|Birth: ||Oct. 23, 1898|
|Death: ||Sep., 1984|
San Diego County
RADM Delmer S. Fahrney was born in 1898 at Grove, Oklahoma in what was then Indian Territory. He was a member of the Naval Academy Class of 1920. In November 1950, he retired after 32 years of active service distinguished by contributions in missile technology significant enought to have been judged by his peers as the "Father of the Guided Missile".
Rear Admiral Delmer Fahrney is perhaps best remembered for comments he made in the 1950's about UFO's. One such comment was quoted in a January 16, 1957 New York Times article:"
"Retired Rear Adm. Delmer S. Fahrney, once head of the Navy's guided missile program, said that reliable reports indicate that "there are objects coming into our atmosphere at very high speeds." He told a news conference that "no agency in this country or Russia is able to duplicate at this time the speeds and accelerations which radar and observers indicate these flying objects are able to achieve." Fahrney called the news conference following an organizational meeting of a new private group, the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena, of which he is board chairman."
From August 1949 to October 1950, then Captain, Delmer Fahrney was the Commander, Naval Air Missile Test Center, Point Mugu, California. The headquarters building at Point Mugu was named after him in dedication ceremonies June of 2000.
Dawn Fehrney Knotts (1926 - 2006)*
Created by: Valarie Vine
Record added: Aug 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74601707
Added: Jun. 17, 2012
Remembering Rear Admiral Fahrney|
Added: Aug. 8, 2011