Roswell UFO Crashed 65 Years Ago Today

It's been 65 years since the crash of the UFO (or officially, a weather balloon) in Roswell, New Mexico. 65 years since Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) public information officer Walter Haut told the world that the military had recovered a flying saucer. 65 years since aliens have been on our planet, or alternatively 65 years of conspiracy theories.

Of course, as the story (or conspiracy) goes, the RAAF retracted Haut's statement saying it was merely a weather balloon that had been recovered and not a "flying disk", as Haut had termed it. People forgot about the incident for more than 30 years until Maj Jesse Marcel, who was involved in the original recovery of the crash debris in 1947, told the media that he believed that the military was covering up the recovery of an alien spacecraft. More details (or more conspiracy theories) came out talking about multiple crash sites, secret military operations, with new witnesses somehow corroborating stories. It sparked a renewed interest in aliens and UFOs and Roswell and Area 51 that though may not be real, has definitely invaded every bit of our pop culture. Aliens or no aliens, whatever happened 65 years ago in Roswell, New Mexico still affects us today.

And the conspiracy theory is still kicking, even though the military issued a report saying the Roswell case was closed in the mid 690s. It sure doesn't help when ex-CIA agents like Chase Brandon are doing interviews after their service about the incident. Brandon, a 35-year CIA agent, recently told the Huffington Post:

"It was not a damn weather balloon -- it was what it was billed when people first reported it. 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 exactly what people were talking about."

He said he made the discovery in a secret section of the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. He had stumbled across a box that had the word Roswell on it and when he went through the box's content, he found:

"Some written material and some photographs, and that's all I will ever say to anybody about the contents of that box. But it absolutely, for me, was the single validating moment that everything I had believed, and knew that so many other people believed had happened, truly was what occurred."

65 years later and more fuel is being added to the fire. Aliens are the best.


    That RAAF captures flying saucer headline made me look twice, I thought it meant Royal Australian Air Force and almost blew my mind.

    The denizens of Rosswell realised that this was an excellent money spinner, hence the massive UFO tourist industry it has.
    They found Project Mogul is all, Sheesh!

      because you were there, right? they PROBABLY found project Mogul.

        He didn't need to be there, there is a bucket of evidence that suggests it was "Project Mogul" and only anecdotal evidence, in other words, 'word of mouth' to suggest a UFO. Also that word of mouth was missing up until Marcel's spoken evidence prior to his death, which sparked the UFO industry in Rosswell. Common sense really!!

          so you were there as well?

            Were you, Glenco? If not, please stop using this specious argument - by your logic it's impossible to know anything about ANYTHING that happened outside your own narrow sphere of experience. How do you know the Roman Empire existed? Were you there? No, but that doesn't mean there isn't a wealth of evidence proving its existence.

      yes, because 'Rosswell' is the world's hugest tourist destination, and is such an incredibly prosperous town now.

        So they aren't making a living from UFO merchandise then? And before that they were better of how?

          Were they? Is the town of Roswell more affluent now than it was in 1947? I had a feeling they farm and stuff. But maybe an entire town can make a living out of a few UFO cafes, I dunno.

            WTF are you talking about?
            What difference does it make? They are making money on it now aren't they?

    So aliens are not real? Oh ok. It must just be us in the universe... Yeh.

    It was just Bender's shiney metal a$$.

    Oh and for the record, Roswell does indeed do well out of UFO tourism. Been there, seen it.
    Until you see it, you cannot fathom how many "people" actually believe it was a UFO and just how many folks are happy to jump on that flying bandwagon.

    lol Love that last statement. "Stumbled across a box with Roswell written on it" lol because I'm sure they'd just leave that lying around...

    Why isn't the second crash site at Corona, 100 miles North West of Roswell, mentioned? It was exactly at the same time, with more debris found. It backs up the theory of a high speed collision between two separate objects. Two crash sites, with two lots of the same alloy and dead alien bodies. I think we're grown up enough to know the truth now.

      Apparently you're NOT grown up enough to know the truth, because you'd rather believe an extraordinarily fanciful tale about aliens capable of interstellar travel but not capable of avoiding a fender bender in our atmosphere.

        Drunk drivers... drunker drivers errywhere

    Call me dumb, but didn't the witnesses claim they saw a metallic foil out in the New Mexico desert that could return to its original shape? Apparently it was dark-grey in colour and extremely lightweight and thin as a sheet of newspaper. Well, any metal that returns to its original shape is known in the scientific literature as a "shape-memory alloy". And the world's most powerful is the dark-grey nickel-titanium alloy (NiTi), and the lightest titanium-based shape-memory alloy (bloody useful for aerospace applications). The significant amount of titanium this alloy contains would help to resist the high temperature of a blow torch. I hear U.S. scientists also patented in 1968 the alloy's ability to harden dramatically with regular bending of the alloy to the point where it can resist cutting or ripping with scissors, tinsnips or with the hand. A coincidence perhaps?

    Then I read this book at titled "Roswell Revealed" and it claims from the scientific literature and recently declassified USAF/Battelle reports in 1949 that Wright-Patterson AFB (the place where the Roswell materials ended up for analysis) was studying NiTi among a couple of other titanium-based shape-memory alloys (i.e. NiTiCo, and TiZr). Another coincidence?

    And given how tough this alloy is, I find it hard to imagine the USAF would need to make so much of this expensive alloy for a slow-moving weather balloon driven by the wind. It would be more logical to use the alloy in a fast-moving aircraft or missile.

    Does this mean the Roswell object was another military experiment involving a new type of aircraft or missile? Well, certainly Project Mogul never used an exotic metal like NiTi. I recall the scientist involved in the project said the foil was made of aluminium foil. He didn't say anything to suggest a shape-memory alloy.

    Sounds like Project Mogul is yet another decoy for the real McCoy flying object the USAF still doesn't want us to find out. Why? Who knows.

    What do you reckon?

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