The Roswell Coverup You feel the blazing desert sun of Corona, New Mexico beating down on your already weary body. All of a sudden it starts to rain. The cool water refreshes you. Out of the corner of your eye you see a saucer shaped flying disc in the distance. You have heard of hundreds of these sightings all over the country.
You gaze in awe because you have now beheld the breathtaking beauty that these discs possess. The saucer you realize is coming directly toward you at a tremendous speed. It flies over missing your head by about 10 feet. After it is over your head you realize that it did not make a sound. If you had lived in New Mexico during the summer of 1947 this incident might have occurred.
Only the government, the RAAF (Roswell Army Air Field), and the 509th Bomb Squad knows if this incident really took place, and if it did, were there aliens and what were the reasons for the cover-up. On June 25,1947, the local dentist, Dr. R. F. Sensenbaugher reported a saucer-shaped object about 1/2 the size of the full moon flying over Silver City, New Mexico. On June 26, Leon Oetniger and 3 other witnesses reported a large, silver, ball-shaped object clearly not a balloon or dirigible traveling over the Grand Canyon.
June 27, 1947: A white disc glowing like an electric light bulb was reported to have passed over Pope, New Mexico, by local resident W. C. Dobbs at 9:50 a.m. Minutes later, the same or a similar object was sighted traveling southwest over the White Sands Missile Range by Captain E. B.
Detchmendy, who reported it to his commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Harold R. Turner. At 10:00 a.m., Mrs. David Appelzoller of San Miguel, New Mexico, reported that a similar object had passed over that city, again heading southwest. Colonel Turner of White Sands initially reacted by announcing that no rockets had been launched from that base since June 12.
Later, fearing hysteria, he officially identified the object as a daytime meteorite.(Berlitz 18) Also on June 27, Major George B. Wilcox of Warren, Arizona, reported a series of 8 or 9 discs traveling at high speed above the mountain tops. Then on June 28, A pilot flying in the vicinity of Alamagorda, New Mexico reported seeing a ball of fire with a fiery blue tail behind it pass beneath him and then disintegrate into the sky. (19) On July 2, 1947, Mac Brazel was sitting at home watching TV during a thunderstorm when he heard a crash that was louder than thunder and sounded different from the other rumbling. There had been a lot of strange noises since they had begun atomic research in New Mexico for World War II.
After the storm, the next day Brazel and Timothy D. Proctor were riding the range to determine which fields had received rain. (Randle 37) During the ride, Brazel came across a field filled with debris of some sort. Some of the debris was shiny but most of it looked like dull metal. There were big chunks and little pieces as if something had exploded while still in the air. The debris when examined surprised Brazel because of its strange properties. The material was described to be as thin as the foil in a cigarette pack and just as light.
It was strong, however, that Brazel could not scratch it with a knife or even blacken it with matches. (38) On July 6, Brazel finally decided to go to the police in Roswell. When Sheriff George A. Wilcox saw the debris he suggested they call the RAAF (Roswell Army Air Field). It only took a few minutes for the military to arrive, afterwards Wilcox said that they got there so fast it seemed like they had been waiting for the call.
After all the samples were brought in and examined no one could identify the material. The next morning on July 7, Brazel took them out to the crash site. The crash site was observed to be 3/4 of a mile long and two to three hundred feet wide. One of the military officers also made the statement that it was as light as a feather but could not be dented or flexed. Marcel (it never mentions his first name) and a CIC (Counter-Intellegence Corps) agent spent the rest of the day examining, picking up the debris, and putting the debris into Marcels 42 Buick convertible and the CIC agents jeep carryall box.
It soon became dark and the men said they were going back to Roswell, and that tomorrow they would have some more men to come out and help clean up. (40) On July 8, fifty to sixty MPs (Military Police) came to clean up the debris. Two CIC agents went to search for Brazel. They took him back to Roswell and kept him there untill the 16th of July. While Brazel was there the military released a statement saying that the so called UFO was nothing but a downed weather balloon, but after being interviewed by the newspaper Brazel stated that he had found two or three weather balloons before but this thing that he had discovered was not a weather balloon at all.
There were many rumors of bodies on the crashed spacecraft but the government dismissed these rumors as nonsense. But of course there was Barney Barnett and his group of archaeologists thaat claimed to have come across the spaceship and seen the bodies. It was not, though, in Corona, New Mexico where the bodies were suposedly found. It was Magdalena, New Mexico where there was believed to be another part that had broken off during the explosion in the air. In February of 1990 one of the archaeoligists came out and said that they had been suveying an area north of the Capitan Mts.
He said they were driving when they came upon what looked to be a crashed airplane without wings. As they came closer there were three bodies. They were small, with a big head and big eyes. They had only been there for a couple of minutes when a jeep drove up with an officer that swore them to secrecy.(57) There were many more descriptions of the bodies. Many of them as following: Approximate height between three and a half and four and a half feet..
The head by human standards, is oversized in relation to torso and limbs.. Head and body are hairless although some report a slight fuz on pate.. Eyes are large and deep-set or sunken, far apart, and slightly slanted.. Although brain capacity has not been specified it is considerably larger comparitively that possesed by human beings.. Nose is formless, with nares indicated by only a slight protuberance.. Arms and legs are extremely thin, with arms reaching nearly to knee sections..
Hands show four fingers and no thumb, with two fingers double the length of the others.. Mouth is a small slit which may not function as an orifice for food ingestion.. Skin very tough and a grayish texture.. Blood is liquid but not similar to human blood by color or any known liquid type. There were conflicting reports on reproductive organs, with some observers reporting no distinguishing sex characteristics while others stated that there were distinctive male and female bodies sexually comparable to those of humanbeings.. (Berlitz 99) If the crash and recovery of a UFO in New Mexico actually occurred then there should be more reliable reports from more reliable sources.(Randle 221) If it was a weather balloon, V-2 rocket, or Top Secret Test Flight than there are many questions that need to be answered.
If the debris originated from a top secret test why was the military just waiting and not searching? Why did highly trained military officials release that they had found a flying disc, then turn around and say that it was just a weather balloon? Why did they even mistake a weather balloon for a UFO in the first place? Most weather balloons were said to have been picked up in two to ten minutes. So why would a weather balloon make a 150 yd. gouge in the tough New Mexican soil and take two to three days to complete the cleanup? If it was a weather balloon why did the military check for radiation? In 1947 there were only two rocket launch sites. On July 3, the rocket at White Sands did not even launch ,but blew up on the pad. The other test site did not launch until July 23. After all the evidence was analyzed and all the interviews were made. The opinion of the people is that the incident really did happen, and that is not just a hoax. It could not have been a weather balloon or a V-2 rocket.
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