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Occurred : 6/1/1957 10:00 (Entered as : 06/01/57 10:00)
Reported: 7/15/2002 4:13:37 PM 16:13
Posted: 2/25/2003
Location: El Paso, TX
Shape: Disk
Duration:5 to 7 seconds
The UFO did not make any sounds. The craft's disappearance from the sky was like a blurr.

In June of 1957, I was an eleven year old and playing softball at a local El Paso, Tx southside park. It gets hot in El Paso, Texas, so we started the game around 9:00a.m. I had been designated to play shortstop and therefore was facing North towards the local Franklin Mountains (part of the Rocky Mountain chain).

This was a beautiful clear day with no clouds whatsover. At approxiately 10:00 a.m. as we were out on the field, I was distracted by a huge flying craft that "hovered" momentarily over the southern tip of the Franklin Mountains. This circular disk was metalic and stopped in mid-air for about 2 or 3 seconds. The craft had flown in from the Northeast area of El Paso. After stopping in mid-air, the craft departed from the mid-air stop and disappeared in a matter of 2 or 3 seconds into the Northwest sky of El Paso.

The game was finished around 11:00a.m. and I did not tell any of my playmates about the flying object. The whole episode seemed so unrealistic! As I started walking home after the game, I noticed an Army Green Weather Ballon flying from the Northeast part of El Paso. The Northeast El Paso area houses parts of Fort Bliss (Army base), McGregor Range (missle testing grounds, and further north of these installations, White Sands Proving Grounds (missile testing grounds), and Holloman Air Force Base. Even as an eleven year old kid, I knew that I had seen a "flying craft" that others more mature than myself had also witnessed.

I had never publicly acknowledged this incident, however, 3-4 years ago, I saw a movie called "Independence Day". The huge mother ship in the movie resembled the flying craft in appeareance only. The size of what I saw was not that big. I'm now in my 50's and can still vividly see that UFO I witnessed some 45 years ago.

((NUFORC Note: Date in June 1957 is approximate. PD))