Roswell was one of the most important US Air Force bases. And right there, at that time, there were an increasing number of reports of sightings of unidentified flying objects. Most, if not all, of these sightings, are likely to be related to Air Force activities and testing. But in order not to jeopardize US military secrets, the government made no effort to explain the truth about UFOs. But in 1947, there was a case where they really needed to act.
In early July of that year, William Brazel, a local farmer, found a huge amount of wreckage in a desert field, 120 km from Roswell. It was something completely different from anything he had ever seen and as it had been found a few days after a series of UFO sightings, he immediately thought it was a flying saucer.
The material was taken to the sheriff and later to Roswell base. Both the sheriff and the military who analyzed the material agreed that it must be the wreckage of an alien craft. Then, on July 8, 1947, a spokesman for Roswell Air Force Base released a press release, informing them that they had recovered a flying saucer that had reportedly crashed nearby. Below is a full translation of the press release:
“The many rumors concerning the flying saucer became a reality yesterday when the intelligence department of the 509th Bombing Group of the Eighth Air Force, Roswell Military Airport, was lucky enough to take possession of a saucer, thanks to the cooperation of a farmer. location and the Chavez County Sheriff’s Office.
The flying object landed on a farm near Roswell over the past week. Since he didn’t have a phone, the farmer kept the disk until he could contact the sheriff’s office, who in turn notified Major Jesse A. Marcel of the 509th Bomb Group’s Information Office.
Arrangements were immediately made for the disk to be collected at the farmer’s residence. Examined at Roswell Military Air Force Base, it was later entrusted by Major Marcel to the competent authorities.”
On the same day, the headlines reporting the incident were published throughout the state, traveled the world and generated an uproar in the region. But they were denied the next day by the Fort Worth Base and by the newspapers. The claim was that the wreckage found at Roswell was from a weather balloon and not a flying saucer.
But both the farmer and the military who had gone to the site had already had contact with a weather balloon before, and they knew that the wreckage was not from one. And to make it even weirder, the military mounted a massive cleanup operation to remove all the debris from the desert. Perfectly dispensable attention for a simple weather balloon.
Despite all the controversy, this story remained forgotten for almost 30 years, until it was rescued in the 70s by ufologists, claiming that an extraterrestrial spacecraft had crashed in Roswell and that the alien crew had been rescued by the military who later covered up the situation, to hide what had really happened.
Such theories are supported by dozens of witnesses who had contact with the wreckage and who would have seen the alleged alien bodies being taken away by the military. However, no photos, no videos, and no evidence to support this version of events were presented. Nothing but forged documents and a curious video of the autopsy of an alien, which was later proven and recognized by the authors as a hoax, commissioned by a businessman, produced by a filmmaker, and sold to several TV stations.
But the military’s version of the case was also forged, being disproved only after the end of the Cold War. In a report published in 1994, the US Air Force claimed that the object found at Roswell was actually a Project Mogul nuclear surveillance balloon, developed to monitor potential nuclear tests by Soviet rivals.
For this, low-frequency acoustic detectors were placed in a series of balloons launched at high altitudes. Among other things, the balloons carried a series of communication equipment, batteries, and a radar target, which was basically a large sphere coated with reflective material. Heavy things that needed big, sturdy balloons, something completely different from ordinary weather balloons. And because it was part of a top-secret project, it had to be covered up by the US government.
Another report published in 1997 also addresses the report of alien bodies. He claims that no bodies would have been rescued in 1947, but that these reports, made decades later, could be contaminated by facts observed in 1953, when the Air Force did some tests launching test dummies from high altitudes and, later, rescuing and “ autopsy” these dolls to assess the damage of the fall. Sometimes, these dolls were thrown with reflective clothing, to protect their sensors from temperature variation, and, usually, because of their weight, they were taken to the base on stretchers. Scenes similar to those reported by some witnesses.
For skeptics, the detailed reports published in the 1990s are very well-founded and definitively explain the events that took place in 1947. However, for many people, it is just a slightly more elaborate story to hide what actually happened in Roswell that day. year. But it seems that we are facing a controversial story, which is gradually becoming a new myth of modern American folklore.
Source: With Agencies