a reply to: LinkZelda
Yeah, I was wondering when someone was going to stir up the Roswell pot again.
Part of understanding the incident is putting yourself in the mindset of July 1947 and not of today. Two different times and two different
mentalities. WWII had ended and there was still paranoia. "Flying saucer" was a new term with Kenneth Arnold's story coming out only 10 days earlier
peeking UFO interest. Newspapers had rewards for the recovery of a flying saucer. The Government/military had done no deep research into the subject.
It was still unknown by both the public and government and flying saucer/disc could have as easily been part of a secret spy program of another
country. Don't confuse what we think now with 1947.
Mac Brazel, being the first witness, described the debris in a newspaper article a day after the story:
Brazel related that on June 14 he and an 8-year old son, Vernon, were about 7 or 8 miles from the ranch house of the J. B. Foster ranch, which he
operates, when they came upon a large area of bright wreckage made up on rubber strips, tinfoil, a rather tough paper and sticks.
The next day he first heard about the flying disks, and he wondered if what he had found might be the remnants of one of these.
...but he thought it might have been about as large as a table top. The balloon which held it up, if that was how it worked, must have been about 12
feet long, he felt, measuring the distance by the size of the room in which he sat. The rubber was smoky gray in color and scattered over an area
about 200 yards in diameter.
When the debris was gathered up the tinfoil, paper, tape, and sticks made a bundle about three feet long and 7 or 8 inches thick, while the rubber
made a bundle about 18 or 20 inches long and about 8 inches thick. In all, he estimated, the entire lot would have weighed maybe five pounds.
There was no sign of any metal in the area which might have been used for an engine and no sign of any propellers of any kind, although at least one
paper fin had been glued onto some of the tinfoil.
There were no words to be found anywhere on the instrument, although there were letters on some of the parts. Considerable scotch tape and some tape
with flowers printed upon it had been used in the construction.
Brazel said that he had previously found two weather observation balloons on the ranch, but that what he found this time did not in any way resemble
either of these.
"I am sure that what I found was not any weather observation balloon," he said. "But if I find anything else besides a bomb they are going to have a
hard time getting me to say anything about it."
The first witness account mentions rubber strips, tinfoil with a tough backing, and sticks. He specifically says no metal was found and doesn't
mention any special properties. Here is a firsthand fresh account and description within a month or so of finding the debris and not some story
recalled 30+ years later. It's odd Brazel picks up and handles the material gathering from the ground, putting it into a bunch, tries to reconstruct a
kite and so forth and doesn't notice or mention these astounding "memory metal" properties we were told over 30 years later.
He also says what he found did not resemble the two previous weather balloons he found. What he found wasn't a weather balloon, but instead a project
designed to listen for Soviet nuclear testing using the same time-tested weather balloon method only with strengthened materials because of time and
Typical Weather Balloon:
- Single balloon.
- 1 radar target for tracking made up of foil and small sticks.
- Measuring device.
- Reaches 25 mile altitude where it would normally burst.
- Multiple balloons (3+) for sustained constant-leveled heights for longer periods.
- Multiple radar targets (3+) strengthened with coated small sticks, heavy paper-backed foil, and reinforcing tape.
- Radiosonde transmitters attached and used after radar targets poor performance of the first 2 experimental launches in Alamogordo.
A balloon launch site 80 miles southwest of Roswell, launches made in June/July 1947, other balloons carried and land in the area of Roswell, balloon
targets made of foil and small sticks. It would have to be an astronomical coincidence to have all of these factors in common with the Roswell alien