As the leading authority with expertise on region-wide UFO activity and as Mohave County Historian my professional work is recognized by agencies, educational institutions, interest groups, media, museums, and individual enthusiasts curious about the 1953 Kingman UFO story. Hoax claims that persist about the Kingman UFOs are perpetrated by 'outsiders' with over active imaginations who have spent years making up false and misleading stories that are unsupported by any facts. My UFO research and fieldwork picks up where the late County Historian Roman Malach left off before he passed away on December 6, 1985. My documents include what he acquired about the Kingman UFO in the 1970s and from direct communication with researcher Raymond Fowler, including an interview and background check done on alleged Kingman UFO eyewitness Arthur Stansel, plus extensive written notes and letters to and from political leaders and the U.S. Air Force about the Kingman UFO. With Mohave County and Kingman being my home turf, I have met with the 'real' old timers who's 'Kin' settled this area in the late 1800s. For them, it is still a taboo to talk with people who come nosing around wanting more information about local folks and the 1953 Kingman UFO!
At this writing the Kingman UFO story has been the topic of discussion for more than 60 years within our close-knit families and individuals that were early residents in and around Kingman, Arizona. As time passed outsider's took up fabricating their versions of UFO stories that supposedly happened near Kingman. Fragments of the Kingman UFO story became known from a story published in a UFO magazine in April 1976. Unfortunately this resulted in distortions and outlandish claims being made that completely lacked any semblance of scholarly research, fieldwork, or even use of an educated guess. No facts! Statements made by early first-hand eye witnesses were ignored, deliberately minimalized and in some cases witnesses were truly demonized. This behavior is a hallmark for some of the most outspoken UFO people living today. Their very existence is dependant on repeating false and misleading claims that are often copied from each other's bizarre stories then they take bows while pretending to be authorities about the Kingman UFO!
The history I uncovered began with research and fieldwork 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 that are part of an overall pattern of marking out and establishing turf in a "one-up" based ego driven market of economic opportunity. Working independently around this fiasco meant research going back to square one, find early 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 that 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 Kingman UFO project included doing 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.
Many researchers today build their stories on pre-conceived ideas based on Exaggerator stories that mask important points and real evidence. There has always been an underlying reason why old timers at Kingman denied they knew anything about a set of significant events that happened in their own backyard. Contrary to an Exaggerator "blog post" claiming old timers in Kingman would not admit they knew anything about UFOs to a less than trusted City Attorney, the post twisted this to mean there never were UFOs at Kingman. That is a big stretch from another "outsider" who didn't bother with doing follow-up research, so "left out" what really did happen and never revealed that in 1953 Kingman the watch words "loose lips sink ships" meant something and Black Out drills constantly reminded residents about the need for secrecy. As a Kingman area resident I was fortunate to gain the trust of old timers and learn what the facts are about downed UFOs! They do know!
Evidence that makes history 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 and physical evidence still “in situ” the military left behind sixty years before! Unlike the exploitation of the alleged Roswell UFO site in New Mexico, the Kingman UFO locations are unspoiled archaeological sites located on private and government protected lands 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 new 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 that are included in my book. I do know the answers to why and where this really happened, who it happened to, how and when it happened and the final outcome. I can also tell readers who said what about Kingman that is patently false and can prove it. My findings are a game changer to be shared with readers who want to know and then check the facts and stories out for themselves. There are hidden facts within the Kingman UFO story that are astonishing and go far beyond UFO landings, crashes, and retrievals! My DVDs "Hidden In Plain Sight" and "UFO CON" Presentation offer insight about what is shown and said. My work ethic is professional, calm and unhurried and never money driven, nor cut short to save time. If you want to know the facts instead of made-up stories, my unwavering quest offers you the truth!
Harry J. Drew
Author and Historian
Cultural Resource Specialist in Ancient Civilizations
Director of Museums of History, Anthropology and Archaeology
JCI Senator #28654 Kingman, Arizona USA Copyright (c) 2015
"Truth is the difference between speculation and investigation"
Steve Bell - Author of Secret Revelations"