Seen at Matador
MATADOR, Aug. 31. (Special) -- A "noiseless aircraft, flying at low altitude
without aid of propellers and wings," was reported seen early this afternoon
by two Matador district woman and a 5-year-old child.
Mrs. Tom Tilsom, her daughter Mrs. M. G. Bethard and little
Noilene Bethard were driving on State Highway 70, one and one half-miles
north of here about 12:45 p.m. when the wingless craft passed 150 feet in front
of their car.
The slow-moving machine "shaped somewhat like a helicopter," began
circling as Mrs. Bethard stopped the car. As the craft rose "it gained
speed and was out of sight within a few minutes."
The women were near enough to spot one door, or porthole,
in the side of the gleaming metal, they said. When first seen,
it was moving at the rate of a commercial airliner taking off, they said.
It had no exhaust showing.
Mrs Bethard, whose husband sailed for Korea recently, has lived near
several Air Force bases, and reported the machine she saw today was
different from any she had seen before.