Thursday, 26 December 2019

U.S. Government UFO Document:
Statement by S/Sgt. Charles C. Boden, USAF,
Great Falls (Montana) Air Force Base

1952 (document not dated)
(Project Blue Book, U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.)

Quote from the document (not written in U.S. Department of Defense document format):
“I, [Charles] C. Boden, Jr., S/Sgt, A. 116293186, was coming into the Space Control office at approximately 1520 MST, 29 July 1952 in the afternoon when I heard a report over the squawk box saying that flying saucers were sighted in the vicinity of Seattle headed toward Great Falls. [unintelligible] that was said was ‘Flying saucers reported over the Seattle area headed toward Great Falls’ then it was cut off. M/Sgt. Statesbury, Mrs. Evans, and also Lt. Logan heard the transcription too. [unintelligible] then went out of the office and stood in front of Twin Hangars under the tower and sighted two stationary objects at about 1525 MST. The third one came from the east and west [object changed direction?] toward the first two and departed in the west in a matter of four seconds. The other two followed and departed to the west and I went back into the office.

I sighted another one at 1625 MST coming from the northwest and departed northeast. It appeared that this particular one had a sort of haze around it and it was only in sight for about three of four seconds. Then three more came over at intervals from 1625 to 1648 MST. All that I saw appeared to be a bright white and shape was circular and one that came over, as it disappeared I thought it was flat and appeared to be turning over and spinning around. The ones that were stationary seemed to be dipping, the sun rays reflecting off and on. They left no vapor trail and no sound. The angle of the objects was approximately 80 degrees on the two stationary and the first three that came through at 1525 MST also at 80 degrees, the other seemed to go right over head. The angle of observation of last four was about 80 degrees. I first saw them at 45 degrees and they passed overhead and we lost them at about 45 degree angle in a [unintelligible] of time of 4 seconds. I called the CAA, Gore Field and reported it to [unintelligible] 1540,
immediately after I had sighted the first three objects.”

The Great Falls Air Force Base was renamed Malmstrom Air Force Base on 1 October 1955, according to Wikipedia.

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UFO Case Report (E-mail):
“Subject: July 29, 1952; Great Falls AFB, Montana/ Cover-Up, Saucers, Plan 62, 50 Witnesses,
(and later a Movie Film of UFOs).”

By Daniel Wilson, 24 October 2007

Quote from Daniel Wilson’s e-mail:
“The following pdf file contains all of the resized Project Blue Book documents below and is now housed on the NICAP site for security reasons.


The original over-sized docs from the Blue Book site are listed below:

July 29, 1952; Great Falls AFB, Montana 
An attempt of a cover-up seems to have been made here. Sgt. Boden at Great Falls AFB, Mont., heard a transmission from McChord AFB, Seattle, Washington of ‘flying saucers’ hovering there and that the saucers were headed towards Great Falls AFB, Montana. The transmission was over Plan 62 Voice Circuit (remember this from the Mantell case?) [squawk box or Long Horn] Several people heard this transmission which was cut off right after ‘flying saucers’ was mentioned. Later McChord AFB denied making such a transmission. There were about 50 witnesses to this event.

A separate sighting was made at Ennis, Montana, by 12 or more civilians. Movie film was taken here of an incredible sighting--objects forming clouds around themselves--smaller discs coming out of the cloud etc. See twenty-seven (27) Blue Book documents below. Newspaper article included-- transcript below.

Incident began at around 1540 hours MST, July 29, 1952
USAF personnel, alerted that UFO’s were coming from the direction of Seattle, saw 4 flat disc-shaped objects, one hovered 3-4 mins, while the others circled it. The stationary object then flew southeast and the other three objects flew due west and disappeared. The speed of the objects was estimated at over 1,000 mph. Other objects were seen near Great Falls, Montana, up until about 1630 hours.

The USAF personnel that witnessed the UFOs were at the Great Falls Air Force Base, Montana. First notification of the flying objects was heard from the Seattle, Washington area (presumably McChord AFB) over the Plan 62 Voice Circuit of the Transport Control Center, Great Falls AFB. The transmission was cut off suddenly, immediately after the statement regarding ‘flying saucers’ was made. This transmission was heard by a number of individuals. 

S/Sgt Charles Boden, 1701st Traffic Squadron, Great Falls AFB, sighted the objects immediately after this Plan 62 transmission. and called CAA Tower, Gore Field, Great Falls, Montana, who in turn notified a local newspaper, the Great Falls Tribune. A reporter from the Great Falls Tribune contacted S/Sgt Boden, who inadvertently gave the reporter information regarding unidentified flying objects and Plan 62 transmission from the Seattle, Washington area, upon which the release in the Great Falls Tribune was based on. At approximately 2200 hours MST S/Sgt Boden received a call from an individual who identified himself as PIO Officer, McChord AFB, who denied any transmission or reception of any statement regarding ‘flying saucers’. The UFOs were seen by an estimated 50 persons including officers, airmen, and civilians.”

Daniel Wilson also presents U.S. government (Project Blue Book, U.S. Air Force) documents that pertain to the UFO case.

I also reported about this e-mail on 12 November 2012.

The Great Falls Air Force Base was renamed Malmstrom Air Force Base on 1 October 1955, according to Wikipedia.

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UFO News Article:
“Montana Air Base Reports Flying Discs”

30 July 1952
(Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Washington)


The whole article (text written by
“Flying saucers which hovered over the Great Falls area and then took off at ‘a tremendous rate of speed,’ were reported Tuesday [29 July 1952] by a sergeant at the Great Falls Air Force Base.

Sgt. Charles Boden said he was listening to a direct communications system with McChord Air Force Base in Washington and learned that saucers were sighted over that Air Force Base ‘heading toward Great Falls.’ Boden said he immediately began scanning the skies, about 2:30 p.m. M.S.T.

Objects Sighted 

About four and a half minutes after hearing the McChord report, he said he sighted the objects. He reported that two of the saucers appeared stationary at first, then another came ‘whipping going West’ and the two stationary objects then appeared to take off, following the third.

(A McChord spokesman said Tuesday night there were several flaws in Boden’s story. He denied there had been any conversation between McChord and Great Falls bases about 2:30 p.m. concerning flying saucers over McChord. And also pointed out that saucers would not be ‘going west,’ as Boden reported, if they were traveling from McChord, in Washington, state, to Great Falls.)


(‘I can say categorically we logged no unusual sightings over McChord this afternoon,’ the spokesman declared. ‘Two unusual objects at high altitude and Montana traveling at great speed were sighted in the morning, but a check showed definitely they were jets from our own base.’)

Later in the afternoon Boden said he sighted four traveling in the opposite direction. He described the objects as circular in shape and not thick and added they gave off no sound or left no vapor trails.

If the saucers over McChord and the ones Boden reported were the same, a rough estimate of the speed would be 3,360 miles an hour.

Other persons in Great Falls also said they saw saucers.”

Wikipedia article: “Malmstrom Air Force Base”:

Quote from the above Wikipedia article:
Malmstrom Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base and census-designated place (CDP) in Cascade County, Montana, United States, adjacent to the city of Great Falls. It was named in honor of World War II POW Colonel Einar Axel Malmstrom. It is the home of the 341st Missile Wing (341 MW) of the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). As a census-designated place, it had a population of 3,472 at the 2010 census.[2]


Originally named Great Falls Army Air Base, later Great Falls Air Force Base, the facility was renamed Malmstrom Air Force Base on 1 October 1955 in honor of Colonel Einar Axel Malmstrom (1907–1954).

Air Defense Command

Great Falls (later Malmstrom AFB) played a major aerial defense role in North American air defense mission. Although the base was not assigned to Air Defense Command, the attached 29th Air Division was activated at Great Falls AFB in early 1950, bringing with them command and control authority of fighter interceptor squadrons, an aircraft control and warning squadron, and ground observer detachments in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and parts of Nevada, Utah, and Colorado as part of the Air Defense Command Western Air Defense Force. The 29th Fighter Interceptor Squadron was activated in 1953 and remained at Malmstrom until 1968, initially flying F-94C Starfire and later F-101 Voodoo interceptors.[3][9]

Great Falls was reassigned to the Central Air Defense Force at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base in 1953. The 29th Air Division’s area of responsibility changed to include Montana, North and South Dakota and Nebraska. The 29th supervised the training of its units, and participated in numerous training exercises. On 1 July 1961, the 29th AD was relocated to Richards Gebaur AFB, Missouri.[10]

By 1954, several aircraft control and warning (radar) squadrons had been formed at the base. The 903d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron was one of them, and operated an AN/TPS-1D (termed a ‘gap-filler’). This radar was used probably for training purposes. The 903rd AC&W Squadron subsequently relocated to Gettysburg AFS, South Dakota.

In 1957, under the control of the 801st Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, the Malmstrom AFB radar station became operational with AN/FPS-20 search and AN/FPS-6 height-finder radars. A second AN/FPS-6 series height-finder radar was added in 1960, and subsequently was upgraded to an AN/FPS-90 set. In 1959 Malmstrom was performing air-traffic-control duties for the FAA, and joined the Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) system on 1 March 1961, the squadron being redesignated as the 801st Radar Squadron (SAGE). In 1964 Malmstrom received an AN/FPS-24 search radar, replacing the AN/FPS-20.”

Wikipedia article: “McChord Field”:

Quote from the Wikipedia article:
McChord Field (IATA: TCM, ICAO: KTCM, FAA LID: TCM) is a United States Air Force base in the northwest United States, in Pierce County, Washington. South of Tacoma, McChord Field is the home of the 62d Airlift Wing, Air Mobility Command, the field’s primary mission being worldwide strategic airlift.

The McChord facility was consolidated with the U.S. Army’s Fort Lewis on 1 February 2010 to become part of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord complex.[2] This initiative was driven by the Base Realignment and Closure Round in 2005 and is designed to combine current infrastructure into one maximizing war fighting capability and efficiency, while saving taxpayer dollars.[3]”

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