Ten Facts About the Roswell Incident
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Ten Facts About the Roswell Incident

The top ten facts about the Roswell incident.

What happened in Roswell New Mexico in the summer of 1947 has been the topic of hot debate for many years. This article is meant neither to support nor to debunk ,the Roswell incident. It is meant to provide a factual look into the circumstances. Roswell has become the UFO Mecca for many, and the source of skepticism for others. It would , most likely, be a true statement to say that the truth lies somewhere between these two camps. The rest of this article will focus on the known facts of this case.

Fact # 1

Something crashed, or landed, or fell to earth on the Foster Ranch (some 75 miles north of Roswell) in early July of 1947. At some point, the ranch manager, William “Mac” Brazel, came across some of the debris and he could not identify it. Some time later Brazel would take this debris to town and subsequently would notify the Army airfield located in Roswell.

Fact # 2

Major Jesse A. Marcel was sent to the Foster Ranch to inspect and collect the debris. Accompanying Marcel was Sheridan Cavitt, a Counter-Intelligence Corps officer. Marcel and Cavitt picked up, at least some of the debris, and later took it back to the airfield in Roswell.

Fact # 3

After picking up the debris, Major Marcel showed some of it to his wife and son. He then returned to the airfield in Roswell. Dr. Jesse Marcel Jr., Major Marcel’s son, would later describe this debris to investigators.

Fact # 4

Under the direction of base commander Colonel William Blanchard , 1st Lt. Walter Haut , the base public relations officer, wrote a press release. The headline of the press release was “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch In Roswell Region."

Fact # 5

Colonel Blanchard orders Major Marcel to fly the debris to Ft Worth, Texas. While in Ft. Worth, Major-General Roger Ramey examines the debris and decides that it is simply a weather balloon. Pictures are taken of the debris and were published in many papers.

Fact # 6

The Army changes it’s story for the first time. The day after the initial story, the Army issues a second press release. The second story claimed that the “disc” was nothing more than a weather balloon.

Fact # 7

The media accepts the second story and stops covering the Roswell crash. The story disappears and becomes nothing more than a footnote in UFO lore.

Fact # 8

In 1979, Stanton T. Friedman learns of Major Marcel’s story. Friedman finds Marcel and interviews him. The story is now revived. Many more witnesses will come forward. Several books will be written, and television shows produced, in the years that follow.

Fact # 9

The Air Force puts out it’s third explanation of the incident. The Air Force decides to reopen the Roswell case in 1994. The 1994 report is entitled “The Roswell Report: Fact versus Fiction in the New Mexico Desert.” The synopsis of the case according to www.af.mil/information/roswell/index.asp is as follows:

“The 1994 Air Force report concluded that the predecessor to the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army Air Forces, recovered debris from an Army Air Forces balloon-borne research project code named MOGUL. Records located describing research carried out under the MOGUL project, most of which were never classified (and publicly available) were collected, provided to GAO, and published in one volume for ease of access for the general public.”

Fact # 10

The Air Force puts out a fourth explanation. In 1997, The Air Force decides that they needed to explain the case further and releases another report entitled “The Roswell Report: Case Closed.” This report Concluded that:

Air Force activities which occurred over a period of many years have been consolidated and are now represented to have occurred in two or three days in July 1947.

"Aliens" observed in the New Mexico desert were actually anthropomorphic test dummies that were carried aloft by U.S. Air Force high altitude balloons for scientific research.

The "unusual" military activities in the New Mexico desert were high altitude research balloon launch and recovery operations. Reports of military units that always seemed to arrive shortly after the crash of a flying saucer to retrieve the saucer and "crew," were actually accurate descriptions of Air Force personnel engaged in anthropomorphic dummy recovery operations.

Claims of "alien bodies" at the Roswell Army Air Field hospital were most likely a combination of two separate incidents:

) a 1956 KC-97 aircraft accident in which 11 Air Force members lost their lives; and,

) a 1959 manned balloon mishap in which two Air Force pilots were injured.

There you have it, 10 facts about Roswell. These are the solid, non-disputed facts that everyone agrees on. The conclusions of the investigators and the conclusions of the Air Force are completely in disagreement with each other. I have only endeavored to provide the facts that are known, everything else is debated and was not included here. You, the reader, can come to your own conclusions.

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Comments (10)
Ranked #24 in Astrology

Sounds right. Still, suspicion upon the Gov't.

So. This a war incident. I hope we can have safe and peace by not having war.

Ranked #18 in Astrology

Great share. Seems a foolproof investigation to me like the way they recovered parts of aircraft slammed against the Pentagon.

I think the Roswell incident is just a media hype. People tend to believe the amazing and awesome things like UFOs. If there are aliens, then we should have more contacts the following years. Aliens are only found in the movies.

Stanton T. Friedman's motives should be scrutinized as much as the government's version of "best available evidence." Both seem too busy providing self-serving interpretations subject to their pecuniary agenda/motive. I suspect Friedman learned from the JFK assassination aftermath that casting doubt generates massive profit in questioning the truth, promoting conspiracy theories and collecting some fame along the way. A strict timeline generated via MS Project or similiar program may yield something that may frame a viable version of the truth.

Stanton T. Friedman's motives should be scrutinized as much as the government's version of "best available evidence." Both seem too busy providing self-serving interpretations subject to their pecuniary agenda/motive. I suspect Friedman learned from the JFK assassination aftermath that casting doubt generates massive profit in questioning the truth, promoting conspiracy theories and collecting some fame along the way. A strict timeline generated via MS Project or similiar program may yield something that may frame a viable version of the truth.

UFOs and aliens are only made-up stories. If it is fact and real then the whole world would have seen that. As for me I haven't seen either in my entire life.

Ranked #46 in Astrology

Very informative write.

adam

i feel that the roswell is a incident that is based on your own opinion, my opinion is that it is true if this was a hoax then we would not have the same corrobative testimony given by grady barnett who told his friend vern maltais that when he was coming back running errands that he saw alien beings as well as a intact flying saucer, call it crazy but these people are regular everyday people just like me and you and they are just descibing what they see. The nurse at the base hospital who said that she was examing foreign bodys

With all due respeect, this has nothing to do with "Astrology."

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