“Unidentified Planform Space Vehicles” – PART I: The Roswell Incident

“Not from this World.” – Paul Blake Smith, MO41 The Bombshell Before Roswell

In the midst of a “flying saucers” craze, in 1947, the U.S Army Air Force issued a press release to announce that they had recovered a “flying disc” from a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico.

The official story:

In June, 1947, sheep rancher W.W Mack Brazel stumbled upon a strange and unusual debris on a ranch near Corona, N.M, about 75 miles northwest of Roswell.

On the following month, July 4, Brazel took the items to the Roswell Sheriff, who in turn contacted the Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF).

Three days later, July 7, the head of the RAAF’s 509th Bomber Group Intelligence Unit, Lieutenant Colonel Jesse Marcel Sr. went to the Brazel ranch with Counter Intelligence Corps Agent, Sheridan Cavitt to investigate and collect the wreckage which included peculiar silver foil, and long thin I-beams with symbols on them.

The next day, the RAAF issued a press release which was then immediately picked up by the “Roswell Daily Record” on July 8, and the story made worldwide headlines: “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region”.

Roswell Daily Record Newspaper Headline.

Less than 24 hours later, the head of the Eighth Air Force in Fort Worth, Texas, Brigadier General Roger Ramey announced in a press conference with his chief of staff, Colonel Thomas Dubos, that the debris actually came from a weather balloon which exploded in a thunderstorm.

To strengthen his claim, General Ramey had pieces of shredded weather balloon scattered on the floor to be photographed, so the newspaper would run with his story to keep the public and the media in the dark.

Lieutenant Colonel Jesse Marcel Sr. was also asked to fly to Fort Worth and pose for photographs with the debris, even though he knew that what he had gathered from the Brazel ranch was nothing like a weather balloon.

 In 1994, it was then revealed that this balloon was part of a top-secret military project, “Project Mogul” to spy on Soviet nuclear bomb tests. However, this revelation did little to end the conspiracy theories. 

The untold story:

In 1952, Majestic 12 special group – a secret operation launched by President Harry S. Truman to investigate the Roswell incident, produced their first annual report that described “unidentified planform space vehicles” – Planform meant crescent shaped objects.

The report also indicated that during a thunderstorm on July 3 to 4, 1947, three aerial objects were captured on radar, before three crash sites had been reported. The headline of one of those crashes came from Commanding Officer of the 509th Bomb Wing at the Roswell Army Airfield, Colonel William Blanchard, who ordered his public information officer Walter Haut, to issue a press release that said one of those flying saucers that people had been reporting that Summer, had crashed northwest in Roswell, near Corona, exactly where Brazel had found the debris.

Paragraphs six and seven from the MJ-12’s report says: “Radar films and tower logs do not explain the merging of three radar targets prior to collision and subsequent crashes.”

“There were – five recovered bodies, two of which were found in a severely damaged escape cylinder, and the remaining three were found some distance away from the cylinder. All five appeared to have suffered from sudden decompression and heat suffocation”

The three crash sites were designated Landing Zone (LZ) one, two and three by MJ-12. 

LZ-1 was near Corona, New Mexico, 75 miles northwest from Roswell. Paragraph 12 from the MJ-12 report says: “The most disturbing aspect of this investigation was – There were other bodies found not far from LZ-1 that looked as if they had been dissected as you would a frog.”

“Animal parts were reportedly discovered inside the craft of at LZ-2”

LZ-2 was 20 miles southeast of Socorro, near Oscura Peak southeast Trinity site where the U.S tested its first atomic bomb two years earlier, in July, 1945, while LZ-3 was 30 miles east of Alamogordo on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation. 

On July 16, 1947, Commander of the Air Material Command, General Nathan Twining sent a report to President Truman about what he had discovered in LZ-2 crash site near Oscura Peak.

The report says: “Upon examination of the interior of the craft, a compartment exhibiting a possible atomic engine was discovered.”

In the power room was “A doughnut shaped tube approximately thirty-five feet in diameter, made of what appears to be plastic material surrounding a central core”

“This tube was translucent, approximately one inch thick. The tube appeared to be filled with a clear substance, possibly a heavy water.”

“This activation of an electrical potential is believed to be the primary power to the reactor,” … “Just how a heavy water reactor functions in this environment is unknown.”

“On the deck of the power room there are what resembles type-writer keys, possibly reactor/powerplant controls. There were no conventional electronics nor wiring to be seen connecting these controls to the propulsion turret.”

The documents and materials present in this article are provided by Linda Moulton Howe in her “Truth Hunter” series, Season 1, Episode 6, “The Unheard Truth Behind Roswell’s UFOs” published by Gaia.


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