FORTY YEARS AGO – August 1948: At noon on the 11th, two young boys were playing in their backyard at Hamel, Minnesota, when they noticed a strange object descending from the sky approximately 12 feet from the ground. The object settled to the ground gently. Upon landing, the UFO spun once, made a whistling sound, and then shot straight up into the air approximately 20 feet, stopped, and again made a whistling sound. The object then shot upward to a height of about 30 feet, and, during this ascent, maneuvered around tree branches and utility wires. When the UFO reached a height of approximately 30 feet, it moved away to the northeast at a high rate of speed. The boys described the object as about one foot thick, two feet wide, and circular. The UFO had no windows, wires, or any visible appendages. It was a dull gray in color, and when it hit the ground it made a slight clanking noise, like metal hitting metal. In the spot where the object landed investigators found an impression two feet in diameter. Within the impression rocks had been pressed into the ground and were level with the soil.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO - August 1953: About the first of the month Berryman Davids took off from Seattle, Washington in his Aeronca Chief airplane. He climbed to 10,000 feet, leveled off and headed for the Cascade Mountain range to the southeast. No clouds and bright sunlight. Suddenly the whole cockpit was drenched in dazzling-white, intense light. The pilot circled to try to determine the source of the light. After a 90-degree turn back toward Seattle, the blinding light hit the aircraft again. Then the pilot saw the source: 12 bright metallic craft, perhaps a mile away. One object turned on its side and the sun caught it as a huge mirror. And again a blinding light for a couple seconds. The pilot flew toward the objects which were playing like a school of dolphins. As he neared the objects he could see they were disc-shaped. They would ascend straight up until out of sight, and then descend at fantastic speed, three of the discs descended just in front of his aircraft, heading for the ground at high velocity. Just as they were about to crash they suddenly reversed direction and went straight up at high speed. That was enough for the pilot. He left the area as fast as his Chief would take him. A woman in the Ground Observer Corps in the Black Hills of South Dakota reported a light hovering in the sky to the east of her position on the night of the 12th. Two operators from a radar station went out to check visually while the woman was still on the telephone. While they were scanning the sky the woman reported, “The thing is beginning to move over Rapid City.” Simultaneously, the two radar men observed the light start to move. They returned to their radar, while the woman reported that the object was moving back to its original position. The radar got a fix on it at that spot. An F-84, in the air at the time, was vectored in to the target, the pilot making visual contact. The object headed north with the jet in pursuit, radar tracking both blips. The UFO stayed ahead of the jet and seemed to maintain distance whenever the pilot speeded up the jet.