UFO Conjectures

Saturday, May 08, 2021

What we liked about Frank Scully’s allegedly hoaxed UFO book

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Behind the Flying Saucers [1950] was my first High School oral book report. (I had found the book in the school library.)

The book's ornate details of a crashed flying saucer – three actually – provided a sheen of credibility that would be more accepted today than it was in the aftermath of the concocted allegations of fraud by some of the main characters.

The 16 alien bodies, found dead, in the primary spaceship elucidated by Scully received, in the tale, exquisite and minute post mortems: biologic measurements, examination of teeth, fingers, even genitalia, their uniforms (clothing), et cetera.

The ship's construction and technology were examined and detailed also: the supposed propulsion system, the hull and openings, compartment sizes, metallurgical make-up, cabin accoutrements, even toilets.

Food and water (heavy) were examined, along with books and writing, plus other minutiae that offered a sheen of credibility that ufological mentality would find believable today, more so than in the questioning legalities that smothered the story almost immediately after it appeared.

My previous musings indicate that I’m not ready to dismiss Scully’s exposé out of hand just yet:



After all, crashed UFOs are the ufological grist of the day and ETs are said to be all over the place.

So, Frank Scully’s 1950 “scoop” isn’t as unbelievable as one might think, is it?



  • It must have been one of the first books I read on the subject. I was certainly hooked by then.

    BTW, great book cover. Lots of nightgowns; the saucer invasion is secondary.

    By Blogger Ron, at Saturday, May 08, 2021  

  • Hahahaha...

    And lots of people outside -- at night!


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, May 08, 2021  

  • The age of Scully-type crashes seems long gone. Modern crash reports have the smell of military experimental aircraft going down, with an almost leak-proof curtain of secrecy immediately drawn.

    A Scully-crash might never be reported today, but if such a story ever did surface the resulting frenzy would be a sight to see.

    By Blogger Ron, at Saturday, May 08, 2021  

  • "So, Frank Scully’s 1950 'scoop' isn’t as unbelievable as one might think, is it?"

    The thing is the crashed saucer enthusiasts are probably forced (in order to be logically consistent) to see things that way. And that tells us a lot. None of it good!


    By Blogger Martin Black, at Monday, May 10, 2021  

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