E.T. or not E.T.
What do you say when someone asks "Do you
believe in UFOs?" Do you say yes? No? Maybe? Do you patiently explain
that they are asking the wrong question because "UFO" simply
means "Unidentified Flying Object", and that there is no
question that some flying objects are unidentified, even if only
temporarily? Meanwhile, they roll their eyes or look at you impatiently
because they think you should know that they meant extraterrestrial
craft. But extraterrestrial craft is only one of the
explanations for UFOs, and many people, even within the field of UFOlogy,
question the extraterrestrial explanation.
The extraterrestrial hypothesis is certainly the
most popular UFO explanation, dating back at least to Charles Fort. It
basically says that the unexplained objects that we see in the sky are
alien visitors from another world.
What are some of the other hypotheses for
This one says that UFOs are from a world that
co-exists with our own, but is in another, parallel dimension. This
explains why they can seemingly appear out of nowhere and vanish into
nothing. The idea of UFOs as time machines and aliens as
time-travelers also falls within the scope of this hypothesis.
This is very similar to, and is sometimes
combined with, the Inter-Dimensional Hypothesis. It says that UFOs are
manifestations of paranormal or occult phenomenon. This would include
the ideas of those who say that UFOs are either angelic or demonic.
Dr. Kenneth Ring has studied the relationship between those who
experience NDEs and those who experience alien abductions and found
many similarities. His idea is that some people naturally have an
enhanced ability to sense paranormal phenomena. Jacques Vallee, John
Keel, and others have attempted to combine religious experiences,
tales of fairies, and UFOs/aliens under one umbrella as one type of
entity that manifests itself in different ways.
This is a skeptical theory that says the UFO
phenomenon is subjective. The UFO phenomenon is a cultural phenomenon
that satisfies some innate human need in a fashion similar to that of
religion. When real objects are seen, they are ordinary flying objects
that are misidentified and then are reinterpreted within the framework
of UFO mythology. To the proponents of this hypothesis, UFOs and alien
abductions have assumed the role that folklore once played in society.
This hypothesis originated with psychotherapist Carl Jung is his book Flying
Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky. Recently, Robert
E. Bartholomew and George S. Howard have espoused a verion of this
hypothesis in UFOs & Alien Contact.
This theory attempts to explain UFO
phenomenon as a result of electromagnetic energy released by tectonic
stress, the same stress that causes earthquakes. Some researchers feel
that the energy released causes anamalous luminous phenomena directly,
while others believe that this energy affects the human brain, causing
hallucinatory experiences. The shaky ground theory.
This theory says that all unexplained UFO
sightings that are not mere misidentifications of ordinary objects are
sightings of secret aircraft belonging to some group or some
government on Earth.
- The Living
A final hypothesis, which has not gotten much
attention, is the theory that UFOs are themselves some sort of unknown
life-form that lives in the Earth's atmosphere. This is said to be
what Kenneth Arnold believed towards the end of his life.
Iridium Satellites became a new source of
“I was looking at the sky when I
noticed this light hanging in the sky that got brighter and brighter. I
knew it wasn't an airplane because there were no red lights. Just a
single, round bright light that got incredibly brighter, like a star
exploding. It couldn't have been anything from this planet.”
Well, yes, it could have been.
A constellation of commercial communication
satellites has become the latest nuisance to UFO-spotters, not to mention
astronomers all over the world.
Iridium LLC, an international consortium based in
Washington, D.C., has been launching satellites into 780 km (485 mi.) high
pole-to-pole orbits. The satellites will provide a global telephone
Originally, 77 satellites were planned, and the
project was named “Iridium”; (Iridium is a metallic chemical element
having 77 electrons surrounding its nucleus.) Later, the plan was revised
to make do with 66 satellites, but the name remained. (Thank goodness they
didn't rename it “Dysprosium”. -ed.)
Unfortunately, the three main antennas on the
satellite (two of them are seen as the lower vanes in the photo) form a
sort of pyramid facing the ground, and they are highly reflective. These
antennas are about the size of an average household door, and are nearly
perfect mirrors. As the satellite slowly rotates, they can reflect a beam
of sunlight to the ground. Because of the satellite's altitude, it is
still in sunlight long after the earth below has fallen into darkness. In
fact, during most of its orbit, each satellite will be reflecting sunlight
somewhere on the earth.
Viewed from the ground, an Iridium satellite
produces a bright flare of light lasting up to 20 seconds. At peak
intensity (about 5 seconds), the flash can be as much as 23 times brighter
than Venus - enough to cast faint shadows on the ground. Then it fades out
and apparently disappears completely.
And there you are - another UFO is reported. If
you're not directly in the main path of the beam, the flash can still be
up to -4 magnitude, brighter than the brightest star in the sky.
Radio astronomers have already fallen foul of
terrestrial cellular phone signals, which are beginning to clog up the
radio spectrum. “Those cell phones are horrible,” says Dan Green of
the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. The Iridium satellites will add to radio astronomers'
headaches. But the flashes also annoy astronomers working at visible
wavelengths. “For professional astronomers, they're not a problem,”
says Green. “But an amateur might be convinced he's seen a new nova.
They get angry when you try to tell them otherwise. It wastes a fair
amount of our time and effort.”
Source: Institute for UFO
Artwork By James Neff
Some Famous UFO
I am adding a few of my favorite UFO photos however I have 100s
including some black and whites taken years ago.
Just a couple of the many paintings 100s of years ago with saucers in
Walter's photos are still very genuine as of today of the Gulf Breeze
in belgium these triangles are become very famous. They are seen now
worldly and in groups of 3. Rumor has it the black triangles are US
Las Vegas here we go Area 51 is about an hour away can we say the desert
has its secrets?
was suppose to be taken at NAFB in Las Vegas
taken off live film in Mexico City
all come in saucer shape sizes this one is way over some trees in a farm
by morton this live video was amazing of a glowing red saucer.
sightings are not uncommon they are as curious as us.
Like these above are often seen in Mexico
UFO Crashes? They do exist to there are ones you
hear about and ones you do not. What most go up must go down. Even UFOs
are not full proof lightning or the elements can cause a crash or any type
of malfunction. For one of the larges listings on the net of crashes done
Click Here: CSETI UFO CRASH LISTING
And below are some famous most heard about crashes I did
not compile this however it was public information so I made it available
for everybody to see.!
Here is a list of well known alleged UFO crashes.
When a study exist within this site, you can click the available link in
the "notes" column of this table to read it.
||The stunning story of the
||Grand Canyon, AZ
from UFO BBS.
crash, a hoax. 4 human falsely claimed to come from the
tells of flying magicians shot down.
||Cadotte Pass, Missouri
newspaper article of 1864.
|1884 June 6
||Unconclusive but quite
|1884 December 13
||Sorisole, near Bergamo, Italy
|1897 April 17
|1897 April 19
||Leroy, Kansas, USA
||Burlington, Vermont, USA
|1908 June 30
||Tunguska River, USSR
|1909 December 22
||Chicago, Illinois, USA
crash report, debris never found.
||Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA
||Mandurah, West Australia
|1933 or 1934
||Black Forest, Germany
||West of San Diego, Ca
||Spring Cape Girardeau, Missouri
||July 4 Tinian Island, Oceania
||Date and location unknown
|1946 July 9
||Lake Barken, Sweden
|1946 July 10
|1946 July 18
||Lake Mjosa Sweden
|1946 July 19
||Noon Lake Kolmjarv, Sweden
|1946 August 12
|1946 August 16
||Papagos Indian Reserv. AZ NEW
articles, cover up, 17 bodies.
|1947 May 31
||Socorro, New Mexico
||Near St. Joseph, MO
|1947 July 4
||Roswell, New Mexico, USA
||The well known Roswell
affair. 4-5 bodies, one alive ET?
|1947 July 5
||Plains of San Augustin, New Mexico, USA
|1947 July 31
||Maury Island, Tacoma, USA
|1947 August 13
||Hopi Reservation, Arizona
|1947 October 2
||Cave Creek, Arizona, USA
||Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA
|1947 October 20
||Kingman, Arizona, USA
|1948 February 13
||Aztec, New Mexico, USA
2-12 alleged bodies.
|1948 April 12
||Outside Aztec, New Mexico, USA
||Same as underneath?
|1948 March 25
||Aztec, New Mexico, USA
12 alleged bodies.
|1948 March 25
||White Sands, New Mexico, USA
||Same as above?
|1948 7/8 July
||Near Laredo, 38 miles inside Mexico
||Laredo, Texas, USA
||Roswell, NM, USA
||Not the famous case of 1947.
|1949 August 19
||Death Valley, California, USA
||Near Mexico City, Mexico
||Mojave Desert, California, USA
|1950 February 10
witness UFO explode.
||New Mexico, USA
mentions recovery of 3 creashed saucers.
not there anymore on next day
|1950 May 10
||Bahia Blanca Province, Argentina
|1950 September 10
||Albuquerque, Texas, USA
|1950 December 6
||El Indio/Guerrero area, Tex-Mex border, Texas, USA
||Washington DC, USA
|1952 July 23
||Pueblo, Colorado, USA
|1952 August 14
||Ely, Nevada, USA
|1952 September 9
||Brady, Montana, USA
of bodies by military.
|1953 April 18
||South-West Arizona, USA
|1953 May 20
||Western Utah, USA
|1953 May 20/21
||Kingman, Arizona, USA
witness, 2 bodies
|1953 June 19
||Laredo, Texas, USA
||Fort Polk, LA, USA
|1953 July 10
||Johannesburg, South Africa
|1953 October 13
||Dutton, Montana, USA
||Matydale, New York, USA
||Vestra Norrland, Sweden
|1955 May 5
|1957 July 18
||Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA
|1957 September 14
evidences, fragments analyzed.
|1957 November 21
||Reasty Hill, Scarborough, Yorks
|1959 January 21
|1959 September 17
||Wormer near Amsterdam
||Italy, North of Rome
||Great Sand Dunes, Co
||New Paltz, New York, USA
dies 28 days later.
|1961 April 28 2am.
||Lake Onega, Karelskaya, USSR.
|1962 June 12
||Holoman AFB, New Mexico, USA
||Otero County, NM
|1962 April 18
||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
||Australia, 12 recoveries
|1963 July 16
|1963 December 10
||Cosford RAF, UK
crash cover-up on RAF base.
|1964 November 10
||Fort Riley, Kansas, USA
||San Miguel, Argentina
|1965 December 9
||Kecksburg, Michigan, USA
famous controversial case.
|1966 October 26
||South-West Missouri, USA
|1968 February 12
|1972 July 18
||Saharian desert, Morocco
|1973 July 10
||Northwest Arizona, USA
||Llandrillo, Clwyd, Wales, UK
|1974 November 9
||Carbondale, Pennsylvania, USA
|1974 May 17
||Chili, New Mexico, USA
moved to Kirtland AFB.
|1974 August 25
|1976 May 12
|1977 April 5
||South-West Ohio, USA
|1977 June 22
||Northwest Arizona, USA
|1977 August 17
|1978 May 6
team finds nothing.
||Ocean off Finland, USSR
|1978 November 10
||Hill 611: debris
recovered, analysis, conclusion: ET craft.
||Cap Ontario, Canada
|1989 May 7
||Kalahari desert, Botswana, South Africa
||(Hoax or controversial)
|1989 September 28
||Smith's Point Beach, Long Island, New York, USA
|1990 September 2
||Megas Platanos, Greece
||Niagara Falls, USA
by Army in front of witnesses
||Long Island, New York, USA
Network is investigating.
|1996 January 20
of aliens by the military.
|2000 August 27
||Newspaper report ufos
and ufo crash.
Most Famous Crash
a southeastern New Mexico town with a population of about 49,000. Has has
become the mecca of paranormal folklore. Its proximity to the purported
site of a fifty-year old UFO crash-landing in July 1947. I will
admit I have seen some strange happenings in southeastern New Mexico, some
of which I have told other still to follower, but sad to say my most
fondest memory of Roswell involves a car accident about 20 miles west of
town, where a body was hanging out of a shattered window in the desert
winds. Roswell interest was stirred when public relations officer Walter
Haut of the Roswell Army Air Field announced the discovery of a damaged
"flying disk" on a nearby ranch. Although military authorities
did an about-face shortly after, explaining that the wreckage was actually
from an experimental weather balloon, locals spread stories about alien
corpses and a top-secret military installation ominously referred to as
"Area 51." This seem to be the birthing ground for the UFO tales
that would follower. Everyone seems to have a onion even Penthouse
who in September 1996 purchased (for an estimated $200,000) and published
three photographs of what it alleged to be an alien autopsy at Roswell. I
am going to let the rest be told by the Roswell Daily Record: July 8, 1947
and July 9, 1947 "The intelligence office of the 509th Bombardment
group at Roswell Army Air Field announced at noon today, that the field
has come into possession of a flying saucer.
On July 2,
1947, during the evening, a flying saucer crashed on the Foster Ranch near
Corona, New Mexico. The crash occurred during a severe thunderstorm. (The
military base nearest the crash site is in Roswell, New Mexico; hence,
Roswell is more closely associated with this event than Corona, even
though Corona is closer to the crash site.)
On July 3, 1947, William "Mac" Brazil (rhymes with
"frazzle") and his 7-year-old neighbor Dee Proctor found the
remains of the crashed flying saucer. Brazil was foreman of the Foster
Ranch. The pieces were spread out over a large area, perhaps more than
half a mile long. When Brazil drove Dee back home, he showed a piece of
the wreckage to Dee's parents, Floyd and Loretta Proctor. They all agreed
the piece was unlike anything they had ever seen.
On July 6, 1947, Brazil showed pieces of the wreckage to Chaves County
Sheriff George Wilcox. Wilcox called Rowel Army AirField (AAF) and talked
to Major Jesse Marcel, the intelligence officer. Marcel drove to the
sheriff's office and inspected the wreckage. Marcel reported to his
commanding officer, Colonel William "Butch" Blanchard. Blanchard
ordered Marcel to get someone from the Counter Intelligence Corps, and to
proceed to the ranch with Brazil, and to collect as much of the wreckage
as they could load into their two vehicles.
Soon after this, military police arrived at the sheriff's office,
collected the wreckage Brazil had left there, and delivered the wreckage
to Blanchard's office. The wreckage was then flown to Eighth Air Force
headquarters in Fort Worth, and from there to Washington.
Meanwhile, Marcel and Sheridan Cavitt of the Counter Intelligence Corps
drove to the ranch with Mac Brazil. They arrived late in the evening. They
spent the night in sleeping bags in a small out-building on the ranch, and
in the morning proceeded to the crash site.
On July 7, 1947, Marcel and Cavitt collected wreckage from the crash site.
After filling Cavitt's vehicle with wreckage, Marcel told Cavitt to go on
ahead, that Marcel would collect more wreckage, and they would meet later
back at Roswell AAF. Marcel filled his vehicle with wreckage. On the way
back to the airfield, Marcel stopped at home to show his wife and son the
strange material he had found.
On July 7, 1947, around 4:00 PM, Lydia Sleppy at Roswell radio station
KSWS began transmitting a story on the teletype machine regarding a
crashed flying saucer out on the Foster Ranch. Transmission was
interrupted, seemingly by the FBI.
On July 8, 1947, in the morning, Marcel and Cavitt arrived back at Roswell
AAF with two carloads of wreckage. Marcel accompanied this wreckage, or
most it, on a flight to Fort Worth AAF.
On July 8, 1947, around noon, Colonel Blanchard at Roswell AAF ordered
Second Lieutenant Walter Haut to issue a press release telling the country
that the Army had found the remains of a crashed a flying saucer. Haut was
the public information officer for the 509th Bomb Group at Roswell AAF.
Haut delivered the press release to Frank Joyce at radio station KGFL.
Joyce waited long enough for Haut to return to the base, then called Haut
there to confirm the story. Joyce then sent the story on the Western Union
wire to the United Press bureau.
On July 8, 1947, in the afternoon, General Clemence McMullen in Washington
spoke by telephone with Colonel (later Brigadier General) Thomas DuBose in
Fort Worth, chief of staff to Eighth Air Force Commander General Roger
Ramey. McMullen ordered DuBose to tell Ramey to quash the flying saucer
story by creating a cover story, and to send some of the crash material
immediately to Washington.
On July 8, 1947, in the afternoon, General Roger Ramey held a press
conference at Eighth Air Force headquarters in Fort Worth in which he
announced that what had crashed at Corona was a weather balloon, not a
flying saucer. To make this story convincing he showed the press the
remains of a damaged weather balloon that he claimed was the actual
wreckage from the crash site. (Apparently, the obliging press did not ask
why the Army hurriedly transported weather balloon wreckage to Fort Worth,
Texas, site of the press conference, from the crash site in a remote area
of New Mexico.)
The only newspapers that carried the initial flying saucer version of the
story were evening papers from the Midwest to the West, including the
Chicago Daily News, the Los Angeles Herald Express, the San Francisco
Examiner, and the Roswell Daily Record. The New York Times, the Washington
Post, and the Chicago Tribune were morning papers and so carried only the
cover-up story the next morning.
At some point, a large group of soldiers were sent to the debris field on
the Foster Ranch, including a lot of MPs whose job was to limit access to
the field. A wide search was launched well beyond the limits of the debris
field. Within a day or two, a few miles from the debris field, the main
body of the flying saucer was found, and a mile or two from that several
bodies of small humanoids were found.
The military took Mac Brazil into custody for about a week, during which
time he was seen on the streets of Roswell with a military escort. His
behavior aroused the curiosity of friends when he passed them without any
sign of recognition. Following this period of detention, Brazil repudiated
his initial story.
The Eye-witness Accounts
Brazil Schreiber is Mac Brazil's daughter. Here is her description of
wreckage from the crash.]
[The material resembled] a sort of aluminum-like foil. Some of [these]
pieces had a sort of tape stuck to them. Even though the stuff looked like
tape, it could not be peeled off or removed at all. Some of these pieces
had something like numbers and lettering on them, but there were no words
we were able to make out. The figures were written out like you would
write numbers in columns, but they didn't look like the numbers we use at
[There was also] a piece of something made out of the same metal-like foil
that looked like a pipe sleeve. About four inches across and equally long,
with a flange on one end. [Also] what appeared to be pieces of heavily
Dennis was a mortician in Roswell in 1947. His employer provided mortuary
services for Roswell Army AirField. Dennis drove a combination hearse and
ambulance for both civilian and military assignments. On July 9 or 10,
1947, Dennis got several phone calls from the Roswell AAF mortuary
officer, who was more of an administrator than a mortuary technician. The
officer wanted to know about hermetically sealed caskets ("What was
the smallest one they could get?"), and about chemical solutions.
Stanton Friedman interviewed Dennis in August 1989.]
This is what was so interesting. See this is why I feel like there was
really something involved in this, because they didn't want to do anything
that was going to make an imbalance. They kept saying, "OK, what's
this going to do to the blood system, what's this going to do to the
tissue?" Then when they informed me that these bodies [had] laid out
in the middle of July, in the middle of the prairie, I mean that body's
going to be as dark as your [blue] blazer there, and it's going to be in
bad shape. I was the one who suggested dry ice. I'd done that a time or
I talked to them four or five times in the afternoon. They would keep
calling back and asking me different questions involving the body. What
they were really after was how to move those bodies. They didn't give me
any indication they even had the bodies, or where they were. But they kept
talking about these bodies, and I said, "What do the bodies look
like?" And they said, "I don't know, but I'll tell you one
thing: This happened some time ago." The only thing that was
mentioned was that they were exposed to the elements for several days.
I understand these bodies weren't in the same location as where they found
some of the others. They said the bodies weren't in the vehicle itself;
the bodies were separated by two or three miles from it. They talked about
three different bodies: two of them mangled, one that was in pretty good
[That evening, Dennis took a GI accident victim to the base infirmary,
which was in the same building as the hospital and the mortuary. He walked
the injured GI inside, then drove around to the back to see a pretty young
Army Air Forces nurse he had recently gotten to know.]
There were two MPs standing right there, and I got out and started to go
in. I wouldn't have gotten as far as I did if I hadn't parked in the
emergency area. They probably thought I was coming after somebody. The
doors were open to the military ambulances and that's where some wreckage
was, and there was an MP on each side. I saw all the wreckage.
I don't know what it was, but I knew there was something going on, and
that's when I first got an inclination that something was happening. What
was so curious about it, was that in two of those ambulances was a deal
that looked like [the bottom] half of a canoe. It didn't look like
aluminum. You know what stainless steel looks like when you put heat on
it? How it'll turn kind of purplish, with kind of a blue hue to it? [Dennis
later said that he saw a row of unrecognizable symbols several inches high
on the metal devices.] I just glanced in and kept going.
When I got inside, I noticed there was quite a bit of activity. When I
went back into the lounge, there were "big birds" [high-ranking
officers he didn't recognize, though he was familiar with all the local
medical people] everywhere. They were really shook up. So I went down the
hall where I usually go, and I got down the hall just a little way and an
MP met me right there. He wanted to know who the hell I was and where I
was from, and what business did I have there? I explained who I was.
Evidently he was under the impression that they called me to come out.
Anyway, I got past that and I went on in and then this is where I met the
nurse. She was involved in this thing she was on duty. She told me,
"How in the hell did you get in here?" I said, "I just
walked in." She said, "My God, you are going to get
killed." And I said, "They didn't stop me." I was going to
the Coke machine to get us a Coke, and this big redheaded colonel said,
"What's that son of a bitch doing here?"
He hollered at the MPs and that's when it hit the fan. These two MPs
grabbed me by the arms and carried me clear outside. They carried me to
the ambulance. I didn't walk they carried me. And they told me to get my
ass out of there. [They followed him back to the funeral home.]
About two or three hours later, they [called] and told me, "You open
your mouth and you'll be so far back in the jug they'll have to shoot
pinto beans [into you] with a bean shooter." I just laughed and said,
"Go to hell."
[Dennis spoke with the nurse again the following day.]
She said there were three little bodies. Two of them were just mangled
beyond everything, but there was one of them that was really in pretty
And she said, "Let me show you the difference between our anatomy and
theirs. Really, what they looked like was ancient Chinese: small, fragile,
no hair." She said their noses didn't protrude, the eyes were set
pretty deep, and the ears were just little indentations. She said the
anatomy of the arms was different, the upper arm was longer than the
lower. They didn't have thumbs, they had four different, she called them
"tentacles", I think. Didn't have any fingernails. She then
described how they had little things like suction cups on their
I asked her were these men or women? [Were their] sex organs the same as
ours? She said, "No, some were missing." The first thing that
decomposes on a body would be the brain, next the sex organs, especially
in women. But she thought there had probably been something, some animals.
Some of these bodies were badly mutilated.
She said they got the bodies out of those containers [the ones he had seen
in the backs of the ambulances, on the way into the hospital]. See they
weren't at the crash site, they were about a mile or two from the crash
site. She said they looked like they had their own little cabins. She said
the lower portion, the abdomen and legs, was crushed, but the upper
portion wasn't that bad. She told me the head was larger and it was kind
of like, the eyes were different.
[A few weeks later, Dennis heard from his father.]
"What the hell'd you get into? What kind of trouble are you in?"
I said, "I'm not in any trouble." And he said, "The hell
you're not. The sheriff [an old friend of the elder Dennis] said that the
base personnel have been in and they want to know all about your
Dugger is the granddaughter of George and Inez Wilcox. George was the
sheriff who Mac Brazil contacted after discovering the crashed flying
saucer. Kevin Randle interviewed Barbara Dugger in 1991.]
[My grandmother said] "Don't tell anybody. When the incident
happened, the military police came to the jailhouse and told George and I
that if we ever told anything about the incident, not only would we be
killed, but our entire family would be killed."
They called my grandfather and someone came and told him about this
incident. He went out there to the site. There was a big burned area and
he saw debris. It was in the evening. There were four space beings. Their
heads were large. They wore suits like silk. One of the little men was
alive. If she [Inez] said it happened, it happened.
[Regarding the death threat, Barbara said Inez said:] "They meant it,
Barbara. They were not kidding."
She said the event shocked him. He never wanted to be sheriff again after
that. Grandmother ran for sheriff and was defeated. My grandmother was a
very loyal citizen of the United States, and she thought it was in the
best interest of the country not to talk about it.
Joyce worked at the radio station KGFL. He got a phone call from a man,
presumably Mac Brazil, who reported wreckage on his ranch.]
He asked me what to do about it. I recommended he go to Roswell Army Air
The next thing I heard was that the PIO, [Lieutenant] Walter Haut, came
into the station some time after I got this call. He handed me a news
release printed on onionskin stationary and left immediately. I called him
back at the base and said, "I suggest that you not release this type
of story that says you have a flying saucer or flying disk." He said,
"No, it's OK. I have the OK from the C.O. [Colonel Blanchard]."
I sent the release on the Western Union wire to the United Press bureau.
After I returned to the station, there was a flash on the wire with the
story: "The U.S. Army Air Corps [sic] says it has a flying
disk." They typed a paragraph or two, and then other people got on
the wire and asked for more information. Then the phone calls started
coming on and I referred them to [the airfield].
Then the wire stopped and just hummed. Then a phone call came in, and the
caller identified himself as an officer at the Pentagon, and this man said
some very bad things about what would happen to me. He was really pretty
nasty. Finally, I got through to him: I said, "You're talking about a
release from the U.S. Army Air Corps." Bang, the phone went dead, he
was just gone.
Then [station owner Walt] Whitmore called me and said, "Frank, what's
going on down there?" He was quite upset. He asked, "Where did
you get this story?" In the meantime, I got this [USAAF news] release
and hid it, to have proof so no one could accuse me of making it up.
Whitmore came in to the station and I gave him the release. He took it
The next significant thing occurred in the evening. I got a call from
[Mac] Brazil. He said we haven't got this story right. I invited him over
to the station. He arrived not long after sunset. He was alone, but I had
the feeling that we were being watched. He said something about a weather
balloon. I said, "Look, this is completely different than what you
told me on the phone the other day about the little green men," and
that's when he said, "No, they weren't green." I had the feeling
he was under tremendous pressure. He said, "Our lives will never be
the same again."
Sleppy was a Teletype operator at Roswell radio station KSWS. The event
she describes below took place around 4:00 PM on July 7, 1947. She was
interviewed in October 1990 by Stanton Friedman.]
We were Mutual Broadcasting and ABC, and if we had anything newsworthy, we
would put it on the [Teletype] machine, and I was the one who did the
typing. It was in my office. Mr. Tucker [Merle Tucker was the station
owner] was in Washington DC trying to get an application approved for a
station in El Paso, when this call came from John McBoyle [another KSWS
staffer]. He told me he had something hot for the network. I said,
"Give me a minute and I'll get the assistant manager," because
if it was anything like that, I wanted one of them there while I was
taking it down.
I went back and asked Mr. [Karl] Lambertz (he came up from the big Dallas
station) if he would come up and watch. John was dictating and [Karl] was
standing right at my shoulder. I got into it enough to know that it was a
pretty big story, when the bell came on [signaling an interruption].
Typing came across: "This is the FBI, you will cease
I had my shorthand pad, and I turned around and told [Karl] that I had
been cut off, but that I could take it in shorthand and then we could call
it in to the network. I took it in shorthand, as John went on to give the
story. He had seen them take the thing away. He'd been out there
[presumably at the Foster ranch] when they took it away. And at that time,
if I remember correctly, John said they were gonna load it up and take it
to Texas. But when the planes came in, they were from Wright Field.
Jesse Marcel was one of the first two military people to visit the Corona
crash site. The other was Sheridan Cavitt, who to this day has refused to
even acknowledge that he was there on the ranch with Marcel. Jesse Marcel
died in 1982. He was interviewed in 1979.]
When we arrived at the crash site, it was amazing to see the vast amount
of area it covered. It was nothing that hit the ground or exploded [on]
the ground. It's something that must have exploded above ground, traveling
perhaps at a high rate of speed, we don't know. But it scattered over an
area of about three-quarters of a mile long, I would say, and fairly wide,
several hundred feet wide. So we proceeded to pick up all the fragments we
could find and load up our Jeep CarryAll. It was quite obvious to me,
familiar with air activities, that it was not a weather balloon, nor was
it an airplane or a missile. What it was, we didn't know. We just picked
up the fragments. It was something I had never seen before, and I was
pretty familiar with all air activities. We loaded up the CarryAll but I
wasn't satisfied. I told Cavitt, "You drive this vehicle back to the
base and I'll go back out there and pick up as much as I can put in the
car,", which I did. But we picked up only a very small portion of the
material that was there.
One thing that impressed me about the debris that we were referring to is
the fact that a lot of it looked like parchment. A lot of it had a lot of
little members [I-beams] with symbols that we had to call them
hieroglyphics because I could not interpret them, they could not be read,
they were just symbols, something that meant something and they were not
all the same. The members that this was painted on -- by the way, those
symbols were pink and purple, and lavender was actually what it was. And
so these little members could not be broken, could not be burned. I even
tried to burn that. It would not burn. The same with the parchment we had.
But something that is more astounding is that the piece of metal that we
brought back was so thin, just like the tinfoil in a pack of cigarette
paper. I didn't pay too much attention to that at first, until one of the
GIs came to me and said, "You know the metal that was in there? I
tried to bend that stuff and it won't bend. I even tried it with a
sledgehammer. You can't make a dent on it."
I didn't go back to look at it myself again, because we were busy in the
office and I had quite a bit of work to do. I am quite sure that this
young fellow would not have lied to me about that, because he was a very
truthful, very honest guy, so I accepted his word for that. So, beyond
that, I didn't actually see him hit the matter with a sledgehammer, but he
said, "It's definite that it cannot be bent and it's so light that it
doesn't weigh anything." And that was true of all the material that
was brought up. It was so light that it weighed practically nothing.
This particular piece of metal was, I would say, about two feet long and
perhaps a foot wide. See that stuff weighs nothing, it's so thin, and it
isn't any thicker than the tinfoil in a pack of cigarettes. So I tried to
bend the stuff, it wouldn't bend. We even tried making a dent in it with a
16-pound sledgehammer, and there was still no dent in it. I didn't have
the time to go out there and find out more about it, because I had so much
other work to do that I just let it go. It's still a mystery to me as to
what the whole thing was. Like I said before, I knew quite a bit about the
material used in the air, but it was nothing I had seen before. And as of
now, I still don't know what it was. So that's how it stands.
[Here is what Jesse Marcel said on the American television program
There were just fragments strewn all over the area, an area about three
quarters of a mile long and several hundred feet wide. So we proceeded to
pick up the parts.
I tried to bend the stuff and it would not bend. I even tried to burn it
and it would not burn. That stuff weighs nothing. It's not any thicker
than tin foil in a pack of cigarettes. We even tried making a dent in it
with a 16-pound sledgehammer, still no dent in it.
One thing I was certain of, being familiar with all our activities, that
it was not a weather balloon, nor an aircraft, nor a missile. It was
something else, which we didn't know what it was.
Lieutenant Walter Haut was a public information officer at Roswell AAF in
1947. Colonel Blanchard ordered Haut to issue a press release telling the
country that the Army had found a flying saucer. Here is the text of
Haut's press release.]
The many rumors regarding the flying disc became a reality yesterday when
the Intelligence office of the 509th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force,
Roswell Army Air Field, was fortunate enough to gain possession of a disc
through the cooperation of one of the local ranchers and the sheriff's
office of Chaves County.
The flying object landed on a ranch near Roswell sometime last week. Not
having phone facilities, the rancher stored the disc until such time as he
was able to contact the sheriff's office, who in turn notified Maj. Jesse
A. Marcel of the 509th Bomb Group Intelligence Office.
Action was immediately taken and the disc was picked up at the rancher's