YUMA, Ariz.- In 1952 Russia was a known enemy and fears of Russian attacks from the skies ran rampant. Some of those fears seemed to come true April 17th 1952. When 13 army soldiers witnessed a bright flash that illuminated the desert sky.
Mark Schauer of Yuma Proving Ground says, ” It was called Yuma test station back then went on a field relaxation hike that afternoon and they saw a brilliant streak of light and a vapor trail from directly overhead and disappear in less than 10 seconds. “
National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena reports a different story OF APRIL 17 AND 18 1952 on their casebook. In the reports a circular object was seen and flying at a irregular speed.
<April 17, 1952; Yuma, Arizona. 3:05 p.m. Witnesses: group of Army weather observation students, including several graduate engineers. One flat-white, circular object flew with an irregular trajectory and a brief trail, for about 7 seconds.
April 18, 1952; Yuma, Arizona. Time unknown. Witnesses: two Army weather observation students. One flat-white circular object flew for 5-10 seconds in a very erratic manner.>
George Noory host of national radio show Coast to Coast says at different story, “You can’t rule that out, but to me its doubtful because I think they would of said, we saw a quick fireball and it disappeared really fast and I am not hearing that I am hearing that they saw an object for some time with a vapor trail and that doesn’t sound like a meteorite to me.”
The 13 Yuma soldiers were all members of the meteorology team and had extensive knowledge of weather balloons and weather phenomena. Today Meteorologists disagree about what those service members saw. Some agree it could have been a weather balloon because of the odd shape they take in the sky.