Socorro landing

Date: April 24, 1964
Location: Socorro, New Mexico, USA
Appearance: Egg shaped, white, 4 legs
Classification: CE 3
Sources: Blue Book
Summary: Police officer Lonnie Zamorra saw a UFO land in Socorro, New Mexico

American police officer Lonnie Zamorra saw a UFO land in Socorro, New Mexico on April 24 1964. This is one of the best documented UFO sightings in U.S. history. The case was investigated by the New Mexico State Police, the U.S. Air Force, the FBI and the CIA.

The craft was later reported as having been witnessed in flight by 5 tourists and a pilot.

At about 5:45 p.m. on April 24, 1964, police officer Zamora was chasing a speeding motorist south of town, when his attention was drawn to a flame in the sky and a roar approximately one-half to one mile to the southwest. The flame descended into a shallow gully beyond a hill.

He noticed an object sitting on the ground. He said that it was "white in color and aluminum in construction", egg shaped and had 4 legs. Zamora saw an insignia of some sort on the side of it, red, about 2.5 feet high and about 2 feet wide.

He saw two small humanlike beings in white suits near the craft.

Next, Zamora heard a loud roar and saw a light blue flame with an orange bottom, coming from the underside of the object. The object then rose vertically, then moved off horizontally and slowly gained altitude, finally disappearing in the sky.

Sergeant Chavez of the New Mexico State Police heard Zamora's radio call and had arrived on the scene three minutes after the object's disappearance. Chavez investigated the landing site and found marks and burns with some vegetation still smoking. Within hours, Zamora was interviewed by U.S. Army Captain Richard T. Holder, Up-Range Commander of the White Sands Missile Range, and by FBI Special Agent Arthur Byrnes. They also investigated the marks.

A day or two later, Dr. J. Allen Hynek arrived to investigate the report for the Air Force's Project Blue Book. In addition to questioning Zamora, Hynek measured and photographed the landing site. He located what appeared to be impressions in the ground made by the landing gear.

Hector Quintanilla, the head of Project Blue Book, wrote about this case:

"There is no doubt that Lonnie Zamora saw an object which left quite an impression on him. There is also no question about Zamora's reliability. He is a serious police officer, a pillar of his church, and a man well versed in recognizing airborne vehicles in his area. He is puzzled by what he saw, and frankly, so are we. This is the best-documented case on record, and still we have been unable, in spite of thorough investigation, to find the vehicle or other stimulus that scared Zamora to the point of panic."