Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Flying with. . . Keyhoe

Some weeks ago, we featured the one and only letter I ever received from Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe (USMC, ret.), former director of NICAP and prolific book/magazine writer regarding UFOs. What many of you may not know is that Keyhoe was a writer before he began tackling UFOs in the forties, and long before he undertook a military career as a U.S. Marine Corps officer.

I never did locate his early book, M-Day, during the years I searched, but was fortunate to find his 1928 volume, Flying With Lindbergh. Keyhoe served as an aide to famed pilot Charles A. Lindbergh on an important flight across the United States and, in this narrative, which I believe has since been reprinted at some point by another publisher, Keyhoe documents the trip. Amongst today's visuals is a letter from Lindbergh to Keyhoe after the journey and a photo showing Keyhoe, Lindbergh and flight associates.

Yes, I would be remiss not to mention that Col. Lindbergh ("Lucky Lindy"), an American hero, is noted as well, particularly in recent years, for alleged pro-Germany views as the Nazi era crept upon the world scene, and that aspect can be read via other sources far more informed than I. For the intentions of this blog, I'm merely reflecting a Donald Keyhoe with whom many readers may be unfamiliar, and it was certainly my pleasure to have met him in the old NICAP offices in Washington, D.C. in 1965. Historical stuff here, yes?