News Report on Alleged UFO at Roswell

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On June 14, 1947, rancher Mac Brazel noticed debris scattered around a desert pasture 80 miles northwest of Roswell, New Mexico. When newspapers reported UFO sightings in the area, he wondered if the debris might be related. A New York news report examines the alleged extraterrestrial encounter.

Alleged UFO Crashes in the U.S. other than Roswell: Aurora, Aztec, and Kecksburg

Although Roswell is the most famous alleged UFO crash, it is not the only one, nor is it the first. Some researchers believe there may have been dozens of UFO crashes. Below is a collection of some of the more well-known cases in the United States.

An abandoned windmill in Texas, similar to the one described n the UFO crash. Credit: Steve Schowiak

In 1896 and 1897, news of mysterious airship sightings was sweeping the nation. Many of these reports were similar to modern UFO sightings and consisted of strange lights darting around the sky. Other stories, however, referred to giant dirigibles (lighter-than-air aircraft). Even though there were a few inventors building dirigibles at the time throughout the world, for the most part, this explanation has been dismissed. There were no known successfully built dirigibles in the United States. The descriptions were also often much larger and flew much faster than the experimental blimps of this era.

Some witnesses reported seeing human-looking occupants in the airships. A few newspapers, including The Washington Times, went so far as to speculate that these were visitors from Mars. One of the last reports of mysterious airships was the curious report of S.E. Haydon in the Dallas Morning News on April 17, 1897. In his article, Haydon claimed that witnesses spotted an airship at 6 a.m. in the town of Aurora, Texas, on April 16. It flew low to the ground, descending until it finally collided with a windmill on the property of Judge J.S. Proctor. The collision resulted in a massive explosion, “scattering debris over several acres of the ground, wrecking the windmill and water tank and destroying the judge’s flower garden.”

According to the article, the townspeople were surprised to find the pilot’s body among the debris. It appeared to “not [be] an inhabitant of this world.” The local signal service officer speculated that he was from Mars. They also allegedly found papers containing strange hieroglyphics, which they assumed comprised a journal of the pilot’s travels. They were unable to determine the craft’s method of propulsion, but they did recover metals that appeared to be a mixture of aluminum and silver.

Original newspaper article describing the incident, by S. E. Haydon, “A Windmill Demolishes It,” The Dallas Morning News, April 19, 1897, p. 5.

Nearly seventy-six years later, the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), decided to take a closer look at this UFO legend. By then, rumors had circulated that Haydon had fabricated the entire story. When Haydon wrote the story, the town of Aurora was reeling from a string of bad luck. Several residents had died from typhoid that winter, cotton crops had failed, and a railroad planned for the city had gone broke. It was believed that Haydon, a local cotton buyer, created the story to try and breathe some new life into the town. MUFON investigators found surprising evidence however, that supported the idea that something extraordinary may have taken place.

According to MUFON’s report, Texas state director, Bill Case, found two individuals who testified that their parents had witnessed the events described by Haydon in his article. The first was Mrs. Mary Evans, who says that she was fifteen-years-old when her parents went to the crash site and when they returned home, described to Mary the explosion and the small man who was killed in the crash. She recalled they had informed her the townsfolk buried what was left of the pilot in the local cemetery. The other witness was Charlie Stephens, whose father said he had seen the crash, which caused a massive fire that could be seen for three miles.

Using the witness testimony, MUFON investigators found what they believed to be the site of the crash. Radiation levels were checked and were typical for the area. The investigators found metal fragments with metal detectors that indicated something had crashed and spread debris over a two-or-three-acre area east of where the windmill was located. One-piece, in particular, caught their attention.

The mysterious piece of metal was found beneath four inches of soil and appeared to have been in a molten state when it penetrated the Earth and smashed against a limestone rock where it was found. Under analysis, the metal was determined to be a very pure form of aluminum alloy, oddly devoid of traces of copper, which is typically seen with this sort of manufactured aluminum. It had also gone through a heating-and-cooling stage consistent with that of an explosion.

The next part of MUFON’s investigation was to find the remains of the UFO pilot. They located a headstone with a triangle and some circles carved into it, possibly an etching of the craft. The metal detectors also alerted to metal below the surface at this location. Paperwork was submitted to exhume the body, but townsfolk vehemently denied the request and asked that researchers not enter the cemetery. Soon after MUFON’s investigation, the headstone disappeared altogether, leaving the location of the grave unknown.

In an article published in the Houston Chronicle in 2007, Aurora business owner Karen Tedrow said she understood the townspeople’s reluctance: “My parents are buried there, and I don’t want them digging around. Earthly body or not, they ought to let it rest in peace.”

In the end, MUFON investigators determined that there was more to the story than previously believed and that they had found “sufficient evidence to cast reasonable doubt on the hoax theory.”

Aztec, New Mexico, 1948

Another famous alleged UFO crash case occurred in March 1948 in the remote town of Aztec, New Mexico, in the northwest corner of the state. This story began with the publishing one of the first UFO books, Behind the Flying Saucers, written by Frank Scully in 1950.

Scully was a writer for the entertainment magazine Variety. He says some of his Hollywood friends recommended that he get in touch with Silas Newton, a successful oilman, who had some interesting UFO crash stories. Newton shared his stories with Scully and explained the electromagnetic nature of the propulsion of crashed UFOs. Newton, along with an anonymous scientist referred to as Dr. Gee, became the primary source for Scully’s book.

According to Newton and Dr. Gee, advanced radar stations in New Mexico caused the crash of a disc-shaped UFO near Aztec. The craft was mostly intact with just a puncture near one of the windows. Scientists, including Dr. Gee, who were first to arrive on the scene, saw bodies inside the craft. Without visible doors on the object, the scientists were eventually able to get into the craft by sticking a pole inside and pressing a button on a wall that opened a hidden door.

Inside, the scientists found sixteen charred bodies of beings that were humanoid in form but only three-to-four-feet tall. They appeared to have been killed by a fire inside the craft. The craft was made of a solid material that looked similar to aluminum and was very lightweight. Eventually, the aircraft was disassembled and taken to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, which is often rumored to be the home base for recovered extraterrestrial objects.

Once Scully’s book was published, it quickly became a bestseller. However, doubts about the credibility of the main witnesses began to surface. J.P. Cahn, a freelance reporter, wrote an investigative piece for True magazine, claiming that the whole book was based on lies. Cahn claimed that he could prove that the metals Newton was purporting to be from an alien spacecraft were just a standard grade of aluminum used in pots and pans. He also said that he discovered the true identity of Dr. Gee.

According to Scully, Dr. Gee was a very accomplished scientist, with “more degrees than a thermometer.” However, Cahn discovered that Dr. Gee was a business associate of Newton’s by the name of Leo GeBauer. GeBauer owned a radio-and-television-parts company in Phoenix, Arizona. Although technologically inclined, GeBauer did not have the myriad of degrees claimed in Scully’s book. Scully’s response to this accusation was that GeBrauer was only one of many scientists represented by Dr. Gee in the book.

Cahn also uncovered that, although never formally charged, Newton had been accused of making false claims regarding stocks and oil prospects. Cahn believed that Newton and GeBrauer conned Scully into accepting their story to convince investors that they had access to secret alien technology capable of finding oil fields.

All of this has tarnished Scully’s book however, there are UFO investigators who believe they have found evidence that supports the Aztec crash happened, including FBI documents. One such report can be found in Timothy Good’s book, Above Top Secret. In the book’s appendix, there is an FBI document from March 1950 that includes the report of an air force investigator on rumors of a crashed “flying saucer” discovered in New Mexico with three small bodies inside. It says the crash was the result of nearby “very high-powered radar.” Skeptics believe that Newton and GeBrauer had been peddling this story everywhere, and it eventually got back to the air force and the FBI.

Researchers Nick Redfern and Scott Ramsey obtained additional FBI documents regarding the Aztec crash. Ramsey says that these documents describe Newton as a very successful businessman and philanthropist. Although Newton told some tall tales to his investors, Ramsey says the investors seemed to be mostly happy with Newton’s results.

Ramsey has also been able to unearth alleged witnesses to the actual crash. Ken Farley claims he was driving from Durango, Colorado, to San Diego, California, on March 25, 1948, when he stopped outside Aztec to visit a friend. Having heard recent talk of emergency vehicles headed into the desert, Farley and his friend decided to check out what was going on. They arrived at a mesa with a large disc sitting next to it. There were several oilfield workers and a couple of police officers at the scene. They described an object much like the one Scully had written about, which appeared to be undamaged. Police eventually asked them to leave.

Another witness was nineteen-year-old Doug Noland, a gas company employee. He says that on that day, he had picked up his boss, Bill Ferguson, and drove to the desert to put out a brush fire. When Noland and Ferguson arrived at the scene, oilfield workers that were already on the scene told them that the fire was under control and showed them a mysterious large disc-shaped object.

Ramsey says he started as a skeptic, but twenty years later is still finding evidence that convinces him there may be something more to the crash at Aztec, New Mexico.

Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, 1965

On December 10, 1965, newspapers across the country reported events that took place the prior evening. Witnesses from Pennsylvania to Illinois, and even as far north as Canada, reported seeing a fireball race across the sky. In Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan, debris was reported falling from the fiery object. Outside of Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, witnesses reported a flash of light and a fire in the nearby woods.

On the evening of December 9, Robert Gatty, writer for the Tribune-Review out of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, was asked to report on an alleged UFO crash site in a forest outside Kecksburg. When he arrived, Gatty found the area was roped off by police expecting the arrival of “Army engineers and, possibly, civilian scientists.” Gatty claims that police threatened to arrest him if he proceeded into the forest. He reported that the roads were jammed with curious spectators and news reporters.

One of the other newsmen on location was John Murphy, the news director for one of the local radio stations, WHJB. According to his wife, Murphy arrived before the authorities, took pictures, and recorded some witnesses’ audio interviews. He would later put this all together in a radio documentary called Object in the Woods. Murphy later told listeners that he left out some conversations because the witnesses feared reprisal by the police or the army. Murphy’s wife and a coworker both have since said Murphy was visited by men claiming to be with the government. They confiscated some of his recordings and photographs.

To this day, the military maintains that it did not find anything in the forest that night. Nonetheless, Stan Gordon, a local UFO researcher, has gathered several witnesses who attest to the event and the object. Witnesses at the scene reported seeing an acorn-shaped object in the forest that was the size of a “Volkswagen.” Some witnesses later reported seeing the army hauling the tarp-covered object away, revealing only the lower lip of the object. Others reported a band of strange hieroglyphs around the base of the object.

This acorn shaped UFO was created as a prop for a TV show and is now on display in Kecksburg. Credit: Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department

Some scientists have speculated that the object was just a meteorite seen in Lake Erie’s vicinity that night. Russia’s Cosmos 96 space probe re-entered the atmosphere over Canada that day, and some have speculated that this is what landed in the woods. Witnesses claimed that the object changed direction several times before slowly falling in a downward trajectory towards the forest. Neither a Russian space probe nor a meteorite would change directions.

In 2002, inspired by Gordon’s work, the Syfy channel decided to investigate the Kecksburg case and, to do so, enlisted the help of journalist Leslie Kean. Together, they formed the Coalition for Freedom of Information (CFI). According to Kean’s report on the CFI website, the team set out to obtain official documents from NASA using the procedures allowed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In doing so, the CFI team was determined to “not accept the usual ‘no records’ responses” that are usually given for such requests.

Their initiative caught the attention and support of President Bill Clinton’s then Chief of Staff, John Podesta. He joined a press conference held by the Syfy channel on October 22, 2002, in which the CFI announced the efforts to obtain NASA files on the Kecksburg incident. Podesta stated before the press,

I think it’s time to open the books on questions that have remained in the dark on the question of government investigations of UFOs… It’s time to find out what the truth really is that’s out there. We ought to do it because it’s right we ought to do it because the American people quite frankly can handle the truth and we ought to do it because it’s the law.

John Podesta Credit: Center for American Progress

The CFI focused on obtaining records from NASA instead of the air force or army because Gordon had previously received files from NASA, indicating that there were more files yet to be uncovered. In particular, CFI pursued the “Fragology Files,” which were described as “reports of space objects’ recovery, [and] analysis of fragments to determine national ownership and vehicle origin.” NASA responded that the files were destroyed, and, in a separate letter, NASA claimed that the records had been missing since 1987.

NASA continued to stall and claim that it had no relevant files, even files that had already been retrieved by Gordon. The CFI appealed the NASA responses and won, but NASA continued to stall. The CFI was then forced to sue and announced its intentions at a press conference on October 21, 2003. NASA finally agreed to send specific files, but only sent unhelpful pieces of information. CFI continued to pursue the lawsuit.

During this time, the chief scientist for orbital debris at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Nicholas Johnson, reviewed whether the Kecksburg incident could have been a human-made object that simply re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere. In an interview on October 10, 2003, he told Kean, “I can tell you categorically, that there is no way that any debris from Cosmos 96 could have landed in Pennsylvania anywhere around 4:45 p.m.” Kean’s report demonstrates that “Johnson’s data shows that no man-made object from any country entered our atmosphere and landed in Pennsylvania on the afternoon of December 9.”

Although Johnson made strong statements to the contrary, in 2005, NASA spokesman David Steitz told the Associated Press that “the ‘UFO’ [Kecksburg object] was a Russian satellite, but government records documenting it have been lost.” This response was particularly strange in part because NASA had said that it did not even investigate the Kecksburg case. So, where did Steitz get this information? Kean tried to follow up with Steitz to clear up these discrepancies but could not obtain any particularly useful explanation.

Illustration of the UFO described by witnesses. Credit: Michael Schratt

Finally, after being tied up in court for two years, the final hearing on the CFI’s case against NASA occurred on March 20, 2007. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, clearly dissatisfied with NASA’s conduct in the case, reprimanded NASA’s attorney and, at one point, stated, “heads should roll” at NASA, and “I can sense the plaintiff’s frustration because I’m frustrated. It’s totally frustrating.” Judge Sullivan ruled in favor of the CFI and required NASA to pay for all legal fees for the case, to reexamine the files, and declassify relevant documents if necessary, explaining any redactions.

NASA sent more files to Kean, but none of them pertained to the Kecksburg incident. NASA searched hundreds of boxes. Kean feels that NASA made a genuine effort in the end, but that the filing systems were so weak that it was difficult to find anything. She concluded, “In summary, we’ll never know whether any documents in the missing or destroyed boxes might have shed light on the Kecksburg incident, even if only by providing a small lead that could open doors for researchers. It only takes one page to change everything.”

A version of this article originally appeared in Issue #8 (June/July 2011) of Open Minds UFO Magazine. Back issues can be found here.

ROSWELL SENSATION: What is said in alleged DIA 'UFO and alien leaked report’?

The allegedly leaked document contains six pages on the Roswell UFO.

A BOMBSHELL allegedly leaked report about the "Roswell UFO crash" in New Mexico nearly 70 years ago says the Roswell UFO was a "reconnaissance craft" and four beings on board "did not come from Earth”. yesterday told how claims of the document emerged in the US.

Heather Wade, host of US late-night online paranormal radio show Midnight in the Desert, claims to have obtained the extensive US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report into a number of alleged alien and UFO incidents including the infamous Roswell mystery.

She claims the document came from a known, but unnamed source, and has been passed to nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman, who is a long term Roswell believer and investigator.

Roswell has been at the heart of the UFO scene since in July 1947 the military sensationally announced in a press release it had found the remains of a crashed flying saucer in the desert nearby.

But the following day it retracted the statement, saying it was in fact a damaged US Air Force weather balloon.

Witnesses later came forward to say there had been alien bodies within the "crashed craft", which along with the wreckage were then taken to a top-secret US military base.

The seemingly undated 47-page ‘leaked’ dossier contains a six-page report on the Roswell incident, detailing how the UFO came down on July 2 or 3, 1947, and four decomposing alien bodies were recovered two miles from the crash site a week later.

It then says the initial press release about a flying saucer being found was sent out without senior or Pentagon approval, before the "weather balloon cover up" was set in motion.

The report states: "The crash near Roswell occurred sometime in the evening of July 2/3 1947.

"At about 8.47 pm at least two dozen persons in the area observed a bright yellow or "sun coloured" disc-shaped object over the area.

"On July 3, in the early afternoon, the widely scattered wreckage was discovered by local ranch manager William Brazel and his son and daughter."

The Truth Is (Still) Out There In 'UFO Capital' Roswell, New Mexico

A mural in Roswell, N.M., displays the town slogan. A mysterious aircraft crash in 1947 led to the local legend of visitors from another planet.

Two big green aliens greet customers at the Dunkin Donuts drive-though, and down the street, silver E.T. sculptures sit outside a flying saucer-shaped McDonald's. Welcome to Roswell, N.M., the "UFO capital of the world" — site of a 1947 mysterious aircraft rash and alleged government cover-up.


How UFO Sightings Went From Conspiracy Theory To A Serious Government Inquiry

Sci-fi enthusiasts, ufologists and conspiracy theorists have been eagerly awaiting a government report, due this month, detailing a Department of Defense investigation into Unexplained Aerial Phenomena.

Any hopes that the report would confirm alien visitors to our atmosphere have been dashed, according to reporting by The New York Times and confirmed by NPR through a U.S. senior official. Even so, ET-centric businesses in Roswell hope interest in the new report will lead to a boost in tourism.

An alien diorama on display at the International UFO Museum and Research Center, where visitation is up 20% from 2019 Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

An alien diorama on display at the International UFO Museum and Research Center, where visitation is up 20% from 2019

At the International UFO Museum and Research Center, visits are already up 20% from 2019. Some of that is because of last year's closures due to COVID-19, but belief in UFOs has skyrocketed in recent years.

"If you go back in time and if you brought up the idea of UFOs or aliens, people didn't want to talk about it. They thought you were looney, but these days it has changed," says Frank Kimbler, who excavated some of the artifacts on display from the 1947 crash site. He had hoped the new report would admit the existence of ETs and lead to an era of positive exploration — as outlined in the TV series Star Trek.

Frank Kimbler is a geology professor and ufologist whose artifacts from the 1947 crash site are on display at the International UFO Museum and Research Center. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

Frank Kimbler is a geology professor and ufologist whose artifacts from the 1947 crash site are on display at the International UFO Museum and Research Center.

Museum visitor and UFO enthusiast Ethan Anderson first got interested in aliens after attending Roswell's annual UFO Festival, and would love to know more about our cosmic neighbors. Still, he doesn't trust the government to share what information it may have with the public.

"If you really have technology that's so great, you shouldn't hide it from people," he says, convinced of a government cover-up of alien tech.

"The government can't admit that there are extraterrestrials, because if they do, that'll open up a whole keg of worms," says Dennis Balthaser, a longtime Roswell UFO tour guide who has spent 35 years researching UFOs. "If they've been lying about this, what else have they been lying about? I just want to know the truth, but this will just be more more excuses."

Balthaser, who turns 80 this year, doesn't believe the truth about aliens will come out in his lifetime, but says at least the report "might generate money for the city."

Depictions of extraterrestrial life abound in Roswell. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

Depictions of extraterrestrial life abound in Roswell.

Tourist Vita Gartung hadn't heard of the report, but has her mind made up no matter what's in it. "I have an alien tattoo," explains Gartung, who is visiting from Kansas. She figures the U.S. government already knows there is other life in our universe — and that life might already be watching us with curiosity.

"If they wanted to take us out they could, but I think we're doing a good job ourselves, so they probably will leave us alone," Gartung says.

Or, just maybe, they'll join human tourists and visit Roswell this summer, too.

What Can Be Said?

The extraordinary testimonies given to Styles and Ledger, were said to be highly credible individuals. However, their names remained confidential to protect them from possible threat or security oaths.

Therefore, the aforementioned information, just like most witness testimony by military and authority figures, was given “off the record.”

No matter the case, something extremely strange occurred in Shag Harbor on that dark, cold night, and even stretched southward towards the United States.

It remains one of the most compelling UFO cases of all-time, only bringing forth more questions than answers. It’s left even the most skeptical minds scratching their heads.

It could be best summarized with a quote from an October 14th editorial from The Chronicle-Herald :

“Imagination and/or natural phenomena seem to be the weakest of explanations. It has been a tough week for skeptics.”

Roswell “Memory Metal” in the News

Those of you familiar with the tale of an alleged UFO crash in Roswell, NM, in 1947 (and of course you are if you’ve read The Facade!) will be interested in this item. One of the elements of the Roswell story concerned the recovery of metal fragments by Col. Jesse Marcel, the central figure in the controversy. Marcel reported that he had recovered pieces of metal that, when scratched or crumpled (they were very light) returned to their original form — as thought it “remembered” its original form. There have been suggestions (other than alien material) as to what this “memory metal” was. One of the more plausible is that it was an unusual nickel-titanium alloy developed here on earth as far back as 1932 called Nitinol. Well, nitinol and Roswell are back in the news with the appearance of this article in Sarasota’s Herald Tribune, by Billy Cos, with whom I had the privilege of sharing a room at the lone X-Conference I was invited to speak at. It seems certain files on nitinol are missing from the two places that should have them: the U.S. Air Force and the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, OH, where a number of experiments on nitinol were undertaken.

For those who read the article, there are several interesting things about it. FIrst, here’s a summary of the problem:

At issue are some missing reports from Battelle’s study of a nickel/titanium alloy called Nitinol, renowed for its resilience as a “memory metal.” Contracted by the U.S. Air Force to assess and exploit its compelling properties in the late 1940s, Battelle participates in or manages six national laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy, including Oak Ridge, Lawrence Livermore, and Brookhaven.

The problem is, neither Battelle nor the USAF can produce copies of what the scientific literature refers to as the “Second Progress Report on Contract AF33 (038)-3736.”

Billy goes on to write, “Bragalia suspects that’s because the data is still highly classified due to its source — a flying disc that crashed outside Roswell, N.M., in 1947.” So, Mr. Bragalia thinks that the crashed disc of Roswell fame/lore was (at least in part) composed of nitinol. Could be.

In The Facade I put forth the idea that the disc was man-made and derivative of Project: PAPERCLIP. Nick Redfern followed that trajectory (independently) in his important book, Body Snatchers in the Desert, where Nick dealt with how the Japanese Fugo program and the infamous Japanese bioweapons UNIT 731 (both of which had scientists tapped by the U.S. under PAPERCLIP) were likely both part of the plan to create a nuclear-powered flying disk after WW II. (I have reviewed Nick’s book in detail here). Note in the above paragraph that nitinol can be linked to Oak Ridge Laboratory — a place that plays a key role in Nick Redfern’s book.

Probably the main item of interest in Billy’s story is that, if nitinol is indeed the mystery “memory metal” from Roswell, then this argues very strongly against an alien craft. Why? Since nitinol was known here on earth since 1932. Billy details how Bragalia’s research uncovered a USAF vet named Ben Games, who “flew Gen. Laurence Craigie to Roswell during the furor over the alleged UFO recovery” and how Craigie had an office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1947, where everyone agrees the Roswell debris, whatever it was, wound up. BIlly then asks:

[I]f, as skeptics contend, the thing that went down in Roswell was simply a classified but hardly exotic balloon project, why did Craigie make a hurried flight to New Mexico from Washington?

Let me suggest an answer which doesn’t involve aliens, and which makes good sense in the context of what I suggested in the Facade and, more importantly, the work Nick Redfern has done: He went because he [Craigie] knew of a highly-classified project involving a disc-shaped craft that employed the use of nitinol, a metal that had the properties described by Col. Marcel. When Craigie heard the reports and did the math, he knew that the project had to be kept under wraps and attention diverted.

Moving on, Billy’s article notes that, although some key files (specifically the “Second Progress Report” are missing, Mr. Bragalia found “four references to [nitinol’s] existence in 1952, 1965, 1972, and 1984.” I’m not sure where Mr. Bragalia was looking, but there are a lot more references to nitinol in military-related literature than this. A simple search of the NASA Technical Reports database reveals 38 documents that mention nitinol. Naturally, due to NASA’s own history, the earliest is only in 1969. Interestingly enough, after wading through one of them myself, I discovered nitinol is very radiation-resistant — something that was a focus point of the work at Oak Ridge and Redfern’s reconstruction of the marriage of the FUGO project to a PAPERCLIP flying disk project.

Lastly, this statement by Billy Cox got my attention:

Curiously, Braglia says military reports announcing the unveiling of Nitinol as a memory metal cite every year from 1959 to 1963 as its point of discovery. The last word from the U.S. Naval Ordnance Lab lists its debut as 1962 or 1963.

It may not look like much, but this item suggest something very important: that a number of people who we would think SHOULD have known about nitinol and its military application (it was around since the 1930s) simultaneously betray ignorance of it. What does that mean? It means that people you’d expect to know something about a material (or a project) were not privy to information that it would seem there was no way they wouldn’t have known. One of the objections to man-made UFOs related to Roswell or the late 1940s and 50s is that “surely these projects could not have been kept from highly-placed, important people working in military aircraft projects.” My answer is of course this is possible — PAPERCLIP is Exhibit A in that regard — a project kept secret (in its actual, operative form) from even the president. Here we have several military-industrial complex scientists thinking they’ve discovered something that’s existed for decades, known by others within the same military! My, how news doesn’t travel when certain people don’t want it to.

Pentagon’s UFO report will ‘open Pandora’s box’ on aliens and prove us right, say ET hunters

THE Pentagon's hotly anticipated new UFO report will open a "Pandora's box" on aliens, ET hunters have said.

Alien enthusiasts who have spent decades searching the skies finally feel they have been vindicated as the traditionally fringe topic has stepped into the mainstream.

American intelligence services are compiling a dossier on a string of strange encounters between the US military and UFOs - which is set for release next month.

Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) - a coalition of 600 civilian ET hunters across the US - is eagerly awaiting the file which has been reported to leave the door open for an alien origin for the encounters.

UFOlogy has a rich history in the US - with the first reported sightings of flying saucers, the infamous Roswell incident, and rumours about Area 51.

However, this subculture is now crashing headlong into what is becoming a national security debate at the heart of Washington DC.

Debbie Ziegelmeyer, the MUFON chapter master for Missouri, told The Telegraph: "It’s very exciting. It means I'm not so crazy any more.

"I think the Pentagon's opening a Pandora's box. It's going to spill, and it's going to spill big."

US intelligence services officially closed the book on the phenomena in 1969 at the conclusion Project Blue Book - which stated there was nothing to see regarding UFOs.

However, in the last three years there has been an abrupt turnaround as the Pentagon took the unprecedented step of confirming three stunning UFO videos filmed by the US Navy.

Competing theories on the strange videos continue to rage – with some grounded on Earth claiming the videos capture never-before-seen military aircraft or drones, while others claim it shows otherworldly craft possibly piloted by aliens.

Others however are more sceptical and sometimes even dismissive, claiming the bizarre videos may just be camera tricks, natural phenomena or even outright hoaxes.

MUFON executive director David McDonald, 74, a former pilot, said: " hope they [the Pentagon] come clean with this report.

"I always thought there would be disclosure [about UFOs] but I didn't expect to see it in my lifetime."

He added: "I would caution against any true bombshells. I expect they'll fall back a bit on ⟊n neither confirm nor deny'."

MUFON work by trying to debunk sightings as they compile a database of reports of objects in the sky - the largest of its kind in the US.

The most common sightings are silver metallic objects and balls of light - and while MUFON say 90 per cent are explainable, its the rest which have their interest.

Peter Davenport, who runs the National UFO Reporting Centre in Washington state, says he receives thousands of calls from people reporting objects in the sky on his 24 hour hotline.

Based out of an underground nuclear missile silo, Mr Davenport was cautious about the upcoming report - suggesting it could be an elaborate cover up.

Mr Davenport said: "We all hope the government comes clean with their citizens.

"But I'm sceptical. I'm not exactly convinced that the Department of Defence is going to come clean."

He added: "If they [the military] haven't figured out that aliens are now visiting the planet they better take off their uniforms and find another line of work."

UFO hunters have accused the US of placing a 70 year "truth embargo" on the strange encounters.

And many hope this report will be one step closer towards widespread disclosure on what exactly is going on.

What is going on with UFOs in the US?

UFOS have stepped from fringe conspiracy theories to a genuine national security debate in the US.

Pentagon officials last year took the unprecedented step to confirm a trio of remarkable videos which showed US encounters with UFOs.

The debate is still open as to what the phenomena caught on film were – but it made clear to everyone, something is in the skies.

Perhaps the most striking was a video known as the “Tic Tac” – which showed an unidentified object being pursued by fighter planes.

The US also confirmed the existence of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) – a Pentagon programme set up to study UFOs before being disbanded in 2017.

However, it was replaced by the UAP Task Force in June 2020 after a vote by the US Senate Intelligence Committee.

Defence chiefs have since confirmed a number of leaked UFO videos and photos which were submitted to the Task Force for investigation.

Why this sudden rush for transparency?

No outside the secretive wings of the US government currently knows for sure.

And as a tacked on addendum to a 5,500 page Covid relief bill passed in December, the the Director of National Intelligence’s office was ordered to compile a report on UFOs within 180 days.

Former intelligence director John Ratcliffe has hinted the report will be a big deal – and we now just over a month away from its release.

The five month deadline elapses on in June, with some UFO lobbyists claiming it could be the “most profound moment in human history".

US intelligence officials were ordered to compile a dossier for Congress after a flurry of videos filmed by US Navy and Air Force personnel were leaked in the press.

Strange footage shows encounters with objects which appear to defy all conventional understanding of how aircraft move - with the most recent showing 14 UFOS swarming the USS Omaha in 2019.

And extraordinary interventions have been made by former presidents such as Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, who both hinted there are things in the sky that cannot be identified.

Mr Obama said: "What is true, and I’m actually being serious here, is that there’s footage and records of objects in the skies, that we don’t know exactly what they are, we can’t explain how they moved, their trajectory

Why Do I Believe the Roswell Crash?

This is clearly a question to be answered cautiously. I start with what we know. We know the Roswell Army Air Base put out a press release saying they had captured a flying saucer and the next day took it all back and said they had only found a weather balloon. That’s shady behavior, but it’s not proof of anything.

We know over the years the U.S. military has variously announced that Roswell was a flying saucer, a weather balloon, crash dummies from a test flight, or a secret Mogul balloon to spy on the Soviets nuclear capability. Those are just the official attempts at explanation. Other interested parties have spun tales of Nazi Mengele-crewed saucers, Soviet saucers, and the work of the Devil. The subject has clearly been one open to interpretation for decades now.

Then, in shocking counterpoint to all of that, there’s a singular, other story that has been more or less consistently told from the beginning.

Roswell was exotic technology. We got wreckage and bodies. We don’t talk about Fight Club.

That storyline has hundreds of witnesses testifying to roughly the same fact trail. Some were first hand witnesses to debris and even the recovery of bodies, and several accounts came from death bed confessions. Many more witnesses were family members who learned of the secret their fathers and husbands had kept inside them for decades. There were dozens and dozens who attested to extremely tight security and transportation of material in the aftermath of what crashed at Roswell.

I know this because I worked with the top two researchers — Don Schmitt and the late Stanton Friedman — and I’ve spent dozens of hours going through their research while working on a film project about how Stan was the man who found Jesse Marcel back in 1978 and Don was the energetic young researcher who competed with him in a bitter 1990s feud. Both men always came back to this:

Would hundreds of people be enlisted in such an immense effort to guard the scraps of a mere weather balloon that would be shown later in a news conference?

Those witnesses, of course, do not agree on each and every detail, nor were they all direct witnesses, but taken together they tell a very compelling story about essentially the same thing.

It involves a crash in a thunderstorm, a rescue effort to assess and move the intact part of the craft, and a clean-up effort both literally and figuratively that probably yielded one survivor and four dead. Bodies, craft and wreckage were moved, mostly to Wright-Paterson Air Force Base, and to other places, as ordered.

The testimony I’ve seen comes from men and women who were there, at the base, in the field, in the hospitals and funeral homes, and flying cargo and guarding it with care at a level you’d never experienced. There are so many of them.

Not one witness has come forward to say, “well, you know, I never wanted to talk about it in all these years but it really was a weather balloon.”

Yes, some of the details may feel slippery as would be normal based on memory in a case of this magnitude. Especially one that’s been undermined for years by experts in psychological operations, both in government and out.

There may be an uncomfortable amount of noise in this one but, to me, the signal remains loud and clear. The big picture is crash recovery of exotic technology.

In mid-1947, a United States Air Force balloon crashed at a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. Following wide initial interest in the crashed "flying disc", the US military stated that it was merely a conventional weather balloon

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On July 3, in the early afternoon, the widely scattered wreckage was discovered by local ranch manager William Brazel and his son and daughter.

Alleged DIA document

"All of the four alien crew members were dead and badly decomposed."

The report said, on the same day, 327 fragments of the material and bodies were recovered and taken to Wright Patterson Air Force base near Dayton, Ohio.

While they were being taken there a reporter from the radio station rang Wright Patterson to confirm if it was on its way.

General Twining said he had no such knowledge, and the cover up started, the report said.

It said: &rdquoNews reporters were given the effective story that a misguided weather balloon was responsible for the sighting.&rdquo

The report continued: "A covert analytical effort organised by General Nathan F Twining and Dr Vannevar Bush on the direct orders of President Harry S Truman resulted in a preliminary consensus (September 19 1947) that the disc-shaped craft was most likely a short range reconnaissance ship.

"This conclusion was based for the most part on the craft's size.

"A similar analysis of the four deceased occupants was arranged by Dr Detlev Bronk.

"It was the tentative conclusion (November 30 1947) that although these aliens are generally human-like in appearance, the biological and evolutionary factors responsible for their development has apparently been quite different from those observed in home-sapiens (Earth humans)."

It said the scientists agreed they had not originated from Earth.

In terms of the UFO material, the report said it was largely beams of a diameter of half and inch to two inches thick.

The report said the metal was like a very light "porous metal alloy" made up of aluminium, silicon, zirconium and an unknown substance

President Donald Trump says he’s heard some interesting things about Roswell, but he’s not sharing even with his eldest child.

Trump made the comments Thursday in a Father’s Day-themed interview with his son Don Trump Jr., hosted by the president’s reelection campaign. Don Jr. wound down his interview by jokingly asking his Dad/President if he would ever divulge more information about Roswell, the New Mexico city known for its proximity to arguably most famous UFO event — “and let us know what’s really going on.”

Trump responded, “I won’t talk to you about what I know about it, but it’s very interesting.”


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