Ralph Horton flying saucer crash

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Horton and the "flying saucer"

The Ralph Horton flying saucer crash refers to a "flying saucer" that crashed on the farm of Ralph Horton in Fulton County, Georgia, United States, in July 1952.

Some of Horton's neighbors saw the object fly over their property before it crashed in Horton's yard. Horton recovered the object and called both the U.S. Air Force and the Atlanta airport to see if they had any interest in it. After describing the object over the telephone, neither organization had any interest in it and they said that Horton could do what ever he liked with it, so he tossed it in the woods behind his house. The object "was a box-like contraption made of wood sticks and tin or aluminum foil with a weather balloon attached" (see photo). This fits closely with the description and photographs of the material allegedly recovered five years earlier in the Roswell UFO incident (though several military officers involved later claimed this was a cover story for a real flying saucer crash with large quantities of exotic debris and even alien bodies).

Ufologist James Moseley learned of the crash from the flying saucer file of the Atlanta Constitution and investigated the incident. Moseley called the airport and confirmed that the object was a device used by the Air Force to determine wind velocity and direction. It was sent up attached to a balloon and tracked by radar, since radar beams were reflected by the object. Horton retrieved the object from where he had discarded it, and gave it to Moseley. Over the years, Moseley lost the object (Moseley & Pflock 2002:53–54).


  • Moseley, James W.; Pflock, Karl T. (2002), Shockingly Close to the Truth!: Confessions of a Grave-Robbing Ufologist, Prometheus Books, ISBN 1-57392-991-3

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