Flying Saucers!

Flying saucer picture

Flying saucers were invented – in the popular media – 75 years ago. This post was inspired by a BBC online article ( I’ll just say a few words, then give you the link.

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay.

In 1947 a commercial pilot in the state of Washington reported seeing nine “flying discs” moving at 1,200 miles per hours. A newspaper passed this on, without verification, to the Associated Press. The Hearst newspapers (Hearst International) put out a press release using the term, “flying saucers”. Before long, people all over were saying they saw them. A craze was born!

The BBC article is a fun read. Here’s my favorite. In 1951 Ella Fitzgerald recorded a song named, “Two Little Men in a Flying Saucer”. I listen to jazz and love Ella, but I’d never heard this one before. I listened to it now on the internet. Just a cute little song: it pokes fun at things we earthlings do. My favorite line:

“During their mission, heard a politician making speeches as they traveled by.

But they departed, faster than they started, ’cause the hot air blew them sky high.”

Here’s the link to the BBC article, posted July 14, 2022. I don’t know how long they will leave it up.

By the way, has a lot more than just news. Lots of interesting stuff to read. A good source for international news, too. Try it out!