The Farmington, New Mexico UFO Armada

Phil Darnell photographed Shiprock, near Farmington, New Mexico on October 13, 2007.
Phil Darnell photographed Shiprock, near Farmington, New Mexico on October 13, 2007. | Source

Where is Farmington, New Mexico?

Farmington is a city with a population of approximately 46,000 people located in the Four Corners region of northwest New Mexico. Located in San Juan County—one of the largest counties by area in the United States, Farmington is one of two cities in the county of any significant size, the other being Aztec.

Four Corners: Where New Mexico | Arizona | Utah | Colorado Meet

Anasazi: Ancient Pueblo Dwellers

The Anasazi—ancient Pueblo dwellers—settled in the area of what is now Farmington in the 7th century. When the mysterious Anasazi disappeared from the area, Navajo, Jicarillo Apache, and Ute peoples moved in.

Native American Reservations

Farmington is currently bordered by three Native American reservations—the Navajo Indian Reservation on the west, the Southern Ute Indian Reservation on the northeast, and the Ute Mountain Indian Reservation on the northwest. Ruins from the ancient Anasazi are located throughout the Farmington area.

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UFO Armada of March 17-18-19, 1950

On March 17, 18. and 19, 1950, beginning between 11:00 am and 12:00 Noon and lasting for approximately two hours each day, an armada of 200 to 500 Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs)—"flying saucers"—was seen by approximately 1500 residents of Farmington, New Mexico.

Shortly after the first sighting on March 17th, government agents from an unspecified organization arrived in Farmington. Residents of the town—which had a population of approximately 3000 in 1950—were "encouraged" to not discuss the incident. World War II had ended just a few years earlier. The Farmington townspeople were told that for "national security reasons," they should forget what they saw.

All of the newspapers which reported the incident quickly disappeared from every location selling the papers. It isn't known whether the US government or residents of Farmington purchased every copy of each edition.

There isn't much information available online about what has been described as the largest armada of "flying saucers" seen anywhere in the world. It has been surmised that this is because the US government wanted the incident hushed up. I've gathered as much information as I could from multiple sources. Please add your thoughts about the 1950 UFO Armada when you post your comments at the end of the article.

Reports from the Residents of Farmington, New Mexico

  • The "flying saucers" were silver-colored metallic disc-shaped objects without visible windows.
  • Between 200 and 500 oblects appeared between 11:00 am and 12:00 Noon for a two-hour period on three consecutive days—March 17, 18, and 19, 1950.
  • Visibility wasn't clear due to a dust storm fueled by high winds.
  • The speed of the objects was estimated at as much as 1000 miles per hour (mph)—twice as fast as a B-29.
  • The altitude of the "flying saucers" was estimated at 20,000 feet.
  • One disc—faster and larger than the others—was red, rather than silver.
  • The red disc appeared to be the leader of the armada.
  • The discs seemed to be flying in formation.
  • A resident who was a B-29 tail gunner during World War II said the formations in which the discs were flying, and the maneuvers they were making, couldn't be those of an airplane.
  • The discs were able to make right-angle turns.
  • The "flying saucers" could fly at different angles.
  • The discs could fly with their edge perpendicular to the ground.
  • There were no vapor trails.
  • The objects didn't make any noise.

Images from the Four Corners Region

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Doug Geisler (Old Sarge) photographed the Mesa Verde - Spruce House in Farmington, New Mexico on November 27, 2005.Doug Geisler (Old Sarge) photographed the Mesa Verde - Spruce House in Farmington, New Mexico on November 27, 2005.These Anasazi ruins in Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, New Mexico were photographed by Btipling on December 9, 2009.This is an Anasazi canteen (pot) excavated from the ruins in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. It was created between 1075 and 1300 AD.Ulrich Egert photographed these ruins of Anasazi adobe pueblos in Cañón de Chelly, Arizona on December 16, 2005.
Doug Geisler (Old Sarge) photographed the Mesa Verde - Spruce House in Farmington, New Mexico on November 27, 2005.
Doug Geisler (Old Sarge) photographed the Mesa Verde - Spruce House in Farmington, New Mexico on November 27, 2005. | Source
Doug Geisler (Old Sarge) photographed the Mesa Verde - Spruce House in Farmington, New Mexico on November 27, 2005.
Doug Geisler (Old Sarge) photographed the Mesa Verde - Spruce House in Farmington, New Mexico on November 27, 2005. | Source
These Anasazi ruins in Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, New Mexico were photographed by Btipling on December 9, 2009.
These Anasazi ruins in Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, New Mexico were photographed by Btipling on December 9, 2009. | Source
This is an Anasazi canteen (pot) excavated from the ruins in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. It was created between 1075 and 1300 AD.
This is an Anasazi canteen (pot) excavated from the ruins in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. It was created between 1075 and 1300 AD. | Source
Ulrich Egert photographed these ruins of Anasazi adobe pueblos in Cañón de Chelly, Arizona on December 16, 2005.
Ulrich Egert photographed these ruins of Anasazi adobe pueblos in Cañón de Chelly, Arizona on December 16, 2005. | Source

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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Daisy. Very interesting. Had never heard of this incident until now. Have always wanted to visit the four corners area. Will have to bookmark this for a future visit someday.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bill (bdegiulio),

Thanks for reading my article and being the first person to comment in it.

A weekly newspaper in Farmington, New Mexico began following me on Twitter after I published my article about the UFO hoax in Aztec, New Mexico. I looked up "Farmington" online, and I saw the UFO armada incident briefly mentioned in an article. I began researching it after that.


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Pavlo Badovskyy 3 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

The cases of UFO appearance are pretty frequent. I believe some day we will know the real explanation of these events. But now we, alas, have just to guess : What was that?


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Pavlo,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my article. I hadn't heard of a UFO armada until I looked up "Farmington" online and found a brief mention of the 1950 incident in Farmington. I'm amazed that 1500 people saw between 200 and 500 objects each day for a three-day period.


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Very interesting story! Can you imagine how much a copy of the newspaper of that time mentionning those events would be worth now? May be they were all burned!

Thanks for this hub Daisy! Very interesting as always!

Voted up and interesting!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Joelle (kidscrafts),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

I was thinking the same thing about the March 17-18-19, 1950 Farmington, New Mexico newspapers. I'll bet that someone who lived in Farmington during the incident has a newspaper from one of those dates.


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cryptid 3 years ago from Earth

Fascinating. Large groups of people reporting the same sighting are hard to dismiss. Of course they may have just seen some top-secret government exercise, but that opens to the door to even more questions. Interesting Hub!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

cryptid,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

Farmington is 110 air miles from the Los Alamos atomic installation...a coincidence?

Why was the US government involved...telling people in Farmington to forget what they saw...unless they were "involved?"

What has so little been written about this incident which 1500 people witnessed?


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Really interesting! The UFO thing is an interesting and worldwide uneplainable phenomenom.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Jim (xstatic),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I thought I saw a UFO at one time, it ended up being Wendy the Witch coming for a visit with Casper :)

I believe UFO's have been spotted, but no one could identify them! Interesting hub!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine625),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. How do you know it was "really" Wendy the Witch coming for a visit with Casper? :P

Perhaps it was an alien in disguise.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

There are so many cover ups, and they always try to tell us that they don't exist, well I do believe it now! so many craft, wow! hopefully some day there will be an explanation, great hub Daisy, really interesting, nell


mackyi 3 years ago

This is indeed a very interesting and thought provoking article. You have left me wondering about the possibility of other living souls/people(call them aliens if you wish), living in another part of this universe - where none of our kind has ever ventured before.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nell,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

A weekly newspaper in Farmington, New Mexico began following me on Twitter after I published a Hub about a UFO hoax in Aztec, New Mexico. I knew that there was a Navajo reservation outside of Farmington, but that's all I knew about the city. I decided to read some things about Farmington online, and that's when I saw the UFO armada mentioned.

I think the US government may have been involved in the incident in Farmington, but I don't know what their role was.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

mackyi,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. This UFO incident really is thought-provoking.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

I love reading information on such sightings, great hub. I wonder if we will get to see and investigate strange UFO's in the near future, or capture live videos of them!! Interesting voted up.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya (Vellur),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I appreciate your continued support of my writing.

You brought up an interesting point. With so many people having both still and video cameras with them on a daily basis via their phones, it's much more likely that digital images will be captured of UFO sightings.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I am enjoying your series on sightings. I now know where Farmington, New Mexico is located. I never heard of the place, but it looks like a spot that would attract UFO sightings. You just never know what could be out there!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I appreciate your support of my writing. I had heard of Farmington because a number of years ago I was acquainted with some people who lived on the Navajo reservation.

A weekly newspaper in Farmington began following me on Twitter after I published my Hub about the UFO hoax in Aztec, New Mexico. After publishing this article, a reporter working for a daily paper in Farmington is now one of my Twitter followers.


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mercuryservices 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

Daisy, interesting hub. Never heard of the Farmington UFO flap before now. Maybe with the Farmington UFOs the US government was behind it, and was trying to scare the USSR into thinking that we had an entire arsenal of weird weapons and aircraft up our sleeves. When I was writing about George Adamski I discovered that a top tier nuclear scientist who worked on the Manhattan Project suspected that the CIA may have been involved and wrote an interesting article about it.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Alex,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

The Farmington, New Mexico incident has been kept quiet, probably by a US agency. If you read my article about the Needles, California incident, you'll see that that one involved some tests being conducted by the US Air Force.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

I love your research into UFO incidents and sightings, Daisy! It's amazing how many of these incidents have been kept quiet and out of the public eye, especially something as big as the Farmington sightings by 1500 residents! Thanks for another interesting and thought-provoking hub!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Stephanie,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. The Farmington incident has been kept so quiet, I'm really beginning to think the US government was involved in it somehow.

It's interesting that a weekly newspaper in Farmington began following me on Twitter after I published this article and tweeted it. Did they not know very much about the incident? Did they want to see if I wrote anything else about the UFO armada? Did they want to see if I wrote anything else about their city?


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

UFO sightings has been for many years and often remains a mystery


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Devika,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. With so many witnesses to the UFO armada, there had to be *something* which flew over Farmington, New Mexico. I wonder whether the US government was somehow involved in "producing" this event.


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Emanate Presence 3 years ago from the Head to the Heart

Daisy,

Very interesting. Thanks for the hub. Voted up and more.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Gary (Emanate Presence),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I've published a few other articles with similar subject matter. I hope you have an opportunity to read them.


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cam8510 3 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

This was a very informative and enjoyable article. I just returned from Albuquerque, NM about a week ago, and I admit, I had my eyes on the sky quite a bit. But I saw nothing other than some beautiful sunsets.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Chris (cam8510),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Have you read my article about the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque? It might be of interest to you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Very interesting article Daisy. If there were that many UFOs and seen by 1500 people it is hard to dismiss. After all this time there should still be some witnesses alive. It would be interesting to see if they have been interviewed about it recently.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

John (Jodah),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. When I tweeted the link to this Hub last year, a newspaper in Farmington began following me on Twitter.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Came back to read again, this is fascinating! I wonder what is actually going on many a times, great hub. Voted up.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya (Vellur),

Thanks for returning to read my article another time. I really don't know what happened in Farmington, but it's fun to speculate. How could so many people have witnessed the occurrence?


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

I had not realized that this incident had occurred --fascinating --


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esmonaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

Very interesting hub, as I have never heard of this incedient before!! Thanks :)


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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Odd and beguiling. I find so hard to believe in this stuff.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

I hadn't heard about this incident until I was doing research regarding another New Mexico occurrence, and I saw a brief mention of something happening in Farmington. I really had to "dig" to come up the information I've presented here.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sam (esmonaco),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

There's so little information about this incident that a newspaper in Farmington, New Mexico began following me on Twitter after I included the link to my Hub in a tweet.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Paula,

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. What I find particularly intriguing is that so many people saw the purported armada. and that there is so little information in the local newspaper's archives about it.


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rasta1 14 months ago from Jamaica

A lot of universities do research here and have reported strange phenomenon.


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Daisy Mariposa 14 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Art (rasta1),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. There are occurrences which are hoaxes, as reported in one of my other articles, but some happenings have too much of a ring of truth to them.


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ChitrangadaSharan 10 months ago from New Delhi, India

Extremely interesting hub and information on such sightings. You have posted some amazing details and photographs--sounds so mysterious!

I wonder if we will get to see these strange UFOs in the future or capture their pictures or videos.

Your research into UFO incidents and sightings is brilliant. It is amazing how many of such incidents have been kept quiet and out of the public eye and that too when 1500 people saw between 200 to 500 objects each day for a three-day period.

Great hub, interesting, informative and very well presented!

Thank you for sharing!


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Cyndi10 10 months ago from Georgia

Interesting story. Like others commenters here, I wonder where all the newspapers disappeared to. I imagine the reporters and the editors may no longer be with us, but maybe they talked about it with their children and grandchildren. One thing is for sure, in today's world it might be a little difficult to keep such a mass sighting quiet unless it happened in a really, really remote part of the world.

Thank you for sharing your findings. Take care!


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Venkatachari M 10 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Very interesting to read. I heard about UFOs but never witnessed. It is unbelievable to know that there were 200 to 500 at such short span of time within 3 days. Thanks for sharing this information.


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Daisy Mariposa 10 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Chitrangada,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Before I began my research for this Hub, I was not aware there had been mass sightings of UFO armadas.


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Daisy Mariposa 10 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Cynthia (Cyndi10),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. What I find especially unusual is that the local newspaper in New Mexico began following me on Twitter after I tweeted the link to my Hub. What happened to their newspaper archives, I wonder?


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Daisy Mariposa 10 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Venkatachari M,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

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