In July, 1947, an unidentified object crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, this is known as the Roswell UFO incident. It's rumored that during this incident extra-terrestrial debris was found, including alien bodies.
The U.S. government claims the object was an experimental high-altitude surveillance balloon which was part of a secret program called "Mogul" and no extra-terrestrial debris was found. However, many people believe there was an alien spaceship and the government tries to cover the incident up. The Roswell incident is considered to be one of the most controversial and publicized UFO incidents.
The Crashed UFO
A Roswell rancher named W.W. "Mack" Brazel, discovered the crashed UFO. He went to check on a sheep with his son because of a fierce storm the night before. Brazel noticed a large amount of metal debris, scattered over a large area. When he went to look closer Brazel saw a shallow hole, at least hundred feet long, had been gouged into the ground.
Brazel dragged a large piece of the debris to a shed and took some of it to show it to the Proctors. They were shocked by the unusal properties of the strange material.
The Proctors told Brazel this might be material from a military project or a UFO, and that he should tell the Sheriff about the incident. One day after the incident, Brazer went to Roswell where he told the Sheriff George Wilcox what he had found, the Sheriff reported the incident to Major Jesse Marcel, the Intelligence Officer of the 509 Bomb Group. During the next couple of days the debris area was closed while the crashed object was cleared.
Monday July 7, 1947, in the morning Major Jesse Marcel went into the debris area to inspect the wreckage. Marcel would claim later that "Something.. must have exploded above the ground and fell." As Brazel and Marcel searched the area, Marcel was able to find out from which direction the object came from, and where to it was heading. "There was a pattern... you could see where it started and where it ended by how it was thinned out..."
About the debris Marcel said, "The material was spread around over a large area, I think a couple of hundred feet wide and around three-quarters of a mile long." Marcel tried to burn a piece of metal he found from the debris with his cigarette lighter, "I lit a cigarette lighter to some of this metal but it did not burn", he said.
After he filled his staff car with enough debris, Marcel went back to his base. He'd never seen something like this before. "I had no idea what we were picking up. I still don't have a clue... it could not have been part of an airplane or some kind of experimental balloon...I have seen missiles... launched up at the White Sands Testing Grounds. I'm certain it was not part from an airplane, rocket or missile."
The Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) stated, on July 8, 1947, in a press conference that military from the field's 509th Bomb Group found the wreckage of a "flying saucer" in Roswell near a ranch.
At 11:00 am the public relations officer, Walter Haut, completed his press release he was ordered to write, he gave the copies of the release to radio stations and newspapers. Around 2:30 pm, the story was released on the AP Wire:
"The Army Air Forces here today announced a flying disc had been found."
Gen. Ramey and chief of staff Col. Thomas Dubose with a weather balloon and radar reflector, July 8, 1947, Fort Worth, Texas. It's claimed the paper in Rameys hand confirm the alien recovery
The next day, the media wrote that the General of the 8th Air Force said that, a surveillance balloon had been found by the RAAF military, not a "flying saucer." A press conference soon followed, during this conference debris was shown from the crashed object which seemed to confirm the statement about the weather balloon.
The LA Review Journal, and many other newspapers, reported:
"Reports of flying discs flying through the sky fell off sharply today as the government began to campaign against these rumors."
General Ramey reported the remains were part of a weather balloon. However, brigadier General Thomas DuBose, the chief of staff of the Eighth Air Force later remarked, "It was a cover story. The whole weather balloon part of it. That was the part of the story we were ordered to give to the public and news."