posted on Jul, 16 2009 @ 12:00 PM
If true, the story does make sense to me. Post WWII, Life and the military did indeed have a strong bond. Anyone with military background, reading
copies of Life from WWII, will rightfully be impressed with the quality, timeliness, and subject of many, many Life pictures. Today, we would say that
the Life photogs of WWII were imbedded. So it makes sense to me that if something actually happened, that the military services would invite a trusted
partner to document it for the public. Okay so how does that stack up with the rest of the story?
Well, prior to Rosewell, there were probably very few military persons who gave serious thought to the idea of recovered UFOs. In fact, I would bet
that any thoughts about UFO encounters were limited to Rules of Engagement upon encountering one – in flight! Its like wondering what is our
government’s plan for dealing with a horde of Mongols, suddenly teleported from the 13th century to the outskirts of Phoenix….. So, let us now
imagine what the reaction of most military folks would be if for the very first time, without any similar frame of reference, to hear that a bizarre
outer-space thingy had crash-landed near Rosewell NM. Probably something like: that’s cool; I wonder its like; are space-creatures in it; we
probably should document this.
So a call goes from some mid-level Airforce office, to Life, to have them provide a photog to document this event pronto (whatever it may be, at that
early moment of occurance). Life sends out Allan Grant, the Airforce details an officer and plane to fly him out there (still in the middle of
nowhere), and the clock starts.
Between the time that Life is contacted and they land, Airforce officials recover and begin to examine the wreckage. If actually a UFO we can all
easily imagine the reaction: HOLY COW! (or something to that effect). Word quickly makes it way up the chain to someone who has an epiphany. ‘Hey,
if these things can get here, imagine how advanced they must be, and what a great advantage we would get over the Ruskies if we could study this stuff
in secret.’ Reverse engineering was a favorite technique of the allies to understand and counter many advanced German weapons of WWII, so it makes
sense to me that someone would make that connection fairly fast – once it was understood what they had.
Now sometime after they are airborne, the pilot gets a message telling him that ‘someone higher up (from General Ramey’s office) says that we
don’t want anyone documenting this thing. Land somewhere about xx miles away, and wait there until we decide what to do’. So the pilot picks out
his spot, lands, and tries to cover-up as best he can. In the meantime, he is also spooked a little, because he doesn’t know exactly what is going
on either. And being a military man, he remembers two things: ‘there is strength in numbers’ and ‘the right to self-defense is never denied’.
So just in case, they stumble upon something unexpected, he gives Allan a .45. With about 30 seconds worth of instruction, Allan is now fully capable
of pointing and shooting his weapon in self-defense if necessary. Later the pilot gets the message to return to base, and hint that it was a lot of
hubbub about nothing. As a reward, he is given a job later, as part of an investigative team in case anymore of these things fall out of the sky.
So there it is. With a little imagination to fill in the gaps, it is entirely plausible to me. Oh, and did I mention that most people want to clear
their conscious near death, not tell another whopper to explain to the big guy.