On May 11, 1950, Evelyn Trent went to tend to her animals behind her farmhouse when she suddenly noticed a metallic disc-shaped object hovering above her. She ran to call her husband so he could grab their camera to photograph the object. Her husband, Paul Trent, managed to snap two photos before the object silently flew away. Both photos were snapped within 30 seconds.
Paul did not develop the photos until several weeks later. Once he did, he showed them to a friend, Frank Wortman, who took them to the local newspaper. The paper quickly sent out a reporter to Trent’s farm to learn about their incredible sighting. When initially asked to borrow the negatives, the Trent’s could not find them. Eventually, they were found under their couch as their kids were playing with them.
On June 8, 1950, McMinnville’s Telephone Register newspaper published the images on their front page with the headline “At Long Last–Authentic Photographs Of Flying Saucer [?]”
Within days, the story quickly spread as Trent’s photos were published in papers all over the U.S.
Frank Edwards became fascinated with the photos and said he had personally taken them to The Pentagon. Edwards said that he was told that “they were the best civilian photographs of an Unidentified Flying Object that the Air Force had ever seen.”
Transcription for Evelyn Trent:
“I happened to look up and I seen this thing and I ran into the house to tell him about it. He went after a camera and I went another way after a camera and between the both of us we found it. The best thing I can say, it was about the size of a parachute without any strings or anything like that. It was all flat on the bottom and it was silvery colored. That was about the only thing that there was. There was no smoke, no noise either way. It was just above the electric light wires. The distance and stuff, I just don’t know. It basically hovered for a while just like that and he took the picture. Just as soon as he took the picture he round the film to reroll to take another one and as soon as he took it, it turned and just took off very fast.”
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