This date—or "about three weeks" before July 8—appeared in later stories featuring Brazel, but the initial press release from the Roswell Army Air Field RAAF said the find was "sometime last week", suggesting Brazel found the debris in early July.
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Galactic Spacecraft Research and Analytic Network Archives On the evening of July 2,several witnesses in and near Roswell, New Mexicoobserved a disc-shaped object moving swiftly in a northwesterly direction through the sky. The following morning Mac Brazel, foreman of a ranch located near tiny Corona, New Mexico, rode out on horseback to move sheep from one field to another.
Accompanying him was a young neighbor boy, Timothy D. As they rode, they came upon strange debris -- various-size chunks of metallic material -- running from one hilltop, down an arroyo, up another hill, and running down the other side.
To all appearances some kind of aircraft had exploded. In fact Brazel had heard something that sounded like an explosion the night before, but because it happened during a rainstorm though it was different from thunderhe had not looked into the cause. Brazel picked up some of the pieces.
He had never seen anything like them. They were extremely light and very tough. By the time events had run their course, the world would be led to believe that Brazel had found the remains of a weather balloon.
For three decades, only those directly involved in the incident would know this was a lie.
And in the early s, when an enterprising reporter sought to re-investigate the story, those who knew the truth were warned to tell him nothing. The cover-up did not begin to unravel until the mids, when two individuals who had been in New Mexico in separately talked with investigator Stanton T.
Friedman about what they had observed. One, an Albuquerque radio station employee, had witnessed the muzzling of a reporter and the shutting down of an in-progress teletyped news story about the incident. The other, an Army Air Force intelligence officer, had led the initial recovery operation.
The officer, retired Maj.
Marcel, stated flatly that the material was of unearthly origin. The uncovering of the truth about the Roswell incident -- so called because it was from Roswell Field, the nearest Air Force base, that the recovery operation was directed -- would be an excruciatingly difficult process.
It continues to this day, even after publication of three books and massive documentation gleaned from interviews with several hundred persons as well as other evidence.
Besides being the most important case in UFO history -- the one with the potential not to settle the issue of UFOs but to identify them as extraterrestrial spacecraft -- the Roswell incident is also the most fully investigated.
The principal investigators have been Friedman, William L. Randle, and Donald R. From this research, the outlines of a complex, bizarre episode have emerged.
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Indeed, the incident became a significant part of the city’s economy. In the International UFO Museum and Research Center opened in Roswell, and since Roswell has been the site of an annual UFO festival. History The TIME Vault His research and conclusions became the basis of the book The Roswell Incident, Read the cover .
Universal History Archive/UIG/Getty Images Jesse Marcel, head intelligence officer, who initially investigated the Roswell incident and recovered some of the debris from the crash site in On the morning of July 3, , rancher Mac Brazel found some debris scattered over about square yards near a service road on the ranch where he worked.
The Roswell Incident. Odd. Unique. Different. That is at best what you can state about the history of the Roswell Incident. The truth may be out there, as Chris Carter would note .