7:30 pm on May 11, 1950, Evelyn Trent was walking back to
her farmhouse after feeding the rabbits on her farm. Mrs.
Trent and her husband Paul lived on a farm approximately
nine miles from McMinnville, nearer Sheridan, Oregon. Before
reaching the house, she claimed to have seen a slow-moving,
metallic disk-shaped object heading in her direction from
the northeast. She yelled for her husband who was
inside the house. Upon leaving the house, he claimed that
he too, saw the object. After a short time, he went back
inside their home to obtain a camera and managed to take
two photos of the object before it sped away to the west.
Paul Trents father claimed that he also viewed the
object briefly before it flew away.
Trent described it as bright almost silvery
metallic, with the top silver or aluminum colored
and the bottom more of a bronze. He stated that it was shiny
but not as reflective as a cars polished hub cap but
more that it resembled a dull, aluminum painted tank.
on a very deep analysis of the only two shots that were
taken of this object, it was determined that the craft approached
from the north-northwest at a rapid rate of speed. Mr. Trent
reported that the object climbed so rapidly during departure
and that he didnt even have time to run around the
garage to see it and photograph it again. The photos still
remain controversial with many UFO researchers claiming
that they show a genuine unidentified flying object in the
sky, but then many other UFO skeptics will also claim that
the photos are a hoax.
interesting twist to this story happened in March 1954 (1957?),
four years before the Trent sighting. It happened in the
city of Rouen, France when in order to intercept a mysterious
radar reflection, an unknown French Air Force pilot photographed
a craft with his gun-sight camera. This object paced the
plane for several minutes before speeding off and exceeding
the maximum velocity of the pursuing French airplane. This
craft appears to be of the same type that was observed in
McMinnville, Oregon over the farm of Mr. Paul Trent.
June 1950, four weeks after they were taken, the photos
illustrated below appeared in the local newspaper in McMinnville,