"It was probably the same accident, but there were two distinct sites...[There was a] location where... apparently the main body of the spacecraft was... where they did say there were bodies... They were all found apparently outside the craft itself but were in fairly good condition. In other words, they weren't broken up a lot."|
Brig. Gen. Arthur Exon
"But it was either dummies or bodies or something laying there. They looked like bodies. They weren't very long... over four or five feet long at most... we didn't see their faces or nothing like that there." Don Schmitt: "How far from town?" Ragsdale: "Thirty-forty miles."
"All that sagebrush. I remember it took us about 45 minutes. I said, 'How far are we going out here and [Cavitt] said, "It's just over here, I just want you to see it, instead of talking about it..."
NCOIC-CIC, Lewis Rickett
"It gets worse and worse and worse. All you got to do is drive out here about forty miles and you'll see the damnedest piece of wreckage. It's just like everybody getting in the car to see where the fire is."
"At the end of our conversation/interview, I wasted no time to inform [Karl T.] Pflock, in a strong direct manner, not to use my name in any manner, shape, or form, privately or otherwise. He nodded in the affirmative several times."
"There's a scene in the screenplay where they [CIC] talk about -- -and not in an insidious way --- if we're going to take responsibility for this information, and if so, how are we going to control it. We control it, they decide, by purposeful disinformation. You direct people to believe one thing, and then undermine that belief. When you think of that, that's pretty clever. It's probably standard operating procedure. You say it was a UFO crash, then you say it wasn't, when in fact it was."
Jeremy Kagan, Producer, Director
Showtime Movie, "ROSWELL."
CINEFANTASTIQUE, August, 1994.
"The intelligence office of the 509th Bombardment group at Roswell Army Air Field announced at noon today, that the field has come into possession of a flying saucer. According to information released by the department, over authority of Maj. J. A. Marcel, intelligence officer, the disk was recovered on a ranch in the Roswell vicinity, after an unidentified rancher had notified Sheriff Geo. Wilcox, here, that he had found the instrument on his premises.
|Roswell Daily Record for Tuesday, July 8, 1947|
RAAF captures flying saucer on ranch in Roswell region and no details of the flying disk are revealed; Roswell hardware man and wife report disk seen!
Major Marcel and a detail from his department went to the ranch and recovered the disk, it was stated. After the intelligence officer here had inspected the instrument it was flown to higher headquarters. The intelligence office stated that no details of the saucer's construction or its appearance had been revealed.
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wilmot apparently were the only persons in Roswell who saw what they thought was a flying disk. They were sitting on their porch at 105 South Penn. last Wednesday night at about ten o'clock when a large glowing object zoomed out of the sky from the southeast, going in a northwesterly direction at a high rate of speed. Wilmot called Mrs. Wilmot's attention to it and both ran down into the yard to watch. It was in sight less then a minute, perhaps 40 or 50 seconds, Wilmot estimated.
Wilmot continued to say that it appeared to him to be about 1,500 feet high and going fast. He estimated between 400 and 500 miles per hour. In appearance it looked oval in shape like two inverted saucers, faced mouth to mouth, or like two old type washbowls placed, together in the same fashion. The entire body glowed as though light were showing through from inside, though not like it would inside, though not like it would be if a light were merely underneath. From where he stood Wilmot said that the object looked to be about 5 feet in size, and making allowance for the distance it was from town he figured that it must have been 15 to 20 feet in diameter, though this was just a guess.
Wilmot said that he heard no sound but that Mrs. Wilmot said she heard a swishing sound for a very short time. The object came into view from the southeast and disappeared over the treetops in the general vicinity of six mile hill. Wilmot, who is one of the most respected and reliable citizens in town, kept the story to himself hoping that someone else would come out and tell about having seen one, but finally today decided that he would go ahead and tell about it. The announcement that the RAAF was in possession of one came only a few minutes after he decided to release the details of what he had seen."
Roswell Daily Record for July 9, 1947|
General Roger Ramey empties roswell saucer and says excitement is not justified and that the disk is a weather balloon!
"Fort Worth, Texas, July 9 (AP) An examination by the army revealed last night that mysterious objects found on a lonely New Mexico ranch was a harmless high-altitude weather balloon - not a grounded flying disk.Excitement was high until Brig. Gen. Roger M. Ramey, commander of the Eighth air forces with headquarters here cleared up the mystery. The bundle of tinfoil, broken wood beams and rubber remnants of a balloon were sent here yesterday by army air transport in the wake of reports that it was a flying disk. But the general said the objects were the crushed remains of a ray wind target used to determine the direction and velocity of winds at high altitudes.
Warrant Officer Irving Newton, forecaster at the army air forces weather station here said, "we use them because they go much higher than the eye can see." The weather balloon was found several days ago near the center of New Mexico by Rancher W. W. Brazel. He said he didn't think much about it until he went into Corona, N. M., last Saturday and heard the flying disk reports.
He returned to his ranch, 85 miles northwest of Roswell, and recovered the wreckage of the balloon, which he had placed under some brush. Then Brazel hurried back to Roswell, where he reported his find to the sheriff's office. The sheriff called the Roswell air field and Maj. Jesse A. Marcel, 509th bomb group intelligence officer was assigned to the case. Col. William H. Blanchard, commanding officer of the bomb group, reported the find to General Ramey and the object was flown immediately to the army air field here. Ramey went on the air here last night to announce the New Mexico discovery was not a flying disk. Newton said that when rigged up, the instrument "looks like a six-pointed star, is sivery in appearance and rises in the air like a kite."
In Roswell, the discovery set off a flurry of excitement. Sheriff George Wicox's telephone lines were jammed. Three calls came from England, one of them from The London Daily Mail, he said. A public relations officer here said the balloon was in his office "and it'll probably stay right there." Newton, who made the examination, said some 80 weather stations in the U. S. were using that type of balloon and that it could have come from any of them. He said he had sent up identical balloons during the invasion of Okinawa to determine ballistics information for heavy guns."