The Farmington UFO Armada
(more at link)Farmington Daily Times, March 18, 1950HUGE 'SAUCER' ARMADA JOLTS FARMINGTON
Crafts Seen By Hundreds - Speed Estimated at 1000 MPH, Altitude 20,000 feet
For the third consecutive day flying saucers have been reported over Farmington. And on each of the three days their arrival here was reported between 11 and noon.
Three persons called the Daily Times office to report seeing strange objects in the air just before noon.
Persons along Main Street once again could be seen looking skyward and pointing.
High winds and a dust storm prevented clear vision.
Fully half of this town's population still is certain today that it saw space ships or some strange aircraft -- hundreds of them zooming through the skies yesterday. Estimates of the number ranged from & quotes several to more that 500. Whatever they were, they caused a major sensation in this community, which lies only 110 air miles northwest of the huge Los Alamos Atomic installation.
The objects appeared to play tag high in the air. At times they streaked away at almost unbelievable speeds. One witness did a triangulation sighting on one of the objects and estimated its speed at about 1,000 miles an hour, and estimated its size as approximately twice that of a B-29.
Farmington citizens stood in the streets yesterday watching the first reported mass "flying saucer" flight ever sighted. Traffic was slowed to avoid hitting sky gazers. The office of the Farmington Daily Times was deluged with calls from persons who saw the objects.
Good interview here with David Marler on this story.
Apparently there were photos but they were confiscated.
The reason this incident is important is because there is NO WAY these hundreds of craft seen by hundreds of people over several days were:
1) secret US military craft (not at that scale)
2) some sort of optical illusion or natural phenomenon
A lot of UFO researcher/reporters/investigators don't like to come straight out and say it was ETs, but what other possible explanation is there???