On July 8, 1947, the Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) public information officer Walter Haut in Roswell, New Mexico, issued a press release stating that personnel from the field’s 509th Operations Group had recovered a “flying disk”, which had crashed on a ranch near Roswell. (Read more.)
And, thus began the Roswell UFO legend.
A day earlier, on July 7, an airborne object crashed on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. The Air Force went out and gathered up the pieces that remained of it. They were hush-hush about it. One just doesn’t talk openly about experimental high-altitude surveillance balloons that belong to classified (top secret) programs. (This one was named Mogul.)
Of course, couple that secrecy with the statement a day later by Roswell’s Army public information dude that a “flying disk” had been recovered, and you have a UFO conspiracy theory ripe for picking.
But, wait. There’s more. And, this is not hype.
In 2011, the FBI posted via The Vault a 1950 memo written by agent Guy Hottel about a report forwarded by an Air Force investigator referencing three alien craft and their occupants recovered in New Mexico. (Want more info on this? Read “Tales from the Vault: A Second Look at Special Agent Guy Hottel”)
In 2013, the FBI issued a press release about the memo. As to context, it was stated: “Finally, the Hottel memo does not prove the existence of UFOs; it is simply a second- or third-hand claim that we never investigated. Some people believe the memo repeats a hoax that was circulating at that time, but the Bureau’s files have no information to verify that theory.”
For more on Roswell, check out the following.
- UFO Museum – 1947 Roswell UFO Incident
- UFO Evidence – Colonel Philip Corso’s Book Confirms Roswell
- NBC News – Were Soviets behind Roswell UFO?
- Huffington Post – There were 2 Crashes, Not 1
- Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base
- Witness to Roswell
- The Roswell Legacy: The Untold Story of the First Military Officer at the 1947 Crash
- The Day After Roswell
- Top Secret/Majic: Operation Majestic – 12 and the United States Government’s UFO Coverup
- Business Insider – The True Origin of the Tin Foil Hat and Why….
What’s the truth about Roswell? I’ve no idea.
I took off my tin foil hat many years ago. 😉