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UFOs and the Guy Hottel Memo

An FBI memo from 1950 regarding an unconfirmed account of “flying saucers” still stirs interest.

Mar 25, 2013 01:00 PM

UFOs and the Guy Hottel Memo


It’s the most popular file in the FBI Vault, viewed nearly a million times over the past two years. Yet, it is only a single page, relaying an unconfirmed report that the FBI never even followed up on.

The file in question is a memo dated March 22, 1950—63 years ago last week. It was authored by Guy Hottel, then head of our field office in Washington, D.C. Like all memos to FBI Headquarters at that time, it was addressed to Director J. Edgar Hoover and recorded and indexed in FBI records. But the subject of the memo was anything but ordinary...

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