Eight Crosby students reported sighting a ‘flying saucer’: Trish Long

In April 1964, there were reports of unidentified flying objects throughout the country. This April 18, 1964 Herald Post article details a close encounter at the Crosby School. Eight students reported seeing the object. I have not found any subsequent articles reporting what the object might have been. Lucky Boy Hamburgers did offer an explanation in a May 4th commercial: it was their LBX-1 flying hamburger.

Students see a flying saucer

A flying saucer, more like a monster, flew into El Paso, and a lot of unidentified flying objects were reported in New Mexico. Eight students at the Crosby School at 5411 Wren Avenue saw the monster from El Paso.

In fact, one girl, aged 12, reported it to the police. She said she saw him from the school window late last night. “He didn’t have legs,” Cathy Booz said. “He seemed to be floating in the air, covered with something like a sheet. He was about 6 feet 5 inches tall and shaped like an egg.”

Another girl, 11, told police she also saw it and said that six other children had witnessed the monster.

The police had theories that the ghost might actually be a weather balloon descending to the ground, or some kind of parachute, or something else caught in the wind, although nothing was found on the school grounds.

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What if it was a monster?

The sighting of an unidentified flying object has caused New Mexico State Police, radio and television stations, newspapers, local law enforcement, and military installations to freak out today.

There have been at least six “genuine” sightings since Friday, when Socorro police officer Lonnie Zamora spotted an egg-shaped object that roared off the ground, leaving deep footprints and burnt patches.

In addition, phone lines across the state were buzzing with activity as drunkards, outright charlatans, publicity hunters, and well-meaning information seekers stepped in.

An Albuquerque television station offered a $10,000 reward for photographs of an object or objects that some believe are prowling the New Mexico sky.

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Shooting at an object

An Edgewood man told state police he fired 12 shots from a .22 pistol at an “oblong object” this morning. He said with confidence that he hit a UFO six times and heard bullets bounce off him.

When he paused to recharge, the man said that the object was silently moving north. He was unable to determine if shots 7 to 12 hit the thing. He described it as light green in color, about 25 or 30 feet long and silent. He said it hovered about 100 feet directly overhead.

Police investigating said the man was completely “sober”. Edgewood is a community about 20 miles east of Albuquerque.

Hours earlier, a motorist in the Las Vegas area reported seeing a fireball that appeared to have landed near a radio station. According to the station staff, the man asked not to be named because he was afraid that they would laugh at him.

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“There was definitely something there.

On Sunday, police also received similar reports from a Santa Fe resident named Orland Gallegos, who said he saw an egg-shaped metal object near La Madera, about 50 miles north of Santa Fe. He said that he saw how flames escaped from the numerous jets on board the object as it took off.

State Police Capt. Martin Vigil, who verified the incident, said: “There was definitely something there.”

Other reports came from an Albuquerque motorist who saw a “silver” object near Truth or Consequences, two men driving in the La Madera area, and a teenager from Socorro.

Both Socorro’s and La Madera’s reports found scorched earth at these sites. Also found were “paw prints like those of a mountain lion”, as well as “chassis marks”.

The Deputy Director of Interplanetary Intelligence for Unspecified Flying Objects reported from his office in Oklahoma City that photographs of a UFO seen in 1956 by a ship’s radio operator had been mailed to Zamora.

The photographs were taken by T. Fogle aboard the USS Ramsey off the coast of California. HUFO officer Hayden Hughes said the object was “nearly identical” in size, coloration, markings, performance and chassis to the object reported by Zamora.

“Either it was a terribly lucky coincidence, or it’s the same object,” Hughes said.

Zamora, when contacted at this house early this morning, said that he had not yet received the photograph.

Meanwhile, the military at Kirtland and Holloman Air Force Bases and the White Sands Missile Range continued to investigate the sightings… with no end in sight.

Trish Long can be contacted at [email protected] or by phone at 915-546-6179.

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