From 1947 to 1969, the Air Force recorded 12,618 UFO sightings and spent significant resources investigating each claim during an era rife with Cold War paranoia about enemies’ secret weapons. Here’s six doozies from the Bay Area:
San Mateo: Boy spots ‘flying saucer’
On the morning on Dec. 6, 1962, a young San Mateo teen looked up in the sky and reported seeing a “flying saucer,” about 100-feet in diameter, oval-shaped, soundless and red. In his handwritten letter to the Air Force
the 13-year-old boy recounted how he eyeballed the object traveling at between 100 mph to 2,000 mph. He included a drawing of the UFO, an oval with another concentric oval inside of it. The inner circle was labeled “elevated” while the large ring was “smooth.” He compared the drawing to the 1951 movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” where an alien lands and tells Earthlings they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.
He concluded his report: “A lot of people think I’m batty but I don’t care because I really did see it. I think it came from Venus. I’m very interested in science too so I’m not a crackpot.” . . .