‘FLYING SAUCER’ FOUND
AT THOMPSONVILLE PART
OF A WEATHER BALLOON’
While cultivating a tobacco field yesterday on the Edward Lynch farm, Edward Lynch, Jr., and Edward Rochette found part of an object which, when inflated and in flight would closely resemble the alleged “saucers.”
From experience gleaned while in naval intelligence during the war, Rochette immediately identified the object as the upper half of a 50-inch weather observation balloon of the type in use at army weather observation posts. Rochette theorized that the balloon had exploded at a high altitude.
The heavy rubber bears gold lettering near the stem read: “Darex HDE81,
Chem. Co., Cambridge, Mass.” The makers name is blurred. The stem was securely
tied with elastic bands. While the rubber is dark grey in appearance, Rochette
said it would take on a silvery cast if inflated.
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