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Impressions of a crashed
"Manmade Flying Saucer"

 What goes up - must come down...

News articles, one of Jonathan E. Caldwell's stockholders, a resident of Maryland's Eastern Shore, apparently

read Shalett's article, remembered the 1939 Rotorplane demonstration and wrote to the Air Force in May 

suggesting that Caldwell's disk-winged planes might have something to do with the flying saucer phenomenon.

The letter meandered through the bureaucracy and finally ended up in the Air Force Inspector General's Office of

Special Investigations headquarters at Bolling Field in Washington, DC. From there orders went down to Captain

Claudius Belk, head of OSI's District 4, in Baltimore, sometime in June: find Jonathan Caldwell and his planes,

pronto. Belk and his assistant Special Agent Von Maucher had a bit of trouble carrying out their assignment -

no one seemed to have any information on the long-forgotten, decade-old experiments, Caldwell had vanished

and descriptions of his test site were vague.

Belk approached the Maryland State Police for help, and two Anne Arundel County officers, John J. Harbaugh and 

Peter Kosirowski, were assigned to the job. In early August they managed to narrow the search to the Glen Burnie 

area, and by going house to house, finally homed in on Pumphrey's farm. On Friday morning, August 19, Belk, 

Harbaugh and Kosirowski made their move. Along with a photographer from the Baltimore Evening Sun, they

broke into the old tobacco shed.


Investigation after the crash at the designer:


Упавшая тарелка Дж.Серла? Кадры из передачи


Above: John Ganz seated in the wrecked Rotorplane testbed, August 1949.

Above: Police Officers Harbaugh and Kosirowski examine the saucers.