the flying saucers are real
The True Magazine Article by Major Donald Keyhoe, January 1950
IN LATE DECEMBER 1949, True magazine's lead story The Flying Saucers Are Real ignited a national controversy. Written by Marine Major Donald Keyhoe, it began thusly:
For the past 175 years, the planet Earth has been under systematic close-range examination by living observers from another planet.
The article set the public imagination on fire, and its effect is still felt today...
The article opened with a hard punch. In the first paragraph Keyhoe concluded that after eight months of extensive research he had found evidence that the earth was being closely scrutinized by intelligent beings. Their vehicles were the so-called flying saucers. Then he proceeded to prove his point. His argument was built around the three classics: the Mantell, the Chiles-Whitted, and the Gorman incidents. He took each sighting, detailed the "facts," ripped the official Air Force conclusions to shreds, and presented his own analysis. He threw in a varied assortment of technical facts that gave the article a distinct, authoritative flavor. This, combined with the fact that True had the name for printing the truth, hit the reading public like an 8 inch howitzer. Hours after it appeared in subscribers' mailboxes and on the newsstands, radio and TV commentators and newspapers were giving it a big play. UFO's were back in business, to stay. True was in business too. It is rumored among magazine publishers that Don Keyhoe's article in True was one of the most widely read and widely discussed magazine articles in history.
THIS THEN, is that article in full:
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