The Day Project Magnet Detected a Flying Saucer
August 8, 1954 started out as a
rather typical day at Project Magnet. Since the project had started it was hoped that the
instruments on hand would sooner or later pick up an unidentified flying object and track
and analyze its movements.
For months I and my tiny group of
likeminded associates had watched the sensitive gravimeter in vain. On occasions when
large commercial airlines would pass over, our hearts would skip a beat, as the
instruments would register aerial activities.
But on August 8 at 3:01 P.M. the
gravimeter began acting strangely. First it waved, drawing a thin dark line on the graph
paper being used to measure the movements of the instruments. Without further warning the
gravimeter went wild. All evidence indicated that a real unidentified flying object had
flown within feet of the station.
Alarm systems connected to the
instrument panel began to ring, alerting us to the UFO. After watching the instruments a
few seconds, we ran outside to see what was causing the odd reaction.
Unfortunately our area was completely
fogged in, and whatever was up there could not be seen visually.