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The Flying Saucers Are Real

The Flying Saucers Are Real
Front Cover
Author Donald Keyhoe
Language English
Publisher Cosimo Classics
Publication date
December 4, 2006 (Reprint)
Media type Hardcover
Pages 180

The Flying Saucers Are Real by Donald Keyhoe, was a ground-breaking[1] book that investigated numerous encounters between USAF fighters, personnel, and other aircraft, and UFOs between 1947 and 1950.[1]


  • Synopsis 1
  • Reception 2
  • See also 3
  • Citations 4
  • External links 5


It was printed in paperback by Fawcett Publications, Inc. in 1950, and sold for 25 cents. In December, 1949, prior to the publishing of the book, Keyhoe published an article by the same name in True magazine, with similar material.[2][3] The book was a huge success and popularized many ideas in ufology that are still widely believed today.

The Flying Saucers Are Real is short: only 175 pages. It is referenced by footnotes, and cites a panoply of sources: newspapers, magazines, Air Force records and press statements, and personal interviews. It is written in a dramatic, narrative style reminiscent of mystery novels and spy thrillers (Keyhoe also wrote fiction in these genres).

Keyhoe contended that the Air Force was actively investigating these cases of close encounter, with a policy of concealing their existence from the public until 1949. He stated that this policy was then replaced by one of cautious, progressive revelation.

Keyhoe further stated that Earth had been visited by extraterrestrials for two centuries, with the frequency of these visits increasing sharply after the first atomic weapon test in 1945. Citing anecdotal evidence, he intimated the Air Force may have attained and adapted some aspect of the alien technology: its method of propulsion and perhaps its source of power. He believed the Air Force or the US Government would eventually reveal these technologies to the public when the Soviet Union was no longer a threat.


Keyhoe's book Flying Saucers Are Real, ... was the first influential attempt to promote the idea of "flying saucers" as alien spacecraft.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b Jacobs, David (2008). "Flying Saucers from Outer Space – The inspiration behind  
  2. ^ The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects: The Original 1956 Edition, Edward J. Ruppelt.
  3. ^ Hostile Aliens, Hollywood and Today's News: 1950s Science Fiction Films and 9/11, Melvin E. Matthews
  4. ^ Rothstein, Mikael (2003). "The Rise and Decline of the First-Generation UFO Contactees: A Cognitive Approach". In Lewis, James R. Encyclopedic Sourcebook of UFO Religions. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books. pp. 63–76, page 66.  

External links

  • Free Kindle Book Version
  • Full text at
  • Donald E. Keyhoe Archives
  • Works by Donald Keyhoe at Project Gutenberg

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