Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2005 18:55:25 +0000 (GMT)
From: daniel wilson <>
Subject: 18 Flying Saucers seen near Nevada Test Site, April 17, 1952.
To: Francis Ridge <>

LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 17 (INS)
    Flying Saucers in the area of the Nevada test site, where important new atomic tests are in progress, were reported Thursday.
    An Air Force technical sergeant and four civilian workers at the Nellis Air Force Base, near Las Vegas, said they saw 18 circular objects flying an easterly course whcih carried them over or very close to the test site.
    Those who reported seeing the objects were T/S Orville Lawson, Rudy Toncer, sheet metal shop foreman, and sheet metal shop workers R.K. Van Houtin, Edward Gregory and Charles Ruliffson.
    The objects went by at 12:05 p.m. Van Houtin saw them first and then called attention of the others to them.
    The men watched the saucers for about 30 seconds
(Reference: The Salt Lake Tribune, Friday Morning, April 18, 1952, Page 1)

Operation Tumbler-Snapper

1952 - Nevada Proving Ground

Test: Baker
Time: 17:30 15 April 1952 (GMT)
09:30 15 April 1952 (local)
Location: Nevada Test Site (NTS), Area 7
Test Height and Type: 1109 Foot Airdrop from B-50
Yield: 1 kt

This device also used the Ranger Able U-235 core in a Mk 4 based test device (weight 10,500 lb).


Note: Official fallout maps show the radioactive debris from Test Baker on April 15, 1952,  swirled around for two days and was still in the area of the Nevada Test Site on April 17, 1952.
    A part of the fallout cloud moved to the southwest and was over Yuma, Arizona on April 17, 1952. It was here on April 17 and 18, 1952, UFOs were reported. 
                            PROJECT BLUE BOOK UNKNOWNS
April 17, 1952; Yuma, Arizona. 3:05 p.m. Witnesses: group of Army weather observation students, including several graduate engineers. One flat-white, circular object flew with an irregular trajectory and a brief trail, for about 7 seconds.

April 18, 1952; Yuma, Arizona. Time unknown. Witnesses: two Army weather observation students. One flat-white circular object flew for 5-10 seconds in a very erratic manner.




    It is most interesting that 18 UFOs were reported near the Nevada Test Site on April 17, 1952 where nuclear fallout was falling from the sky, and on October 30, 1951, 18 UFOs would be seen at the Nevada Test Site again, where fallout was falling.

Signed,  Daniel Wilson