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McMinnville UFO

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McMinnville, Oregon. 7:30 pm. May 11, 1950. Evelyn Trent was walking back to her farmhouse after feeding rabbits on her farm while she saw an unidentified flying object in the sky. She called out to her husband, Paul, who took the above picture. At the urging of a friend, they later submitted the photo to the local newspaper the Telephone-Register, which put it on the front page on June 9th. The Oregonian published the photographs the next day, and within a month they were published in LIFE magazine (June 26 1950).

LIFE subsequently misplaced the negatives and they were through to be lost for 17 years. Since its rediscovery, the photograph had since been subjected to intense scrutiny involving computer analysis and sophisticated scanning and stretching procedures. The Trents’ background was also thoroughly checked. Some thought they hanged an object from the power lines. Some measured the shadows and assumed it was ‘staged’ in the morning time. Others insist the Trents’ original resistance to publish the photo was a testament to their honesty. It has never been satisfactorily explained, and some believe it is the best (if not only) authentic UFO photograph. The affair led to a “UFO Festival” being held in McMinnville each year, which is the biggest such gathering apart from Roswell, New Mexico’s.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

January 22, 2010 at 5:14 am

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  1. The camera used has been reported as a Universal Roamer, probably a Roamer II because the Roamer I has a singlet and couldn’t produce an image this sharp.

    Easiest camera in the world to make an accidental double exposure.

    RoamerII and Weston MasterII


    January 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm

  2. I love this blog. I am posting the link on Facebook so more more more people can read.



    January 25, 2010 at 10:32 am

  3. I also love this sight. Keep up the great work!


    January 25, 2010 at 7:36 pm

  4. Very useful and informative article. I have learned a great deal, thank you and keep up the good work.

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    January 31, 2010 at 8:57 pm

  5. I believe this photograph put Mcminnville on the map, it was taken by my relatives, of which i am very proud to be apart of. I thank all of you for your support!

    Allyson Worley

    June 12, 2010 at 11:22 pm

  6. Hi, my name is Kurtis Williams, a senior at Linfield College in McMinnville. I am part of a small class blog having to do with things on and around campus. Can I get permission to use this picture for the blog (www.linfieldwildcatnation.net)? Please email me ASAP. Thanks!

    Kurtis Williams

    May 15, 2011 at 9:57 pm

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