Boise, Idaho Daily Statesman – July 25, 1949
Strange Flying Objects Leave Boise…
Investigation By Air Force To Be Started
Mysterious Craft Pass
At Very Close Range
A Boise valley pilot told Sunday of seeing seven V-shaped flying objects at at close range over the Mountain Home desert, and said the experience left him “frightened and shaken.”
The strange craft, he said, were not United States aircraft, as far as he could determine, and they had no visible means of propulsion, yet traveled at what he said was a “tremendous rate of speed.”
It has been learned that the Air Force’s intelligence division is sending an operative to investigate the incident. The Boise valley pilot released the information only on the condition that his name not be used. He is the manager of one of the valley’s major airports.
The pilot said the seven objects, or aircraft, came within 1000 or 2000 feet of his plane as he was flying toward Boise, about 10 miles west of Mountain Home.
No Pilot Discernible
They looked like a V, he said, with a circular body within the V and a belly-like object sitting under the nose of the V. He said that that he could see no sign of a pilot or “anything like a human being” in the aircraft.
The color, he said, was not the metallic color one usually associates with military aircraft. He said it was “neither white nor gray” but a shade that he had never seen before.
A circular portion of the body just behind the nose of the V appeared to change in color from time to time, he said, and the outer edges of the V seemed to [oscillate] once or twice during the two minutes he had the craft under observation.
The pilot saw the objects at 12:05 p.m. yesterday while he was at an altitude of 10,000 feet on the right hand side of the highway from Mountain Home to Boise.
No Markings on Craft
He said the objects came up from his left side at about 9000 feet and crossed in front of his plane to the right, and disappeared on an easterly heading at “tremendous speed.”
There were no visible markings on the craft, he said. Their formation was unlike any ordinary military formation flying. He said they were in two “tight lines of three each, with the seventh object either in the middle of the lines or slightly above.”
He said he could not see a propeller or any smoke trail indicating jet or rocket power in the objects.
The pilot said the objects departed between the mountains and the town of Mountain Home. The Mountain Home air base, informed of the occurrence, said it had “no experimental aircraft on the field.”
And, the Air Force’s flight center at McChord Field, Wash., said no formation of aircraft had been cleared through this area. The pilot said the experience left him with a “funny, ghostly feeling.”