RIO RANCHO, N.M. —The Farmington Armada incident got a lot of local press at the time, but it took 65 years before there was in-depth research into the northwest New Mexico phenomenon.
Marler went in search of witnesses but discovered most of them are no longer living. However, he found a few, including 73-year-old Virgil Jerry Riggs.
Riggs lives in Wyoming now and made the trip to Rio Rancho to be a part of Marler’s presentation. He said it means a lot to him that the researcher is preserving the history of what happened in 1950.
“I’m sure there are skeptics out there. I’m sorry about the skeptics. All I can tell you is what I saw, what I observed,” Riggs said.
He was 8 years old and a student at Aztec Elementary School in 1950. Riggs said he went outside for recess and thought there were stars in the sky, but middle and high school students pointed out the objects way up above.
“All these square-looking formations in the sky. They were made up of dots, and the dots would shift from one formation to another,” he said. “The first day there were a few, the second day there were too many to count and the third day, there were maybe 30 or 40 of them left.” […]