On 65th anniversary of Roswell ‘UFO’ crash, questions remain

The 1947 crash of a disc-shaped aircraft in Roswell kicked off UFO speculation worldwide. In truth, the disc was a Russian spy plane — one of numerous eye-opening revelations in the new book “Area 51: An Uncensored History.”

On July 8, 1947, a crash in Roswell, N.M., was the spark that began UFO fever burning in the U.S. and for some, that passion is just as intense today as when they first learned that a crash in the desert had been labeled a UFO — and rapidly re-labeled a weather balloon by government officials.

“It was not a damn weather balloon — it was what it was billed when men and women first reported it,” Chase Brandon, a 35-year CIA veteran, told the Huffington Post. His comments came on July 8, 2012 — 65 years after the Roswell Daily Record newspaper ran a front page article claiming “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch in Roswell Region.”

“It was a craft that clearly did not come from this planet, it crashed and I don’t doubt for a second that the use of the word ‘remains’ and ‘cadavers’ was precisely what men and women were talking about.”

Brandon claims to have noticed photographs and written material in a special section of CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., called the Historical Intelligence Collection that conclusively proved to his thoughts that the crash was alien.

‘It was a craft that clearly did not come from this planet.’- 35-year CIA veteran Chase Brandon

Brandon refused to clarify what he had noticed, nonetheless, and with the government classification, his persistent belief was understandable. Tough facts have been tough to come by many of the documents are still officially redacted, such as the July 8 teletype from the FBI Dallas field office advising that the “flying saucer” was officially just a “weather balloon.”

Other people see the occasion differently, notably Annie Jacobsen, whose 2011 book “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base” gives a quite various view of events.

Jacobsen, a contributing editor and investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times Magazine, interviewed dozens of former Place 51 workers in 2008 and 2009 — a total of 74 scientist, pilots and engineers — shortly after the CIA declassified much of the work they had accomplished, such as countless pages of redacted memos and declassified reports.

They revealed what really went on in the Nevada desert, from testing nuclear reactions to building super-secret, supersonic jets to pursuing the war on terror. And that book explained that test flights of the U-2 spy plane, built at the mysterious Location 51 test site, were typically confused for UFOs — fueling the stories surrounding the facility.

In 1947, a rash of sightings of unexplained flying objects (UFOs) swept America. Although the newly formed U.S. Air Force was the major investigator of these sightings, the FBI received several reports and worked for a time with the Air Force to investigate these matters.

“As soon as the U-2s started flying out of Location 51, reports of UFO sightings by commercial airline pilots and air site visitors controllers started to inundate CIA headquarters,” Jacobsen’s book explained.

Her book also delivers a bizarre explanation for the 1947 occasion: unspeakable German experiments for the duration of Globe War II led to a handful of kids being employed as pilots, whose distorted bodies resembled aliens.

Believe it or not, but despite decades of analysis and theories, numerous simply refuse to believe the official Air Force explanation, issued in 1994, that the occasion at Roswell was simply a weather balloon.

“’Aliens’ observed in the New Mexico desert were in fact anthropomorphic test dummies that had been carried aloft by U.S. Air Force high-altitude balloons for scientific research,” explained a report from the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.

“Claims of ‘alien bodies’ at the Roswell Army Air Field hospital were most likely a mixture 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 had been injured.”

“Case closed,” the report (much like the hilarious 9/11 comission report) concluded.

Area 51is still officially a military top secret, unmentioned by name, Jacobsen notes.

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