Monday, July 10, 2017

UFO Burns Witness: Amarillo, Texas, April 8, 1950

Welcome to The Saucers That Time Forgot, where we focus on the cases that UFO historians either missed, or would like to keep buried. Your hosts are
Curt Collins and Claude Falkstrom, and our first case is from Amarillo, Texas, 1950, about a boy who made contact with a flying saucer:

The first report of a UFO burning a witness seems to be this April 8. 1950 CE2 case from Amarillo, Texas. According to the story, David Lightfoot, age 12, and his brother Charles age 9, saw an object land behind a hill, and they were able to walk up to it. David reached out: "My fingers just barely touched it and it felt slick, sorta like a snake would. It was hot, too." It sped off toward northeast, and after the encounter, David's face and arms became red with welts.

Amarillo Sunday News Globe, April 9, 1950.

The Unbeliever

The man who told the world that Flying Saucers are real did not want to believe. In Flying Saucers from Outer Space, while discussing the Sonny Desvergers 1952 Florida Scoutmaster case, Major Donald Keyhoe noted: 
"However, there had been one other case where a saucer was said to have burned an observer. Two boys at Amarillo, Texas, had reported seeing a small disc land near them, its top section still spinning. When one boy touched it, the rotating part speeded up, throwing off a hot gas or spray. Then the disc took off with a whistling sound and quickly disappeared.

To back up this incredible story, the boy displayed some odd red spots on his face and arms. Later I was told that Intelligence had made no investigation; apparently they believed the story had been made up to cover some childish prank which had caused the burns. It sounded like a logical answer." 
As with so many of the most interesting UFO cases featured here at The Saucers That Time Forgot, Project Blue Book has no file on this incident. 


  1. Congrats and best wishes on the new blog!

  2. Great Curt. Happy to contribute if you need some digging!

    1. That's great to hear, Roger. Yvan's providing most of the leads, but if you can suggest any stories, we'd be interested. Also, don't hesitate to let us know if we missed something in one that we've featured.

  3. Good to see a different take on UFOs. I get tired of reading about the same old classic cases with nothing new to add. Also good that Google/Blogger is allowing me to comment unlike your other site.

    1. Thanks! Some of the pieces here will just highlight rare news clippings, but some will feature deeper investigations.

      Glad the comments are working here for you. Still hoping to solve that problem at BBL.


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