According to a new book, the US Air Force initiated a classified investigation into unusual reports of an extraterrestrial serving pancakes to a witness after landing on his driveway in a flying saucer.

The witness, Joe Simonton, a chicken farmer, alleged that a humanoid alien, standing at five feet, had served him four pancakes for breakfast.

According to a new book, the US Air Force initiated a secret investigation into a peculiar claim that an alien served pancakes to a witness for breakfast after landing on his driveway in a flying saucer. The witness, chicken farmer Joe Simonton, asserted that he was served four pancakes by a five-foot humanoid alien.

Surprisingly, the pancakes were sent for analysis to Project Blue Book, the official UFO study of the US Air Force during the 1950s and 60s. Professor J Allen Hynek, who had a role in Steven Spielberg’s ET, was called upon to investigate the enigmatic incident on behalf of the Air Force.

The case is described in Charles Lear’s new book, The Flying Saucer Investigators. On April 18, 1961, Joe, aged 54, reported that a “shiny metal” object had landed on his farm in Eagle River, Vilas County, Wisconsin, at 11 am.

According to Charles Lear’s book, a man named Joe Simonton claimed that an alien appeared in the doorway of a craft that landed on his farm in Eagle River, Wisconsin.

The alien made drinking motions, and when Simonton filled a cup with water, the entity touched his forehead in thanks. Two more hooded “aliens” were inside the craft, one of which was apparently cooking on a stove and served Simonton four pancakes.

The craft then left, knocking over a pine tree.

Project Blue Book, the US Air Force’s official study into UFOs, launched a probe into the incident, and Professor J Allen Hynek was brought in to investigate. Hynek noted that Simonton was respected in his community, but the case had the issue of having only one witness.

Samples of the pancakes were sent to both the Aeronautical Systems Division and the Food and Drug Administration for analysis, which concluded that the pancakes were made of low-protein flour, sugar, and salt cooked in hydrogenated oil and were ordinary buckwheat pancakes.

The Project Blue Book Record Card for the report concluded that Simonton “suffered a hallucination followed by delusion,” although the Air Force could not be accused of ignoring the case.

Brit UFO investigator Philip Mantle, 62, who published the book, added: “This is one of the most bizarre cases in Ufology and is a long way from the recent UAP cases being investigated by the new Pentagon UFO program.

“I wonder if they would look into such a case today if it was presented to them by a member of the US Armed Forces. I know I would. It would keep me amused if nothing else. This does not detract from what is an excellent book.”