This huge headlined article, on Page One of the Detroit TIMES
for February 25th, 1959 was how UFOs (or flying saucers) were once
covered by news media; not so much nowadays, at least in real news journals.
The pilot of an American
Airline DC-6, Captain Peter Killian, and his crew plus thirty-five
passengers on the plane, saw three illuminated “flying saucers” that escorted
the airplane for 45 minutes.
John Dee [sic], pilot with his co-pilot, of another American
Airline landing at Metropolitan Airport, also saw the “objects.”
This happened in the late evening around 8:45 p.m., February 24th, over Lake
Erie as the DC-6 was heading for Detroit from Newark, New Jersey and was over
Pennsylvania at 8,500 feet.
Two Michigan astronomers attributed the sighting to a meteor
that allegedly was seen at 6:30 a.m. (that’s a.m.) over northern lower Michigan February 24th.
[The newspaper reporter was Al Leaderman.]
Even foolish “explanations” were offered in the early days
of flying saucer [UFO] sightings.
Credible, normal people and professionals (airline pilots)
have seen and reported strange things in the sky.
They may have misperceived something ordinary or prosaic,
but they did see something and to say that strange “things.” that couldn’t be
identified then or now, do not exist is madness of an egregious kind.
N.B. John Dee (13 July 1527 – 1608 or 1609) was an English
mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occult philosopher, and advisor to Queen
Elizabeth I. He devoted much of his life to the study of alchemy, divination,
and Hermetic philosophy: