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Spring 1953, the Atomic Energy Commission unleashed a series of massive explosions at the Nevada Test Site, codenamed “Upshot Knothole.”

In the same time period, across the state line in Arizona, witnesses reported seeing a fleet of eight flying saucer-type craft engaged in what looked like a dogfight. This is an artist’s rendition of the event:

According to historian and former museum curator Harry Drew, three of those unknown craft ended up on the ground near Kingman in May 1953.


“I didn’t go into this with a preconceived notion that I would find the Kingman UFO,” Drew says. “I never expected a second one, and I thought it was all done, and then the information about the third one came to me.”

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Category: Weird Desk