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Originally posted by mahajohn
She claims her source (or sources?) indicated that the saucer that crashed ioutside of Roswell was in fact a Soviet aircraft of some sort, designed by Nazi scientists in the custody of the USSR (a la Operation Paperclip). The pilots of the craft were evidently diminutive men. The premise is that Stalin hoped to rouse up some UFO-induced unrest.
Mind you, this is from someone who worked at the base, not a military PR spokesperson, who would probably still maintain that it was...well, whatever the mlitary folks current say Roswell was (flying saucer, weather balloon, radiation detector, etc.).
If it really was a soviet aircraft the U.S. government would certainly have held it over the U.S.S.R.'s head in diplomatic channels.
I just don't think that sounds very plausible, in the sense that we were building a nuclear arsenal by 1947. How likely is it that the Soviet leaders would have seen this as a prudent provocation barely two years after the US had annihilated two cities in a nearby country with rather modest nuclear bombs?