Tucson, Arizona, July 11, 1947
July 13, 1947, The Arizona Daily Star (Tucson), page 18

Zooming 'Flying Disc' Scares Daylights Out of 2 Motorists

    Zooming down out of the sky toward their truck, a "flying saucer" scared the daylights out of two men, and almost caused the driver to wreck the vehicle.  Elmer Henderson, Sells Star route, and Frank Foster, 317 South Myers street, were riding along the Silvergell road Friday morning when they saw a silvery object sailing straight at the truck.  Henderson, who was driving, said he swerved the truck to dodge the disc which landed a few feet from them.
    The object turned out to be a tinfoil kite like the one that created a sensation when found near Roswell, N. M., recently.  It had a fragile diamond-shaped wooden frame covered with tinfoil, and measured five feet lengthwise.
    The kites, when attached to weather balloons, are traced by radar to determine wind velocity and direction.  Neither the local weather station nor the Davis-Monthan station use the radar target kite.  According to the airbase weather men, El Paso and Albuquerque are the closest stations using the tinfoil kite.
    Henderson said the kite, whirling end over end through the air, has the appearance of a silvery disc, five feet in diameter, and that it wobbles in flight.  Foster said he is now sure that it is such kites that he has seen on previous occasions, and that every one else has been seeing the same thing.  He could not explain how the kites may have been mistaken for flying five-room houses, wash tubs, or telephone books.

El Paso Herald-Post, July 9, page 11

Doubts Weather Instruments Mistaken for Flying Discs

   Arthur W. Brooks, director of the U.S. Weather Bureau at the Municipal Airport, said today that confusion of balloon-borne weather instruments with "flying discs" is unlikely.
   High-altitude radar targets, such as the one found recently by a Roswell rancher on his property, are used only by Army meteorologists, Mr. Brooks pointed out.  "It would be pretty hard to mistake one of them for a 'flying disc,' even though they are silver-colored, because they float to earth slowly after coming detached from their balloons," he said.
   "At the El Paso Weather Bureau we use only radio sound [sic] instruments housed in 10-inch rectangular cases.  The cases are painted white and are gently lowered from their balloons by parachutes."
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