Had a man say he heard there was a "rumor going around two UFOs crashed at Kingman in 1953". I told him there never was such a rumor, but information about two UFOs crashing near Kingman in 1953 was made known to the Public by me from my research and fieldwork findings! Then I told him about the UFO that landed!
A lady, after listening to one of my interviews remarked that the story about the Kingman UFOs was astonishing, like a legend! Which as an Historian I took as a compliment to my work, because there was never a storyline before I began my Kingman project, thus no legend. Not making things up and not bragging .. this all came about, because of my findings and work, interviews "as told to me" by witnesses, documents and deep research that didn't use the internet, nor stick to just one place or just one archive. What was said I checked! Claims can't be accepted without evidence backing them up in archives or in the field.
My UFO research and fieldwork is extensive and includes correspondence and detailed interviews sent in the 1970s by distinguished UFO researcher Raymond Fowler. Many of these documents went to Mohave County archives and include hand-written notes throughout the transcribed interview done in 1973 with an eye witness named Arthur G. Stansel Jr., which I have an annotated copy of. My document collection includes copies of letters to and from Congressional leaders and the U. S. Air Force from that time and provide insight into the Kingman UFO story.
Over the years many people have claimed expertise on this subject, making wild and unsupported claims about what supposedly happened or didn't happen without doing any research. The "I'm quite an authority on Kingman" crowd never let facts get in the way of them telling another delusional story. Most never set foot in Kingman, let alone in the field, nor spent time here to establish trust that at one time could have lead to interviews with old timers who actually witnessed what happened. Old timers contributed facts and clues that helped me work out locations where events really took place in May 1953.
No matter what anyone else says there were no UFOs or parts left behind at Kingman, although there may be pieces from one UFO crash at a location I have yet to examine. However, there is physical evidence and rare artifacts left behind at two sites that confirm witness statements and dates. Everything points to the UFOs being moved to a facility at Groom Lake Nevada, exactly as stated by witnesses, but how this was done runs contrary to all the made up stories about it. Genuine discoveries on the ground back up claims the Kingman UFO became the basis for the entire Area-51 UFO story.
This is their story "AS TOLD TO ME". I really listened to what witnesses said and I did research what was revealed to me. Nay Sayers down play solid proof about Kingman by insisting their fabrications give them expert status and that's all that matters. There are people who continue to repeat and stand by their false claims the Kingman UFO was floated down the Colorado river, which is an invention created by self-professed authorities who challenge credentials of others while failing to do any work on their own. This also applies to those repeating stories about an imagined SOM 1-01 manual and MJ-12 being connected to Kingman, which is false just as claiming the entire Kingman UFO case hangs on the words of just one witness who claimed to have been with the UFO for one hour on May 21, 1953, which by-the-way was several days after the Kingman UFO landed.
With Mohave County and Kingman being my home turf, I have privately met with the 'real' old timers who's 'Kin' settled this area in the late 1800s. For them, it is still a big taboo to talk with people (outsiders) who come nosing around wanting information about local folks and the 1953 Kingman UFOs! They are not casual about this and they really do not want to be identified with these events! "What happens in Kingman .. Stays in Kingman!"
At this writing the Kingman UFO story has been the topic of discussion for more than 60 years. Other than researcher Raymond Fowler's work, it appears that nearly everything written and said about the Kingman UFO has been wrong. Fragments of the Kingman UFO story became known from a story published in the April 1976 edition of UFO magazine. Unfortunately this resulted in an endless series of Kingman UFO story-lines some of which became popular and owe their success to the Stansel interview, though very few had an actual copy of it. This led to a wave of instant UFO authorities who were not troubled about making things up and saying it was fact, or at least 2nd or 3rd hand fact, which is all the same to them. These are the red flags my research catches immediately. Such casual distortions of the truth are historically destructive and have caused statements made by early first-hand eye witnesses to be ignored, deliberately minimized and in some cases demonized. This behavior is the fire brand and hallmark of outspoken UFO people. Their existence is dependant on repeating claims often copied from someone else. They are actors in the field of Ufology who claim to be involved in every UFO case that's popular. This group is addressed in my work, because they are the single biggest stumbling block in the entire UFO story!
The history I uncovered began with genuine research and fieldwork undertaken in 2006, with a document search going back in time to the mid-1860s. This roll-back in time was necessary to establish a basic ground-floor connection to what existed then vs. what exists today and to find evidence that would prove, or disprove the multitude of differing claims being created and spread around through books, DVDs, social media and at various conferences. What I found and verified are some of the worst historical distortions I have ever seen. Nearly all Kingman UFO stories and claims are false fabrications. Working independently around this meant going back to square one to do research, find start dates and move forward in time to determine what followed. My research revealed the May 18, 1953 Kingman UFO didn't crash, it landed and reportedly had a four member crew aboard that survived uninjured that were promptly removed by the Air Force Retrieval team the same day. I also produced extensive evidence about two other UFOs described by witnesses that were said to have crashed a few days later and half of the four member crews in each craft survived. All crew members were described as humanoid in appearance and were believed to be extraterrestrials.
My project included doing extensive fieldwork using the methodology and protocols that make use of all resources available while being mindful to protect land-rights and proceed with care that has a neutral impact on wildlife and natural habitat. This project was accomplished in that manner under my sole direction, using my finances, equipment and a major investment of my personal time and work. This was not like arm-chair Exaggerator's claiming they did the job first, but in reality didn't do anything. As far as Kingman UFO research goes, real dangers were involved in the field. No one has ever undertaken what I have done. No One!
It is important to put this entire event in perspective within the time-frame and conditions that existed at Kingman in 1953. Coming-off World War II, Kingman had been the location of a large Army Air Corp training base and the 3,400 people who lived at Kingman were sensitive to the intensity of life under what was undeclared Martial Law. In 1953 local sentiment was still very tense and suspicious, made even more so as local people witnessed the flash of Atomic Bomb tests in Nevada, which could be seen from Kingman! Adding to that reality, the United States had moved into the Cold War and Korean War era. Being previously conditioned by the military to obey orders the civilian population at Kingman provided unquestioned compliance. Closely guarded secrets became a way of life and general mind-set for residents and extended families who mutually agreed they must keep what went on in Kingman a secret long after the military had left. A taboo that never changed.
Historical evidence was gathered doing methodical research of documents, reports, maps, early and contemporary interviews, along with early visual images and boots on the ground explorations that included treks from the banks of the Colorado river to crossing snake infested rocky buttes often in blistering heat on barren desert floors. This ultimately led me to the Kingman UFO sites and finding physical evidence the military left behind still 'in situ'. Unlike the alleged Roswell UFO site in New Mexico, the Kingman UFO landing and crash locations are unspoiled archaeological sites located on private and government protected lands that are not open to the public to be scavenged by UFO hunters, souvenir collectors, or as entertainment and adventure for amateur diggers and tour groups wanting a vacation thrill.
My work ethic is professional, calm and unhurried, never money driven or cut short to save time, nor takes the low-road promoting impossible stories.
Harry J. Drew
Author and Historian
Director of Museums of Anthropology, Archaeology and History
Kingman, Arizona USA © 2022 Harry J. Drew All Rights Reserved
Photo: Looking west down I-40 toward Kingman, AZ. On the left side of photo, with 'Red Line', is the original northeast boundary of 'Old Kingman' and the only road that went south out of Kingman, which was a dirt road back in 1953 that ended at Wickieup and from there to Wickenburg and on to Phoenix was still a wagon road in 1950. The dirt road that shows near middle of my photo (left to right .. south to north) is the original road the US Air Force Retrieval Team used to reach the road outlined in red that goes southeast to a trail used to locate and recover the downed Kingman UFO. Later I-40 cut this road in half and ended access from the airport to the only road going south out of Kingman. I have driven both sides of this road multiple times to determine distance, travel times, and road conditions reported by the military in 1953. I have also driven the old Mohave County dirt road shown along red line, which was referred to as 'Old AZ 93'. These dirt roads were dropped and not included in the highway 93 project that came later. I-40 was constructed 31 years later and dedicated on October 24, 1984. The Military Air base and control tower had been closed 8 years by the time the Kingman UFO made a forced landing southeast of Kingman on May 18, 1953.
Truth is the difference between speculation and investigation
Steve Bell - Author of Secret Revelations"
Harry Drew brings new evidence and verifiable facts to the Disclosure table and sets the record straight about Kingman's UFOs, dispelling myths, impossible claims and manufactured false and misleading stories for decades which in most cases do not contain any factual substance or facts. Over the ten year period Drew dedicated to his Kingman project he has assembled the largest and most complete collection of original documentation, images, interviews and site evidence that has ever been assembled about the 1953 Kingman UFOs. His 'work' provides historical perspective to early UFO events and Kingman today!