Bangkok (Thailand) Post, July 10, 1947 p. 7
FLYING SAUCER IDENTIFIED AS WEATHER DEVICE
New York, July 9 (UP)--Brigadier General Roger Ramey, commanding general of the 8th air force, said last night that the purported "flying disc" found on a New Mexico ranch has been identified as "remnants of a tinfoil covered box-kite and rubber balloon."
Speaking over the Fort Worth radio station to "deny the wild stories" that the discovery of the device touched off, Ramey said the object was a high-altitude weather observation device--a very normal gadget in weather bureau operations.
He added that although the box-kite originally carried instruments, none was found with the wreckage. Asked to comment on the "flying discs," Ramey said he knew nothing about them and "I have never seen one."
Admiral William H. P. Blandy, who directed the Bikini atom bomb tests, laughingly disclaimed any connection between the Pacific experiments and the flying saucers mystery perplexing the nation.
He said: "We have been blamed for everything including the weather and I am surprised to find the Bikini tests would take a year to develop flying saucers."
Now commander-in-chief of the Atlantic fleet, Blandy said: "I do not believe they exist."
Meanwhile it is reported from Honolulu that naval intelligence was investigating reports that flying saucers flew over Peal Harbor at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday [July 8].
Nearly one hundred navy men claimed to have seen an object which was described as "silvery colored like aluminum with no wings or tail." They said they had seen plenty of weather balloons and the object definitely was not a balloon."
Yeoman first class Douglas of New Bedford, Mass. said: "It moved extremely fast for a short period, seemed to slow down, then disappeared high in the air."
In Washington, Senator Glen Taylor of Idaho said today he almost hoped the flying saucers would turn out to be space ships from another planet. He said: "They could end our petty arguments on earth."
He said that the "mere possibility" that the spinning circles might be hostile would "unite the peoples of earth as nothing else would."
Taylor who is plugging hard for a united states of the world added: "You would have a world government so quick, it would make your head spin.
The Senator said that no matter what the "saucers" are, they "can't be laughed off." He continued: "If they are something we invented, we had better take note that other people can invent too. If it is the Russians, we had better look at our 'hole card' and realize that we are not the only ones with inventive genius.
"Even if it is only a psychological phenomenon," Taylor says, "it is a sign of what the world is coming to. If we don't ease the tensions, the whole world will be full of psychological cases and eventually turn into a global nuthouse."