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1949 USAF UFO sighting report:

Interest:

This document is a ufo sighting report from the chief of the Kirkland US Air Force base to the USAF chief of staff.

The one-page memorandum expresses concern of the Kirtland AFB Commanding Officer, of the ultra-vital AEC, of the 4th Army, over the repeated appearance of unknown flying objects (seemingly one has the same description over a wide area) over a number of locations in New Mexico, including the town of Roswell. Most provocative is the CO's closing note that "Unless instructed to contrary (,) this office will make all out investigation with a view to location of impact point (,) if any," and "request answer."

References:

Title:sighting report
From:Commanding Officer of Kirtland US Air Force base, New Mexico.
To:Chief of Staff, USAF - Att: Director of Special Investigations Issuing Agency or individual: Commanding Officer (CO) , Kirkland Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico.
Date:January 31, 1949
Classification:CONFIDENTIAL

The transcription:

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
STAFF MESSAGE CENTER
INCOMING CLASSIFIED MESSAGE

PARAPHRASE NOT REQUIRED

CONFIDENTIAL
PRIORITY

From: Co Kirtland AFB New Mexico

To: chief of Staff USAF attn Dir of Special Investigations
Officer of the Inspector General

Nr.: OSI 1 - 98

31 January 1949

Reference previous reports, subject; unknown, aerial phenomena, file number 24-8. sighting of identical object reported at 2255Z 30 Jan 49 by aprx 30 people. Estimate at least 100 total sightings. AEC, APSWO, 4th Army, local commander perturbed by implications of phenomena. Sighting reported from El Paso, Albuquerque, Alamogordo, Roswell, Socorro, and other locations. All appear to be the same object at different points in trajectory. Unless instructed to the contrary this office will make out investigation with view to location of impact point if any. Request reply.

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