In 1948 at White Sands Proving Grounds, a team of Navy missile trackers accompanied by a scientist tracked a UFO for several minutes as it made maneuevered incredibly across the sky. The observers described it as either disc-shaped or oval-shaped and quite large. Theodolites estimated its speed at approximately 18,000 mph. Dr. Joseph Kaplan, a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Panel, was charged with reviewing the incident, and he went on to interview individuals at AEC’s Sandia Base, Kirtland AFB Office of Special Investigations, many individuals at Los Alamos, Dr. Lincoln La Paz, and concluded based on these investigations that UFOs were “of extreme importance and should be investigated scientifically.”
On June 10, 1949, observers at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico observed two round white UFOs enter their sight and maneuever around a missile. The objects followed the missile with one passing through its exhaust before joining the other. Navy Captain R.B. McLaughlin stated that five separate observation posts saw this happen and that he himself had frequently seen “flying discs” following and overtaking missiles at this location during their experiments.
Something similar happened in 1951:
“During the morning two radar operators at a missile tracking site caught a fast-moving object on their scope. At the same time a tracker watching a B-29 with binoculars saw a large UFO near the bomber. Another observer sighted the UFO and, with a 35mm camera, shot 200 feet of film. The UFO showed on the film as a round, bright spot. (The film has never been released.)
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10. White Sands, N.M., tracking station, July 14, 1951. UFO tracked on radar, observed visually through binoculars, photographed on 200 feet of 35 mm movie film. Film reportedly shows round, bright spot.
(“F.S. From Outer Space,” p.48).
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— Hall, Richard, editor, UFO Evidence, National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena, Washington, D. C., 1964
Then, slowly, sightings began to increase. One new and important report came from the guided-missile tracking base near White Sands, New Mexico. On the morning of July 14 , two radar operators caught a fast-moving object on their scope. At the same time a tracker watching a B-29 with binoculars saw a large UFO near the bomber. Another observer quickly lined it up with his 35-mm. camera, then shot 200 feet of film. Because of the high altitude, the saucer showed only as a round, bright spot. But at least it was proof-this was no hallucination.
— Keyhoe, Donald E., Flying Saucers from Outer Space, Henry Holt and Co., NY, 1953 Page 48"