Mariana UFO Incident
Date: August 15, 1950
Location: Great Falls, MT
The film was taken on August 15, 1950, by Nicolas Mariana, general manager of the Great Falls Selectrics baseball team. This film was listed as Top Secret and, although now declassified, is still considered an unknown. However, even the TNT versions, show that the objects were clearly visible and oval shaped, especially in the early footage. And the evidence strongly suggests that what Mariana has told us for a long time is true, much of the early footage was apparently removed by the Air Force.
Nick Mariana of Great Falls, Montana, obtained 16 mm color movies of two UFOs which appear as bright circular points of light. Footage of UFOs at closer range, confirming visual observation of disks with rotating rims, was reported missing from film when returned by Air Force. Remaining footage was contained in United Artists documentary movie "UFO" and compared to July 2, 1952, Trementon, UT film showing similar images.
Mr. Mariana used Daylight KodachromeŽ film in a Revere turret type camera and obtained 315 frames showing the UFOs. The film was examined by the Air Force and Navy, but no formal reports released.
Report on Photogrammetric analysis by Dr. Robert M.L. Baker, Jr., Douglas Aircraft Corporation, on file at NICAP. Air Force explanation that UFOs were reflections off jet aircraft said to be quite strained, and the analyst states no definite conclusion. However, UFOs could not be explained as any conventional objects.