use in his movie. In September 1949, Conrad told the Ohio Journal Herald: “I have scenes of the saucer landing, taking off, flying and doing tricks.” Conrad further claimed that his remarkable footage was “locked in a bank vault” and would not be shown to anybody prior to his movie’s release. It took just two days for the USAF to get hold of the story, and shortly thereafter Conrad became the subject of a two-month official Air Force investigation. Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that an agent of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations was dispatched not only to grill Conrad about his claims, but also to attend the first private screening of his completed movie.