The Roswell Incident

Excert from the Roswell Daily Telepgraph July 4, 1947 -- Flying Saucer Captured

There are many theories about what happened on that warm summer day back in 1947 at the dawn of the cold war.

Few incidents have caused as much fascination and speculation as the Rosewell Incident.

The whole world was in shock when a press release by the U.S. Army Air Forces sent out a press release stating that they had recovered a flying disc from a ranch near Roswell.

Till this day, the incident remains a defining aspect of the areas identity. The town now has a UFO museum, a dedicated research center, a flying saucer-inspired McDonald’s, alien-themed streetlights, and even an extraterrestrial "family" that is stranded in a broken down UFO on the side of state Route 285.

It goes without saying that behind all the UFO craziness, lies an uneasy truth & layers of secrecy. The events that transpired that summer are anything but clear, even with admitted coverups and conflicting explenations.

Agreed Upon Facts

One of the agreed upon facts, is that between mid-June and early July 1947, a rancher that goes by the name W.W. "Mac" Brazel discovered wreckage of some kind in his ranch in Lincoln County, New Mexico. This was approximately 75 miles north of Roswell, and it was during a time where several other news reports had circulated in the news. This led Brazel to believe that the wreckage which he found, might be of extraterrestrial origin.

This was brought to the attention of Sheriff George Wilcox of Rowswell. The Sheriff then in turn brought the evidence to Colonel William Blanchard, who at the time was the commanding officer of the Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF).

The following day, the RAAF released a statement saying that "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."

According to that statement, Major Jesse Marcel, an intelligence officer, oversaw the RAAF’s investigation of the crash site and the recovered materials.

The government changed its story about the Roswell ‘saucer’—a few times.

The following day, the Roswell Daily Record ran a story about the crash and the RAAF’s astonishing claim. But U.S. Army officials quickly retracted their original statement on the “flying saucer” claim, stating that the found debris was actually from a weather balloon, releasing photographs of Major Marcel posing with pieces of the supposed weather balloon debris as proof.

Actual press release from Sacramento Bee Article stating that the Army revealed that they had found a flying disc.

Sign pointing to UFO crash site -- Roswell

Jesse Marcel, at the time head intelligence officer who initially investigated & recovered some of the debris from the Roswell site, in the Corsicana Daily Sun, July 9, 1947.

For decades, many UFO researchers were skeptical of the government’s changed account, and in 1994, the U.S. Air Force released a report in which they conceded that the “weather balloon” story had been bogus. According to the 1994 explanation, the wreckage came from a spy device created for an until-then classified project called Project Mogul.

The device—a connected string of high-altitude balloons equipped with microphones—was designed to float furtively over the USSR, detecting sound waves at a stealth distance. These balloons would ostensibly monitor the Soviet government’s attempts at testing their own atomic bomb. Because Project Mogul was a covert operation, the new report claimed, a false explanation of the crash was necessary to prevent giving away details of their spy work.

Atomic Testing

Little known to many, is that many of the early atomic testing sites where ongoing in this area. And it seems to have spiked the interest of the extraterrestrials as their appearences became more frequent in the years during and after the invention of the atomic bomb.

Only Two hours west of Roswell the first atomic bomb was detonated. You had ongoing atomic research at Los Alamos. You had all this testing of captured German V-2 rockets at White Sands. And at Roswell, you had the first atomic bomb squadron headquartered. The thought that they would have intentionally set up any type of publicity as a distraction? If anything, they needed less attention.

The UFO Crash site at Roswell

A story with many unresolved questions

Excert from the Roswell Daily Telepgraph July 4, 1947 -- Flying Saucer Captured

There are many theories about what happened on that warm summer day back in 1947 at the dawn of the cold war.

Few incidents have caused as much fascination and speculation as the Rosewell Incident.

The whole world was in shock when a press release by the U.S. Army Air Forces sent out a press release stating that they had recovered a flying disc from a ranch near Roswell.

Actual press release from Sacramento Bee Article stating that the Army revealed that they had found a flying disc.

Till this day, the incident remains a defining aspect of the areas identity. The town now has a UFO museum, a dedicated research center, a flying saucer-inspired McDonald’s, alien-themed streetlights, and even an extraterrestrial "family" that is stranded in a broken down UFO on the side of state Route 285.

It goes without saying that behind all the UFO craziness, lies an uneasy truth & layers of secrecy. The events that transpired that summer are anything but clear, even with admitted coverups and conflicting explenations.

Agreed Upon Facts

One of the agreed upon facts, is that between mid-June and early July 1947, a rancher that goes by the name W.W. "Mac" Brazel discovered wreckage of some kind in his ranch in Lincoln County, New Mexico. This was approximately 75 miles north of Roswell, and it was during a time where several other news reports had circulated in the news. This led Brazel to believe that the wreckage which he found, might be of extraterrestrial origin.

This was brought to the attention of Sheriff George Wilcox of Rowswell. The Sheriff then in turn brought the evidence to Colonel William Blanchard, who at the time was the commanding officer of the Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF).

Sign pointing to UFO crash site -- Roswell

The following day, the RAAF released a statement saying that "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."

According to that statement, Major Jesse Marcel, an intelligence officer, oversaw the RAAF’s investigation of the crash site and the recovered materials.

The government changed its story about the Roswell ‘saucer’—a few times.

The following day, the Roswell Daily Record ran a story about the crash and the RAAF’s astonishing claim. But U.S. Army officials quickly retracted their original statement on the “flying saucer” claim, stating that the found debris was actually from a weather balloon, releasing photographs of Major Marcel posing with pieces of the supposed weather balloon debris as proof.

Jesse Marcel, at the time head intelligence officer who initially investigated & recovered some of the debris from the Roswell site, in the Corsicana Daily Sun, July 9, 1947.

For decades, many UFO researchers were skeptical of the government’s changed account, and in 1994, the U.S. Air Force released a report in which they conceded that the “weather balloon” story had been bogus. According to the 1994 explanation, the wreckage came from a spy device created for an until-then classified project called Project Mogul.

The UFO Crash site at Roswell

The device—a connected string of high-altitude balloons equipped with microphones—was designed to float furtively over the USSR, detecting sound waves at a stealth distance. These balloons would ostensibly monitor the Soviet government’s attempts at testing their own atomic bomb. Because Project Mogul was a covert operation, the new report claimed, a false explanation of the crash was necessary to prevent giving away details of their spy work.

Atomic Testing

Little known to many, is that many of the early atomic testing sites where ongoing in this area. And it seems to have spiked the interest of the extraterrestrials as their appearences became more frequent in the years during and after the invention of the atomic bomb.

Only Two hours west of Roswell the first atomic bomb was detonated. You had ongoing atomic research at Los Alamos. You had all this testing of captured German V-2 rockets at White Sands. And at Roswell, you had the first atomic bomb squadron headquartered. The thought that they would have intentionally set up any type of publicity as a distraction? If anything, they needed less attention.

A story with many unresolved questions