Roswell – Was It Aliens, A Weather Balloon Or A Hoax?

In 1947 an as yet unexplained incident occurred in the southwestern desert of the United States.

An incident that could, potentially, have a profound effect on mankind for all time.

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The incident in question was firstly declared by the U.S. military and then subsequently denied.

Any efforts to discover the ‘truth’ have been thwarted by the government ever since.

Whether the event, at Roswell, New Mexico, ever occurred is debatable but the one thing that is certain is that many questions remain unanswered.

After reading the information below I would love to hear your views about the Roswell crash –

Have aliens visited earth?

Was it a weather balloon?

Or, could it have been something else?

ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO

The infamous events at Roswell occurred during the first week of July in 1947.

The military reportedly found wreckage near a remote ranch, northwest of Roswell, New Mexico.

Whilst the official reports have claimed that the wreckage was from a weather balloon, there is now considerable testimony that places doubt upon that story.

Former members of the military,including two generals who were known to have been involved, asserts that the material discovered amongst the wreckage was not from this planet.

Whilst such claims may sound fanciful in the extreme, there is some evidence available that gives at least some credence to the mens’ statements.

STEVEN SCHIFF

In 1994 U.S. Congressman Steven Schiff of Albuquerque, New Mexico, attempted to gather more information about the 1947 Roswell incident on behalf of his constituents.

However, he later stated to the press that he had been completely stonewalled by the Defense Department.

Schiff would then respond that the Defense Department’s silence was ‘astounding’ and was tantamount to another ‘government coverup’.

EXTENSIVE INFORMATION

Over the years the interest in Roswell has been such that a good many people have investigated what they can and then written about it.

Investigators acquired a copy of the 1947 Roswell Army Air Field yearbook which subsequently led them to several witnesses across the United States.

Newspaper reports from the time of the cash tell of ‘flying disks‘ being seen across the U.S. and Canada in late June and early July of that year.

The most extensive information came from New Mexico rancher, Mac Brazel, who went to check on his sheep one morning after an intense thunderstorm.

Whilst looking for his sheep he discovered a considerable amount of strange debris.

The debris was spread over a large area and he believed it to have strange physical properties.

After showing some pieces of the wreckage to his neighbors, Floyd and Loretta Proctor, Mac Brazel then drove into Roswell and contacted the local sheriff, George Wilcox.

Wilcox then notified the authorities at Roswell Army Air Field before proceeding to investigate the matter.

MILITARY INVOLVEMENT

The military, however, closed off the area of the crash for a number of days whilst they collected the wreckage.

The wreckage was firstly taken to Roswell Army Air Field and then subsequently flown to Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio.

Roswell Army Air Field was the base of the 509th Bomb Group which, at the time, was the only atomic bomb group in the world.

On July the 8th 1947 the bomb group’s commander, Colonel William Blanchard, issued a press release in which he declared that the wreckage of a ‘crashed disk’ had been recovered.

CONFLICTING PRESS RELEASES

That press release made the headlines in over 30 newspapers that afternoon but a second press release wasn’t far behind.

General Roger Ramey, who was Commander of the Eighth Air Force at Fort Worth Army Air Field in Texas, 400 miles away issued a press release in which he claimed that Colonel Blanchard had made a foolish mistake, misidentifying a weather balloon and its radar reflector as evidence of a ‘crashed disk’.

Obviously, it stands to reason that one of those press releases was probably true whilst the other probably wasn’t.

Could it be that Blanchard’s press release was the true explanation for the wreckage that was found and that Ramey just wished to cover it up?

Colleagues of Col. Blanchard have gone on record to say that he was a pragmatic man who would not have gone on record with a fanciful account of what was found at Roswell unless he was certain that it was the truth.

In any event, Colonel William Blanchard would later attain the rank of 4-star general and Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.

GENERAL THOMAS DUBOSE

General Thomas DuBose, now deceased, was a colonel in 1947 and General Ramey’s chief of staff at Eighth Air Force Headquarters in Forth Worth, Texas.

Before he died in 1992, General DuBose testified that he had personally taken a telephone call from General Clements McMullen at Andrews Army Air Field in Washington, D.C., ordering that the crash at Roswell should be covered up.

He claimed that General Ramey had ordered him to concoct a ‘cover story’ in order to ‘get the press off our backs.’

LIEUTENANT COLONEL JESSE MARCEL

In later years the first witness willing to testify and allow his name to be used was retired Lieutenant Colonel Jesse Marcel, an intelligence officer of the 509th Bomb Group at Roswell who was one of the first two military officers to arrive at the actual crash site.

In a videotaped interview in 1979, Jesse Marcel stated,

“. . . it was not a weather balloon, nor was it an airplane or a missile.”

Replying to questions about the material found amongst the wreckage he said,

“It would not burn . . . that stuff weighs nothing, it’s so thin, it isn’t any thicker than the tinfoil in a pack of cigarettes.

So, I tried to bend the stuff. It wouldn’t bend. We even tried making a dent in it with a sixteen-pound sledge hammer. And there was still no dent in it.”

Could an intelligence officer working for the only atomic bomb group in the world really have confused a weather balloon for an extraterrestrial space craft?

Like Blanchard, Jesse Marcel’s career was far from blighted by the Roswell incident.

In fact, he went on to write a report about the first Soviet nuclear detonation, which was passed directly to President Harry Truman.

GENERAL ARTHUR E. EXON

Further military comment on the Roswell incident came from retired General Arthur E. Exon who was stationed at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, as a lieutenant colonel at that time.

In 1990 Gen. Exon gave an interview about testing of the materials found –

“Everything from chemical analysis, stress tests, compression tests, flexing. It was brought into our material evaluation labs. (Some of it) could be easily ripped or changed . . . there were other parts of it that were very thin but awfully strong and couldn’t be dented with heavy hammers. . . .” Of the men that did the testing, he said, ” . . . the overall consensus was that the pieces were from space.”

GLEN DENNIS

Glenn Dennis, who still lives in the Roswell area, was working as a mortician in 1947.

At that time he was employed by the Ballard Funeral Home who had a contract to provide mortuary services for the Roswell Army Air Field.

At the time of the crash he received several calls from the mortuary officer at the air field, requesting small, sealed caskets.

He was also asked how about preserving bodies after they had been exposed to the elements for many days.

Later that day Dennis had cause to visit the base’s hospital for other reasons at which point he witnessed two military ambulances from which large pieces of wreckage could be seen.

These, he said, including one with a row of unusual symbols on its surface.

Inside the hospital he met with a young nurse that he knew.

He says that immediately afterwards he was threatened by military police and ejected from the building.

He then claims that he met that same nurse again the next day and that she was in shock.

She told him that she had been asked to assist with autopsies that were being performed on several small nonhuman bodies.

A few days later the nurse was promptly transferred to England..

WITNESS INTIMIDATION

Glenn Dennis, apparently, was not the only witness to be threatened or intimidated.

Members of Sheriff Wilcox’s family have claimed that the military told him that if he ever spoke about what he had seen then he and his family would all be killed.

Mac Brazel, the man who originally found the wreckage, was sworn to secrecy and never spoke about the incident again, save for a broadcast on KGFL radio during which he said that he found the debris in mid-June and it was simply a weather balloon.

Interestingly, he was accompanied by military police during the broadcast.

Mac’s son, Bill Brazel, later found some scraps of metal which he collected before they were eventually confiscated by the military.

NO EXPLANATIONS

Over recent years speculation and interest in Roswell have grown immensely.

There have been newspaper reports, blog posts and even movies which have examined or referenced the crash.

If, as official reports claim, it was no more than a weather balloon, then why has no definitive explanation been publicised?

Whilst it is not impossible to presume that several inhabitants of Roswell grouped together to perpertrate an elaborate hoax, surely such a ruse would have been convincingly debunked by now?

Is it, therefore, more likely that the original assumption that a UFO crashed quite plausible?

WHY HAVEN’T THE MEDIA SOLVED THE RIDDLE?

The media, well known for pursuing stories of interest, have never really go hold of the Roswell incident.

Why?

I see two main answers to that question.

Firstly, it could be because there really is no story there.

The material was indeed a weather balloon and so would not make interesting reading.

The second possibility is that those who appear to believe in UFOs and aliens are looked upon in a less than favourable light and that no journalist would want to be labelled as a lunatic or conspiracy theorist.

GOVERNMENT UNINVOLVEMENT

There are also questions about the government’s perceived lack of involvement and interest in Roswell.

With officials constantly telling the world that there is no such thing as UFOs or little green men, why then are Roswell enquiries dismissed and left unanswered?

Could it be that the air base was being used for top secret purposes, or were there really alien bodies there?

Perhaps many in authority have had the truth withheld from them so that they can plausibly deny the existence of alien species?

NATIONAL SECURITY

The security service, who may know more than anyone, have also been rather quiet on the matter of Roswell.

The Freedom of Information Act should allow researchers to unearth plenty of information and yet they have been repeatedly stonewalled.

Requests for information are met with national security objections, or claims that the documents either do not exist or have been lost.

On the odd occasion where documents have been released, heavy censorship has occurred and blackening out of sections has made them virtually meaningless.

WITHOLDING INFORMATION

If Roswell did actually signify alien contact, would it actually be in the world’s best interests for the U.S. government to continually deny it?

Certainly it would seem like there is good reason for sometimes protecting the public from the ‘truth’.

The three main areas of concern, if the existence of aliens was to be confirmed, are –

  • mass panic
  • national security
  • the effects on religious groups

As no such information has ever been released the effects are unknown, but it is conceivable that such a revelation could have profound consequences.

MASS PANIC

Mass panic in reaction to the news of alien existence has been seen before.

In 1938 Orson Welles ‘War Of The Worlds’ was broadcast on radio and created an extreme reaction amongst many listeners who heard the story and believed it to be an actual news broadcast.

Perhaps, in today’s more technologically savvy world, people would be less inclined to react to the news of aliens with hysteria.

However, no-one knows that for sure and such a situation could be potentially devastating.

NATIONAL SECURITY

For a government to have a policy of national security is, of course, common sense.

If the U.S. government really did discover alien technology then they would undoubtedly have wished to reverse engineer the technology for their own purposes, both military and otherwise.

Preventing others from possessing that technology could be seen as a legitimate reason for withholding some information but is it enough to warrant covering up the entire incident?

E.T. AND RELIGION DON’T MIX

For many, if not all, of the major religions in the world today, the existence of alien lifeforms would pose extremely difficult and possibly unanswerable questions.

Like Darwin’s theory of evolution, the existence of aliens could totally undermine millenia of religious doctrines.

However, does the world not deserve to know the truth?

If a religion is proven false by such discoveries then don’t those who follow that religion have a right to know that their beliefs are based on a flawed logic?

Besides, in the 21st century, the number of religiously minded people in the world seems to be on the decline so perhaps now is the time to release the truth about Roswell?

MY VIEWS

Personally, I used to believe in aliens when I was younger.

I also thought that Roswell was indeed a crash landed UFO and that bodies had been found and then taken to Area 51.

Now, however, I tend to have more belief in the official reports and think that perhaps the alien situation is fuelled by those in power to distract people from another truth which is that places such as Area 51 are simply testing grounds for advanced military hardware.

Right now, I wouldn’t believe in aliens unless one came up to me and said, “take me to your leader”, at which point I would probably rack my brains trying to think of someone suitable to introduce them to!

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Do you believe that Roswell was the site of an alien crash landing?

Or perhaps it really was a weather balloon?

Maybe something else?

Share your views in the comments below..

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Comments

  1. Daniel Rathburn says:

    I have no idea what to believe about Roswell because I can’t seem to find anywhere that the metallic material was ever tested again and physically proven to be a weather ballon. If there was nothing at all to hide, perhaps military objectives, rather than extraterrestrials, then the military would be prompt of physically examining the material and proving to the public or civilian scientists that the material was what they said it was. I am perturbed by all this. Makes me wish I was the one who found the debris in 1947 cuz if i were still alive I would have salvaged a piece or two to show my grandchildren. WTF!!!

    • I often wonder if I would have wanted to have been the person who found the debris because if there was a cover-up and conspiracy I would have had to have lived with such a secret for the rest of my life.

      Interesting how a space port/museum is being built in the area now though isn’t it? 😉

  2. unidentified comments says:

    The comments that Johi has announced, i agree with to a certain extent. The whole religion thing definately plays a small part in this whole “government UFO conspiracy”. I personally am an Athiest, so i don’t belive that there is a “higher being”. i’d like to believe that there is though. And yes, it wouldn’t be crazy to think that we’re not the only planet in the ENTIRE universe that has a sustainable living enviornment. All of that aside, extraterrestrials might have a different habitat suitible for them. And yes when the Aliens would have crashed, they would’ve sent out a memo to the others. And also the fact the the “UFO” just so happened to land at the roswell facility would create some conspiracys.

    • I’m kind of with you and Johi in that I believe there must be some power out there because the randomness of creation is just too hard to swallow, let alone the theory of evolution (something I’m writing about this week).

      Likewise, I agree that if aliens crashed they would almost certainly have sent a message home somehow, or their colleagues would have known they were coming here in the first place.

      I’m not so convinced that they ever were here though – perhaps the mixed messages about Roswell are a deliberate ploy just to get people thinking about the possibility of extraterrestrial life in order to distract them from the ‘truth’, whatever that is.

  3. IT IS VERY HARD TO THINK OF ALIENS AND NOT GET RELIGION MIXED IN THE SAME THOUGHTS. I PERSONALY AM NOT VERY RELIGIOUS BUT BELIEVE IN GOD/HIGHER BEING. IF YOU LOOK AT IT IN A SCIETIFIC POINT OF VIEW. IT WOULD BE VERY DUMB TO THINK THAT OUT OF THE COUNTLESS NUMBER OF PLANETS AND GALAXIES OUT THERE IN SPACE, THAT EARTH IS THE ONE AND ONLY LUCK PLANET TO BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN LIFE. SO YES I BELIEVE THAT ALIENS EXSIST. SO THE ALIEN CRASH AT ROSWELL COULD BE TRUE. WHAT THEY DID WITH THE BODIES? WHO KNOWS. NOW HERES MY QUESTION. IF ONE OF US GETS LOST AT SEA… WHAT HAPPENS? THEY SEND OUT A SEARCH PARTY. IF THE ALIENS HAD THE TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE IT FORM THEIR PLANET TO EARTH. THEY SHOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO SEND A MESSAGE BACK SAYING THEY HAVE CRASHED OR ARE GOING TO CRASH. MORE ALIENS WOULD HAVE ARIVED… HENSE THE OCASIONAL REAPERANCE OF LIGHTS/FLYING SAUCERS… I BELIEVE THERE ARE ALIENS

  4. You certainly pose a good many questions without giving away too much in the way of answers. If it was the intention of this article to promote thought then it was most definitely successful in its aims.

    As for what crashed at Roswell I am sure it was alien technology as otherwise the whole episode would have ceased to hold interest by now.

    • Thought is good Don and I don’t like to presume that the answers I have are necessarily the right ones anyway.

      Your second point may well have some merit though I’m not convinced of that personally.

  5. Right now, I wouldn’t believe in aliens unless one came up to me and said, “take me to your leader”, at which point I would probably rack my brains trying to think of someone suitable to introduce them to!

    ha ha :)

  6. Epic post! I believe aliens have been amongst us since or even before Roswell and that the govt wont tell us because they fear mass hysteria.

    • I can understand why you mention hysteria but what makes you believe that aliens are here? Do you have any info to share or is it just a gut feeling?

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