Adding to the ironies, the Air Force in 1951 began putting out stories that nearly all the UFO sightings could be explained by Skyhook balloons, yet these were the people launching the Skyhook balloons! Two of these sightings on Oct. 10 & 11, 1951, took place from the ground and also in the air by the crews of a manned Skyhook. One of the ground observers was the ubiquitous Charles Moore! Both sightings are listed as unknowns in Project Blue Book records.
The New York Times was to report these two sightings on April 12, 1952. A final irony was an editorial 3 pages away mocking the pro-UFO LIFE Magazine article that had just come out on April 7. Didn’t the LIFE authors know, the Times sneered, that nearly the all flying saucer reports were caused by Skyhook balloons?!