Morning World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska, July 9, 1947, Front page, top
'Object Found in N.M. Is Not a Flying Disc'
General Thinks Device Covered With Metal for Weather Work
Compiled from Press Dispatches
Brig. Gen. Roger M. Ramey Tuesday said that an object found near Roswell, N. M., described as a "flying disc," appeared to be a weather sound device.
Maj. Edwin Kirton, duty officer at the Eighth Air Force headquarters, Fort Worth, Tex., quoted General Ramey as saying
"I do not know what the object is. My best discription is that it looks like a hexagonal object covered with tinfoil or some other shining material suspended from a balloon of about 20 feet in diameter.
"It possibly is a weather balloon flown at very high altitude, but none of the weather men at this base recognize it as an Army-type balloon."
'Couldn't Carry Man'
WO Irving Newton, a forecaster at the base weather station, said the object was a ray wind target used to determine the direction and velocity of winds at high altitudes."
Mr. Newton said there were some 80 weather stations in the United States using this type of balloon and that it could have come from any one of them according to the Associated Press.
Nothing in the apparent construction "indicated any capacity for speed," and there was no evidence of a power plant, the AAF said earlier.
Construction of the object seemed too flimsy to have enabled it to carry a man, it was added.
Reports that "discs" were sighted continued to pour in.
'Burning Hats in Sky'
A York (Neb.) farmer claimed that he had seen burning straw hats in the sky. He told the United Press that "they went across the sky for more than an hour and there must have been two dozen of them."
A Roanoke (Va.) toy manufacturer said it is possible the discs are new "spin sailer" toys which his firm distributed to outlets across the nation two weeks ago. He said dealers may have filled some of the toys with helium and turned them loose.
A disc of aluminum about 16 inches in diameter, was found in Shreveport, La. It was equipped with two tubular radio condensers, and a fluorescent light starter mevchanism, connected with a coiled copper wire. The FBI will examine it.
'Propaganda for War'
At Dayton, O., Orville Wright, co-inventor of the airplane, said he believes the flying sauvcer craze is "propaganda stated by the Government to support the current State Department campaign to get us into another way."
Charles Wiggins, 18, Fort Creek, Tuesday night said he saw two "saucers' going east to west about [rest of article clipped in copying]