The (Real) 1964 Socorro sighting
The Socorro/Zamora sighting of April 24, 1964 was a Hughes Aircraft testing episode.
Here is a prototype moon lander (similar to the one seen by Lonnie Zamora) -- the Surveyor was used for later moon landings:
Here is the full schematic:
Here is the Army's moon lander design:
And here is a lander (with module) that is similar to the Hughes design:
This is the Russian LK lander, which was close in design to the Hughes prototype -- note the uniformed astronaut:
Here is the opening of a paper from Holloman AFB about the methodology that was used to test the lander:
XIII. Application of a Tethering System to a Specific Requirement
Holloman Air Force Base
It is hoped that before the end of 1965, an assault will be made on the moon with Surveyor, a squat three-legged derrick of piping and scientific equipment being built by Hughes Aircraft Company.
For a full, detailed analysis of the Socorro sighting (including an explanation for the insignia seen/drawn by Zamora which we’ve traced to a Hughes logo), bona fide researchers can request access to our private UFO web-site.