UFO secrets in plain sight

[dropcap]Click[/dropcap] to the FBI‘s “Vault,” the bureau’s electronic reading room, and read the secret known by more than a million people: J. Edgar Hoover received a memo in 1950 about UFOs in New Mexico.

The truth is online!

Publicly available since the 1970s, the one-page, vaguely worded, unconfirmed report of “three so-called flying saucers” has found a wider audience since the FBI launched its electronic reading room in 2011. The Associated Press reported the document has become the Vault’s most-read item, with more than one million views.

Skip it, Hampton Roads folks.

Nothing for us to see there.

Instead click on the “Unexplained Phenomena” section, and head to UFOs. There, on page 23, more truth: A Norfolk teenager snapped a picture of a UFO from the balcony of his West 14th Street apartment on July 8, 947.

The Norfolk Ledger-Dispatch, a precursor to The Virginian-Pilot, published the boy’s picture of the smoky orb. The headline: “Flying Disc ‘Bigger than Automobile’ Photographed by Youth Who Is Amazed Because No One Else Saw It.”

Seriously, that’s the headline.

His sighting came in the midst of a national flying saucer fever, with reports of silver disc-shaped UFOs ricocheting from coast to coast.

The newspaper clipping accompanies a report from the FBI‘s Special Agent in Charge for the Norfolk office. It’s between a letter from a San Diego writer (who claims to have several university degrees) outlining how the discs work and where they came from, and a report of a flying disc in Hackensack, N.J.

The Norfolk report concludes: “Inasmuch as the Army authorities in the Tidewater area of Virginia are cognizant of the above information, no further investigation will be conducted by this office in this matter.”

That’s what the FBI said about the 1950 tip, too.

The Virginian-Pilot