The most spectacular UFO sighting in U.S. history – – it happened in Farmington, New Mexico, in 1950 !!

(One of the rare photos of some of the objects seen over Farmington in March of 1950, courtesy of Alejandro Rojas of OPEN MINDS, per photo collection of Wendelle C. Stevens)

Originally written by Norio Hayakawa on May 17, 2010:

Forget about Roswell, 1947.

Forget about Phoenix, 1997.

Sure, those were undoubtedly very important events in the annals of UFO sightings history.

But when it comes to the most amazing sightings ever recorded in the U.S., nothing can even come close to what transpired over the skies of Farmington, New Mexico in 1950.

The most spectacular mass appearance of UFOs in U.S. history took place over the skies of Farmington, New Mexico in March of 1950.  And it happened for three consecutive days, March 15, 16 and 17.

The so-called 1997 Phoenix sightings pale in comparison to what happened in the town, not too far from the Four Corners area.

Anywhere from around 200 to 400 disc-shaped, metallic, silver-colored objects were seen in the sky, performing all kinds of maneuvers, making all kinds of formations and simply giving incredible flight show in the sky.

It all began at around noon-time on March 15, 1950 and lasted for about two hours.

For three consecutive days(from around noontime each day)  hundreds of astonished citizens of this town witnessed the most spectacular daytime mass UFO sightings ever recorded.

And it all took place during broad daylight, usually from around noon, lasting for about two hours.

The front page headline of Farmington Daily Times of March 18, documented the amazing sightings:


(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – due to the excitement, I guess the editors didn’t check the typo error:  “Hudreds”, instead of “Hundreds”)

Here is from the Los Angeles Times:

(Artistic depiction of the Farmington UFO sightings by James Neff, courtesy of James Neff)


For some reason or other, this incident seemed to have been hushed up quickly.

A few years ago I was fortunate enough to visit Farmington and was able to interview an elderly gentleman who was one of hundreds of witnesses to this spectacular event.  He confirmed to me practically all the aspects of that incident as was reported in Farming Daily Times news article.

(I visited the Farmington Senior Center to find some witnesses).  Their number is rapidly diminishing.

According to some townsfolk, government agents came to town quickly after the incident, discouraging people to talk about the incident for national security reasons  (the Cold War had gripped the psyche of the people by 1950 and the people were quite receptive and cooperative with whatever the government had told them, and perhaps even handing them photos or films that they may have taken, negatives including)  and may even have bought up a large portion of the editions of the newspapers of March 18, 1950.


Here are the late Stanton Friedman’s interesting comments about New Mexico, including the Farmington incident of 1950:



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7 thoughts on “The most spectacular UFO sighting in U.S. history – – it happened in Farmington, New Mexico, in 1950 !!

  1. Amazing. I was not very familiar with this event. My first thought is that this was some military test of some kind, possibly a pre-lude to our later development of drone technology. The year would coincide with operation paperclip. However if witnesses actually claim there were hundreds of these things, then that makes this explanation a bit difficult, but not impossible.

    My second thought is this could have been some type of mass ghost-image sighting of an event from our past(thousands of years ago), comparable to what was seen over Nuremberg Germany in 1561. Yes this is a real phenomenon in my opinion. When ghosts in human form are sighted, they are always wearing clothing of the era they were from(the material clothing also manifests). Material objects are known to be seen in the non-physical form. So could an entire fleet of craft from a very distant past appear in some type of ghost-like sighting? Yes, why not. Ghost ships have been seen in our seas. This could occur due to a combination of atmospheric conditions we do not yet understand.

    Last of all, it could be the simplest of explanations, visitors from afar. However I find this explanation hardest to believe, that beings that advanced would showboat here with hundreds of craft for days at a time lol. That wouldn’t be a very logical thing to do, but who knows.


    • Thanks, Jon, for your comment. I have a very difficult time to be skeptical about this baffling incident. I believe it was a real occurrence. This was definitely the most puzzling case that I have ever come across here in New Mexico. It’s still remains unsolved.
      As you just mentioned, this definitely reminds us of the 1561 Nuremberg case in Germany. Amazing!


      • The newspaper article witness describes the metallic objects remaining at high altitude, and a lower altitude high-speed object with a red hue. This to me is interesting, the object with the red hue. The one time I did witness what was without a doubt a non-human UFO, when the object got to a lower altitude it had a bright blue hue, a glow to it, which it did not have at a higher altitude.

        I agree, this is probably the most spectacular UFO sighting in U.S. history. Now, if this would only occur again while we all have high definition cellphone cameras at our disposal… lol. I must admit though, as much as I would love to have a close encounter with a UFO, I would feel very uneasy if there were hundreds of them in the sky. That is a very intimidating posture.


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