Wednesday, July 6, 2011

UFO, Interview of Great Historical Significance, Maj. Donald Keyhoe

 Historical Interview with Major Donald Keyhoe and Mike Wallace 1958

It took immense courage to speak about UFOs in public back in the 1950's.  Doing so put your career, your family and sometimes your life in jeopardy. For a link to The James Forrestal case, The Secretary of Defense who lost his life trying to bring the UFO issue to the public click here.

Major Don Keyhoe the early champion of Exopolitics, interviewed by Mike Wallace during the 1950's. The author of FLYING SAUCERS ARE REAL, Keyhow set about trying to prove that UFOs exist and and were being covered-up by the US Airforce. Former Marine Air Corps, Director of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena, conducted an investigation of the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). Keyhoe talks to Wallace about the United States military, reports of UFO sightings, the various theories explaining UFOs, government cover-ups, and the possibility of interplanetary war. An historic film well worth preserving.

Major Donald Keyhoe, already an established writer, turned UFO researcher when editor Kevin Purdy of True magazine asked him to investigate early sightings in 1949. The Thomas F Mantell incident Thomas Mantell, first pilot to die chasing a UFO , a Kentucky Air National Guard pilot, who crashed to his death on January 7, 1948 in a Mustang P51 while in pursuit of a UFO, was among cases Keyhoe asked to examine. Mantell is assumed to have blacked out while in a steep climb. 

The observed UFO was reported from several vantage points: a control tower at Fort Knox, a Kentucky State Patrolman and observers at an Army air field in Ohio. The two surviving P51 pilots, also in pursuit, saw an object but called it later small and indistinct. The loss of life made UFO phenomena a much more serious issue after Mantell's reported death. The article written by Keyhoe sold well and expanded into the 1950 book, "The Flying Saucers are Real," which sold over half a million copies.

Keyhoe followed with a subsequent book, Flying Saucers from Outer Space and involved in NICAP through the fifties and sixties. In this 1958 interview with Michael Wallace, Keyhoe discusses UFOs and contactees, also, the curious censorship of an earlier interview on Armstrong Circle Theater, which Keyhoe blamed on the Air Force. Keyhoe is a writer with military background, declared UFOs are from outer space.

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