In 1947, a high-tech experimental balloon crash landed in Roswell.
Despite its persistence in popular culture, up until now, I’m certain that extraterrestrial life has owed more to the vivid imagination than to tangible reality. New evidence soon to be released in the thrilling new novel by Michael Muxworthy, Roswell’s Final Witness is about to change all that.
July 8th, 1947, a headline in the local paper in Roswell, New Mexico began 70 years UFO paranoia. Was the reaction to the supposed UFO incident at Roswell justified?
A rancher named W.W. “Mac” Brazel and his son Vernon were driving across their ranchland about 40 miles northwest of Roswell when they encountered something they’d never seen before. Reportedly, Brazel’s were “a large area of bright wreckage made up of rubber strips, tinfoil, and rather tough paper, and sticks.” Brazel and his son lied. They were attempting to disassociate the Roswell crash site with an unexplained incursion into U.S. airspace on July 3rd, 1947.
According to the cover-up story put to the military by Brazel, “the metallic-looking, lightweight fabric was scattered, shredded across the gravel and sagebrush of the New Mexico desert.” Brazel says that he didn’t know what to do with the newfound items, or how they had landed on the property. On July 5th, the military sent a cleanup crew who left with most, not all, of the crash debris.
Colonel “Butch” Blanchard, was commander of the Roswell Army Airfield’s 509th Bombardment Group located near Roswell. On the 5th of July, 1947, Blanchard went with Major Marcel, the base intel officer, to investigate the site more thoroughly. They were accompanied by an officer from Muroc Army Airfield’s testing program who was investigating an incursion into American airspace a couple of days earlier. It was reported later that they had “collected all the wreckage.” It was Marcel that purportedly reported the “capture of a UFO” to the media, but I have evidence that whilst there was a report made by the intel office, it didn’t come from Marcel. Marcel was accredited with the statement simply because he was the senior Commanding Officer of the Intelligence office attached to the 509th.
“A flying saucer was easier to admit to the media than Project Mogul.”
With the Cold War moving into gear, the world was paranoid about nuclear war, Nazi technology captured by the Soviets, ICBM’s and more. But to lie about a ballon and call it a “Captured Flying Saucer” is too much!
Navy Seaman Harold Dahl on 21st June, 1947, claimed to have seen 6 UFO’s in the sky near Washington state’s Puget Sound. The next day, Dahl said he was debriefed by “men in black.”
Just three days after the Dahl sighting, a pilot named Kenneth Arnold reported a flying saucer in the sky over Mount Rainer, Washington.
“UFOs are simply unidentified things you see in the sky. We’ve all probably seen them. And, if you look long enough, you’ll eventually figure out that what you are looking at isn’t alien.” (If only he knew the truth)
In the last 6 months of 1947, mass hysteria had seized the global mindset, with more than 300 alleged “flying saucer” sightings. It’s almost certain that most of those sightings were “made up.”
Roswell rancher Brazel had heard tales of flying saucers in the Pacific Northwest. These sightings spurred him to report his discovery to the authorities, but just one day after the Military announced it had come into possession of a flying saucer, Roswell’s local newspaper debunked the reports.
A statement from the Pentagon in Washington claimed the debris collected on Brazel’s ranch were pieces of a high-tech weather balloon, and the Roswell Dispatch’s morning headline, “Army Debunks Roswell Flying Disc as World Simmers with Excitement,” set the tale to rest on July 9. In fact, the Military believed that the cover story of the weather balloon was to conceal evidence of Project Mogul, a high tech nuclear detonation monitoring device that was considered top-secret.
Project Mogul was a top-secret initiative of the U.S. government that launched high-altitude balloons into the ionosphere, hoping to monitor Russian nuclear tests, which is hard to swallow because the Russians didn’t actually build their first atomic weapon until 1949. It wasn’t just the public that was paranoid it seems. The government couldn’t put to rest, the endless rumors of extraterrestrial visitors. According to the government though, they stuck to their story. The Roswell crash debris was a weather balloon.”
A 1948 government report came out that coined the phrase the “Roswell Incident.” In 1950, Frank Scully wrote Behind the Flying Saucers, a book that detailed alien encounters in New Mexico where aliens were now said to be landing their spaceships in backyards.
Enthusiasm for the subjects of extraterrestrials and flying saucers had spread all over the world. The rumor that had started as a convenient lie for the Military had become a distraction to the U.S. government, which was now deep into its nuclear weapons monitoring projects. The Military couldn’t admit what they were doing, and in fact, they didn’t know what they were doing. They always believed the Project Mogul/weather balloon cover stories.
The truth about the alien UFO encounter at Roswell in 1947, the Roswell incident as it is known more widely, will soon be published.