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The article below was published in the newspaper The St. Louis Star and Times, St.Louis, Missouri, USA, page 9, on July 9, 1947.

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[Photo caption:] RADAR KITE. An army civilian employee at Kansas City, Kansas, looses an eight-foot balloon with an attached foil-covered radar target. Mounted on the truck is a radar cone to plot the course of he target, used toc heck wind direction and velocity. Army officials believe people have been mistaken this apparatus as a mysterious "flying disc".

Report of finding Disc Explodes; It's A Weather Balloon

FORT WORTH, TEX., July 9. -- (AP) -- An examination by the army revealed last night that a mysterious object found on a lonely New Mexico ranch was a harmless high-altitude weather balloon - not a grounded flying disc.

Excitement was high in disc-conscious Texas until Brig. Gen. Roger M. Ramey, commander of the Eighth Air Force with headquartes here, cleared up the mystery.

The bundle of tinfoil, broken wood beams and rubber remnants of a balloon were sent here yeesterday ba army air transport in the wake of reports that it was a flying disc.

But the general said the objects were the crushed remains of a ray wind [sic, Rawin] target used to determine the direction and velocity of winds at high altitudes.

Gromyko Doubts Red Discus Thrower Is To Blame For 'Discs'

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., july 9. -- (AP) -- Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko gave his observations today on the great mystery of the American skies.

"I have not yet had an opportunity to study the skies for a flying saucer," he said, "and I have not seen one. I should like to see one - in technicolor."

"Some attribute it to the British for exporting too much of their Scotch whisky into the United States. some say it is a Russian disc-thrower training for the Olympic Games who does not realize his own strength. I do not think these versions are correct."

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