ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO - 25 August 1951
On the evening of 25 August 1951, at 2158 MST, a Sandia Base Security guard and his wife observed what they described to be a flying wing type aircraft similar to the Northrop Fly Wing Bomber (B-49) pass over the backyard of their trailer home in the east part of Abuquerque. They judged the wing span of the aircraft to be about one and one half times the wing span of a B-36, with which they were familiar. The object was flying low, the altitude was thought to be about 800ft. - 1000 ft., and there was no sound that could be attributed to the object. The color of the object was not apparent due to the twilight but dark chordwise stripes were noticed under the wings. Six to eight pairs of soft glowing lights were noticed on the trailing edge of the wing. The speed was judged to be about 300 - 400 mph and the object was on a heading of approximately 160░.
(See Appendix I for possible related incident.)
Broken clouds at 17,000 ft., visibility five miles, wind S at 5 mph.
Status of Investigation
The possibility of this being a known craft was checked with negative results. The AC and W Radar station at Kirtland AFB did not observe any unusual or unidentified aircraft.
The guard's background was checked and since he has a "Q" clearance, it has been assumed that he is mentally stable.
The photos taken of the V-shaped object at Lubbock, Texas, (see Appendix I) were sent to Albuquerque. They were shown to the sources by the O.S.I. and sources stated that arrangement of lights on the object they saw was similar to the photo. They sketched in the wing as they saw it.
An investigation was made to determine whether or not any one else had seen the objects but only negative results were obtained.
Further evaluation of this incident depends on the outcome of attempts to establish the authenticity of the Lubbock photos.