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Sightings of Green Fireball UFOs in Mexico

Amazing reports of sightings of Green Fireball Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) have captivated ufologists for years.

Here’s a taster of what can be found in official reports. It was precisely midnight on September 18,Sightings of Green Fireball UFOs in Mexico Articles 1954 when my telephone rang. It was Jim Phalen, a friend of mine from the Long Beach Press-Telegram, and he had a “good flying saucer report,” hot off the wires. He read it to me. The lead line was: With thousands of people tonight witnessing a huge fireball, which light up the dark New Mexico skies.”

The story went on to tell about how a “blinding green” fireball the size of a full moon had silently streaked southeast across Colorado and northern New Mexico at eight-forty that night. Thousands of people had seen the fireball. It had passed right over a crowded football stadium at Santa Fe, New Mexico, and people in Denver said it “turned night into day.” Witnessed by the crew of a TWA airliner flying into Albuquerque from Amarillo,. Every police and newspaper switchboard in the two-state area was jammed with calls.

One call was from a man who asked if anything out of the ordinary had occurred recently. Heaving an audible sigh of relief after being told about the strange fireball he said, “Thanks – I was afraid I’d gotten some bad bourbon.” And he hung up.

Dr. Lincoln La Paz, world-famous authority on meteorites and head of the University of New Mexico’s Institute of Meteoritics, apparently did not flinch when told of the sighting. The wire story being he had informed a reporter of his intention to plot its course, and strive to determine where it landed, and locate it. “But,” he said, “I don’t expect to find anything.”

When Jim Phalen had read the rest of the report he asked, “What was it?”

“It sounds to me like the green fireballs are back,” I answered.

“What on earth are green fireballs?” asked Jim.

What the devil are green fireballs? I’d like to know. So would a lot of other people.

The green fireballs streaked into UFO history late in November 1948, when people around Albuquerque, New Mexico, began to report seeing mysterious “green flares” at night. The first reports mentioned only a “green streak in the sky,” low on the horizon. From the description the Air Force Intelligence people at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque and the Project Sign people at ATIC wrote the objects off as flares.

The reports improved as the days passed. For instance the report at 9:27 P.M. on December 5 by Captain Goede flying an Air Force C-47 at 18,000 feet 10 miles east of Albuquerque. The crew, were startled by a sudden green ball of fire flashing across the sky ahead of them. It looked something like a huge meteor except that it was a bright green color and it didn’t arch downward, as meteors usually do.

After conferring quickly the crew agreed to report the incident, especially as they had seen an similar object twenty-two minutes earlier near Las Vegas, New Mexico.

The captain of Pioneer Airlines Flight 63 called Kirtland Tower a few minutes after the incident. At 9:35 P.M. he had also seen a green ball of fire just east of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Observing the object apparently traveling on collision course with their airplane, it changed color from orange red to green. With the object becoming larger and larger, the captain said, he thought sure it was going to collide with them, so he took avoiding action by steering the DC-3 up in a tight turn. As the green ball of fire got abreast of them it began to fall toward the ground, diminishing in brightness until it had disappeared. In a split second they realized whatever they saw was too low and had too flat a trajectory to be a meteor. He was en route to Albuquerque, and on landing would file a full report.

With additional reported sightings being phoned in from all over northern New Mexico. By morning a full-fledged investigation was under way. No matter what these green fireballs were, the military was getting a little edgy.

Since the green fireballs bore some resemblance to meteors or meteorites, the Kirtland intelligence officers called in specialist Dr. Lincoln La Paz.

True, he said, the description of the fireballs was similar to that of meteorites. One way to be sure was to try to plot the flight path of the green fireballs to determine where they would have hit the earth if they were meteorites.

Based on the numerous sightings received, the projected crash site was plotted; a subsequent search of the area however found nothing of significance. They went back over the area time and time again  nothing. As Dr. Later La Paz confided that this was the first time he seriously doubted that the green fire-balls were meteorites.