Ten Facts About the Roswell Incident

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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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