As a Mohave County Historian and informed authority on region-wide UFO activity, I am frequently in contact with UFO enthusiasts curious about the 1953 Kingman UFO and why there are so many conflicting stories about it.
My UFO research and fieldwork picks up where the late Mohave County Historian Roman Malach left off before he passed away December 6, 1985. My Kingman documentation is extensive and includes what Mr. Malach acquired, including a detailed interview sent to him in the late 1970s by UFO researcher Raymond Fowler. These documents are unique and contain Mr. Malach's hand-written notes throughout the transcribed interview done by Mr. Fowler in 1973 with alleged eye witness named Arthur Stansel. My document collection includes copies of Mr. Malach's letters to and from Congressional leaders and the U. S. Air Force that provide insight into the Kingman UFO story. Over the years many people have claimed expertise on the subject, making wild and unsupported claims about what supposedly happened, or to save time from having to do research work they simply insist it's all a hoax. I have found that the "I'm quite an authority on Kingman" crowd never let facts get in the way of telling a good story. They never set foot in Kingman, nor spent time here to establish trust that would lead to interviews with old timers who witnessed what happened. During my interviews with old timers they contributed clues that helped me find locations where events 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 left behind at two sites that confirms 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 the 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, even though documented facts indicate these hucksters never really checked out the basic accuracy of their ridiculous stories. There are people who continue to repeat and stand by their false claims that the Kingamn UFO was floated down the Colorado river, which was never part of the story, is unimaginable and is clearly an invention created by these self-professed authorities who challenge credentials of others while failing to do anything worthwhile 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 only one hour on May 21, 1953.
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 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 storylines some of which became popular and owe their success to the Arthur 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 minimalized and in some cases demonized the witnesses. My research findings and storyline about the 1953 Kingman UFOs is history and not based on the fictional accounts conjured up and told by those seeking popularity. This behavior is the fire brand and hallmark of a number of outspoken UFO people today. Their very existence is dependant on repeating claims that are often copied from someone else.
These are the actors in the field of Ufology who claim to be involved in every UFO case that's talked about. 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 reseaarch, find start dates and move forward in time to determine what followed. My research revealed the 1953 Kingman UFO didn't crash, it landed and reportedly had a four member crew aboard that survived uninjured. I also produced extensive evidence about two other UFOs desribed 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, 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 complete secret long after the military had left. A taboo that never changed.
Had a man say to me that 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 discoveries made during my research and fieldwork! 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.
The original 1973 interview about the Kingman UFO pertains to just "One Hour" in which an eye witness named Arthur Stansel was on the ground to inspect the Kingman UFO on May 21,1953. What I have done during the 10 year period of my research and fieldwork was to uncover more facts about what happened before, during and after that 'one' single hour had made history. One hour is a short period of time to be on the ground to inspect anything of importance and it begged to tell more about what happened, what had to have happened, but had been left unanswered until I started my work.
Evidence that I uncovered contains historic fact and was gathered doing research of documents, reports, maps, early and contemporary interviews, along with early visual images and feet-on-the-ground explorations that included treks from the banks of the Colorado river to crossing snake infested rocky buttes and the blistering heat on barren desert floors. This ultimately led me to the Kingman UFO sites with physical evidence the military left behind '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 book “7 Days In May™ - The Kingman UFO Story”© tells about multiple UFO events at Kingman that rank "First" in U. S. and world history and provide extraordinary revelations never shared with anyone before. I can also tell readers who said what about Kingman that's patently false. My DVDs "Hidden In Plain Sight" and "UFO CON" presentation offers insight into 1953 Kingman.
My work ethic is professional, calm and unhurried, never money driven, nor is it cut short to save time or takes the low-road promoting impossibe stories.
Harry J. Drew
Author and Historian
Director of Museums of Anthropology, Archaeology and History
JCI Senator #28654 Kingman, Arizona USA © 2017 All Rights Reserved
"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!