Military authorities issued a press release, which began: "The many
rumors regarding the flying disc became a reality yesterday when the
intelligence officer of the 509th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force,
Roswell Army Air Field, was fortunate enough to gain possession of a
The headlines screamed: "Flying Disc captured by Air Force".
Yet, just 24 hours later, the military changed its story and claimed
the object it had first thought was a "flying disc" was a weather
balloon that had crashed on a nearby ranch.
The key witness was U.S. Army Maj. Jesse Marcel, the intelligence
officer who had gone to the ranch to recover the wreckage.
He described the metal as being wafer-thin but incredibly tough.
It was as light as balsa wood, but couldn't be cut or burned.
These and similar accounts of the incident have largely been dismissed
by all except the most dedicated believers.
Astonishing new twist
But last week came an astonishing new twist to the Roswell mystery.
Lt. Walter Haut was the public-relations officer at the base in 1947
and was the man who issued the original and subsequent press releases
after the crash on the orders of the base commander, Col. William
Haut died in December 2005, but left a sworn affidavit to be opened
only after his death.
Last week, the text was released. It asserts that the weather-balloon
claim was a cover story and that the real object had been recovered by
the military and stored in a hangar.
He described seeing not just the craft, but alien bodies.
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